Virtual Tourist – My Time at Portia 5/20/18

Greetings!

Hope all is going well for ya’ll. I am still steeped in chaos. Bwahahahaha!

Mini-Movie Reviews

Batman Ninja

Batman Ninja – the first half of this was great! The second half was awful. Batman and several villains and heroes get sent back in time to Japan. Ignoring the fact everyone seems to know fluent Japanese; they did some lovely work giving them a Japanese flare. However, later, when all five castles turn into giant robots and monkey for up into a giant monkey, they just went off the deep end… Which was too bad, this could have been great. 🙁 Rating: 2.5 out of 5)

 

Deadpool 2Deadpool 2 – a totally fun ride. They sucker you in with something serious then whack you with unexpected commentary. A ton of in-jokes on all things Wolverine, other films, etc. All our old friends are back, and we meet several new ones. Not sure it surpassed the original but was a lot of fun all the same. Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

 

 

My Time at Portia

My Time at Portia - Molly and view of ruins

The view outside the church, which sits on a tall spire of a hill. Molly is one of the kids from the town.

My Time at Portia - looking down from the Church

The view down from the church. You can barely see one of the hot air balloons.

My Time at Portia - winter!

Each month is a new season. So this is month four and winter. You can see a bit of the church straight ahead and up.

My Time at Portia - winter wonderland

A winter wonderland! A better view of the hot air balloons, too!

My Time at Portia - ruins side view

You can’t get to those ruins, but this is a more detailed side view.

My Time at Portia - my house!

You can see my level 2 house sitting down there! 🙂 (Currently set sideways so it would fit the yard! lol)

The fields owned by Emily’s grandmother lay empty in winter. Also a view towards the entrance to town.

My Time at Portia - view from my porch

View from the upper porch of my house. All the snow and the waterfalls in the distance make it quite beautiful.

My Time at Portia - part of a space station falling from the sky!

Part of an old space station as it falls from orbit! Eek!

My Time at Portia - Ack the AI

This is Ack and AI robot. He’s been partially damaged. Had been in standby mode on the station that just crashed for 300 years. Luckily the town realized he was harmless and didn’t destroy him. He’s an excellent cook! 🙂

Have an awesome week!

 

Virtual Tourist – My Time at Portia 4/29/18

 

Morning, all!

April continues to be quite insane. It’s mind-bending how crazy and weird this month has been. Let’s hope May helps us turn the corner! 😛

Avengers Infinity War
Avengers Infinity War – This is a major rollercoaster ride! Super high stakes from the moment the film starts with quips thrown in to relieve tension. Be prepared for a cliffhanger of sorts.  Just remember Dr. Strange’s comment that this is the way things need to go. 😛 One small extra bit at the very end of the credits. (Some of the scenes where characters meet each other for the first time are priceless!) Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

 

My Time at Portia

My Time at Portia - Night Sky!

View of the night’s sky outside my workshop.

My Time at Portia - Rat Prince

The Rat Prince (and my soon to be couch!). First “dungeon” in the game. Went in to fix the power in a cave for the town, and next thing I know I have to fight for my life to find the exit. Found out they are also the ones responsible for a rash of thefts in town.

My Time at Portia - Hazardous Ruins Dungeon

Once you can defeat one of the Flying Pig Civil Defense Force people, you are allowed to go to the Hazardous Ruins. Unlike the other two ruin locations, this one is not for mining but combat and movement skills. There are four tiers (so far) and each has five to six ‘levels’ with a boss at the last one. Some of the dropped loot you have to have for building! (Though some of it I noticed will later show up in the mining areas once you get higher in level.)

My Time at Portia - Hazardous RuinsAnother section of one of the levels. The gate at the end won’t open to let you either exit or move on to the next level until all the bad guys are dead. (If you hear a turkey’s gobble, it means you’re about to have respawned bad guys!) You can hack dark crates to get money and goods. Other colored containers won’t do anything.

