Obviously this isn't how it really looks in actual matches... The real game is so fast-paced I keep forgetting to take a screenshot. Gist of the the is to build something with permanent stopping power (and able to house a ballista) before the end of the building round, and its size, durability, and smaller characteristics depends heavily on if and how other builders chip in. Sometimes the backwall behind will be covered in stone instead (I don't have enough materials building round to do that myself though), and occasionally someone will build a tunnel on top. Eventually later on in the match, if it proves necessary, I'd place some stone underneath. Usually though I find a bedrock line to lay the tower on. After I build this, as well as the station of two other shops, I grab a drill and rush as a knight. This only took me two minutes to make in sandbox, but sandbox really isn't indicative of how it performs in a real match. With any reasonable build time I can walk between the spawn and the tower for more materials as necessary. Here are the typical stages of my resource usage: Stage 1: 300 wood, 100 stone. -200 wood, build two shop buildings near spawn -40 stone, build 4 stone blocks vertically -50 stone, build 1 stone door on top -5 wood (now 95 wood), build temporary backwall above door -10 stone (now 0 stone) build 1 stone block on top -40 wood (now 55 wood), build 4 wood blocks behind stone blocks I use the rest of my 55 wood for a few ladders and backwall, then I haul ass back to spawn Stage 2: 300 wood, 100 stone -100 wood (now 200), finish making ladder -50 stone (now 50), make a second door -50 stone (now 0 stone), build some stone blocks above to get necessary height -5o wood (now 150 wood), build some wood blocks behind those for width Here I find myself with a bunch of wood for no purpose, but no stone, and a lot of time until my next resource-get. I sometimes build another shop (usually bakery since that's often neglected), or sometimes I spam wooden backwall, making (now 0 wood) Stage 3: 300 wood, 100 stone - about 100 stone, make the tower a bit higher and make a 5 block width crow's nest -100 wood, build backwall for nest etc Even though I have wood for more, I'm running out of build-time, so I haul ass, get or mine some stone, get a drill, and go knight. Depending on how much help I received, I can skip a stage and rush as soon as the barrier comes down, or end up about 15 seconds late. (Which is good, because with a drill I have to come up behind pushes to destroy stone walls, taking care not to die) Anyway, I'd like some helpful criticism (or sweet ego-stroking praise). There are some things I don't have much experience in and just ignore, like building tunnels or saw-traps. If I'm lucky some other builder will handle those. EDIT: I was able to get some real match screenshots: EDIT2: Experience has been my teacher, kegs are particularly effective. How do you make a keg-proof tower with minimal cost?