*wanders in and keeps an peeks around*
I'm hoping to get my own games up and running again in the next few weeks, life permiting.
I also have an idea I've been kicking around for building my own world, and running something rules light / freeform there. I have bits and pieces of it fleshed out, some history, some races, some of the general feel of it. I'm not sure if it's quite ready to play in yet though.
I'm actually doing that right now, with a high fantasy setting. It's possible it was my presentation, but it seems that things set in one's own world don't get quite as much interest as those set in places that are at least based of off preexisting ones. I'm not just basing that off of my own experience though, but things I've seen happen with other RP's. Then again, I didn't need anything more than a few devoted players which is exactly what I ended up with anyway.
Will it ever make big game status? Probably not, but I'd be happy with just getting to the end of the first mission...
As for choosing characters, I've tried the come one come all approach, and I've found it doesn't work for me. It's in part why the first time I tried to run A Bard's Tale
it failed. What I've found works best is looking at the characters that have been submitted, paying attention to they way they've been written up, if the person involved paid attention to what you as the GM may have had to say about character creation. If the player can take constructive criticism, and if their writing and maturity levels fit with the RP itself, and the other players involved. Stylistic fits and length are important things to consider to. If things are too vastly different, it can be frustrating for everyone. In something that's supposed to be a highly detailed RP for example, having one player who writes one liners almost exclusively when everyone else is giving multiple paragraphs is just gonna throw everything off... I think that's enough rambling on that subject, so I'll finish up with saying, I agree wholeheartedly that if you're looking for a specific feel to a RP choosing your characters on something other than first come first served is important.