At the start of the game, each player has a hat, 5 craft cards, and 3 bravo chips.
The first player randomly selects one of the 53 included storylines, and reads it out loud.
That's the start of your story. Now each player makes their own addition. Once everyone has added something, the first player gives a recitation of the story so far - and then the game continues.
What are the Craft Cards, you ask? The Craft Cards describe elements of the Storyteller Craft. Whenever anyone (including yourself) incorporates the element on one of your cards, that card goes in your hat. That's going to be a point at the end of the game. You get new Craft Cards at the end of each round.
What about the Bravo Chips, you're wondering? Whenever you want to say "Bravo" to someone, toss one of your Bravo chips into their hat. Each one is worth three points at the end of the game. You better toss all those Bravo Chips, by the way. Any you're still holding count against you at the end of the game.
Speaking of which, at the end of the game, you're also going to be handing out awards - most hilarious, most dramatic, most creative, most surprising. That's where the big points are.
What happens if things get out of hand? Well, that's what the Heckle Cards are for. They're a nice friendly way of saying "Enough Already!"