zif it can be overwhelming for sure. espeically since this game is a bit different. imma try to make this easy by skipping a lot of things.
since u got basic kickstarter that isnt intrested in being a mayor or higher to manage towns and tax rates.. but want to craft, soldier, wander and do the other things that the game's first dev journals appealed to you.... then u can. u dont have to worry about this current dss.
but if u see events like the earlier plague event or the vault event.. take part in those via the webpage cos they give ur account some goodies u can later use in game when it launches.
now if u find another gaming friend has also joined the game and is mayor or up and will be administrating some spot on the map.. then u can start ur life in that area.
if u dont know any of ur other game freinds being here.. its ok. i would suggest forget about kingdoms and all that since u are intrested in parts of the game that have nothing to do with tax and adminstration.... and start looking at the tribes and thier strengths and weaknesses in the dev blogs.
shortlist what races u wanna experience. once you have done that.. use the current map thats being used by those who want to administer places and chk out which areas in different parts of the continent has a tribal mix.
ALso shortlist what type of crafts thru ur various lives u may wanna maybe dabble in. if one or two crafts arnt something the tribes u have shortlisted are good at... then chk which tribes are good at those.. and this is what you may wanna do....
say u shortlisted tribe B and C. and crafts X and Y to try out. But both tribes B and C suck at craft Y. But rechking tribe blogs we see tribe D is good at craft Y. so chk the map with this info.. and see which cities or zones have B, C and D.
this maybe another way u can utilise the info in the dss maps and ignore what kingdom, duchy and all that other crap.. since u are playing the game for other reasons that appealed to u.
Hope that helps to get you to shortlist some areas u may wanna start ur adventure. once u shortlist some areas.. u can then become curious on whose administering it and if that helps the type of game u wanna play -- more crafts, more production, more exploration with trade, more foraging exploration, more economy and peace.. or more tension and violence.
good luck <3
the game needs some preparation done by players before it launches.. since its a lot different from other games. if u dont mind any type of game in the area u land - tension, fishing, caves and mountains, farmlands, land trade, sea trade, wildnerness, not much wilderness.. if none of that matter.. then just log in during beta or launch and pick a soul during char creation with areas and tribes being random.