EuroGamer have taken a good long look at Stronghold, the castle building sim from Firefly and Take 2. It's got dead cows, boiling oil and hordes of peasants to repress, but from what I can see it's not all good news. Here's a taster:
"Your peasants aren't exactly the sharpest tools in the shed, quite happily wandering through a pack of wolves on their way to work and ending up as dog food. Even more entertaining is watching your castle catch fire. If a building goes up in flames the workers will walk straight into the inferno as if nothing is wrong, then emerge seconds later screaming and writhing as they are reduced to charcoal briquettes. It doesn't stop there either; the game notices that the building doesn't have a worker anymore and converts one of your spare peasants to fill the vacancy, and he promptly walks into the fire and dies as well."