Plastic heads? Wood?
What's my best bet? Mostly it'll be me, learning to play on them, but if I have a drummer over with a few beers in him, I'd like to minimize the, uh, impact to my shiny new drum heads.
I know they'll get beat up eventually, but is there one type that's generally easier on the head than another?
I just realized that I have like 9 boxes of vDrum shit sitting in my living room, and when I get back from the trip I'm on and set them up, I'll be paying them with cooking spoons unless I pick some sticks up.
Use whatever is most comfortable to you.
There's no right or wrong stick type to use on these things. My friend had a TD-10 kit for years using Pro-Mark 727's, which he'd also use on his real kit. Never had an issue. I think using tree-trunk marching corps sticks might be hazardous to the pads, but that's overkill Nylon tip vs wood tip isn't an issue, as the wood is usually super-smooth anyway. Except maybe the "Raw" pro-marks, which are unfinished and rough as sandpaper.
If you're worried about someone hitting them kinda hard, keep a pair of 7a's or 727's laying around for other people to use, as they're really light sticks.