I'm currently planning to get myself and three other friends into D&D, so I'm looking for tips on starting out from scratch.

To be clear, by from scratch I mean I don't have any dice, any rulebooks, really anything D&D related, hell, I haven't even really played D&D myself, the most experience I have with D&D is watching other people's campaigns on youtube.

What I'm planning is to create and DM a short campaign just to give my friends a taste of what it's like to play D&D (and because I really want to try it out for myself as well). I'm also planning to put in an NPC/pseudo-PC as a part of the party.

Feel free to give general tips for this, but a few questions that I'd need at most would be:

  • What edition should I start with/use?

  • What's the best tip you have for DMing?

  • What should I do with my campaign? Is what I've got planned viable for completely new players?

  • Are there short pre-made campaigns that are great for just jumping in and finish in around 1 or 2 hours?

Thank you!

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    \$\begingroup\$ Also related: What do I need to run a 5e campaign?, “5e” referring to the fifth edition of the rules, which is the latest and probably the one you’ve seen in podcasts and the like. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Sep 27 '18 at 13:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to the site! Take the tour! Congratulations on your new hobby! This question's answers are a really good rundown on how to get started. What that question doesn't address, you can include in this question. Also, consider the extent of the RPG landscape—nothing says your first RPG must be D&D! Anyway, welcome, thank you for participating, and have fun! \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Sep 27 '18 at 13:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ also, there are like 10 editions of D&D to choose from! \$\endgroup\$ – Trish Sep 27 '18 at 14:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ Just to be extra-clear, the 4 bulleted questions are, for the most part, beyond the site's scope, being either polls or game recommendations. Of them, were a new question opened and detailed description provided, the site could possibly assess Is this [adventure, campaign, plot, or whatever] too complex for gamers brand new to role-playing? The remainder are better asked on one of these forums. \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Sep 27 '18 at 16:03