I've never actually gotten to play a game so I'm a bit worried that diving into an AU sort of situation would be confusing
I can see how that might be a problem, but I think we can work with it. (Assuming that enough people like Gunstar to form a critical mass for a game, anyway. If not, AU won't be an issue. :) )
(and of course you guys might not want to have to hand-hold a newbie through this.)
I'm always happy to help a new player. There are a lot of things the rules don't tell you—it's one thing to make a character, another thing to make a character that will be fun to play and can kick ass in a satisfying manner.