For overall plot, I would love to run something influenced by Suikoden, where the characters are exiled from their homeland (The Blessed Isle is a strong contender for that, but I'm open to other suggestions) and have to travel around Creation making alliances, facing betrayal, building an army, getting a shiny castle as headquarters (all against overwhelming odds, naturally!) and eventually marching back to their homeland to liberate it from the corrupting influence of a True Rune-
...Er, Cosmic Horror of a Big Bad that has taken up residence there. Insert your Exalted world equivalents of the Howling Voice Guild, the Harmonian Frontier Defense Force, the Dawn and Twilight Runes, etc, etc, at your own leisure and preference.
I'm open to setting suggestions as well, whether it's where to start, or where to go. My own preferences are The Blessed Isle, the East (Scavenger Lands specifically. Much like everyone else. XP) the An-Teng region, and the North.
As far as character splats go, Solars and Lunars are fine. To a degree, so are Sidereals, Abyssals, and I would even consider Dragon Blooded; but with the condition that these characters are designed to play well with others. (ie, they won't have the rest of the Circle reaching for their daiklaves 90% of the time.)
This is the overall structure I want to use. (Mostly copy pasted from the RP Concepts thread, with a few edits here and there.)
So rather then play-by-post, this is a play by picture RP. The goal here is to have fun with role-playing, while also practicing art skillz.
Players get the choice of three different types of canvases (The splash page; one big, standard comic sized page if LOTS OF STUFF is going to happen in their tag. The simple square, which is exactly what it sounds like, and the panel, which is one long, rectangular panel.) to draw their RP tags on, and the game takes off from there. Illustrated fic posts are also allowed, and character bios are a front and back view (so other people know how to draw the feature character) with a quick space for a written character bio on the side of the canvas.
In order to keep things from going nuts with image hosting, having people save one backup file offline would be ideal. So would creating a separate, specific photobucket (or similar) folder solely for RP related art. As far as RP hosting goes, my first thought would be LJ, as that can be used for multiple RP threads, tagging, etc.
As far as media used, just about ANYTHING goes, as long as it fits with the game/artist's set style. Full color pictures, grayscale, black and white, mix and match, etc. It's all good. Same with what it's drawn on. Photoshop or similar would probably be the standard, but if that sketchbook drawing or experiment with watercolors turned out awesome and involves the characters and current RP story, that's fine too!
Masterpieces are not required when it comes to posting; just as long as it isn't stick figures and scribbles. And as far as posting requirements go, managing two or three tags a week would be wonderful, but just one tag per week is a more realistic minimum. (Another idea would be that if people get together for a massive picture tagging party, then we could use a time limit to finish a picture tag for that game session.) As long as the tag follows basic RP rules (don't godmod without permission, try to play nice, etc, etc) and has a bit of art effort behind it, then it is good to go!
Chances are, we would also be using a simplified rule system to cut down on crunch time or mechanics grinding, and focus on drawing the tags or talking about plot. Wuxalted sounds like a promising adaptation, or the PDQ Exalted Port. (Thank you for providing a link to that, Flence!)
Actual 'get together and create a swarm of artwork to overload photobucket with' would probably only occur on the weekends, or one day out of the week. Possibly even every other week. Otherwise, people would just be expected to tag in whenever they can, or have the time. (Thus the 'one new tag a week' request.) Given how decentralized the ST role would be, that hopefully would make the game pretty fluid and easy to pick up whenever.
Which leads to the last, and probably biggest point; this would be a game with no central ST. Instead, we'd all be pitching in ideas on where to go next, what to do with the plot, and the like; RP by committee, essentially. That's the sort of game I've been playing in for the last few years, and it actually works really well and can be very fun.
To sum it all up quickly, I want to make a game full of shiny artwork, rolled up in a Suikoden-flavored Exalted package, and with A LOT of wiggle room as far as plot goes for the players to pitch in on.
So, thoughts? Anyone? Bueller?