Here's a couple of tips I've learned over the past couple of days. Please feel free to share any others you have:
- Don't bother expanding your trading post past level 5. I got one of mine up to 7 (they only increase the range on the odd numbered ones). The problem is, any deals I find far away are snapped up before I get there. So unless you have some speedy cargo ships or trade treaties with people 4 or 5 islands away, don't waste the resources
-RESEARCH GLASS! It took me like 5 days, but once I had it, I shot up like 200 spots on the highscore list. When I woke up this morning, I had enough glass to instantly get fire ships & get halfway to Holiday.