Off topic posts moved to its own topic: Video Game Recommendations as this topic is about a game you will like to live in real life and not recommendations about games in general to play.
Hmm, might have to go with one of the advanced crafting games such as Fortresscraft Evolved. Using one's wits to build industry, delve for resources, and craft what is needed appeals to me.
If I could combine games, probably slap that together with something like Planet explorers, to add in the aspects of doing the above for the sake of a burgeoning colony on a new planet.
I like where you went with that. Do I remember reading you are an engineer? If so, this sounds right up your alley. For me, it would definitely be something middle age(Ish) where magic works. That just appeals to me too much and I could see where magic could lighten the load on the average people. I would hope to be a force for good in this environment. Thus, why something like Icewind Dale appeals to me.