Just a quick note about "Skew" by Ben Lehman. During "Play" in Modena in April, we hosted a "freeform salon" with quick and easy story games. I never played Skew before (nor even *read* it) and I challenged myself: was it true that you can learn the game just by flipping through the pages while you play? Well, the answer is a big YES!
The game is structured as a sequence of procedures and it is very well designed in letting the players understand the rules while they play. Of course it helps if some of the players are already roleplayers but still it's very good for new gamers.
Are there any other self-explanatory story games out there?
(apart from The Gingerbread House by Rafu which I already know)