A few useful tips when starting out.
Make sure you always have at least 3-5 days worth of food in your storage.
As you reclaim Houses and Farms, try to reclaim useful buildings along the way (Workshops, Schools, Hospitals, Labs, Warehouses, etc). You can convert the buildings, of course, but it waste your time, and you don't have many builders at first.
Big grids (1x2, 2x2) are neat, as they give you access to many adjacent grids, and all of them are useful on their own right (e.g Big Farm, etc)
At first, you don't need much Ammo or Fuel. So feel free to trade them for as much Food as possible (be aware, though, that your Food storage capacity is 50, until you reclaim warehouses).
Convert your "useless" grid as soon as possible with your first builder. You can pick Farm or Apartment.
Send the Leader to Recruiting missions.
Send the Scavenger to buildings with Food.
Send the soldiers to clear the way towards the nearest Farm or house (e.g Apartment)
Scout around and determine the shortest path to the farms and houses.
Recruit survivors, but keep your eye on Food reserves.
Have at least one School. Train your new recruits (Level 1 Leader, Level 1 Soldier, etc) into Builders and Scavengers. Add more if you can. Eventually, you want to be able to complete scavenging / reclaiming average blocks within 1-2 days.
Have at least one Laboratory. Use the School to train at least one Scientist, then start researching.
Your food supply should be stable at this point.
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