My method is the Main Building, Residence, Embassy and Town Hall go in the inner circle. Then I start with the warehouse, granary, marketplace etc. and go anti-clockwise with resource-related buildings from the top left gate. Clockwise I go barracks, academy, etc. - military buildings. Quite similar to iribuya really.
You want one army of TTs to Raid, unless you don't like free resources. The rest prioritise Phalanx and get Druids if you have resource to spare. If you have PILES of res, then get Haeduan - they are very expensive.
I'm trying it, having started 4 days late, on the new speed server. First time I've been on there and the game may be different. I find that I need to get the WH up to 8 in order to fit in all the res from demolishing Residence.
Also I need Granary level 9, not 8, to get the 9500 crop for a celebration.
Is it different?