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:
Apr 17, 2018

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May 16

Release 1.2 - Survival Mode and the Hospital

This update features a new Survival Mode, Hospital location and doctor career path.

Survival Mode

In Survival Mode you have been diagnosed with Zombitus, a terminal disease with no cure. Doctors have given you a few months to a few years to live. The disease will progress faster as time goes on and treatments will become more expensive. Eventually, they will be unable to slow the disease's advance.

When in Survival Mode, your current score is displayed prominently on the weekly summary. What do you want to achieve in your remaining time? You can aim for maximum happiness, wealth or knowledge, or just try to get as high a score as possible. You could also try to stay alive as long as you can.

To go with this new game mode, we also have a new Hospital location where you will go for Zombitus Treatments.

Hospital Location and Doctor Career Path

At the Hospital you can donate blood to trade health for happiness, or attend your yearly checkup for a big health boost. You can also embark on one of the longest career paths in the game - becoming a doctor.

In real life, it takes between 12-16 years to become a specialized doctor (surgeon, physician, etc). In the game I've shortened it slightly, but it's still a long and grueling process of studying and working to reach the top. To compensate, the wage rates are also the highest in the game. As with the other career paths, the wage rates on the doctor career path are based on real life statistics.

Here's the full list of changes in Release 1.2:
  • Added Survival Mode and related items
  • Added Transportation Services business
  • Added Real Estate business and related education
  • Added Gym Trainer and Gym Manager to Stadium
  • Added Volunteer As Coordinator to Town Hall
  • Added Hospital location to all maps
  • Added Doctor career path and education
  • Added Donate Blood and Yearly Checkup special events to Hospital
  • Added education and experience speed advanced options
  • Changed grocery subscription delivery description to be generic
  • Implemented home restrictions for actions from data files
  • Implemented healthcare cost modifier for actions from data files
  • Added mode played to scoreboard
  • Removed Bachelor Of Engineering from trait selection
  • Implemented proper score calculation even without achieving goals
  • Added new 'Read' action for items on Possessions screen
  • Realigned suppress and close buttons on Weekly Summary
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April 24

New Trailer Uploaded

I've uploaded a new trailer that should give people a better idea on the core gameplay of This Grand Life (first one on the store page). I think the other trailer emphasized the advanced features too much, so some players weren't getting what they expected.
I understand the game isn't for everybody and didn't intend it to be, or I would have added zombie career paths with crafting mechanics. I'd rather have fewer sales to happy customers than more sales to unhappy customers. Hopefully the new trailer better highlights the incremental decisions that are the main part of the game.
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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.
  • 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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