Thanks for the guidance guys.
I have been playing PON for a while as Russia and am having a real blast in the 1700+ turn campaign.
A lot seems familiar in EAW - so perhaps I'll give it a shot at normal difficulty.
I may try the full Entente eventually but the real draw for me is the fascination of what could have been done to avoid the fall of the Romanov dynasty and the rise of Communism in Russia.
RUS is also obviously on my shopping list.
In PON, I am trying to be a kinder, gentler Tsar of the people in order to bring about a happier, more modernized Russia.
In EAW, it's all too late for that ... unless we are highly successful.
So - time to put away my PON Development Hat and shine up the old sabre ....