Well, as I have progressed through the game I have a few more tips to add:
- Have a large map. I am on year 25 or so and have pretty much ran out of space.
- Cows are good. They give leather (for clothing) AND beef (for food).
- More houses = more people.
- More people = more food.
- Build four mine spaces, but pause the building of two. This way when the others run out, you will already have a site for the next one.
- Have two Foresters and two Gatherers in two different areas.
- Fill your professions! Don't have 3 miners when you can have 6 in one mine.
- Watch sheep - sometimes they don't reproduce so buy more than 4 at a time.
- Using the "clear rocks / trees / iron / everything" options will decrease the amount of goods transported throughout your land. Everything will slow as anyone doing nothing will go and clear that area.
- Unless you have LOTS of coal, just make the standard tools as people steal the coal to heat their homes before the Blacksmith can get any.
I think the main problem for the game for me is that it just takes too long for anything to get done. You can't simply flood your town with more builders because then nothing gets transported anywhere. You can't build more houses because there aren't enough stone miners for the stone. You can't steal miners from your gatherers or foresters huts because then there will be no firewood or food.
So everything just takes an age to happen. Half an hour for a market to be built is poor, which does spoil the game as I am sat waiting for 5 mins (even on speed = 10!).
It's a shame there is no "priority" over goods and where they should go. I want my blacksmiths to have more coal so they can make the better tools. While on the subject of the tools, I made some of the iron ones, which seemed to last just as long as the steel
Plus, seasons change too quick for my liking.
However I have played a good few hours over the past few days so will continue to see how it develops. Then again, I may end up starting a new map as this one is getting boring now!