MSN would be more plasible, also you would only need one laptop with one chat that you all connect too.
The only person who needs a camara is the person running the game.
The ploblems would be the online write up and camara angles. Though game play would be more dynamic and would allow for people to play like proper brikwars by reacting to other players.
Maybe a combo, so people join at a certain time each day/2 days to send orders, so they can see the person before theirs orders and avoid walking into a death trap. this could combined the day,by,day aspect of forum and the turn,by,turn aspect of real-time.
You have strange dreams piltogg, strange,strange dreams.