I've been pissing people off in my area left and right, I gotta stay with this tribe (at least for now). As far as the FTR tribe, go ahead and build it up if you'd like, I'll probably join in the future. If anybody wants to join the one I'm currently in, let me know, and I'll have the leader send you an invite.
As far as beginning strategy, I'm no expert, but I've already sent it to like 5 people so for future reference, my advice goes something like this. I sent it to galapogos a while ago (yesterday, i think?).
You're the 3rd FTRer besides myself to sign up. The others are bigred and Dsmrolla06. Like I told the other two, at first, you're going to want to concentrate on building up your resource production, most notably wood and clay. People can't attack you for 5 days, and even after that, if you're an active player, I'd guess it's unlikely they will for a while anyway. Before that time is up, I'd probably upgrade the wall a few times just in case, make a barracks, and some spearmen. The spearmen kinda suck but they have a high carrying capacity and you can plunder the resources of some of the inactive players around you, and there will probably be a few.
As far as getting a tribe together, that's something I'd be interested in, but in the future. The tribe I'm in is reasonably big and I kind of want that backing right now because I'm pissing a lot of people off in my area. As you can tell in my description, I've already declared 2 villages around me to be mine, and I've attacked another who was already pretty established, and wiped out his entire army. So at least for the time being, I want to stay in my tribe, especially considering the 2 other strong players in my direct area are in tribes that are allied with my own. If you want to join, let me know, and I'll have the guy send you an invite.