So, after a day of playing CK2, backstabbing, plotting, sending gifts and making sure my offspring had the right teachers and friends, my wife came home and made me watch the tv show Gossip Girl with her. It's all about the plotting and scheming upper class of Manhattan, and it struck me how similar the two were. While CK2 is all about the ruling class of nobles during the middle ages, GG is all about the ruling capitalist class of today, and I thought: wouldn't that be an awesome game?
It would use a lot of the mechanics in CK2: you want to marry into the most prestigous and richest families. You need the right contacts and network. You want your kids to go to the right schools. However, instead of holdings you'd have companies, stocks and real estate. Instead of crusades, you'd attempt a hostile take-over. You'd want to have good relations and personal ties to the right people in order to get access to the best deals and business opportunities (represented by MTTH-guided events and perhaps discounts on some actions depending on relations). The other, non-social, part of the game would have to be some sort of business simulation. Preferrably, it would be something as advanced and comprehensive as Capitalism or Capitalism Plus (I bought Capitalism II but never played it), but the factory and market system of Vicky 2 might do.
The unique thing about this is that while there are huge amounts of business sim games, none have really tried to simulate the social/personal aspect of the upper class, where familty ties and connections have a lot of importance. Also, plotting and scheming to take down your enemies by forging documents, badmouthing them to the press to depress stock prices or so on, wouldn't that be a lot of fun?
Some proposed features:
-Play as an upper-class family in a capitalist society across several generations
-Plot and scheme to take down your competitors and to make your family the most prestigous
-Accumulate wealth and assets to make your family the most rich and powerful
-Send your kids to the best schools and make sure they have the right contacts and friends
-Make use of family ties and connections to make financial gains
-A modern setting (though maybe the victorian age would do?)
-Invest in an active stock market (like in the old Railroad Tycoon games or, preferrably Capitalism)
-Build factories and sell goods on the world market
-Invest in real estate