I've been getting hooked into D&D gradually. I'm planning on buying the books that explain basics of D&D. Basically a roster of monsters, items and maybe few pre-written stories. I'd like to hear both from players and DMs/GMs about both positive and negative experiences you may have had with people you've played with. I'd also like to hear about how long it took you to learn the basic rules of the game when you were the newbies? Doesnt need to be restricted to D&D experiences.