I'm in the US and I'm pleased to say I just got the game working, after ignoring my ASUS autopatcher. I had thought there might be some kind of regional compatibility issues.
For anyone who has ASUS graphic cards that involves an autopatcher, ignore it cause it says everything is up to date. Go to NVidia, download the latest driver. If it weren't for my determination to get this game working, I wouldn't even have known my driver was out of date.
Thanks to ghostmaster.net as a fine forum, thanks to Empire Interactive for creating what just may be one of the most innovative games ever! Boo!