Tonight I GMed my first ever session of D&D Encounters at Games Laboratory here in Melbourne, Australia.
We had four players, two who hadn't played 4th Edition at all, but they picked it up pretty easily. I managed to KO two of the characters and had them on the ropes, but some judicious use of healing checks got them through the fight. We also had two spectators, one of who has promised to come back next week and play. The only downside was trying to pronounce all of the damned Drow names!
Next time I need to remember to take some minis and maybe even the my Pathfinder stand-ups, because the generic tokens are a bit mundane. Oh, I should also remember to take my DICE, although the d20 I used did roll pretty well!
It's definitely a great program to allow new players to try to D&D (in any flavor) so if you're in the area and want to play some casual D&D feel free to join us on Wednesday nights:
Games Laboratory Role-Playing Games Facebook Group
Alternatively, check out this game:
Heroes Against Darkness - Game Rules.