You're safe while exploring and gathering resources, but can choose to compete with other players for high-value loot like timed crates. And of course you can raid and be raided!
You don't need a dedicated team to survive here, and needn't fear being steamrolled by one, either. Base sharing and teaming are cleverly limited, so to each his/her own base!
Can't play every day? Got a full time job and kids to feed? No problem. We're tuning the server to help casual players stay relevant and have fun with everyone else.