So in light of some recent posts I have been thinking about how I actually run my games, and what works, and what does not. I have found, in retrospect, that the best games are ones where I have railroaded the first session heavily. I create a cast of NPC’s and their motivations, and a few “World” type problems. I make the players meet all the respected parties and problems, in a relatively elaborate conflict (to get a feel for all of the games mechanics). All the other times it usually becomes a struggle to get the game off the ground.
When do all of you railroad?