Thank you both for the amazing replies. Definitely learnt a bit from that.
Waiting to defend robbers.. I like (unfortunately I am impatient). I have ended up with a solid amount of swords since Kingdom is in a very good spot and Phalx ended up sitting in Oasis 99% of the time.
Have a solid game plan now, thanks to your in-depth clarification on the above. Instead of the usual "rush second village by day 2" and end of guide.