This is terrific! But how does a new player learn how to play the game without being wiped out? The only thing I know is to keep my shield raised all the time. I have reached a point whereas I cannot grow. The amount of time/rss needed is way too long. Your 'How to play' link is broken but it doesn't have the information that would help anyways. Ask a player? Find one that is willing to help. No one in our clan has any idea how to build a Stronghold.
you always can ask guys from other clans (more strong) also you can ask your questions here.
here you can find a lot of common info - https://support-portal.plarium.com/en/vikings-web/faq