serrasin
 member, 21 posts
Mon 9 May 2022
at 17:44
Exalted: Scarlet Empire Politics
So my previous attempt to run an Exalted campaign fell short and with its failure, I've been thinking about how to start over with a new premise. I am thinking about a more political drama game centered around the different houses of the Scarlett Empire. For this to work correctly it would require a certain amount of critical mass of active players invested in the game.

1) So is there enough interest in this sort of game?

2) I was thinking about allowing a certain amount of Iselsi characters serving as double agents, but this would only work well if players were able to keep it quiet. Do you think this would add to the game, or just stir out of character drama/tension?

3) I would like to allow some players to make higher essence characters, but find a way for those characters to be balanced against younger scions. However, essence rating is a threshold rather than purchased with xp in 3E, so I haven't figured that out. Would be welcome to ideas or suggestions.

4) I have no intentions of allowing non-Dragonblood exalts at this time, though if the game is successful enough then I may allow one or two proven players to make a gold Sidereal when those mechanics become available.
Dgiannantonio
 member, 106 posts
Tue 10 May 2022
at 13:05
Exalted: Scarlet Empire Politics
Totally into this!

Some thoughts:

1)Yes!

2) This is a very fun idea, don't see why it wouldn't work. I'm sure whoever plays a double agent would be motivated to keep it on the hush since its so sneaky fun!

3)I think this can be tricky and can make cohesion a bit more difficult. Not opposed to trying. Perhaps a game within a game? A small group of younger scions and a small group of experienced ones? Or maybe everyone runs two characters, a scion and an experienced one?

4) Sounds good to me. Can't wait for Sidereals!
SanityAWOL
 member, 23 posts
Sat 14 May 2022
at 20:11
Exalted: Scarlet Empire Politics
I have just last month started deep diving exalted lore with the intent to eventually run a game. I would be super interested in this.
Confusedius
 member, 2 posts
Thu 19 May 2022
at 16:37
Exalted: Scarlet Empire Politics
In reply to serrasin (msg # 1):

Almost all exalted games I've ran for RL groups have been dragonblooded games were the players take a roles of dynasts of a certain house and work to advance their house and their position within them.

It's a fun time! Are you meaning that you would have a bunch of players from different houses trying to play politics against each other? Doable, but much harder, especially if you are playing with internet strangers.

But just because something will be difficult doesn't mean it's not worth doing. I say go for it.
serrasin
 member, 23 posts
Thu 19 May 2022
at 20:08
Exalted: Scarlet Empire Politics
That's more or less what I was thinking, but it would require a certain critical mass of active players working with and against one another to work and I'm not certain there would be enough interest to make that work. I may scale my plans back to be more focused on a brotherhood of dynasts in a sandbox type game.
Sir Swindle
 member, 327 posts
Thu 19 May 2022
at 22:34
Exalted: Scarlet Empire Politics
If you post an exalted game of any type you will have like 20 applications.
Knight_Vassal
 member, 600 posts
Sat 18 Jun 2022
at 20:31
Exalted: Scarlet Empire Politics
In reply to Sir Swindle (msg # 6):

20? More like 50. Old Exalted GM. Never got into 3rd. Might be the spot. Heck even have a few characters in mind already. So long as it was 100% politics. Although assassination is usually political in nature huh. Yeah I could be down for that.
serrasin
 member, 24 posts
Mon 20 Jun 2022
at 01:24
Exalted: Scarlet Empire Politics
thanks for the feedback and insight. I've been a bit distracted by real life so havent had the energy needed to develop a game, but I'm still mulling over what I want to do with the concept; mostly if I want to lean to a smaller but guided game, or stepping back to guide a larger game with more player created content. Different types of games with different types of stories.
Sir Swindle
 member, 328 posts
Mon 20 Jun 2022
at 13:02
Re: Exalted: Scarlet Empire Politics
Knight_Vassal:
In reply to Sir Swindle (msg # 6):

20? More like 50. Old Exalted GM. Never got into 3rd. Might be the spot. Heck even have a few characters in mind already. So long as it was 100% politics. Although assassination is usually political in nature huh. Yeah I could be down for that.

I meant ANY type. Even bizarrely specific nearly fetishisticly focused games. A circle of DB's trying to get a pic of the Empresses feet or something. Like anything you can think of will over fill.

I wrote three concepts before I found one that was probably not a bannable offense for suggesting.
Knight_Vassal
 member, 601 posts
Mon 27 Jun 2022
at 14:38
Re: Exalted: Scarlet Empire Politics
In reply to Sir Swindle (msg # 9):

Dude I know. And I have ran enough Exalted and seen most of the posters apply to any or all of my games at some point.