(new registration window for the game coming up on December 15 (http://www1.flightrising.com/))
Get on the forums EARLY. I mean, you’ve chosen your flight, you have your “progen” dragons (the one YOU create, and the one of the opposite sex that comes and joins your lair), you want to grow your clan. Get thee to the forums and check your flight-specific sales thread. People want to GIVE you dragons. For cheap or for (practically) nothing (dragon trades require one treasure - but since playing one game in the fairground nets to way more than that, one treasure is NOTHING).
Don’t haunt the auction house - dragons are cheaper and with more/better genes on the sales threads. You may find what you want in the forums and then buy the dragon in the auction house - but sifting through the MASSES and MASSES of dragons there is mind-numbing and crazy-making.
Learn the FR colorwheel so you understand what colors are even POSSIBLE with a breeding pair (the scrying workshop helps here, too).
Don’t worry about dominance for your first month. Don’t even really worry about it for your second month (if you can you can, no big deal if you can’t).
Use your vault! Really! Sock away treasure and items you want to keep and gems! It is SUPER useful to have the capital to expand already on hand in your vault when you have a nest about to hatch and no room in your lair.
You can write little histories for your dragons in the “EDIT” box under each one. You can write whole stories if you want to amuse yourself that way. But be warned that if you do, you may become so attached to the dragon when time comes to let it go - either to someone else’s lair, or to your flight’s deity in service (called exalting) you find yourself hoarding it instead. So unless the dragon is a permenant resident of your lair - don't give it a background!
Feed your dragons. No really. FEED THEM.
Learn to love the coliseum battles. Because sometimes they may be tedious, but they also give you stuff just for battling monsters.
Figure out which breed of dragons you love (hi, imperials!). And which you hate (hi, coatl). Don’t fill your lair with dragon types you hate - no matter how pretty their colors! There are TWELVE breeds - and they can all interbreed (although if you look at the size differential of a Guardian vs say a Fae… Uh, yeah, don’t think too hard about the mechanics of it. They may as well mix their genes in a petrie dish for all the sense it makes).
Figure out a naming convention for your dragons early. If you want them all to be book characters, or anime-inspired, or media-inspired, or have the names of ancient gods, or be named after gemstones - whatever it is - if you want to theme name them, start from the very beginning - while renaming scrolls are not expensive, if you have more than one to re-name to names better suited to what you want in your lair - it can get expensive.
Friend people! And let people friend you! Talk to people! The folks I’ve interacted with have been super nice and really supportive (full disclosure - I’m in Nature flight and we seem to be the Hufflepuffs of the dragon world. And I’ve heard really good things about Plague Flight and Arcane Flight as well!).
People may be willing to stud out their dragons or provide a cross-flight nest (if you are a nature clan, but the dragon you want should have shadow-colored eyes, ask someone in the shadow flight to breed the nest for you!) - so ASK. If someone has a dragon with the perfect colors and genes to match a dragon you want bred - go ahead and ask if you can borrow the dragon for stud service. You'll have them for the length of time it takes a nest to hatch and then you can send the dragon home. The worst someone will say is "no" (be gracious - not everyone is open to breeding their dragons with outsiders). But if you want to try a private breeding experiment - go for it! Likewise if there is a SPECIFIC dragon you just HAVE TO HAVE with the PERFECT colors and the PERFECT genes - do a dragon search to see if it already exists somewhere in someone's nest. I've seen more threads on the "Dragons Wanted" forum where someone is looking for something so rare there might be dragons close to what they want, but there are none exact that haven't been exalted. Be ready to wait a LONG time or work on a huge breeding project to get the dragon you want. And even then, you may have to re-gene, re-scroll, or breed-change it - so be prepared to sink a LOT of treasure and/or gems into it!
Read the guides - even if they don’t make a lot of sense at the very beginning - they will eventually begin to make sense!
I am User ID: 92240 (amkave) over there. If you’re playing - friend me! If you want to play… well, December 15th there will be a 24-hour registration window open when you can sign up!