The most common types of starts use 2, 3 or 4 Town Centres. What differs between each of these starts is:
- When upgrade buildings are to be built.
- When villagers should beginning building houses to allow an increase of population.
- When villagers should begin building barracks.
- In some cases, when the appropriate time is to farm, but this occurs more in the middle game.
It is a very difficult task to compare starts. Each have their advantages and disadvantages. For example, some starts are much more efficient but require more skill and speed to be able to use. They may be too fast for some players, and this should be considered when trying to copy another person's start.
Below is a table which compares, on average, the score for each start in many categories:
|Number of Town Centers||2||3||4||5|
Note: although a 2 TC start can still create a good backdoor, it is still inferior compared to other starts. See the backdoor page for details.