Did you down load some of the source code stuff? The game's source code has been released and we can freely edit the game. Peter Triggs (I believe) added a count down to population growth in what we call The Apolyton Edition
Check it out in the Source code section, start with the first page of Playtest (4th Thread) http://www.apolyton.net/forums/showt...hreadid=147969
I hope you stick around we have a small but loyal crowd and we need playtesters to test all of our improvements to the game.