This Grand Life is a personal finance simulator where you create a character, manage their money and help them achieve their life goals.
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Oct 23, 2017

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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.

The only planned major new feature will be a Commodities/Stock Market, which I am currently working towards.

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 after Early Access, but I haven't decided yet.”

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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October 13

This Grand Life - Analysing The Stock Market

Hello everyone!

I've been working on This Grand Life for a while now and keeping a dev blog on my website. I'll post the updates here as well now and see if people like it. Starting off we have a preview of the next big feature - the Stock Market.

Video - Analysing The Stock Market

Each listed corporation on the stock market is influenced by economic conditions. The better the economy, the higher the corporation's earnings. Higher earnings means they are able to acquire assets faster (and have higher equity) and use those assets to earn even more money.

You can see in the above charts the stock price and equity of two corporations changing over time. They both follow the same general dips and rises based on the economy. However, MONEY Group has only increased its equity by about 15% while Horizontal Corp. has increased its equity by around 80% in the same time. The performance difference of these two stocks is due to company management. Good management leads to higher earnings over time.

If a company has bad management in a bad economy, they even have a chance of going bankrupt. Do you stick with the company and hope the economy improves or leadership changes before they go bankrupt? Or do you sell your shares now and recover some money? You won't know for sure how good a company's management is, but you can stay informed when a company changes leaders by subscribing to the Financial Dimes subscription.

There are other aspects such as dividend payouts and taxation of your trading profits, which are calculated on a first in, first out basis. You might want to delay selling your shares for a profit if you already made a lot of money this year and expect to make less next year. It will help to reduce the amount of tax you pay.
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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.
  • 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 3000 / AMD Radeon HD 7400G / NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 or better graphics card with OpenGL 3.0 and later support
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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