OK, I’ll try to keep this brief. This is not criticism, but I will say if I found things, well, frustrating for a new player.
I’ve been playing now for a couple of weeks. At first I used the solo server (is it a server?) and found CE to be a fun looking game with lots of possibilities. The main problem though was the vast amount of gathering of materials needed to craft even the simplest thing. All the time trying to stay alive of course. I solved that by moving to a non-official server that had a 10X multiplier on gathering, which felt about right to me and removed the most boring feature of the game. Oh, and it was set not to lose everything when you die, another great improvement.
I then spent some time building a nice, but small, house with armor bench and other stuff. I learned how to cook meat and didn’t have to eat grubs any more (ptah!). I made a couple of water skins so I didn’t have to stay near water all the time. I equipped myself with stone weapons and leather armor. I thought I was doing so well …
Then I discovered that I wasn’t going to get any further without iron. So I set off to look for some. What a disillusionment! Of course I had been operating in the beginners’ area where stone weapons are good enough. And where there is no iron!
And then the “catch 22” became apparent. I wasn’t going to survive long enough to find and harvest iron without equipment that needed iron to craft. So I formed a cunning plan. I set out on my quest for iron and every so often put down a bedroll, so when I inevitably died I didn’t get sent all the way back to my home in beginners’ land. This worked fairly well, but due to the abominably slow health recovery, I would kill a critter but be left with so little health that the next one would wipe me out in two bites.
What to do? Look it up … I can make bandages with aloe and hides. As I had lots of supplies back at my original camp, I set off back there, only to find that everything but the foundations had disappeared. I’m still not sure what happened. My guess is that setting another bedroll as my recovery point unprotected the original one. The server is PVE only, but maybe a purge?
OK. So I need a new approach. Seeing the “Trump Towers” in my travels, I conclude there must be a way to get past this. All advice is welcome.