I barely ever played as a kid. Fully intended to, but it was difficult to wrangle people and the game was borderline abusive in some ways (so many one-off tables in 2.5e). I would read the rulebooks, but generally that was as far as it went.
On a whim I looked into the latest edition and slipped into writing an elaborate tool so I could play it over text chat on Discord through org-mode in Emacs (because of course I did) and running a weekly game.
That being said, if you are a part of that weekly game, don’t read this.