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Is there a specific genre I should be refering to when looking for '4x, grand strategy RPG's? Games that'll let me do all the things in Stellaris, Anno1701, Europa Universalis, etc, but as an individual character as part of the world.
Mount&Blade Bannerlord looks pretty cool but I'm pretty sure my computer won't run it and it looks heavily combat oriented.
Sid Meier's Pirates! was fun but there's just something not quite right about it, and was too open as a sandbox.
X3 was probably the best I've played of this sort of thing, though it can take a long time to set anything up. The pace of gameplay can be really nice for immersion.
What I really want to play is a character who can interact with the game world in such a way as to influence the development of empires, rather than playing the head of those empires specifically. So if my guy attacks trade caravans, the networked towns will run out of food (or whatever). If my guy organises trade caravans instead, he can help supply a settlements demands and watch it grow. He can set up bandit camps to intercept traffic and build fortifications to defend against militia attacks; or issue bounties on bandits. You could go adventuring in caves and ruins and return with a cartloads of phat loot (accidentally inflating the regions currency in the progress). Supply nation X with a magical inventory to turn the tide in their war with nation Y.
EVE Online looks like a very effective medium for experiencing something like this but i lack the social skills to join a guild, let alone run one.
Oblivion or Skyrim would work nicely if the setting was much deeper and you could recruit NPCs for activites other than combat. Maybe hire a house from which to run your adventurer/merchants guild.
Have you found anything like this? Guild simulator or something?