I am first time DM and I have to run one game for 5 people whose gaming habits I don't really know (except that they are gamers and/or bookworms and excited to try - good candidates). DnD 4e and yes, I have played before. A lot. However for those 5 people it will be their first roleplaying game ever.
The question is - do you have any tips for running a game of their lifetime I wont screw up as a first time DM? Or maybe there is some good quiz to determine what they like?
I am very well aware that in order to make something very enjoyable you have to hit things that people on your gaming table enjoy a lot. Since it is their first, I want to hit on those things as accurately as I can. I know that for my gaming group the quality of games rose rapidly when DM finally realized which of 8 archetypes of players we are (mentioned in DMG) [or when DM actually started reading other DMs' advice, lol]. Which is nothing other than 8 aestetics of games mentioned here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uepAJ-rqJKA . Point is, I've observed a bit what works for whom.
If I could just somehow figure out who is who, my quest would be a lot easier. And without some sort of quiz it is impossible. I could just ask - which archetypes suit you? But in reality such quiz would bring no benefits, just because people tend to lie to themselves - especially when it comes to admitting that you are a powergamer or grinder over storyteller. Or they simply don't realize that they like something. 1st time players don't really know what they like, they even don't know what to expect from game. I thought about asking indirectly - about study and TV-series habits, life goals and such - but in order to make the quiz any good, awful lot of work must be done. Is it even necessary? I guess I better use it to figure out some good plot points.