My friends and I have been always being fascinated with D&D, and even better the community is great and really helpful.
Can you help us get started with D&D? Since we've never played the Pen-and-Paper, our knowledge goes through PC games (Baldurs Gate 1,2 , NWN 1,2, Icewind Dale 1,2 etc...) so we know the basics of both AD&D and 3.0/3.5 edition.
BUT the thing that is bothering us and which is why we are asking you for our help is simple.
What edition to choose to play with ?
We have seen through web research guides for 4th edition and 5th, none for AD&D and 3.0/3.5. Our local game shop sells AD&D, 3.5 ,4th and 5th player handbooks and monster manual with dungeon masters guide. We don't know if we should we go with the ones we are familiar with or with the new editions?
A lot of people say that 4th and 5th edition are newbie friendly, while 3.5 edition gives more 'freedom', any opinions on this ?
Seeing the difference between the P&P and video games is what made us to go out there and get started.
Thanks in advance, even if we don't get any answers, I just wish to say again that the community has so far been best for how far we've seen it.