RA developing is easy, you don't have to have the developer starter, starter is used in replenished systems. In the darkroom, safelight off, I work in total darkness. I prefer to warm up my chemicals to match one of the temperatures in the Kodak tech pub, other people do it at room temp.

Adjusting the filter pack is the toughest part.

A Beseler color calculator, or something similar will help a bunch, they do a good job at getting exposure and color close. They come up on eBay and APUG on occasion, a want to buy ad here might find you one. Here's an example

A print viewing filter kit is helpful. It helps you figure out which way to go.