I'm a big fantasy fan, and having read some of the Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance books and enjoying video game RPG's I recently decided I would like to try Dungeons & Dragons. I have heard that the best way to learn is to try and find group that would be willing to teach you the rules and start playing, but for various reasons this is not an option for me nor is trying to go to D&D encounters. I have managed to find a couple other people interested in playing who have never played before, and we decided try and start a group ourselves. Because I didn't want to buy books that would be outdated in the year I just managed to get a hold of the D&D Next rules. We tried to do our first session recently but got confused during character creation, finally decided to just go with a couple of the pregenerated characters. We did not have time to start playing, but got kind of overwhelmed looking at all the rules. What should we do to be able to start playing and not get completely lost in trying to figure out all the rules?