Now, that doesn't mean I wasn't involved in any kind of pbm games. While I didn't know it at the time I was really into a Lord of the Rings pbm that was going in the mid 90s. It wasn't a small personal thing like tabletop games were but a huge war game with hundreds of players. I don't know how I managed it but I ended up in control of a small force of Dunedain Rangers that I typically coordinated with two other players.We three were a small group and rarely did we control any huge parsal of land or make and break kingdoms but I feel that we really made an impact on that world.
Actually my first Yahoo Groups game was a play by post (pbp) game in which the players each created a nation (originally a tribe) and were taken through various ages and such. It was quite interesting and in the end, when the Elder Thing in the center of the world awoke most of th enations allied to combat it. It was quite fun in the end to actually play both general and soldier on multiple front lines.
Now that all of that is out of the way! I was hoping for a pre-existing game that I can go all "Wolf and Spice" on! A traveling merchant affecting the economies of the world through trade and back room deals with other players ... including some iron monger stuff. I would name hime Misfort'n!