Thanks for the link, I'll take a look at that over the next few days.
Yeah, a guy I know has said more or less the same thing. And this is a guy who hasn't liked anything DnD post 2nd ed. xP
Yeah, I did look at 4th ed, myself, and quite strongly disliked a great deal of what I saw.
Well, I had a good chunk of the 3.5 rulebooks at one point (meant to start DnD ages ago, but then life got in the way for myself and all my friends and it got put on hold) but now I've no idea what I've done with the books. I've managed to find one of them, but the rest have mysteriously vanished on me. I think I may have mistakenly thrown them out when I was cleaning up at some point over the years, so no matter which edition I decide on I'll be starting from scratch. XD
It certainly is! I've just been trying to get a sense of getting my friends into DnD (all of which are more or less completely new to tabletop roleplaying games) vs. getting myself into the swing of DMing. Yeah, 5e seems to be the simpler system, so it'll likely make getting into the game easier on my friends, but it's also not what I'm familiar with. Though, I think having the past few days to really think about it has made me come to the conclusion that making things easier on my friends will help them better enjoy the game.
Yes, I did also consider that angle, as well. Which, along with my coming to the conclusion that it's probably best that I make things easier on my friends, has more or less let me make up my mind.
Thanks for the help, guys.