Trying to figure out a lot of things alone takes time so it’s better to ask here or in discord. You can also press K on PC to see the knowledge tab.
But overall it’s not hard to start.
Not really, we have machines and crafting takes time, some items take a lot of time others are crafted in a few minutes.
This one is tricky, since we have portals and warps you don’t need to be physically near anyone else. You can just use portals to connect your base to other planets or other settlements in the same planet.
When you are starting you should save the location of important places and warp to them. Portals are not easy to maintain at the beginning.
Ok now talking about interaction with other players, the answer is yes, you can play solo but you will need alts and skill pages and it will be a long journey, but if you don’t mind being part of the economy you can sell and buy which doesn’t require you to meet other players just find a shop to buy it a basket to sell
The in game tutorial is not the best. But here in the forum you will find a lot of information about pretty much anything, just look at tmhow old is the post or if it’s updated.
This is definitely not the same as Minecraft, since you don’t have the entire place to build, you have to buy plots and keep them fueled through your beacon.
Crafting as I said takes time is not instantly made like most things in Minecraft.
Here you can die and you just get XP penalty you don’t lose your inventory.
Mobs spawn (mostly) on the surface and doesn’t matter if it’s day or night.
Foliage won’t fall by itself.
ANYTHING OUTSIDE A BEACON WILL REGENERATE so don’t build outside it.
Player base is low compared to bigger MMOs. And since we have a lot of planets you rarely see other people unless you are in a market, and exo planet or a group hunt. But overall community is pretty good and most people will be happy to help you.
I say you should start with a miner and a crafter, get a lot of rock with the miner and process it into stone with the crafter to gain lots of XP.