Build or have at least one hut for every woman in your
town. By doing this, you will be sure to get population growth,
and that is what you want.
Halfway through the second or third year, use up all or at least
some or half your adult males as Footmen or Knights. This saves
males for later, as they do not age as Guildmen and can later
be returned to normal bumpkins to aid in population growth when
there are more women than men.
Explore, preferably with Footsoldiers. Two Footsoldiers or three
or four Bumpkins is a good exploration party.