Akura, I'll send you troops.
Me and kung fu are going the 500 man army route early. We're figuring out whether or not my sending him armed peasants as reinforcements will allow him to focus on weapons production instead of popularity for the peasants.
Also, if you research housing capacity upgrades, the look of the houses change. Also I recommend focusing on ways to raise popularity, like literature (plus you get a dancing bear) and the housing researches. I can have over 200 peasants and the more peasants the more tax.
Has anyone started a faction yet? I'm up to Gentleman rank, anyone higher?
Also, I HIGHLY recommend researching banqueting up all the way. I also recommend putting at least one dot into all the banquet goods production research (but no more if your parish has a steady supply of them like mine does).
My parish is doing very well, I'm donating lots of goods, we have an able steward who isn't me and a nice army and defenses. He seems to have focused on being a merchant king since his caravans apparently are attached to an internal combustion engine. I bet he's making a lot of money from being a merchant.
Anyways though, I went full stone/wood research, which is a great help.
Engineering is a very wise research as it increases all your storage which will be helpful.
My second village is a salt flat in the same parish, and I plan to flood the market with it, so once you start needing salt let me know.
Captains cost 3k gold and are required to claim a plot, and plots are 10k in the same parish.
Our parish is catching up to Elphin, and once my second village is up and ready I should have more military researches.
Red will attack your second village the same as the first. (That bastard!)
The second village has it's own reset build time. (If you want to set up second villages really fast, build it nearby to ship resources to it, and research village build time decreaser [mine is up to 80%])
Finally, and most importantly, do we have a faction yet? We should definitely form our own. I've learned from Illyriad that random B12'ers are a winning team since we are so good at talking to people on the internet and if that fails, organizing.
EDIT: Akura are you AkuraTDB in player rankings?
EDIT2: Also, the keep shoots over all the walls in your castle, making castellation research more and more valuable the longer it takes the enemy to reach your keep.
I have no experience with killing pits, other than knowing I can't spare that much iron for a ring of them if they aren't very useful. What do they do when a unit runs into them?
EDIT3: I read up on scouts on the stronghold wiki and the more you send the better their chances of succeeding are. Is there anyone who can collect intelligence on Akura's opponent for us? By that I mean someone who put research points into having multiple scouts. It would probably look random since we aren't all affiliated yet, don't let them know you are affiliated with Akura, then forward the report to Akura and he can forward it to anyone else.
Also, Akura, send duuvian a message through Stronghold.
Also, everyone else too, I'll start getting things going.
EDIT4: Wiki says that you need at least level 14 to start a Faction. I'm at 13. Is anyone to 14 yet? I'd be happy to be the one to start the faction, and I pledge the caress of my iron fist in this game shall be mostly benevolent (except to Elphin parish) to anyone not on the B12 forum, and all B12 members shall be equals.