>well scratch that, i acn't come up with my backstory
>The GM is writing the backstories for everyone's characters
>we just have to tell him what we're playing
What would your response be, if you were a player in said game?
EDIT: Apparently keeping it simple was too confusing. What I mean is exactly what I said. The GM is doing the backgrounds. The players get to say, "I'm playing an elven mage," and I'm assuming have some input to the stats (but then I wouldn't be surprised if that's not the case either), and the GM decides the rest. Maybe he'll let the player choose their own names, I'm not sure on that one.
And this isn't story-based, "Ok, you guys are playing amnesiacs who wake up in a town together, and will be discvering your pasts which I've plotted out already." No, this is a regular game, no wonky gimmicks.