I searched “background games” but couldn’t find anything relevant.
What games do you play that doesn’t require your full attention the whole time? Games that you can run in the background while busy with something else. I’m not talking about idling games like Cookie Clicker.
A game I run in the background (haven’t done so in ages though) is Banished. You only need to pop in every once in a while.
I’m keen on trying out new games.
In Eve there is one activity that you can easily do in the background and that is mining. It is by far the easiest way to make in game money in the game and very relaxing (or boring, depending on your perspective) and is for the most part hands off. You can also set up automated processes like production and also play the market in the background by buying and selling items on the massive market in the game. You can combine all 3 and do them all in the background: mining, producing items with the mining and then selling them on the market…
You can also do exploration in the background, where you fly a cloaking ship around to find hidden areas, archeology sites etc. You can do the exploration all cloaked up and nothing and no one can kill you while you alt tab back to work.
If PVP is your thing and you want to shoot people’s ships/structures, you can cloak up in other people’s back yard and hunt with impunity, waiting for the right moment to strike for a ship kill or when the boss leaves the office.
All in all Eve is a game that allows you to do much without you having to give hours of attention to it. Skill advancement is time based and you go up in progression even when you are not logged in.
When you want to give it all your attention, you can and do much more.
The Battle for Wesnoth is a great game for alt-tabbing. It’s a free, lightweight turn-based strategy with a high fantasy setting. Since it’s turn-based there’s no time limit and you can easily pop back and forth between work and the game.