The worst battleground EVER! (IMO). Totally unbalanced.
(The player who goes first plays always as blue in this picture ^. )
Now, if you're first and you have a crappy hand, you are screwed - the other player has a resource tile just next to his stronghold.. Which you don't..
OTOH, if you play as second, you:
1) start with 3 resources instead of 2 and 1 more card (the usual 2nd player's profit)
2) have a better access to resources
3) your resource tile is secured better because it's next to the stronghold
4) your stronghold is secured better - if oponent catches your deployment tile, they have only 1 side to attack your home.