Enter the world of 1400 A.D. and become the ruler of Santa Paravia, an Italian city-state.
Being a ruler has its advantages, but it isn't all fun and games. First, you have to deal with your serfs — good help is hard to come by you know. Then you have to worry about your grain harvests, building mills, and marketing your goods.
You also can't forget about leveling taxes, and setting the law of the land. Then there's the problem of being invaded, and dealing with the clergy (you'll love that).
In the end you'll find Santa Paravia to be a fun, mentally stimulating strategy game in which you balance the forces of nature, economics, soldiers, merchants, clergy, and your serfs to make your little kingdom the Paris of the Midwest, or something like that.