Those're interesting thoughts, Matty... I'll be looking out for your campaign.
The site tells the future through news articles. So they're at least gonna have a short time frame of death, a general if not accurate location, and perhaps even a cause of death. That's most of the case right there... But I suppose not all of it. That cause of death might be things like being hit by a train... I was gonna allow accidents, originally... But if I restrict the deaths to murders, the article can simply state that the police are still looking for the culprit.
That can lead to some interesting plot twists.
I might just have to go with that.
I'd still love to hear new thoughts on that question, but I'll ask the next one now...
I was thinking of making it a sandbox. The players are tied together very loosely by the exclusive access to the website, and might meet each other while following the same information. However, the theme of the story is following your own path. I also frown upon the idea of forcing characters together.
Still... It is my first attempt at GMing... Part of me thinks it might be too much to effectively handle... Though I do suppose that sandbox is what most play by post forums are like, and that's where I have experience.
So what do you guys think? Sandbox or standard party?