D&D 5th Edition or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Skip the Bomb

Having delved into the realms of D&D for ages, from the red box to 4th edition and beyond, I've witnessed the 5th edition frenzy. I partook in playtests, embraced the new Player's Handbook, yet struggle to fathom the hype. DM'ing at the local comic store revealed character creation as a thorn; needless intricacies frustrate newbies. 5e's charm eludes me amidst rules overload.