I'm going to be running LMoP with a group mostly new to D&D. How can I get them to care about the hook enough to be interested in the story? I tried it previously with another group, but they just didn't feel like they had a reason to care about the story (they made their own characters).
This time, I'm going to do a proper session zero (but still let them make their own characters), but I need advice on ways to get them to be interested in the hook.
I'm also fairly new to DnD and don't know how to make a good hook.
I had an idea of making the party go with Gundren and Sildar to Phandelver, but get knocked out by the Goblins on the path (making them a larger raiding party). When the party wakes up, they are robbed of some gold, and Gundren and Sildar are gone. Would that work?