I am running a game of 'In A Wicked Age' tomorrow for some friends, and, as I am slightly anxious about it, I was wondering if anyone had any useful tips for me.
My (slight) anxiety stems from the group itself. It is definitely not a group of experienced gamers. Aside from myself, there is another regular gamer; his wife, whose only RPG experience was a excruciating GURPS game she was once roped into; his brother, who played a few D&D campaigns years ago out of social obligation, and did not enjoy them; and another mutual friend, who has been friends with gamers for a decade, and has never expressed the slightest interest, despite repeated invitations.
So ... a tough crowd. But also a fun crowd, very creative and lively, and people with at least SOME interest in understanding why their friends/husbands gather in the basement and pretend to be sorcerors.
Another source of anxiety is my lack of familiarity with the rules; I just picked them up a week ago, and I've never played or run a game. But when I read them, it just seemed like THIS was the game to play for this night, in a way that other games did not.
I've read all the APs I could find, but if anyone has any suggestions that will help the game go smoother, even a little, I would appreciate it. By suggestions, I'm referring to suggestion specific to IAWA, rather than general "running a game for non-gamers" tips.