What I learned from playing KoC is that in the beginning, it's about building as fast and efficient as you can. DoA gives you an easy step by step guide by suggesting a questline that you should follow. If you have the time to just sit and watch the building bars go, this strategy is the best for getting your city started. If you're like me, and you don't have that kind of time, you can modify your strategy a bit.
Here's what my city looks like after starting earlier today and then working on it for about an hour tonight while I did some other things online.
As you can see, I primarily focused on building and upgrading my resource gathering units. My theory behind this is that while I am away from my computer for the night and next day, these units will continue working for me gathering resources that I can use when I have an hour to devote to building things up again.
Tip: When you're starting your city, you want to have a balanced resource gathering strategy. I started with 3 of each resource gathering unit (Farm, Lumber Mill, Mine, and Quarry)
I also made sure to get going on my Science Center, which can be researching things to upgrade your resource production, troop movement, and many other important things that you really want to get a jump on.
Tip: You can be researching something AND building something at the same time.
In my city in Kingdoms of Camelot, I ran with the strategy of having more barracks (or Garrisons in DoA) than cottages (or homes). I think that I am going to try having a balanced number in this game to see how it goes.
Tip: Building homes does not take a lot of time or resources, but your population is where you draw your resource workers, troops, and tax money from, so make sure to keep your population thriving.
One other thing that I did was start training 300 Conscript troops to use to grab some wilderness units. My castle is level 3, so I can occupy 3 wildernesses which increase my production of a resource. I looked at the map and found the closest level 1 wilderness, which happened to be a Mountain. I sent my 300 troops in to attack and came back with 294, losing 6 troops. I repeated this and grabbed another mountain and a savannah, just to make sure I had a bonus for my time away from the computer.
Tip: 300 Conscripts will conquer a level one wilderness with a loss of 6 troops.
One other thing that I tend to do before I leave my computer to sleep, eat, work, etc is find the building that will take the longest to upgrade and get it started, so when I come back I won't have to deal with it. Tonight it will be my castle, which has a 2 hour and 4 minute upgrade time.
I will be posting some guide information on wildernesses, power, and other basic strategy as I keep working on this blog and game.
Thanks for reading!