So you've decided you want to try out Base Wars, but you're not sure how.
First off, if you're not familiar with the controls or progression system, go into a local game and build some mines. Build a barracks, then choose either armory (damage buffs + advanced barracks troops), guild (melee/stealth/support focus), or lab (ranged/magic/support focus). Also, build an academy if you get a chance. It allows you to upgrade universal traits like vision and move range, and (arguably more importantly) unlocks defensive structures.
Playing a game by yourself is nice for learning and all, but it can feel quite lifeless. The true substance of Base Wars is in PvP- you should try that ASAP.
To do that, join our Discord (linked on main page) and ask around. We're a friendly bunch, and we'll gladly play a game :)
Once you've gotten a couple games in, it should click and you'll have the basics down! From there, it only gets better.
Bonus tip: the #1 mistake I see new players make is passive play. They feel like their troops are insignificant or that they're behind, despite how the other player has just as limited resources as them.
Generally speaking, harassing the enemy is often the best strategy as Base Wars rewards aggression as much as defense.
In short, proactiveness wins games; passiveness loses them.