What subcategory of "games" would "Dope Wars" belong in? Does "role playing" sound accurate?
Apparently, it is a turn-based strategy with MMORPG influences.
According to Wikipedia:
And the Zynga variation:
While Ragnars definition is strictly correct, I think you'll find that Dope Wars and it's ilk, more neatly fit into the category that you'll alternately find called an Economic, Mercantile, Management, or Business Simulation Game.
While it's true that games like Dope Wars, or it's more far flung cousins like Escape Velocity, Uncharted Waters, and Wall Street Kid, are turn based, and vaguely strategic in their gameplay, they lack the spatial, tactical, construction and combat elements that are the hallmark of the genre. These games are as much 'turn based strategy' as a Final Fantasy game.