I guess I'm hardly the gamer the majority of the forum posters are. They are talking about buggy rocket launchers and starship upgrades. I'm just trying not to starve to death. So, I've learned a few things that might help new players (like me) get started in survival. I welcome ideas and criticism from the veterans. I could learn a lot from you. First, you need to learn to feed yourself. As in, the game says you're starving, you have a can of food in your inventory and you can't for the Love of Grox figure out how to eat! Press 'i' to open your inventory interface, drag a food item (anything raw has to be cooked) up to your toolbar, select it, and then left or right-click on your toon to 'use' the food. Okay! We're past the starving, drooling imbecile stage. On to actually getting food. You need to forage around a bit. In fact, you should start from the place you beamed down to, pick a direction and start going. Along the way, harvest every bush or foody-looking plant using your matter-manipulator that you find, and some trees. With the food plants, don't just denude the bushes of their fruit, but take the bush too. It yields a seed or sapling you can plant. If you keep going, you will eventually come back around to where you started. Along the way you will probably find a campsite with a (hopefully) friendly NPC and, most importantly, a campfire. Press 'e' while hovering your mouse over the fire and cook anything edible that you have. Remember this place. You will want to come back to it. Note that you are going to have to do some fighting. I'm not all that good at it. I've learned that if you find and sleep in a bed or tent, your hit points replenish. There is also a bandage you can make in the crafting system with harvested vines that heals a little bit. Good luck! Another tip is to harvest some dirt and use it to build 'stairs' so you can get up or down any steep cliff faces you come across. By the way: I suggest you DON'T loot every abandoned building and chest you find the first time through. You're gonna die, and when you do all the stuff you are carrying drops and you have to go back and find it. I'm not sure if loose items persist, so you might even lose it. One thing you should keep is any projectile weapon you find: throwing stones, spears, a bow (if you're super lucky). It will help you get a jump on the starvation problem. Also, if you think you are going to die, beam up to your ship (on the right-side toolbar, an icon that looks like a circle with an up arrow in it). You don't want to lose your seeds. Better to keep them on board the starship until you get around to using them. Okay, so now you've collected some seeds, some wood, maybe a few tools. Good. You need to find a base of operations. If its not too far from the place where you beam down to, I recommend setting up at the campsite you found. Otherwise make your own base near your spawn point. Campfires are easy to make, but beds take a little more effort... and building a structure takes time. Using the crafting system, build yourself the suite of starter crafting tables, but you especially will want a Foraging Table. With it you can make a hoe, and spears. For some of these you need to make logs into boards first (or planks or something similarly named). Use your matter manipulator to make a flat spot, not too big at first - maybe a dozen blocks, and then use the hoe to till the soil. Put your food seeds (only the ones you can actually make into food) in your toolbar and then 'use' them on the soil to plant them. Some things you can't eat. For example, I have lots of wheat and wheat seeds, but I can't make any food with it. I haven't figured out how to get recipes. Maybe it has something to do with that structure I'm supposed to fix? Now, the good news is you have food for the future. The bad news is, you are probably out of food and gonna die before it grows to maturity. The solution: hunting. That's what those throwing stones, spears, and other projectile weapons do for you. For some reason, smashing things with your sword destroys the meat. But, if you kill a beast (and especially birds) with a projectile weapon it drops raw steak or chicken. Some things don't drop meat, but you will quickly figure out what is tasty and what isn't. Around two bits of meat per day is what you'll need, and you will probably spend a lot of your time hunting just to survive. Don't forget, you have to cook your food - thus the importance of campfires. At this point, you can survive. Barely, but you can. What you need to do is nurture and expand your garden until it is supporting you. Once you don't have to spend time looking for food, you can think about heading into the caves to find those quest-related things that I won't talk about. The idea was to keep from starving. Good Luck and Have Fun!