Crimson has not changed one bit from where the game left off before. The captain stands before a large mining pit which has been abandoned due to some object that was found in it. He cannot see anything else nearby, which is no surprise due to his blindness.
Right, so to talk to your friend, you first need to enter their username into the system. You have a list of their usernames; it looks you'll just have to input them one by one. You think there might be also be a "transfer current friend list" button though, so you won't have to do it by hand if you don't want to.