Done some more trial and error testing to try and get around this but it seems I'm screwed.
I have uninstalled GC2 including using the "remove all save games" etc option in SDC.
I have then manually deleted to total games directory that GC2 was installed in.
I have rebooted my computer as prompted by SDC.
I have downloaded a fresh installation.
Attempting to create a new game still results in a CTD when accpting the map options.
I did not install multimedia.
Now here is the strange part. The last game I created before this problem started was using the 'Batle of the Gods' scenario. Despite completely removing my old installation (remember that I have now uninstalled 3-4 times) and manually deleting GC2's directory, the map options screen loads with the 'Battle of the Gods' scenario selected. Surely it should be using the default 'normal' scenario?
I'm wondering if GC2 stores settings somewhere else on my Hardisk that I don't know about and is recovering corrupted settings from somewhere.
Whatever it is I really want to play a game or three at the moment and can't!