Hey all, thanks for joining! Do realize this game is in major beta stages and has a lot of essential missing parts. For one, no one knows who is on the server because there is no server commands yet. So you really don't know who is online, who joins/disconnects, etc.... Best way is to just type in chat, "HELLO WORLD?" and see if you get a reply back. From there, you can add other online players to your party and you can directly beam to their ship instantly and you can fight together on the planet below.
All players do NOT start on the same planet, but mostly likely if yer just starting out, you'll be in the Alpha Universe (tier 1). Game is very fun. This is light years ahead of what terreria tried to do.