I have played the starting Tier 1 many times now, some with success only to fail in Tier 2 and some failed right off the bat. Some I spread everything out too far in the beginning that they had to run too far to do the important things they need to do. But I have learned a LOT.
I am on Idyllic Valley Large Map, Advanced Settings: In Image
Mostly I want to concentrate on building the village than fighting is the reason I pick these settings.
This is the layout I am planning on starting with. For my housing area.
I found a map with an Extra Large area of wolf dens But it is also where the gold ore is, so this will be interesting.
This was one of my play threw which ended up as more of a testing ground.