game can be solo friendly. with the recent changes to skill progression and pathing, you can create whatever you want to play.
with everything craftable, you can jump from EK to EK for lowest tier resources for an initial start. some guilds and communities will have open EKs, while others might lock down access to members only. Craft guilds will probably have open markets on their EKs, so you won't ever feel "left out", but you can do whatever you want....just a slower-easier progression.
gaining land for EKs might be a bit rough, as rewards will depend on campaign settings. unless you're lucky and stumble upon a nice find and bring it to a spirit bank location