Below, you'll find a handful of useful tips that will make the experience much smoother:
After starting the game, you chose the difficulty level, which means a whole lot in this game. However, there are only two: story mode and normal. The Story Mode practically bereaves the game of any challenge. The quests will be simpler and fights can be just omitted; enemies deal very low damage. Use this mode only if you want the story alone from the game. The Normal difficulty, in turn, offers a much greater challenge and can be a real pain sometimes. There's a ton of fights in the game, and many of them will require you to use all your tactical senses.
You can only save a game in two places. In your kingdom and your camp, if you're on an expedition. Make sure you use a couple of slots to save the game - I've had an issue a couple of times during the game, when my save wouldn't load.
- You can take as much as six companions for your expeditions. Make sure the team is versatile. You can use four characters in battle - if one dies, there won't be any reinforcements (they will only get back to action once you're at the camp).
- In the following chapters of the game, you will be striving to resolve a number of quests before a deadline. Don't worry too much - points are awarded for most of the in-game activities, and meeting the deadline is fairly easy.
- It's incredibly important in this game to develop bonds with city inhabitants and your comrades. For every two stages of the given relation, you'll gain access to new skills and bonuses. Remember, though, that it's not always possible to work on the relations with others - check the calendar to see at what time it's possible to meet the given character.
- The game is for the most part non-linear, so deciding which journeys you decide to embark on is entirely up to you. First, start by searching the locations near your kingdom - they're pretty easy and you should have no problems finishing them.
- Fishing is a great way of obtaining items useful in combat, especially at the beginning, when the team isn't very powerful. Spend a couple of days here to get good items.
- You might consider increasing the tempo of combat - in the latter part of the game, fights can be pretty long; there's no point wasting time on watching the same animations all over again.
- If you're tired with cutscenes, remember that you can skip them by pressing space. You can read a summary at the end anyhow. There's a bulky encyclopedia in the game, where every dialogue line is available.
- New companions or citizens can be unlocked later in the game. After an adventure, some side events will often take place in the kingdom - when you get back, you will often be able to talk to a new character.
- As far as constructions and city management are concerned, the mechanics are fairly easy. Truth be told, at the beginning the main premise behind constructions is improving relations with citizens. Don't worry too much about upgrading buildings in the initial stages of the game.