Like most other strategy games,the key to success in Fight for Fame is good balance between economic prosperity and military prowess. Unlike most other budget strategy titles, Fight for Fame lets you decide the minutiae of empire management, including which buildings to construct, how many clerks to enlist, and many other details. There will be NPCs who offer their help, and you can even organize dynastic marriages with other kingdoms for improved political relations.
On the military front, Fight for Fame emphasizes 'grand-scale strategy' than tactical options. You can create armies of different kind and skills and send them against hostile armies, capitals or fortresses. You can hold tournaments to hone the skill of your army. Wargame-style "fog of war", recon, and supply rules allow a concise strategic planning. There are many diplomatic options you can use, including several ways to sabotage their empires. Similar to Castles (but less plot-based and more random), events will occur throughout the game that keep diplomacy in constant flux - and makes for a very interesting game.
On the downside, the graphics in Fight for Fame is nothing to write home about, and the interface is confusing and not very intuitive. Once you get used to the interface, however, there is really not much else wrong with this highly underrated shareware gem. Whether or not you are a history buff or strategy game fan, you definitely should check out this excellent underdog that will surprise you with its breadth of options and gameplay depth. Highly recommended!