Lately I've been wanting to get into the whole table top RPG scene. I briefly played Dungeons & Dragons with very little understanding of the game; it was rather fun, even if it was over Skype. I managed to pump my friends up to try out a table top RPG with me, and I'm concerned that if we start playing something that's just too complex from the get-go, it wouldn't last very long. My question is, knowing almost nothing, what table top RPG would be the most appropriate for me and my friends to play?
As requested: We all enjoy a world with elves, humans, dwarves, orcs, etc. A friend of mine loves either dual-wielding swords or having two-handed weapons in MMOs, I myself prefer sneakier classes, or magic-users. So something of the like.
Re-edit: Okay. To solve the issue of the vagueness. I wouldn't like the combat to last decades, but I wouldn't want it to be over in just a few turns. My friends can be a little too much into instant gratification, so if there's too much complexity in how a battle is played out, I'm afraid they're going to not want to try again. I'd like a nice amount of lore, but not so much that it is overwhelming to us. Something that's a little bit lax on the rules, but not so lax that I'll just have a horrible time trying to manage the game as their GM. Something that would be rewarding medium-paced and that wouldn't require us stopping every few minutes to check if we can actually do something. I hope this removes some of the vagueness.
In essence, something a bit more action-oriented, with a moderate amount of lore.
Aside from this, if possible, could you include what I need to get started with, material objects I might need to venture forth.