Thanks for playing!
A lot of the information on where to go and what to watch out for in the beginning is learned through dialogue with the villagers as you guessed. I think a map for the starter area would be a good idea though as I didn't really intend for that area to be so confusing, only to show the multi-approach level design as early as possible.
Glad you enjoyed it in spite of some confusion! Every bit helps to get the word out.