Now that that is out of the way in which, separate out the two primary pink field books and the Carry on the Borderlands module, together with the unfastened sheets from the image you posted of these. Collect up all the things else and put them on a shelf for protected holding, possibly checking out the Superior D&D stuff from the common D&D issues (go forward and put the blue field stuff and the X1 module in it whilst you’re at it). And ignore the AD&D character sheets for now – they will solely additional confuse you.
(A pair extra issues as a fast apart: if there are not any cube you may have to get your self a set of RPG cube. You’ll find these nearly anyplace lately. Additionally, you talked about that you simply might need a 4th version primary set. Ignore that! 4th version was a very totally different recreation from any of the opposite editions. Okay, apart performed.)
Sit down with the pink field and spend a pair hours studying these two books. That is the fundamental set, which is the place TONS of individuals discovered about what RPGs are and easy methods to play them. This set does an excellent job of masking this and may provide you with a good suggestion of the varied core courses, terminology, play loop, and so forth. Give the primary one to your spouse and have her learn it while you’re performed (except she possibly desires to run a recreation, by which case give her the second too).
From there, roll up a personality or two and check out a few mock encounters/fights with some kobolds. If these went okay, learn via the Carry on the Borderlands and begin adventuring!
After reaching third degree, you’ve got bought a few choices. The primary is shifting on to the blue knowledgeable set, which picks up guidelines clever the place the fundamental set left off. Or if you wish to soar as much as fifth version, choose up both the 5e Starter Set or Necessities Set. Be aware that you simply will not be capable of use what you could have immediately with 5e, however you may now have an excellent body of reference for what’s modified through the years.
This and Clark’s recommendation is a few of the greatest I’ve learn. No offense to anybody else.
There are numerous tales of children from the 70s and 80s who picked up an interesting-looking recreation off the shelf and had no thought what it was, simply that they needed to play it. In order that they did.
They most likely bought all of it incorrect. That is okay. That they had enjoyable.
They’re nonetheless having enjoyable 40 or 50 years later.
In the event you actually should, watch the YouTube video that was posted earlier. Watch how a number of different folks dealt with enjoying the identical model of the sport you at the moment have.
However truthfully, that is not crucial. Simply learn the principles, interpret them to one of the best of your capability, and play slightly bit. In the event you discover that you simply’re actually struggling or not having enjoyable, *then* begin in search of alternate options or examples.