I like this guide... simple and to the point. I agree with the above though.. I like being on an island, but one like madagascar so you have access to early conquers.
Another thing I would add.... I like to do a lot of scans early... so I like to build energy buildings early. This way you can take out noobs that only have 2 or 3 inf in their base. Easy conquers = better rank and more resources
Great guide though... put in laymen terms and short.. good job.