I think I'm just poorly explaining it. But either way, I still want to play this game I'm describing.
Originally Posted by Nalano
I believe you're missing a crucial aspect in this system, which is why it won't translate. You're describing a mini-game - a "get what I want" mechanic - which is substantively different than imparting and parsing information.
It'd be trivial to make the FM system work as an information imparter/receiver. "I want you to tell this youngster he won't make the team" (numbers run in the background) "Coach he thinks it's because of his drinking. He promises he'll give up if you'll put him on the team. He also says his replacement is thinking of signing to a different club."