This may or may not be necessary before the next game, so keep an eye out. No, we aren't killing off any characters we're just might be wiping the sheets and having you redo them. It's a beta, it happens. But this is in preparation for the advancement stuff being implemented as well as correcting the 'everyone losing their stuff' problem.
To that end, please take screenshots and record your accurate inventories, both items and resources. This might not be necessary, but it could be.