Raineh, Exalted 1e was based off of Trinity, which predates nWoD by quite a bit.
I realised sometime after my posts that 1E was meant to be a background for WoD. Classic, I believe. x_x
That's also known as "put a muzzle on your marketing guys". They brushed that quietly into a corner long before 2e came out.
But yeah - there really isn't much mechanical similarity between Exalted and nWoD.
With Exalted, you roll a pool of 10 sided dice - a 7-9 is one success, a 10 is two successes, and you want to achieve successes in excess of the difficulty. Rolls for attack and damage are separated. You have 5 types of health boxes (6, if you count Dying health levels) and Soak rolls. You have four different static defensive values, as well as mechanically defined relationships and rewards for cinematic description.
With nWoD, you roll a pool of 10 sided dice - 8-10 is one success, with 10s exploding. You only really care if you've scored either one success or five successes. You roll for attack only. You have one type of health box, and no Soak rolls. You have one static defensive value, and it's in general less crunchy
They share some terminology, but they are pretty different when you take a closer look. Exalted was supposed to be White Wolf's crunchier competitor for D&D - if White Wolf was able to write mechanics worth a damn
, they might have succeeded just on the sex, drugs, and kung fu action.Edit:
Exalted is also a case of the line director not giving a shit after Grabowski left - that's why you get stuff like how Manual of Exalted Power: Infernals starts on Chapter 3, or how the errata document (when they brought in freelancers that gave a shit and actually let them write errata) replaces the whole Raksha charmset
Seriously - in terms of wordcount, that's like if WotC put up an errata document for Magic of Incarnum that replaced every published soulmeld. After forbidding anyone writing for them from publishing any errata for years.
(Sorry for the derail - Exalted's mismanagement is hilarious
, and makes the decision to publish WoD: Gypsies look downright understandable.)