This Merchant Life is a trading strategy game set in the troubled medieval kingdom of Peregrine. Turn a rickety wooden cart, two horses and a few coins into a thriving entrepreneurial triumph!
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Mixed (25) - 68% of the 25 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Aug 3, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We see Early Access as a great opportunity to make the best possible version of This Merchant Life for players! Feedback and input from those playing will be a key part of the iterative development of the game on its way through to release.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The plan is for roughly six months to a year in Early Access.”

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

“There are a number of key areas that we're planning to work on during Early Access:


Everything from travel speeds to resource costs to enemy health stats will need to be continually balanced, there are a lot of numbers to smooth behind the scenes, we may even use graphs!


Choose your own adventure style vignettes are a key part of the game, and we'll be working to add more and more of these to the game, adding more variety and unpredictability to each playthrough and fleshing out the world more. There will be more of a main narrative spine added to the game.

Sub Systems

Additional sub-systems will be added to provide more nuance and strategy to areas of the game, particularly the hero, guild house, cart upgrade and combat systems.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Approaching Alpha. Core systems are almost all in place and the game is playable and largely stable. There is a fair amount of content and the UI, music and art are largely complete. Plenty of bug fixing, balancing and system tweaks ahead.”

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

“The price may increase when the game leaves Early Access to reflect the greater degree of content and completeness.”

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

“We're aiming to be transparent on the current development roadmap and will regularly provide progress updates along with new builds.”
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November 12

Version 0.61

It's all about more road events in the latest update for This Merchant Life! 40 more road events are added in total, 10 for each of the 4 distinct regions in the game.


- 40 New regional road events. 10 each for Forest, Heartlands, Mountain and Desert regions.


- Fix for issues with the cart part selection screen which were leading to some crashes when the game attempted to autosave
- Minor fixes to animation frames for later levels of horses
- Minor fix to battle banners animations so it syncs with the cart
- Minor fix to cart shade animations so it syncs with the cart
- Fixed fighters hired during road events having 0 Deploy Time cost
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October 30

Roadmap to This Merchant Life release

Well met, Merchant fans! I wanted to run through how things stand with the game, and the plans to take it through to leaving early access and into full release.

The current aim is to release the game late winter/early spring 2019. The cart parts update in version 0.6 was the last major new mechanic I wanted to get into the game before then, although there will certainly be additional, more minor mechanics added in future.

The key areas of focus from here are going to be:
  • Story mode
  • More content (specifically more events)
  • Combat system improvements
  • Full tutorial and ingame hints
  • Minor systems additions and tweaks
  • General polish & UI improvements
  • Balancing
  • Bug fixing
Story mode will be one of three modes available, along with Sandbox (the current mode) and Payback (an update of the previous game mode where you had to meet increasing payments each month).

Many of the new road events will only take place in specific regions of the map, to add more variety as you travel in different parts of the kingdom. They will hopefully bring more art as well!

Combat changes will be fairly extensive and include the ability to retreat, move fighters once deployed and do additional damage per turn.

The tutorials and hints will offer more of a starring role to your horses...

If you have any feedback or thoughts on the game as it stands or would like to make any suggestions, please feel free to do so in comments or in the Steam forums! Also, if you're enjoying the game and it's progress in early access, please consider giving it a review on Steam, it would be much appreciated!
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About This Game

This Merchant Life is a trading strategy game set in the troubled medieval kingdom of Peregrine. Turn a rickety wooden cart, two horses and a few coins into a thriving entrepreneurial triumph!

Key Features

  • Buy and sell goods across an array of towns and cities with dynamic prices
  • Recruit mercenaries and heroes to help protect your caravan as you travel the bandit-haunted roads
  • Upgrade your trade cart and horses to improve speed, carrying capacity and more
  • Make decisions across a wide variety of randomised events in choose your own adventure style
  • Command your mercenary protectors in turn-based battles against wild animals, hostile people and worse
  • Complete missions to earn coins and reputation
  • Unlock useful skills through leveling your character
  • Gain reputation and bonuses through funding projects and constructions within each settlement
  • Meet monthly goals and establish a set of guild houses across the kingdom

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space

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