Yesterday morning, and again last night, I sat myself down and forced myself to finish reading the 4E Essentials Rules Compendium's chapter on Powers.
Man, that was a slog. No wonder I put it off for so long. It's not only a really boring explanation of all the terms used in powers, it's also apparently written for complete morons.
Seriously, people complain about the Mentzer sets being written at a young reading level, but this was painful.
The skill chapter comes next, but Powers may have sapped my will to actually figure out 4E. I mean, that's the heart of the game system right there, folks. Who cares about the rest when the bread and butter is so stale?