First things first. You are able to start playing 7 seconds after you click "OK" (click it as soon as it appears, don't wait for the dialogue to finish). At the end of the game the ending sequence takes 9 seconds to complete. So overall you start with a 16 second time penalty. So, in order to counteract this, RESET your game until the first TREE you plant is right outside the tent. If your LumberDwarf has to walk to the edge of the land then you are just wasting time-points.
BASIC: First things you need to buy, in this order! (and this is will cost all your starting gold)
TREE > LUMBERDWARF > LUMBER Lv2 > TREE Lv2 > HOME UPGRADE > GATHERER
Your lumberdwarves inevitably end up grouping together so don't worry about upgrading their strength too much, you just want plenty of low level trees for them to blitz through creating more WOOD for the gatherers. Upgrade your gatherer to Lv2 and create another gatherer when you have 4 WOOD on the ground at once, otherwise they will march to the end of the land and back and that will waste time-points.
Once your fish reserve hits around 40-50 then make 3 fishermen and upgrade them to Lv4. This is all you will need to do for them for the whole game , except upgrade the ENVIRONMENT which increases your fish value.
Get your HOME upgraded a few levels first and then focus on upgrading your ENVIRONMENT. Once you hit Lv4 ENVIRONMENT you will start earning a LITTLE gold but this is no where near enough to advance, unless you are desperate for to upgrade your fish value.
Ideally in the first 4-5 minutes you want:
3x Tree @ Lv4
3x Lumberdwarves @ Lv2
3 x Fishermen @ Lv4
3x Gatherer @ Lv3
HOME @ Lv3
ENIVRONMENT @ Lv3
After that, keep the LumberDwarves cutting high level trees (you dont want them strolling around) and make sure you have plenty of low level Gatherers for the same reason, you want them back to the tent quick, not waltzing about. Oh yeah, NEVER click the skull icon either!!!
Love this game, play it every couple of days. So addictive.
Love the art style and the game format. Can't wait for Part 2!!!