Most of default settings are same. Outside a few.
Like mention above, Pet/Thrall tame timer can be lowered.
(I play heavily single player myself)
0.500 is about 20-30min give or take. (t4’s are about 6hours) Most of Pets take 20mins to eat food, making Gold rocknose farm somewhat useful. (console users can’t slider bar… so were stuck with 0.500 gaps… )
Damage I set to 2.0 (not official by any means… ) Your by yourself and it cuts back some of dragged out fight that can happen. Long as you keep weapons upto-date. I find it enjoyable.
Depending on version of game, some of spawn setting differ greatly. On Consoles, how memory of system works decides what happen in your general area. Star metal on PC, far as I’m aware is 6hours.
On consoles, there no visable timer. I can start game up stare at sky and see a shower of them 5mins or never… yays RNG. I’ve had 2-3 in 30mins just riding south and north.
Other things like spawns, arent connected to a server, So there no feedback.
Most things on default will re-pop 30mins if nothing is blocking it.
If you travel far enough away and back will cause it to all respawn.
Example “The Den” you can walk down to Oasis and run right back up to find everything, even chests respawned within few mins. (and even see corpses left behind) Instead of 30min wait.
But, since its just you fighting thru it all… not sure its really not worthy as cheat. Compared to working with others to clear it out.
Most of other setting, I don’t mess with to much.
I knock Stam down to 0.5. (its pet peeve that a unfit human being with no legs can out run a physically fit game character…)
Land Claim down to .25-.33 No one to fight for land, and its nice to have some of trees and bushes not despawn on lawn. (.33 is about 3 foundations out)
Spawn timer don’t mean much in SP, since there cleared out via distance. (fair warning, Place New Asgard, can respawn one side of itself do to size of it)
Fuel Burn I set to 2.0. Only so much bark and wood you can gather for fuel over and over before I loss my mind. (again, no one play with in SP, so you kinda have to find short cuts to fill in gathering gaps)