If there are no extenuating circumstances (political or attack) you should start by building a Bank & Bursar followed by ToL & Runemaster (with aggressiveness) and so on. Usually you want to use the Fury and Assassin trainers first because they enable more trademark skills.
This Wolfpack Studios massive multi-player online role-playing game doesn't penalize gamers for joining groups. Therefore you will receive close to or the exact amount of experience for killing monsters. Therefore it is preferable to join a large group.
In an Everquest-like twist when your character dies you will lose experience points and all of your unequipped items and gold stay at your grave. But you must remember that anyone in the game can loot your grave, so don't carry your life savings on you.
First it's recommended that you create a guard position near your ToL and alter it's Asset's Guard behavior to GUARD ToL. This will keep enemies from easily penetrating the center of your city. Now by sending out guards to the rest of your territories you will create a menacing problem for all our your opponents. The more guards you have the more an enemy is going to have to do to attack part of your territory.