When your in the game you can access the map by pressing “M”. You’ll notice right away that the map does not display your current location and only gives you the lay of land with 10 names of different places. So how do you know where you are at?
To find out where you are you’ll have to do some exploring until you find a landmark that you can associate the map with. My personal favorite as a beginner was to run into the mountains and find the tall Antenna to get my bearings. Another thing you can do is follow the road until you run into one of the major areas (like the Closed Bridge, Craftfield, or the Great Vliet which has a sign). Once you have found a landmark and know where you are in comparison with the map you will need to understand direction.
Understanding Direction Based on the Sun
The way to a place is called direction. In order to find a place, we must know in what direction from us it lies. Most commonly, directions are provided in terms of whether the place lies north, south, east, or west of where we are currently located. North, south, east, and west are known as cardinal directions. These cardinal directions can be abbreviated as N, S, E, W, and are found on the on the in game map.
We can use the location of the sun in the sky in order to determine direction. In the morning or late afternoon look up at the sky. Where is the sun currently located. The sun rises in the east. Therefore, the location of the sun in the morning is towards the east. Compare this to the location of the sun in the sky in the late afternoon. The sun sets in the west. At noon local time, the sun is directly overhead.
Now that you know where you are at on the map (because you found a landmark), and you finally have a sense of direction (because you know how to use the sun and have the cardinal directions on your map); It is time to get out there and explore. Not everything is mapped out for you so go on an adventure. Or you can visit the highly detailed imap found on this blog.