Basic rules: Create a character you really like that fits how you see yourself. Modern day setting. The interactions will be with Gretchen as the GM of the adventures she pulls her customers into with the use of an Antique Mask.
This will be a bit different. I encourage people to come and go as they wish. It will be set in a small city in modern times. You can create a character and a back story and join in as often as you like. Keep in mind, Gretchen is not actually transporting anyone to a different plane of existence. She might be doing something close to hypnotizing them, but your character is never trapped against their will. If it gets too intense or awkward your character can merely say "I am going home" and she will release you.
Gretchen Malloway has a small game and antique shop. She sets up games in the back of her shop. Mostly like Dungeons and Dragons, but any adventure game will do to entertain her customers. Sometimes she sets up a story night, when she brings out a very ancient antique Mask. She will wear it as she tells a story. As she weaves the tale, things around the room get hazy. The listeners are enraptured by the story and imagine themselves as part of it. That is where the fun comes in!
She will spin her tale and ask questions until she sees you forming a distinct alternate character. She will give you a role in the story, like a mage, cleric, warrior, or rogue. The stories have to be consistent with the roles that everyone wants to take. The setting will be set up ahead of time before she begins her tale. Such as Medieval or ancient history or a strict fantasy with no bearing to modern times. She is pretty open in her ideas. However, since we are in the public forums we need to keep everything PG 13. That means to me that we need to keep sexual talk out of the game. I would not like a lot of graphic violence either.
The stories will be fairly simple in the way of plot. We will have a set of adventurers, a plot device and a goal. I would like to keep them fairly short as we might have people coming and going and new stories can always be started. So let's keep it fun and open and welcoming to the new people.
So ready to begin? My next post will be about Gretchen Malloway and her shop. No need to set up complex character sheets or fancy charts. A good description of your character will do fine and the entrance into Gretchen's shop.