I recently found about this game on YouTube and decided to give it a try. But I haven't figured out how the game should actually be played or what civilization to start with. I don't find the economy in this game intuitive at all. I haven't been able to find any guides either.
yes, this game is a bit hard to learn at first. there are a few guides, but none official. there are the in-game tutorials for that, though.
Does someone have any tips for a begginer? How many villgers should you créate at the start of the game?
villaagers are created automatically when needed. no need to bother with them, except for having the tool-producing building.
How many soldiers?
soldiers are also created automatically, they are the end point of the economy. again no need to bother with them, if you have all the buildings needed you will produce them.
In general, what you really decide is what to build. if you build up your economy correctly, you will automaticalllly produce all the workers and soldiers.
What's an optimal distribution for resource extraction? How many villagers should I use to build? etc.
for a beginner - or really, for everyone except the most skilled players - I recommend to simply adjust your economy to fix its bottlenecks. You have two tools for that, the stock and the buildings menu, both accessible in-game.
stock tells you how many of each ware you have, and how many in your warehouse. from buildings you have to look at the oproductivity, if a certain category oof buildings has a low productivity it means it is not getting the wares it needs.
Say, for example, that you look in the buildings and see that your mines have a low productivity (ideallly, you'd want to be close to 100% with everything). it means the mines are not getting enough food. Assuming atlanteans, it means you lack either bread or smocked fish. But you check in the stock, and you have plenty of bread, not much smocked fish. Smocked fish is made in smokeries, so you check them. if they have a good produuction and you have plenty of fish in stock, then you need to build more smokeries. if you have low production, it means you need more fish or wood. So you make morre of the appropriate building. If you needed fish, you make fisheries with fish breeders to keep getting new fish. if you needed wood, you have to make woodcutters with foresters, to keep getting new trees.