It's a bit wordy, but it may be useful: If you go to http://www.gregstolze.com/downloads.html
and go to the bottom you will find two links - "How to Play Roleplaying Games
" and "How to Run Roleplaying Games
", written by one of the modern masters of the hobby (Stolze wrote Unknown Armies, Reign, Godlike, WIld Talents etc).
The "How to Play RPGs" PDF starts off with a good intro to it.
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