My Time at Portia - View from the Hazardous Ruins

View from the entrance to the Hazardous Ruins

My Time at Portia - The Rat King

After you do a series of builder quests to repair a lift and track down and fix the source of a pipe leaking hazardous materials into the town’s water, you go to the WOW Factory. While setting the pipe, you will get swept to the lower levels. There you meet Red Mice (they throw fireballs!) and eventually make it to the Rat King. He is the reason for the hazardous leak. He’s mad about his sone being dead. He is the last piece to get to fix the town’s water. Have not been able to get past him yet. Luckily, you can go in and out to this last point.

My Time at Portia - Waterwheel Assembly

The item before you is the level 2 Assembly platform. I had to upgrade to build the waterwheel in the picture. I had to buy more land to get that sucker in here. 😛

My Time at Portia - School House

Inside the Portia School House. You can enter a lot of buildings. As you gain plusses with the people who live in Portia, you will also be able to come into their homes. I inadvertently went into the Tree Farm house around 11 PM and found the two guys snoring away. Lol.

A view of a bunch of the building/creation equipment I have so far made and used. While the Assembly Platform and House get upgraded, the rest of the machines you create new versions. So you start with an open forge, then do the small yellow forge behind me, then the larger one in the back. From here you can see from right to left: the Skiver level 2, the basic grill, forge 2 and forge 3 (I think they are called Civil Forge and Industrial Forge), Cooking Set, Blender, beginning forge, Industrial Cutter, and part machine. Each higher one will include more things it can work on and making them in bigger batches.

My Time at Portia - House level 2

I’d been trying to get the next level of housing, and it’s been a fight. Finally got it and forced it to fit! Lol. You end up buying more land, and I needed the Assembly Platform level 2, so finally was able to once more get the money and goods to upgrade the house. You can’t tell from the picture, but between all the equipment, the assembly platform and the house, there’s room for nothing else! Will have to buy more land again. Ugh!

May you survive the rest of April! Huzzah!

 

Virtual Tourist – My Time at Portia 4/22/18

My goodness! 2018 is turning out to be even more turbulent than 2016 and 2017. Oi!

Typically once I am out of the YE and audit circus, things settle down a bit. But not this year! First Quarter End was brutal. I worked three weeks worth of time in two weeks. Ugh. I’ve been a mental vegetable.

Mini Movie Reviews

Rampage

Rampage – The film is another piece of fun nostalgia. It’s loosely based on the console game Rampage. It was a fun ride all the way around. George, the albino gorilla, is a hoot! 3.75 out of 5. (Hubby’s Rating: Worth full price to see again!)

 

 

 

Isle Of Dogs

Isle of Dogs – this was a fun and super quirky film. They use both stop animation and film animation. They make subtle fun of all sorts of things. The dogs are awesome. Not everyone will like it, but we thought it was great! 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth full price of admission.)

 

 

 

My Time at Portia

I got a new game to detox with – My Time at Portia. It is very similar, yet also different from Stardew Valley (Another fun game). The central premise of both games is to help the community, grow in skills, mine, fish, farm, scavenge, fight, and more.  Aside from different mechanics and emphasis, My Time at Portia has an entirely different visual feel from Stardew Valley.

My Time at Portia - Central Square

This is the central square in town. A&G Construction, Commerce Center, and the Mayor’s office are here.

My Time at Portia -  Sonya

Since it is a community type game, you get experience for meeting people. This is my first meeting with Sonia. One thing this game adds to the townsfolk is the ability to spar with them, plays stone-paper-scissors, or even Go. If you win, you get additional relationship points and a bit of coin (or lose coin, too!)

My Time at Portia - Mayor's Office

This is the Mayor’s office. On the right is a list of active quests. The indicator over his head shows I need to go to him for an action. (And yes, that’s me!) 🙂

My Time at Portia - Knight game room

Game room at Django’s restaurant. There are lots of things reminiscent of Stardew Valley.

The Civil Corps building – they help fight monsters and keep the town safe. Had to take a pic of their mascot/statue as it is a pig flying. lol.

My Time at Portia - ruins can be seen in the distance

This is a post-apocalyptic world that is once more prospering. There are ruins that can be mined for old technologies. There are factions/guilds that are pro and anti old technology.

