During this session, the players and the DM sat down and figured out the specifics of the campaign.  The initial group would consist of DM Sterling, Mike, Pete, Josh, and Twinkie.  DM Sterling had a Female Eladrin Swordmage be part of the group to help defend.  Mike played a Male-looking Gnome Rogue.  Pete played a Male Shifter Warlord.  Josh played a Male Human Monk.  Twinkie played a Male Drow Ranger.  The group would start at level 1 and expressed interest that they wanted to level from 1 to 30.  No one particular end game goal was chosen for the group as a whole, but each character had their own reasons.  Each player took the time to flesh out their character's abilities and backstories.