I’m running a game for 4 people, 1 of which has played DnD before. I have only ran a 1st session. This session lasted for about 5 or 6 hours, and it seems that it was a lot of fun for them. I will run the "Dragon of Icespire Peak" campaign, but haven’t even started the 1st town or quests.
At the end, one of the people told me that he basically enjoyed substantially more the role playing than the combat. Almost as if he disliked the combat (he is a half elf warlock drag queen with a very interesting back story). From his interaction with the group, it was clear that he loves role playing, he acts it all out, and it is great fun for everyone when this happens. But the others also like fighting.
So I’m wondering how you would go about making it fun for everyone in this way? What to do in this situation? I understand that the obvious answer is "Run a story driven campaign with a few combats here and there", but perhaps there is better solution?