There are tons of "I'm starting my first saga, please give me advice" threads but I am hoping this is not that. I'm more interested in having an open discussion of what different choices folks make, what their preferences are, what they see as issues with any particular choice in saga start and how some of those issues might be ameliorated.
The big question in my mind is how do you choose how to decide important questions such as "Which Tribunal?" or "Do we want a Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter Covenant?" or "what power level?" Do you prefer to gather the people and say "What do we want to play?" or do you prefer some initial situation, however vague, before gathering the people, ie "I plan to run a Rhine game we will be doing the Rhine start of going around and trying get the support to form a covenant?" Do you prefer troupe discussions or a more unilateral approach?
Related to that question is how do you like to get the characters on something of the same page? Do you think character restrictions are helpful or softer narrative limits such as "this is a mystery cult covenant so your character should want to join that cult, design your character accordingly." Or maybe no restrictions is best but then how do you help push folks to cover possible gaps in important abilities or wildly divergent character concepts or goals?
I'm sure there are many other questions, possible issues that come up, etc. and you should mention those thoughts here as well, long as they relate to starting sagas.
Anyway, just thought of this as something I'd like to discuss in a convention workshop but realized maybe it would be better on a forum.