Cruise your way through life with a silver spoon, or struggle endlessly to find employment as a convicted felon. You cannot control your past, but you can change your future. What choices will you make?
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Release Date:
Oct 23, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“This Grand Life is a fairly unique game in its detailed simulation of personal finance. Different players will have different levels of understanding about taxation, investments, how interest rates work and so on. I want to use Early Access to gather feedback on whether these various systems within the game are easy to understand, and improve the player experience before final release.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The plan is to stay in early access for 3-6 months and go to full release in the first half of 2018 sometime.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“There are plans for more content. The type of content (whether it's additional careers, education courses, collectibles, traits, cities, etc) will depend on what players want more of.

Workshop support is also something I would like to try, although it would depend on whether we get a large enough player base to support it.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version is playable from start to finish, although might have some balance issues and minor bugs. The Custom Game sandbox mode is the core of the experience, and has many options for you to change the difficulty and the feel of the game. You can have a brutal survival experience by taking certain negative traits like Alcoholic. Or enjoy a more relaxing experience, with positive traits like rich parents that give you free money each month.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price may increase as content is added.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Having spent so much time developing this game, it can be hard to see issues that are obvious to an outside observer. That's why I'd like to involve the community in getting feedback and improving the game before the full release.”
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February 23

Release Launch Date Announcement

The release launch date is set for This Grand Life on 17th April, 2018!

What does this mean?

This means there won't be any more major features added. The next two months will involve polishing up the game, tweaking some mechanics and adding other minor features.

Also from the poll we ran a few weeks ago, Berlin was the most voted for city to appear in the game. I'll be working on that and it should be available for launch day.

I'll be spending more time working on promotion and getting the word out, so game updates won't be as fast and furious as they were during the early days of development.

It's great to see so many people have enjoyed the game so far, and I'm looking forward to see what the future holds!
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February 14

Alpha 2.5 - Relationships Part 2: Family And Children

Alpha 2.53 has been released, just in time for Valentine's Day (almost). I started talking about the dating portion of the game in the last update. After some tweaking over the past week, here is how the family portion works.


You can start a family even if you're not married by activating the 'Yahoo' action with someone. All you need is a high enough relation.

Every time you Yahoo, your fun increases and there is a chance of a baby appearing. Once a Yahoo is successful, a new Family section will appear on the Social window.

Your newborn child's relation with you is an overall measure of how well they are doing. If you don't play with them or can't afford their expenses, they will suffer. If they suffer too much, Child Services will take them away and you will be very sad. On the other hand, if you have high relations with your child on their birthday, you will get a happiness boost from seeing them grow up well.

Speaking of which, if you relationship with your spouse (husband/wife) falls low enough, you will get a few warnings. If you ignore the warning signs, you will be divorced. Divorce has severe consequences, just like in real life. I won't spoil the surprise and let you discover it for yourself.

As your children grow older, they will become more expensive to raise. As you become wealthier, the cost will also increase. This is to simulate things like sending them to private school, polo lessons and whatever else rich children do (I have no idea).

When they finally reach 16 years old, you can kick them out of the house. At this point, the game calculates how many good and bad birthdays your child experienced. If they had a few good birthdays, you will get a permanent boost to happiness. This can be very useful in generating a steady trickle of lifetime happiness, especially if you manage to raise multiple children well. On the other hand, too many bad birthdays for your child and you get a permanent happiness decrease.

If your child has experienced too many bad birthdays by the time they reach 16, all is not lost. You can keep them at home to try offset the negative impact by giving them some good birthdays before they leave. However, note that the cost to raise them will continue to increase the longer they stay at home.

Modding Changes

There are also some changes that allow multiple overlapping mods at same time. The old system should still work so your current mods won't break, but creators will have to update their mods to take advantage of the new system.

Changelog Alpha 2.50 - 2.53
  • Expanded default names list
  • Added Social section to profile window
  • Added seeking date actions
  • Added gift giving mechanics
  • Added relationship score for each person
  • Added relations change from dating
  • Added call mechanics
  • Added end of week social warnings
  • Added child expenses calculation
  • Added child actions
  • Added location travel to date
  • Added propose, marry and yahoo actions
  • Added failure to pay child expenses consequence
  • Implemented child being taken away for neglect
  • Implemented child birthday happiness effect
  • Implemented divorce mechanics
  • Implemented forced childcare if no spouse
  • Added Relationship Roundup subscription
  • Added spouse expenses
  • Added family statistics
  • Added more portraits
  • Removed log file being overwritten when game updated
  • Spouse earnings now increase along with your wealth
  • Spouse earnings are more random each week
  • Added permanent happiness change event depending on child development
  • Added combine tag for modding
  • Modified all city location data to be compatible with new location modding
  • Fixed broken possession unriding vehicle
  • Removed Steam check for loading mods from mod folder
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“I've concluded this is the most accurate life simulator ever”

“Look at the money, look at the money! Oooh it looks so good”

About This Game

This Grand Life is a personal finance simulator where you create a character, manage their money and help them achieve their life goals. Cruise your way through life with a silver spoon, or struggle endlessly to find employment as a convicted felon. You cannot control your past, but you can change your future. What choices will you make?

Inspired by Sierra's 1990 game Jones In The Fast Lane, your life is divided into weeks. You try to accomplish as much as you can each week while economic conditions and special events create interesting choices to think about. Do I go to work this week, or take part in the Hot Dog Eating competition at the park? Should I spend time looking for a better job, or stick with my current job until economic conditions improve?

Current Features:

  • Balancing Needs - Core game loop of balancing short-term needs such as hunger, fun, hygiene and health with long-term goals like happiness, wealth and education.
  • Stylised City Maps - The game map is based on a real major city, thanks to satellite imagery from the European Space Agency!
  • Education System - Study for degrees, diplomas and PHDs, required for some higher level occupations. Go to trade school or university.
  • Promising Careers and Dead End Jobs - Prestigious career paths like Banking and Chef, plus lower level occupations like Janitor and Salesperson.
  • Progressive Taxation System - The more you earn, the higher your tax bracket.
  • Possessions - Fridges, TVs and Computers which help with your short-term needs.
  • Collectibles - Collect stamps, coins and other rare items to achieve your long-term goals.
  • Subscription Services - Sign up for services that make life easier, like grocery delivery or cable TV.
  • Special Events - Home Robbery, Hotdog Eating Competition, Steam Sales and more.
  • Detailed Economic Simulation - Inflation, interest rates and economic growth influence your investments and job competition.
  • Investment and Debt - Borrow money to achieve your goals or invest for a future where you won't have to work. Minimum repayments and interest rates calculated realistically.
  • Real Estate - Buy properties through an auction system. Live in it yourself or rent out your properties to tenants.
  • Stock Market - Buy and sell shares on the stock market. Watch out for poor corporate management.
  • Life Expenses - Electricity bills, rent, loan repayments and consequences for not paying them on time.
  • Traits/Privilege System - Begin life with advantages like rich parents, or disadvantages like alcoholism.
  • Freelance/Contractor Business - Hire employees, advertise your brand, complete jobs and grow your reputation.
  • Tutorial - An interactive tutorial where your mother tells you to get a job.
  • Moddability - Create your own careers, courses, locations, possessions and more. All content designed to be highly moddable.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 / AMD Radeon HD 7400G / NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 or better graphics card with OpenGL 3.3 and later support
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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