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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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.

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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November 22

This Grand Life Alpha 2.0 - Education Loans, Factory and Engineering, and Transport Options

This update features the new education loans, the factory location and engineer career path, and new transport options.

Education Loans

Instead of paying the full price of education up front, you can now take out an education loan when applying to study degrees and diplomas. You can take a full loan for zero up front cost, or a partial loan for 50% up front cost. Alternatively, you can still pay the full fee to get a 15% discount.

If you decide to take out an education loan, the repayments won't start immediately. Instead, they begin slightly after the expected time to complete your education. For example, most diplomas are expected to take a year to complete so the loan repayments begin after 56 weeks. This adds a bit of urgency to complete your education before the repayments start.

Even though the repayments haven't started, the interest on the loan principle starts to accumulate from the moment you take the loan. The loan provider is quite generous though, and the interest charged is based on the savings rate rather than the higher personal loan rate.

Factory and Engineer Career Path

There is a new factory location that contains the engineering career path. In this career path, you can get your diploma pretty early to advance, and then follow up with a degree later on to get even further up the engineering career ladder.

The factory will generally be positioned away from the city center, so it provides a lucrative career path on the outskirts of town.

Transport Options

You can now purchase an electric scooter or a small car from the shopping mall. These vehicles help to reduce travel times between locations, but you get charged a maintenance fee every time you use them. The shorter the distance, the less efficient it is to run your vehicle so you have to decide whether your lifestyle is suited to using them.

Also, I know some people love their vehicles so you can give it a nickname by using the 'rename' button. The nickname will show up on your profile when riding it.

Auction Fees

You now get charged a fee when selling anything at auction, and also get charged an additional 5% fee if your object was successfully sold. This was added to handle a certain house-flipping strategy that was overpoweringly lucrative if you knew how to do it.

What's Next?

It's time to start work on the next fully-featured map - New York City! This will involve upgrading the events system (again). Depending on how long it takes, I might be able to squeeze in one or two other things as well.

Change Log

  • Added education loans to University and Trade School
  • Implemented delayed and fixed term repayments for education loans
  • Allow only one education loan at a time
  • Added discount for paying full education cost upfront
  • Adjusted Sue scenario for education loans
  • Added Factory location
  • Added Engineer career path and related education
  • Added Small Car and Electric Scooter to Mall
  • Added Ride option to Possessions panel for transport objects
  • Added Tooltip for travel time when hovering over locations
  • Implemented maintenance costs and variable speed for transport options
  • Implemented selling/removing transport possession kicks you off
  • Implemented renaming possessions functionality
  • Added renaming vehicles, business suits and collectible containers
  • Optimised some data structures
  • Auctions now charge sellers fees to start auction and when item sold
  • Tweaked bid probability of AI auction participants
  • Reduced fun decrease from bartender job
  • Reduced fun from bar fights and increased hygiene decay
  • Added more logging for main menu display issues
  • Changed default screensize to non-fullscreen for new players
  • Fixed too many movie marathons
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November 19

Test branch updated

The test_public branch has been updated to Alpha 2.0. It contains education loans, a new Factory location with Engineering career path and new transport options. If no problems are reported in 3 days, I will release the update to everyone else.

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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.
  • 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 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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