Okay, no luck creating a character. For the simple reason that I was attempting to do so while using the free pdf. The paging up and and down trying to make sure I have everything right was the biggest problem. Roll ability scores, okay I'd like to be an elf. Ah shit, Elves get +2 to initial scores here, page back up. etc Wish I had done this in pencil.
I think the basic rules are fine for DM's who have ran 3rd and 4th edition, but there are still some things that I haven't quite cleared up in my head. Advantage/Disadvantage was explained easily by some friends on google + (thank you guys!).
No explanation I could find in the free rules about, "Death Saves", there are 3 success and failures. What happens after this? Do you die at that point. What happens when you have 3 success?
And there are saving throws for each ability score? What?
The more I read this, the more I'm like meh, can we just play Lab Lord and be done?
I am reluctantly going to go and pick up the starter set, in hopes that it will have a bit more insight. I don't plan to pick up the PHB or the DMG (I got the 2nd edition one good enough). From what I gather however the Mines of Phlandelver is supposed to be pretty awesome as an adventure, so that'll be interesting anyways.