My girlfriend has recently become absolutely obsessed with Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King, a downloadable game for the Nintendo Wii. It's sort of like a simplified version of The Sims with a generic fantasy gloss. You're a child-king who goes around building houses (which contain adventurers), while commissioning your existing adventurers to retrieve more minerals to build yet more houses. But, as a responsible king, you never go on adventures yourself.
So at a few points she remarked that she wanted to be one of the adventurers and was mad the game wouldn't let her play one.
AHA! Gaming opportunity!
What I'm looking for is a pretty generic fantasy (elves, dwarves, goblins) game that handles lunkhead teenage adventurers trying to rebuild their kingdom following a disaster, which is generally lighthearted in approach, and can focus both on Adventuring Stuff, and Town Soap Opera stuff. Ideally, suited for two players.
Some close contenders:
* Mouse Guard - the idea of young adventurers contending with elements and the hardships of travel, in addition to others. But I can't see it working well as a twosie, and I don't want to re-skin for human kids.
* Shadow of Yesterday - the World of Near's nation of Maldor would work pretty well with just a few minor tweaks. But I'm not sure how rewarding SOY is with just one player.
* Trollbabe - not generic enough. I respect the game's color too much to change it.
* Old-Timey D&D - awesome, but not enough mechanical support for Town Soap Opera stuff.
any other good options?