I received some books in the mail today so I am inspired to crush Mt. Dew and stab a goblin. I've gamed only twice in the last three years (09/2013 and 01/2016) and feel it's time to rebuild some sort of social life. Kelvin Green was very encouraging on this matter and I thank him for his advice.
At first glance 5e looks quite serviceable, although I will never be completely comfortable with the large array of abilities that PCs have in later iterations of the game. I have learned the hard way how a player can unbalance a game through deliberate min/maxing or honest ignorance about the way an ability works.
I'm also a bit thrown off by the various race and class options. What's a Warlock? Where did Dragonkin come from? Didn't gnomes used to have big noses? Getting older is so confusing.
Despite my unfamiliarity with D&D after skipping the whole 4e thing, I think 5e just might help me to scratch my gaming itch.