Welcome to the forums! You may find some of the 'newbie' threads contained in the megathread to be helpful generally. My advice for your situation: - Having trouble not starving? Concentrate on gathering meat and vegetables. -- You can get lots of morsels (from rabbits) by following Snob's advice. -- The easiest way to get big chunks of meat is from pigs - chase one away from its friends, then chop, chop, chop! You can also get meat from tallbirds provided you don't have more than 1 chasing you at once; they hit VERY hard so be sure to spam spacebar when attacking them so they get stun-locked, and also never try to kill one when you are below 50 health. - Having trouble not dying? Build and wear a log suit and you will take much less damage from hits. -- Note that this will not reduce damage taken from eating 'bad' foods like durian and monster meat. Pretty much never eat monster meat unless you are desperate, because it will lower your sanity a LOT.