Here’s an excerpt of a thread about Japan on Paradox forum:
Japan is a very small nation in 1850 that is closed… the whole idea of playing with Japan is that… not to make it the new industrial monster in 1852…
If you want a more open game, then choose another faction.
You have to understand the constraints your faction has…
But what if i have railroads in every province in 1858 and massively produce man-goods and mech-parts? Why i must wait for Meiji Restoration of 1868? Why my middle class and new mlitary elite cant overthrow feudals?
What is underlined by this funny exchange?
PON is currently made of 2 parts: one program, defining rules; a mass of data, defining the objects affected by the rules.
These 2 parts have no relations. The data is clearly not adapted to the rules and the rules aren’t tailoring all the possible interactions between the objects.
If Japan is closed, building railroads should be impossible. Either the rules aren’t covering the interaction between the political status of Japan and economical possibilities, either the data hasn’t been tailored for the rules and japan has the tech and the resources necessaries to build railroads.
Other examples are flourishing right now on the official forum: African tribes having artillery units , German unification impossible in spite of Prussian early diplomatic success, economical sunrise in 2 years at start, railroads in the Sahara in 1855……………………
Not only the data and the rules will have to be better coordinated but the time needed to get feedback about changes is just tremendous with several hundred of turns needed to test 2nd generations tech and structures.
That’s why PON will only be playable in october. Until then, sadly, PON is in open beta test….
update: what a dev says about PON today…….
PON is still very young. We may have overextended ourselves, but lets meet again in some months, or in a year, and I’m sure a lot of water will have flown under the PON bridge.
October 2011……maybe later……
August 4th edit: October seems to be indeed the real date….