Alright, first off I'm going to say that I'm pretty new to role playing, in fact I've only played about a half dozen failed RPs with my friends over chat which you'd probably gauge in quality to be up in par with the "free role play."
Anyways I'm interested in RPing in a slightly more quality environment, although the problem is that few RPs seem to be very original, and the original ones I do come across, just don't spark that much interest for me.
I'm interested in designing some original content (story worlds / character back stories, etc.) The problem is that I'm not sure how in-depth role players out there actually want the content to be. For instance, if you were to play a Star Wars RP, chances are that you know a lot about Star Wars and you probably know the difference between a regular battle droid and a super battle droid. I'm sure you know who IG88 is too! Corescant is the center of the republic, and the Mandalorian warrior culture has long been extinct, etc, etc. I could go on forever and chances are you'd know 90% of what I'm talking about, which means we'd have a huuuge story world to work with as we RP in the fantastic world of Star Wars. It's not like that with two or three pages of back story and a few character bios when designing a quick RP.
I don't tend on spending the next ten years building a story world for you all, but I think you get what I'm saying.
Anyways a story world I'd create would detail past and present elements, such as conflicts, social attitudes, histories, etc. But I wouldn't impose any sort of plot on whoever wanted to use my material. What I want to do is design a story world to give the author and his role players a feel for the story world, and then let the author come up with a specific plot of his/her own choosing. This way we can have content that's a little more original than say Star Wars, Final Fantasy, etc, which are all really cool themes, but just a little overdone in my opinion.
I'm also thinking of finding artists to collaborate with to put art into the text fields to give an added visual element to the story world.
Actually I'm not going to take a crack at this very soon, I feel I definitely need more role play experience to be able to contribute to this community, but it's just something that's been on my mind.
I appreciate any opinions, thoughts or advice you have on my post, and I look forward to keeping this post open for further discussion.