If you can stop your citizens from burning down your town in the first 5 minutes of gameplay you're doing well, if you dont have water or food your citizens will burn the entire place down this is the same for entertainment and temples, Only thing i can suggest is to play through the tutorial mission's and it will sort of half show you how to play the game.
The Resource system is very different than other RTS games, its more about income to usage rather than stockpiling goods.
Multiplayer is only possible if you have friends to play with there is no AI in multiplayer maps so coop campaign or coop multiplayer is impossible unless you have 4 friends online, this games community is beyond dead (560 players - none active), also requires a login to play any multiplayer game, does not support lan without logging into their servers.
I do enjoy playing it but the talent system just destroy's multiplayer due to allowing your first units created to be rank 10 after playing through the campaign instead of rank 1 this is persistant through single player and multiplayer.
Coop shared base is impossible without voice communication and its stupidly easy to stagnate your town, getting to the point the only way to win is to not play at all, your citizens go absolutely insane and BURN EVERYTHING to the ground.