My Time at Portia - Ruins

View back towards town from the tree farm area. You can see the Church of Light on the right. They are anti old tech.

My Time at Portia - Inside the Church of Light

Inside the Church of Light. Quite impressive!

My Time at Portia - murals at the Church of Light

The murals depict some of the events before civilization collapsed.

My Time at Portia - Left side murals at the Church f Light

Here humanity is rising out of the dark ages.

More weird stuff was going on in life this past week. Hopefully, things will find a neutral ground, and I can get back to a regular schedule again. *fingercrossed*

 

 

 

Virtual Tourist – Secret World Legends 4/1/18

Morning, all!

I dropped off the face of the planet again. Between conventions, year-end audit at work and projects, and getting sick, it’s been hard keeping up. First three months of every new year just seem brutal. Wheee!

Mini Movie Reviews ~!

Ready Player One

Ready Player One – I’d had some reservations about this one, but there was nothing to be worried about! The film was awesome! Lots of actions, red herrings, deeper plots, tons of fan service, and more. A lot to think about too. 4.5 out of 5! (Yes, I was that impressed!) (Hubby’s Rating: Pay Full Price to See Again!)

 

 

Pacific Rim UprisingPacific Rim: Uprising – This time it was hubby who was reticent and was pleasantly surprised. I was very much looking forward to it. (Giant robots and monsters – what’s not to like?) A more serious version than the original and had a lot of character stuff going on to give the story depth and not just combat. Good job, guys! (And they don’t fall into the bad habit of late of not giving the audience a quick ‘what’s gone on before’ peek. 🙂 4 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

 

Secret World Legends

Secret World Legends - psychicThe fortune teller on Solomon Island. She used to be a fake until things started to go bad. Now she is the real deal.

Secret World Legends - ParkWe had to do a ceremony centered on this park and fountain. Love the funky lighting.

Secret World Legends - sewersOne of the super ugly beasts trying to take over town. Ugh!

Secret World Legends - mutated sailor This poor guy is one of the people from the fishing boat we’d heard came in with the fog when the chaos started. He’s still himself, but he’s losing ground. eek!

Secret World Legends - Bad GuysThe dude is the reason all this is happening in town. Power hungry lunatic. The girl behind him? She’s more than she lets on. Has her own agenda, too!

Secret World Legends - Overlook MotelThe Overlook Motel – it’s in a new section of the map. A lot of bad things have happened here and still happening.

Secret World Legends - Summoning One of the rooms of the Overlook Motel. This gentleman has been lost, but his spirit is giving us clues on how to find him and hopefully put a stop to the corruption here.

Secret World Legends - Happiness DestroyedWhat was once a happy place, has been smeared with darkness.

Secret World Legends - LibraryNice library!

Secret World Legends - Library Door PuzzleDoor puzzle to enter the lower levels of the library. Where the dangerous knowledge is kept.

Hope you and yours have a fabulous Easter!

Virtual Tourist – Wolfenstein The New Order 2/25/18

Morning!

We have had tons of rain here. Working on staying dry and not getting another cold! Ugh!

Mini Movie Reviews!

Black Panther

Black Panther – 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!) – The film had loads of action, super cool tech, bits of comedy, twisted plot, and neat costumes. The lady warriors were super awesome! 🙂 Two extra scenes during the credit so stay all the way to the end!

 

 

Early Man

Early Man – 3.5 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission) – Like all the works by the peeps from Wallace and Gromit, there’s a lot of fun to be found in the film. Surprisingly, the main plot ends up centering around football! (Aka Soccer) Ended up feeling very reminiscent of Terry Pratchett’s book Unseen Academicals! The film was a nice bit of fun!

Wolfenstein The New Order

Wolfenstein The New Order - Rebel HQ

Living quarters area of the hidden Rebel HQ in Berlin.

Wolfenstein The New Order - Inside the Dream - Original Wolfenstein!

When I went to sleep at HQ – my dreams took me here. To the original Wolfenstein game! Lol.

Wolfenstein The New Order - Original Wolfenstein level

This was so nostalgic! And the art is 2D, while your avatar stays the same. Very trippy! 🙂

Wolfenstein the New Order - Rebel leader

This is the leader of our little band.

