Yeah, I made a little hovel-base near the ruined aqueduct, and.. it is going alright. I was murdered by hyenas many times many times. One tip is, get the stone sword earlier than later. It made the Hyenas basically trivial. I held off, wanting to do bow stuff, but it was really hard to get hide without a sword.
Also, the fiber-bedroll disappears when you respawn on it. So, rebuild one right away. I learned that the hard way, and had a long trek back to my base.
Game seems really neat though. I enjoy the conan barbarian style flavor over the Rust post-apocalypse mechanic.