When starting a new full game, start your colony besides the starting food supply and begin to gather food immediately. Use the will code to help in the event of a fight with a red ant. When your colony grows, your ants will not have to travel a long distance and risk getting eaten or killed. Another tactic is to start anywhere on the area and wait until you have about fifty ants. Press 2 five times to get some ants to help and go to the food supply. Get in the middle and select "Release-All". Most of your ants should take most of the food for your colony.