Techinically it's true.Last night a player commented: "Levels 1-4 are just training wheels. The game doesn't even start until 5th level. Unless you're playing D&D for the first time, you should just start at 5th level."
The game is called Dungeons and Dragons.
You have no chance to escape a young dragon encounter until at least level 5.
Until you can deal with a real dragon, you aren't really playing the game.