If you have never before played Clash of Kings: The West, you will surely want to go through the guide so that you can catch on to at least the basics of game play. Of course, in the event that you find yourself in trouble, you could always turn to fellow players for information and advice, but that is nothing like having the information before going in to the game.
Sound investments are critical to the game, so avoid the temptation to be stingy with it. Purchasing the extra builder as soon as possible will double your potential for building speed and this is an essential part of building your kingdom.
You will also want to be very careful to pay attention to your VIP status, which comes in handy during the early stages of the game for picking up experience points as well as power buffs.
It does not matter whether you are focusing on alliance building or whether you are choosing to move forward as a lone wolf, you will certainly need troops if your empire is to succeed. Hospitals and military tents are very important, so make sure to build lots of those as soon as you have the opportunity to do so.
Guests are responsible for many valuable experience points, which will gain you a great deal of progress early in the game. Quests will be randomly unlocked so always watch out for them and pay close attention to instructions as to how to unlock them. If a quest in unavailable and you have no idea what to do next, you can choose to vanquish a few monsters or dragons to pick up experience points.
Upgrading your college should be high on your list of things to do as well, as it will give you a technological edge that put you far above other opponents who have not done so. It can make a huge difference in whether or not you are able to forge the most successful kingdom in your power.
Building a formidable military should be at the very top of your list of most important things to do. In the early stages, it can be tempting to focus on gathering resources, but the military options should come as soon as they are available to you. Focus on reaching the highest recruitment and cartography levels that you can, as soon as you can.