Hi there! Scott here, I hope that I'm posting in the right category. I've been lurking around these (and other pages) for a while because I'm super-excited about trying an RPG with my game group but really have no idea where to start, and what might work best with my group. We play a lot of boardgames (euros mainly) but the closest that I've gotten to an RPG is Tales of the Arabian Nights. Anyway, I never really had much interest in role-playing games because dungeons and fantasy (and combat) don't really appeal much to my group or myself until I stumbled on RPGgeek only to discover these cool 'indie' games, many of which have cool little twists, and an emphasis on 'story' that is right up my alley. I'm a humanities-geek and liberal-arts educated; number-crunching isn't my thing, but I love stories.
I don't really know much about Role playing games in general--I've looked though some D&D books on the store shelves but they never really spoke to me, and I'm sure that that sort of role-playing would be too complex for my group anyway--so I need a game that will help me learn the ropes. I'm really interested in indie RPGs but you just can't find them on the store shelves where I live so I'm not really sure which, if any, might be the best fit. From the research I've done, games like Inspectres, Faery Tales, Fiasco (huge movie buffs), A Penny For Your Thoughts (very cool-looking group story-telling?), Primetime Adventures (appears to be out of print), Breaking the Ice, Dogs in the Vineyard, and Grey Ranks (among many others) look really cool. Not that I'm totally opposed to a more traditional system--there are just so many options.
So where to start for a bunch of inexperienced players? Genre doesn't really matter, other than the caveats above. I can GM (I can handle a lot of rules, but the rest of the group has a complexity-ceiling), but GM-free is good too. I would just like to grab a game or two that is/are unique, story-oriented, noob-friendly, encourage imaginative, narrative-centered games, fun and playable. I'm open to any and all suggestions.
Thank you so much for any help that you can offer!
P.S. Family-friendly content is a plus.