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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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
This Grand Life Alpha 1.9 - Supervisors And More Business Types

This Grand Life Alpha 1.9 - Supervisors And More Business Types

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Alpha 1.9 has been released with the new supervisor role for your freelance business and 3 new business types.

Alpha 1.8 - Stock Market and Luxury Views

Alpha 1.8 - Stock Market and Luxury Views

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Alpha 1.8 is out with the new Stock Market feature.

This Grand Life is now live on Steam

This Grand Life is now live on Steam

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This Grand Life is now live on Steam! Also competition details to win your caricature in the game.

This Grand Life - Analysing The Stock Market

This Grand Life - Analysing The Stock Market

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In this update I talk about work on the new stock market feature and watching out for bad company management.

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life including the latest tutorial

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life including the latest tutorial

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lee6
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Great game!!!

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=D

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

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Thanks!

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