You will truly be beginning when you have gotten your good production up to 1800 per hour. That’s a decent 1 per 2 seconds, so you should see a steady flow.
Then you need to have a level (lvl) 2 rally point, lvl 1 inn, lvl 1 feasting hall, lvl 1 wall, lvl 1 academy, lvl 2 forge, lvl 1 workshop, 4 lvl 2 cottages. This will let you do a lot more. First, you probably have a decent amount of gold (10,000 or so). Go to the academy. Click on Agricultural Tech and get it. That will increase your food production. Do the same for Lumbering tech. This is for wood.
Hint: Running low on supplies? Click BUY under your recourses. This is EXTREMELY useful early in the game, and much better than buying amulets.
Next we need an army.
Get your barracks to level two. Train 2 warriors in groups of 50 or so. That will give you roughly 100 men. You may not have enough for this, so train in smaller groups. If you’re lucky, you will get a junior battalion.
Junior Battalion: 100-250 free warriors and 100-250 free workers. Useful at the very beginning, not so much after that.
With this force, you should be able to take over a lvl one valley. But first we need a hero. Upgrade the feasting hall to lvl 2. (You should have a Mayor by now. If not, get a hero with high politics and intelligence and appoint him as mayor. The you will still need a second hero)
Hint: Make Sure you choose a hero with high attack for your general and high politics and intelligence for your mayor
For your first valley take anything (a forest would be most useful at this point) and with this valley you will increase your production of a certain good. Flats don’t increase production; instead they are able to be turned into cities.
After taking your first flat, go to your academy. Level it up to lvl 2 (Use a beginners instruction for instantaneous build). Then research Informatics. Speed up is free on this (The only tech on which it is)
Informatics: A lot of new layers are confused on this. This tech is ONLY useful at levels two and up. Otherwise, it does nothing but give you scouts. If your tech level of this is one higher than a valley your scouting, you can see what TYPE of unit is there. If it is two levels higher you can see TYPE AND NUMBER. This is one of the most useful abilities in the game.
Then research military science. This will increase unit production speed. This will help later in the game more than now, but you need military science to build a lot of other units.
We want this up next. You should have it to level 2 by the time you read this. That’s good. Click upgrade on the next one. OH dear! The time for building is probably around 50 minutes. Don’t worry; we can get two quests done by this: Use Primary Plans. These will speed up research or build time by an hour. This will instantly complete the town hall, while finishing two quests. Get the rewards in the quest tab, then go back to the present. You will now be able to receive the Lord’s Package. Open it up like the newbie’s package.
This will put you on your way to being a great lord. Things to note: DON’T go to a lvl 5 town hall, there are many things to improve in your city. Going to a lvl 5 Town Hall will end your safety early, which will hurt you.