Would like to ask for some advice from experienced players. Not looking for a hand-out, but want to understand some of the mechanics better and get a sense for what some earlier priorities might be.
Knocked around a bit solo in a few sessions self-hosted; didn't get far. Since have re-rolled (PeaCHan) on the Qt3 server. Spoke in general chat briefly with Kono (I think?) but otherwise have been playing solo.
I've managed finally to become self-sufficient. am about level 7 or 8. Built a small 2x1 shack (shelter), have a cooking fire, made a bow to hunt food with. Have boxes with materials, keep a spawn point by my base, etc.
Am finding it very easy to kill the hunchbacks (Imps?) - the other exiles however are a different story. They tend to come in packs of three and overwhelm me. A couple of times I have killed them when I only draw one.
Do I keep leveling up before moving on, what recipies should I prioritize? Have I done pretty much all there is to do on the shores of Noob River? I only understand I'm at the southern edge on the river and that the farther north and west it becomes more difficult. Should I explore to the east?
I have seen a wondrous structure built into a stone column across the river from me; stairs going up and around and a palatial cliff-dwelling sort of fortress. Doors are locked to me of course.
Again - I don't want to have it spelled out or to have someone just drop by in-game and power level me or something... just want a push in some direction.