1) Build During Autumn-Winter
During this time, all the idle workers that you have around, will automatically switch to being Labourers for you to assign them to work and to build up any expansion you have, so that you can use them come springtime.
2) No Forester Hut Near Orchards
Maybe this has been patched out but I’m playing a vanilla Banished game, so this is a major no-no. Didn’t realise it until I found out why I wasn’t getting the harvest that I needed. The forester has been chopping down the Apple trees. Bad Washington!
3) Maximise Crop/Herd Yield
This I learnt after reading crop strategy online. Seems like the alignment/orientation of the crop field is a factor and so is the number of workers. The take home message now, despite the previous posts.
Pastures : 20 x 20 (only 1 herdsman)
Crops : 11 x 11 (also 1 farmer)
Orchards : 15 x 4 (1 farmer; orientated on a east-west axis or horizontally)
4) Gatherers Rather Than Hunters
Gatherers are better at producing food. Hunters will only hunt 6 deer per year. Max. Although they give you 200 venison and some hides, that’s all they do. I expanded with Hunters in my Devonport game, sad but true.
5) Trial And Error
Despite committing all the above mistakes, I manage to survive just fine, despite a rather lot of over wastage of resources. But this is the beauty of the game, there are so many videos, strategies, tip and tactics online, and yet, you can survive on your own without any help.
So stay tune as I boot up a new game, using the same map.