I have a bit of experience playing 3.x with some friends. But I wanted to make the plunge into 5e for a couple reasons. A couple of the players I didn't want to include (due to always having to have the hero toons, among other personal reasons) refuse to expand to 5e. Well, my wife found a group of people that want to play along with a friend or two that have gamed with my wife and I in the past.
Now on to the meat and potatoes. Last night we had a character creation night. We got our toons mostly rolled up. Most of them don't have experience in D&D, so that proved interesting. Either way, we got the group rolled up and now it is up to me to get the group going on the mission at hand.
I want to stick to the books in all ways, PHB races and classes only, and I am going to be running the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure. Not only is this my first time DMing, and the first time we have run any sort of adventure from a pre made book.
Are there any resources to help get an the adventure off the ground, or do I just get all the characters to the starting city and make up the encounters?
I have two weeks before we start, as I have to work nights next weekend.