The disclaimer on the free to download edition of Dungeons & Dragons released today reads;
Disclaimer: Wizards of the Coast is not responsible for the consequences of splitting up the party, sticking appendages in the mouth of a leering green devil face, accepting a dinner invitation from bugbears, storming the feast hall of a hill giant steading, angering a dragon of any variety, or saying yes when the DM asks, “Are you really sure?”
You can download D&D Basic from Wizards of the Coast today (or from the mirror below). The goal is to put D&D into the hands of as many people as possible. There’s over 100 pages and in three parts;
Part 1 – character; races, classes, backgrounds, etc
Part 2 – rules; success, failure, combat, interaction, etc
Part 3 – magic; spells
I’d encourage you to give the download a look. It is free. Wizards’ goal of trying to recruit new gamers to the hobby is an important one. Keep in mind, though, that these are cut-down basic rules. The risk Wizards are taking is that they’re launching D&D 5e with their weakest product.