In This Grand Life, you manage your character's finances while helping them achieve their 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?


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?

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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 - Enrol in courses and graduate with qualifications, required for some higher level occupations.


  • Careers and Employment - 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.
  • 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.


  • Tutorial - An interactive tutorial where your mother tells you to get a job.


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Firstly, what an exciting two weeks it's been! Watching people play the game has given me feedback on things to improve, and I've released many small game updates as a result. I think the new system with lots of small updates will continue for a while, with the occasional big update for major features.

I've also made some progress on the Stock Market feature so here's a quick peek.


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.

Alpha 1.6 Update - Polish and Paint

Alpha 1.6 Update - Polish and Paint

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Presenting Alpha 1.6, a polishing/bug fixing update with a few new things such as lottery tickets, more loan information and paintable collectibles.

Keeping Score - Adding Charts to This Grand Life

Keeping Score - Adding Charts to This Grand Life

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I talk about adding charts to the game as the first step towards a Commodities/Stock Market. You will also be able to see your progress towards each Life...

Alpha 1.5 Update, Steam Announcement and New Trailer

Alpha 1.5 Update, Steam Announcement and New Trailer

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Alpha 1.5 is now available. Also the Steam page is up and there's a new trailer to go along with it.

Themes, Comics and more Subscriptions

Themes, Comics and more Subscriptions

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I talk about upcoming location themes, painting your home and business, comic books and new subscription services.

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This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.66

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life including the latest tutorial

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This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.61

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life including the latest tutorial

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.60

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.60

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life including the latest tutorial

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.50

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.50

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life including the latest tutorial

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This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.41

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life including the latest tutorial

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.3

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.3

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life including the latest tutorial

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lee6
lee6

Great game!!!

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PokingWaterGames Creator
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=D

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bigdezil28
bigdezil28

Please continue to work on this game! Real gem right here!

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Thanks!

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Income statements will get the same theme as their parent item (Business, Stock Exchange, etc) #ThisGrandLifeT.co

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