Wolfenstein The New Order - a little Star Wars thrown in?

Heading to our next target. The text throws in a little bit of Star Wars. Perfect! 😛

Wolfenstein The New Order - the city is on high alter

The sky seems almost on fire. Armed dirigibles and mechanized armaments are everywhere.

Wolfenstein The New Order - Mechanized death!

Another friend has sacrificed his life to blow up the fortified entrance to the space museum. Not all obstacles got destroyed, however. Eek!

Wolfenstein The New Order - Moon Exploration Museum

Inside the museum proper. Truly a cool place. The deeper you go, the more amazing it gets!

Wolfenstein The New Order - a site you never imagined

Not a sight I ever imagined. 😛 Love that they have the statues saluting. Lol. Leaves no doubt whatsoever on who it is. 😛

Wolfenstein The New Order - The Germans have a moon base!

The German’s have a moon base! (And yes, we will be going there!) 😛

Stay healthy! Stay dry!

 

Virtual Tourist – Deus Ex Mankind Divided 1/7/18

Morning!

Mini Movie Review

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour – 4 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again) – great performances, cool cinematography. See the England side of what was going on while soldiers were getting stranded at Dunkirk and the horrid pressure on Churchill. A fascinating slice of history.

 

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Deus Ex Mankind Divided Beautiful view from the window!

Deus Ex Mankind Divided Someone has been keeping tabs on us!

Deus Ex Mankind Divided Hidden clues to a murder?

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

This machine will send me into a virtual world. Trying to figure out if my boss is part of the conspiracy.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

The virtual room where we’ve glimpsed clandestine meetings by those trying to undermine society.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided Virtual data vault!

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

This is the actual data in a virtual form.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided Another data node. This place is so cool looking! A pain in the keister to get at some of these data nodes though!

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

I am spying on my bosses a virtual meeting. Hee hee!

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Red light district in Prague. Clues from the virtual data vault and eavesdropping have led me here.

 

Wish me luck! Currently going through Year End at work. So far it’s proving rather ugly. Don’t like it! Waaahhh!

Have a great week!

 

Virtual Tourist – Wolfenstein The New Order 12/31/17

With all the holidays the last two weeks and trying not to catch a cold, my sense of what day it is is a little on the fritz! Lol. Almost forgot today is Sunday and Virtual Tourist Day! DOH!

Mini Movie Reviews

Star Wars The Last Jedi

Star Wars The Last Jedi – 3 out of 5 – mostly a smash of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi with unimaginative changes. For such a huge franchise, you’d think they’d try to do good scripts. Still better than Episode III (Movie 6) 😛

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle – 4 out of 5 – I REALLY enjoyed this one! It had a lot more depth than you’d expect, lots of surprises, and the acting was fab! Jack Black outdid himself on this one. They all did. (We went home and immediately watched the original again. Found several nice tie backs!)

DownsizingDownsizing – 3.25 out of 5 – Hubby was wanting to see this one badly, and ended up very disappointed. The first half or so was fascinating! Then the pace came to grinding halt and took a left turn. I think they tried to do too much with the film and inadvertently lost their way. A pity.

 

Wolfenstein The New Order

After escaping the mental hospital, we hide at my girl’s grandparents. I brought along a souvenir. Time to get answers.

The little touches are always the best. Here is a poster that needs no translation. 🙂

A giant facility and checkpoint. We need to get through this to go to Berlin.

Should have lightened this one. Dang. Anyway, you can see my girl’s grandma and grandpa. Old but mean business. They are helping to sneak the two of us to Berlin.

 Within the facility/checkpoint structure.

Another one I should have lightened. Boo! I’m sneaking my way further into the facility.

Some cool truck plans in the garage area. Some very subtle foreshadowing as you will soon see. 😛

View of a smaller secondary gate. We’re almost through.

Surprise! This is what the weird truck specs were for. Transporting mechanized warrior units. Eek!

A full view of the beastie. Nasty sucker. They pop two of those for you to get rid off. Ugh!

Hope you and yours have a great New Years Eve!

