From: Denver Colorado
Wow - this looks complicated Just reading the tutorial has given me a headache.....
I'll set up a Grand Campaign game anyway and see what happens.
Please don't be overwhelmed by first appearances. If you become familiar with the rules, and play the tutorials, you will be well set to Expand the Empire. There are numerous posts and guides, at the AGEOD site, by very experienced players which explain much of the "why and how to" of the game.
I began with reading the rules (which are well written), and as I played the Grand Campaign, referred back to them as needed. You will use the approach which works best for you.
PON is a deep and detailed game, but after you become familiar and comfortable with the units, concepts and game sequence of play, the turns flow right along. There is a wealth of detail and information available for each unit and ship; the illustrations are beautifully done. Leaders are critical - each one has a distinct personality and abilities.
From my perspective, as a WitP AE and WitE player, a two week turn resolution is a delight.
The time line covered by PON is an absolutely fascinating period; I have always wanted a game that would do justice to that era, and have found it in PON.
Stick with it Sir. England expects every man to do his duty - do not fail the Empire!
Respectfully Dispatched from the Colonies,