Being on satellite internet temporarily, I've turned my attentions to Lord of Ultima a bit. Okay, I confess, I'm getting much more into the game in general lately. I thought it was pretty cool in the beginning though as time went on...it was more 'so I can build lots of cool buildings and make cities...big whoop.' Now however, I'm starting to see the complexity of the game, and am getting more into the politics of my alliance and surrounding alliances.
I'm also starting a few combat cities and am looking forward to the opportunity to attack people, and plunder their goods. (muahahaha)
Unlike many people, I have not yet castled yet. (Castling, in Lord of Ultima is when you build a castle in your city, allowing that city to attack other players, and be attacked by other players.)
I've noticed that many people seem to want to castle right away. Though it's understandable to want to jump into the action, this doesn't seem like a wise move in Lord of Ultima. It is much better, strategically, to build up your resources and defenses before opening yourself up for attacks.
Currently, I'm sitting at around a 90k score, which is extremely low compared to some players, and moderate compared to others. I've seen people castle as early as 10k.
Another thing to keep in mind is where you place your castle, once you castle. This castle in this picture is in a very poorly defended spot, as it can be attacked both by land forces, as well as water forces from both the river and sea it is sitting on. When I castle for the first time, it will probably be inland, and not directly on the water.
The current resources I never seem to have enough of (and I will be increasing my supply of before I get into castling and battle) is food, iron, and gold. My twin gold cities (Tweedledee and Tweedledum) are starting to pick up the gold supply a bit, though the town houses are still in the early stages of building and not quite producing at a good level yet. I decided on those cities to build up some cottages first (which give building time bonuses) before building the higher levels of the town houses...making the gold cities produce faster in the long run as they are upgraded more quickly.