New-ish player here also, I too missed the compass explanation on my first character.
There is a huge lack of information for new players.
The minimap or plot map is not explained anywhere. Purple transparent squares are reserved and white and yellow ones can be reserved, few red lines means that the square doesn’t have enough neighbors and won’t produce a reservation zone and lots of red dots means that the square is considered a road and wont make you footfall or connect settlements. Is this all correct? I don’t know as it is not explained anywhere.
The objectives are not good for giving information or explaining the game mechanics, if you don’t actively go check the new objectives you can “accidentally” complete one without ever seeing the text and there is no in-game way to see the objective text again, other than making a new character.
The recipes and resources list in knowledge tab is quite handy but it is missing information, for example how long different types of fuel last or it lists different types of storage furniture, but it doesn’t tell you how many items they can hold. 4 for storage, 16 for trunk and 40 for ornate chest. Do others hold different amount? I don’t know because the game doesn’t tell it and those three are the only ones that I have tried.
This might come too late for you but capitals might not be too fun for new players to settle to as they sometimes are just huge concrete deserts with no raw materials and low level characters are so slow that even if you get a place near the portal you’ll quickly get fed up to walking to the nearest wild trees or open ground and back.
Reminder for high-level players as you build your huge roads to split the low level planets: new players who don’t have grapples can’t get up from water when the road is one block higher than the water’s surface.