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@anthony_admin

One of the big advertising points of PI/PMI over earlier engines was unlimited candidates, parties, and regions within a custom scenario. I'd like to ask, how many candidates, parties, and regions has theoryspark stress-tested the game with, at maximum, in internal playtesting, out of curiosity?

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@Patine,

As far as I'm aware, the only problems occur with save games and very high numbers of candidates. Other than that, the game can run slowly on certain configurations. For example, PMI - U.K.'s default campaign runs a bit slowly on certain systems - it has 650 regions and around 10 parties.

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Yeah, I think for decent/fluid game-play, it's best not to extend past PMI: Canada's number of parties. Or, have PMI: UK's number of seats, but not number of parties.

PMI: UK is a great game, but it's unavoidable for it to be on the slower side (I even have a pretty good processor) with the sheer number of candidates and parties needed for the realism PMI/F games are known for.

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@Vega,

I want to speed it up. The nice thing about working to get the default PMI - U.K. game play fast is that it makes every other game really fast. The latest PI, for example, is significantly quicker than it was before PMI - U.K. was released.

The next round of PMI - U.K. updates should make things quicker.

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What if I wanted to do a scenario like India 2014 (India uses a very similar system to the Westminster System Canada and the UK use) which has more seats than the UK (closer to 750) and probably 50 to 60 parties, many of whom would count as purely regional, and over 800 million eligible voters? Could the engine it?

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@Patine,

My guess is that it would be really slow, and saving or loading might not work. You would be exploring new territory with that kind of project. :)

If you have 50 to 60 parties, that would be roughly 5 times the parties in the U.K. version. That means certain functions will take about 5 times longer. It would mean that certain things that might take, say, 1/10 of a second would now takes 1/2 a second.

In theory, the 800 million voters shouldn't matter too much.

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