The arcsynthesis building instructions work. Just follow them closely and don't blindly jump over the pages. And thinking about it, its pretty much how you should deal with the rest of the book.
I have no doubt that his instructions work, one reason I wanted to follow his tutorials is because of his explanation of whom the tutorials were targeted for.
I can't get Premake 4 to work or to tell you the truth I'm really confused on how to use it. If someone could fully explain how to get it setup I have no qualms that I'll be able to breeze through the tutorials.