I have my first session of Deathwatch this week. I have a group of 3-4, who other than one player are RP "newbies" (they have played through Dawn of Defiance for Star Wars Saga with me, but nothing to speak of before that), and none of them are 40k/Deathwatch fans who know anything other than the basics of the setting.
I have this idea to make the first session both character creation and an intro to the rules, and rather than the rather dry experience of sitting around looking through books, I plan to have them all in a "VR" sensorium undergoing training. As the session progresses, I'll assign abilities, etc based on how they play their characters. I have an idea that if they play being good at something, they'll get to roll an extra d10 or 2 (discarding the lowest die or dice) to generate related ability scores, and based on the way they play their characters I'll assign chapters, specialties and demeanor.
What I'm after is some inspiration - what types of tests/challenges should they be presented with (ideally one for each attribute, plus some more general ones to help them figure out their character's outlook and personality), and any other suggestions people might have!