 

Virtual Tourist – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 12/17/17

 

Morning!

Chaos continues! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Mini-Movie Review – The Shape of Water

The Shape Of Water

The opening scene is super awesome. This is a cute fairy tale, but IT IS NOT FOR KIDS! I can’t emphasize this enough. This movie is for adults. There are lots of great performances. It’s a sleepy little tale, but very poignant.

 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

 

One of the problems with what was supposed to be an aug paradise.

Heading to some of the restricted levels as I search for the man who created this place.

Sneaking around looking for ways up.

The man being blamed for a lot of the terrorist action in the world. He is an avid aug supporter. He doesn’t look like he’s doing so well. His dreams have been rotted from within and without, but others not so altruistic.

He’s a broken man. He’s not realized the depths of the betrayals visited upon him quite yet.

Well educated, driven, and yet even he has been played.

The skeleton of dreams never to be realized.

I so love the attention to detail!

Jensen has ferreted some of the truth. Time to bail from Hell.

There will be a reckoning.

Have a great week!

Virtual Tourist – Wolfenstein The New Order 12/3/17

 

Morning!

Mini Movie Review – Coco

Coco

This film was fabulous! It had a lot of layers and a lot of surprises. Bring some hankies! It truly encapsulates the meaning of the Day of the Dead. Filled with a lot of traditional Mexican songs as well. Go see it!!!!!!  My son-in-law mentioned that there’s some controversy with the Frozen short that comes before the film starts. My hubby and I had to look at each other because the Frozen short was adorable and heartfelt. Despite what some are saying, it does have a plot with consequences! Not sure how they can’t see that. Emotional damage is a consequence. Very weird…

 

Wolfenstein The New Order

Deathshead in the flesh. This is the point in the game where things actually start getting serious and also proves why it’s not for kids!

This is a nice view of the armored guards. These guys are tough and no longer entirely human. Deathshead is forcing me to choose between two friends. Nasty, nasty man!

To say I or Blazkowics are not conflicted is a significant error.

Got a shock as my remaining friend and I manage to escape. The game went into the beginning credits. Everything up to now was but the stage setting up the actual game. Gasp!

Yep… Very surprising! Lol.

I took shrapnel to the head, so time has progressed as I sit in a kind of limbo. 14 years elapse during a sequence of scene flashes.

I sit in a wheelchair staring out all that time. Being taken care of at this sanitorium. The caretakers there have problems of their own.

They’ve just about killed everyone, and Blazkowicz has come to his senses to take them down and try to rescue the girl!

Open hospital bedding area

Cool vehicle! Also shows the Nazi’s are still wrong. It looks like history has taken a left turn. (Which is true. Germany won the war in this reality!)

 Outside view of my home for the last 14 years.

Hope you’re having a great weekend! Until next time!

 

Virtual Tourist – Wolfenstein The New Order 11/12/17

Morning!

Mini Movie ReviewMurder on the Orient Express:

Murder On The Orient Express

I’ve watched the 1974 version of this film numerous times. It too had an all-star cast. This new version is as good if not better than that one! Awesome performances, beautiful vistas, loads to love!

I’m trying something a little different this week. Not actually sharing every last picture I took. I will attempt to be more particular on what I put in here. I always end up with way more than I use. I have a trigger finger with regards to photos. Lol.

 

Wolfenstein The New Order

Once again, there is no question as to whose place we are in. 😛 That is one solid door.

Some famous personas.

A few more…

Loved these! Yeah, I have a thing about fixtures. lol

Still being restored, but this is a beautiful hallway. The indirect lighting is awesome. 🙂

This would be General Deathhead. A very, very nasty man. As I will soon discover. (This painting is also a secret door! Sweet!)

The cool windows and the rays of light. Lovely!

A nice view of the nearby ruins. Too bad so many people are trying to kill me, or I would be more impressed. Lol.

This is where I realized that there is NO WAY kids should play this game. Deathhead is evil, evil, evil. Pictured above is some of his handy work to obtain brains for his automatons. Brrrr.

This is when we realize that running into this room was a terrible mistake. Eek!

Hope you had a good Veterans Day!