First off let me apologize if this topic comes up way too frequently - I tried searching for something similar but found nothing. On to the topic: I currently have the opprotunity to intoduce two of my close friends to story gaming. We were all going to play in a friend's game of D&D, but it is looking like his schedule is not going to be able to fit a game. Knowing that I run games frequently they bring up the fact that I could run, but I am not really good at running D&D so I tell them that I could run something else instead, which they show interest in.
I briefly explain to them what I like in gaming, and talk to them about what they want to do. One has only played D&D, and he has played it several times. The other does not have very much experience with roleplaying at all, aside from a few one shots here and there. They both are very keen on fantasy, and seem a little weirded out by no-gm or rotating gm styles of play. Joining us will be one of my other friends who has had experience playing all sorts of games with me. After talking for a while we decide to go see 300 and talk about it more tomorrow.
So I guess what I want to know - what story games have people had good experiences with when introducing them to players who have only had D&D or little rp experience before? Are there any pitfalls I should look out for? Any tips or ideas I should keep in mind before heading into this?