You can go down the rabbit hole with Fallout 4's crafting system, but if you don't want to — that's entirely OK.
People are already planning to take days, weeks, even an entire month off so they can just dive right into Fallout 4. Some are frightened about the hundreds of hours they know they're going to lose to Bethesda's latest adventure.
I heard one colleague mutter "oh no" the other day when they realised there wasn't going to be a level cap on the game. That kind of news is almost a death knell for their social life, since they'll be spending all of their time wandering the wastelands of Boston.
That might be enough for some people. So if the prospect of dealing with the crafting system on top of that is too much, then don't worry — because you don't have to deal with it at all.
In an interview with GamesRadar, Bethesda's Pete Hines explained that the urban management mechanics were a "completely optional, freeform" element of the game that can be skipped entirely. "If you don't care about that and you just want to play quests and play side quests, and finish the main quest ... then you can just ignore all of this [crafting]," Hines was quoted as saying.
How many hours are you expecting to lose in Fallout 4?