For a quick intro on how to play, have a look at the Quick Start Video (not that quick at over 13 minutes but there was a lot to tell you!).
Once you’re comfortable with how to play, you might find the following tips and advice useful…
Your Champion is always safe from enemy characters in a Farmland region (except for Goblin Captains). Since travelling through Farmland is the quickest too, you’re best to try to stick to Farmland regions if you’re in a hurry to get somewhere. If you’re looking for a fight, though, you’ll need to look elsewhere.