A quick tip to improve resource gathering!
Undoubtedly there will come a time in your trek across the wilds of Avalon that tribulation beset thee. It would seem wise in your eyes to merely "restart" your hand and try again. Verily I say unto thee, "Nay!" Do not be tempted to do such a thing!
"Pray tell, why not?" you ask. Simple knave. At the end of each hand one has ample opportunity to gather the town's resources, yet that chance is not afforded you if you restart the hand. Instead accept your temporary failure and reap the resources you have sown.
Thou canst replay the hand directly from the map. You will be able to rebuild the empire much faster following this approach.