Good characters to start with are:
- Shade: Thief: Bounty Hunter: Rogue.
- Minotaur: Barbarian: Gladiator: Fighter
- Dwarf Priest: Traveler: Healer.
- Elf: Wizard: Summoner: Mage.
Setting up guards
Create a guard position near your ToL and alter its
Asset's Guard behavior to "Guard ToL". This will keep
enemies from easily penetrating the center of your city. Send
out guards to the rest of your territories to create a menacing
problem for all your opponents. The more guards you have, the
more an enemy is going to have to do to attack part of your territory.
If there are no extenuating circumstances (political or attack), start by building a Bank and Bursar followed by ToL and Runemaster (with aggressiveness). You will usually want to use the Fury and Assassin trainers first because they enable more trademark skills.