Ah... Well, it's a year early for the scheduled necropost, but I've been playing through the game and have really been enjoying it. I think I've figured out what everything does, including the "C" function when you've selected one of your crystals. I'm still not sure about how to read what's on the left of the status screen though.
I've gotten to the third sector but was overwhelmed before I could really develop my first little enclave there. I have not hit that DF sweet spot where I can instantly tell what every color means on sight, but the idea that my troops and I are mowing down hordes of demons, serpents, living sand, witches, and lizard men is an awful lot of fun. Cheers!