What game would you hack to play Disgaea? (And before you say Apocalypse World, keep in mind that I don't own it and don't know much about it, so be prepared to explain why AW would be great.)
If you're not familiar with Disgaea, it's a series of video games set in a world of demons where moral values are inverted from those of humans. Pretty much everyone is selfish, murderous, conniving, and deceitful, and people generally vie for power constantly or scrabble for petty edges or seek to satisfy petty grudges and desires. This is okay because the games are humorous about it.
The games are class-based, and I'd like to preserve that somehow.
Character level is a thing, even a thing that people in the setting talk about. However, it's also very fluid, because levels are gained quickly, and you can always reincarnate at level 1, and there's several other instances where people find their levels altered. So an actual experience track and whatnot doesn't seem appropriate; your level should rather be just another attribute or trait, somehow.
I dunno. Anyone got any ideas?