I've always been hypnotized by the old school RPG and it feels like I'd really be into it if I could penetrate the learning curve. I know back in the day obviously these games came with huge manuals that explained a lot of the intricate systems.
Fast forward to today. Only game I've really worked through was Dragon Age Origins which I loved. I've attempted to start Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Neverwinter Nights 2 all at different points in my life and never really made it past the prologue areas without feeling overwhelmed.
What's the best course of action? Are there good YouTube start out videos that someone can recommend? Just reading things? Any specific version that's best to start with first that will give me my base?