You’re sitting down to run a session of a game (and it’s not the first session).
You usually have some establishing questions in mind that you want to ask the players.
You also have some nice in medias res text you intend to read to the players to (a) remind them where you left off the previous session and (b) give them a dramatic “in” for this session.
So what order do you do these in?
Me, I’m conflicted.
If I do the questions first it can often result in interesting conversations (well, you’d hope so wouldn’t you!?) and possible action, and then the medias res bit can subsequently seem a little railroad-y or forced.
If I do the in media res first, I forget to ask the questions.