The area I started in was is filled with mountains, valleys, fruit trees, various types of other trees, cotton plants, strawberries and a few ponds. Gnomoria is only in Alpha right now and it very recently entered that, so the ground level areas are pretty devoid of animal life, but you do start with some Yaks. I immediately set up some farming, as you can see, and a pasture for my Yaks. After you do that you have the an important choice, do you build your stronghold above ground or underground? I chose the way of the Dwarves and dug into the earth with a poorly thought out entrance that turned out to be non-defensible. One of the first things you have to do is build stockpiles for food, materials, tools, weapons and everything, plus you need rooms for your each of your gnomes or you can build a communal hall, but they are happier with individual rooms and that also brings more worth to your settlement. Check out my basic set up.
After that you have to start setting up workshops, seen in the middle of the above screenshot with yellow areas underneath each workshop. You use workshops to do basic things like build furniture, create planks of woods, carve blocks of stone, create wine out of fruit and you also eventually get some advanced workshops that let you create mechanisms or create armor and weapons. All of the workshops require materials to build and some of them take a long time to build due to the large amount of materials required, but that is all subject to change since it is in early alpha and a lot of people have been making numerous suggestions about material requirements for everything. You might be wondering what you do in the long run in this game, well you mainly just build up your settlement, make your military strong, and mine as far into the earth as you can without unleashing unholy amounts of Golems upon your populace. I could spend a lot more time explaining how enjoyable this game is, even at this early stage, but I'm gonna let this commentary video I made do it for me.
Main Website: http://gnomoria.com/
-Written by Sean Cargle