Where do you place your ship token at setup? It surprisingly isn't explained in the rules but my guess would be Earth, but perhaps you have to travel from your play area? Is your play area adjacent to Earth?
It's as if the section about Locations was left out of the rules?
Yes we do apologize and we are working on errata keeping it up to date on our website... The officials rules are everyone starts at the Old World, alternatively, everyone can choose their own starting location.