Those are very valid points. Right now, there's only a single map and its overcrowded with structures already. I'll be adding support for multiple maps soon so that new players can have fresh start in unoccupied areas.
The timer "Day 1" means how long you're currently alive for as opposed to the map. The party menu is mean for teaming up with people, but I can see how its currently confusing. I'll think more about how to make it more intuitive.