Rick Young wrote:
The 14.0 optionals were added because GMT requested of us to include a way for players to remove the scripting before it went to publication. They were not crafted with the same 'labor of love' that went into the rest of the game.
I thought this was interesting. When we tried them, we found that the game pretty much went historical anyway. The biggest problem with them is how they killed off the pacing of the game. I like them in theory, but the game does better without them in my opinion. What I will say in their favor is that they let you feel much more in control of your fate.