Virtual Tourist – My Time at Portia 6/3/18

Morning!

Windows did an update last week, and it took all the time I had to do the Sunday post. Boo! The update did warn me it would take longer than usual, but it went on way longer than I ever expected. Oh, well…

Mini Movie Reviews

SOLOSOLO – Meh. That was the feeling we walked out with after the film was over. Just meh. With the millions of dollars they are spending on these movies, you’d think they’d make sure they had a decent script. This was another “let’s grab scenes from the originals and use them again because fans are stupid and will watch anything.” There’s no reason for it. They pretty much lost me when they had Val commit suicide for NO REASON! They’d already been discovered, so blowing up the bridge was unnecessary by that point! Hello?

I also thought it was a bad idea making Han be in love as fervently as he was with Qi’ra. It belittles what he has later with Leia. And have you noticed that the farther back in time we go the smarter and more independent the androids get?  The only bright point was Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian – he was fab! Rating: 3 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

 

My Time at Portia

My Time at Portia - grave for dead station people

The gravesite for the people who’d been dead 300 years but had been Ack’s companions up in the space station that fell from the sky.

My Time at Portia - Winter

Winter around the area of the Hazardous Ruins.

My Time at Portia - Llama statue

Inside my Level 2 House – During the weekends the Commerce Center now has inspections rather than commissions. That giant Llama statue is one of the gifts you can get (they seem to be random) for helping out. Suckers are HUGE!

My Time at Portia

In winter, towards the end of the month, cute decorations and snowmen begin appearing. It is all leading towards a Hot Pot celebration. (The first year I did not realize when they said Hot Pot they meant hot pot! The spicier, the better. Eek)

My Time at Portia - The Cutton Llama

There are a couple of higher end animals that will randomly appear (often after a massive culling). This is the Cutton Llama. Note his spiffy sunglasses, antlers, and fake bunny ears. Lol.

My Time at Portia - field with sprinklers

The game has added a photo-taking mode so you can take photos of yourself, with NPC’s, and also with no one in the frame. When you take the pic, you can add a caption, and the game puts it into a photo album you have inside the game. This is Sophie’s Ranch wheat field after I’ve installed a sprinkler system.

My Time at Portia - construction for the new museum

Construction of the town’s museum. Once built, you can donate equipment you’ve made for display and also reconstructed artifacts.

My Time at Portia - museum closer to final contruction

Here’s the museum construction further along. You can also see Pinky the town’s cat.

My Time at Portia - Museum construction is complete

The finished museum building. It went up pretty fast! (Martha and Carol are performing their morning exercises.)

My Time at Portia

The main room of the level 2 house after I’ve applied new wallpaper and flooring. You can see the red clock (found in mines), the reconstructed telephone (4 pieces from the mines), a tea set (huge!), the music box (built it myself!), a small painting, and the Rat Prince’s ratty pink couch. You never know how big something will be. Always a surprise!

There probably won’t be a post next week. Chibi Chains and I will be in the Artist Alley at A-kon! We’ll be in booth I25. Drop on by and say hello!

Artist Alley A-kon 2018 - we're in I25

Have a great week!

 

 

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 – Deus Ex Mankind Divided 5/13/18

 

Greetings and Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day Card

No movies this week as there’s been nothing out hubby and I have wanted to see. A very off situation, but it happens occasionally. However, the next two weeks we KNOW what we want to see – Deadpool 2 and Solo! 🙂

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Yep – haven’t done this one in a while. I keep thinking I will skip pics then I see why I took it in the first place and they are hard to pass on. Decisions, decisions. 🙂

Deus Ex Mankind Divided - computer/power tower

I tried to fix the contrast and you really need to see the bigger pic versions to see it. This is a tower of computers and power supplies. The thing is super rigged and has a ton of wires! This is the inside courtyard of a religious compound for a new offshoot I’m investigating.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided - head plug ins for computer

The back of her head is like super disturbing. She’s added computer jacks in multiple places on her head. Eek! The better to prepare to upload to the ALL.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided - Cult leader

This is her from the front. She’s the cult leader. Unfortunately, she’s also been duped into this.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided - Augmented human computer tower

The goal of the cult is to go beyond the already augmented human form to a purely computer one. All these people are plugged into the mainframe waiting to ascend.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided - the augmented are about to ascend

Kids, women, men, all plugged together into a network about to leave their bodies behind and ascend. All that awaits them is death unless this is stopped.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided - readouts for plugged in cult members

You can see the readouts and some of the data on the plugged-in cult members.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided - park outside the bankAnother pic better seen enlarged. Park outside the data bank. Love the shooting beams of light. 🙂

Deus Ex Mankind Divided - giant bulb of love!

This room is inside one of the clubs in the red light district. Love the little heart inside the bulb. 🙂

Deus Ex Mankind Divided - pilot display

Cool display in the cockpit of the infiltration craft. Chikane is about to drop me off at the remote Garm facility where we think some of the bad guys are hiding.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided - Garm exterior death pit

Well, things did not go as planned and I got caught. I’ve been dumped here to die. Must find a way out!

Have a fabulous day!

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 2/4/18

Greetings!

I kind of fell off the face of the Earth for a while. Year End Close at work was rather brutal, and in the middle of it, hubby and I caught the Flu. My daughter and son-in-law didn’t catch it, but they got sinus infections instead. Now Jan close is here and the auditors for YE will show any day now. Wheeeeee!

Maze Runner Death Cure

Mini Movie Review – Maze Runner: Death Cure – It was loads better than the second film. A quick recap would have done a lot for it. The continual assumption by Hollywood that people will have gone back and rewatched the previous movies before seeing the new one will keep audiences from enjoying them as much. Lots of action and craziness. Do not look at stuff closely or it falls apart. Things set up in film 2 are not followed up on, things that should have been obvious from stuff that happened in film 2 also were ignored. lol.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Jensen goes into an antiques store and someone had a lot of fun with it. Found a copy of “Hitman” in a corner.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Then I found a copy of Deus Ex in a box! lol.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

A part of the map finally opened up in Prague. This is the red light district. Love the girl silhouette projected on the building.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Such a funky setup.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

An unexpected surprise! The original version of the AI program still exists! But this side story you have to stumble across. Hubby never knew of it. I only found it because I noticed one of the street electrical posters was malfunctioning and went to check it out. So glad she escaped!

The main street of the red light district. A lot of inventiveness went into this area. As you can see here and in the following pics. (Those leg lamps are too fab! lol)

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Looking for someone to get intel from here. It’s funny how upstairs it says “live show” yet they use mannequins. (And yes, to the right, that is what it looks like – a tentacle!)

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Inside The Irish Stool – has a nice feel to it. 🙂

The “Temptacle” Club – the reason for the tentacles on buildings. lol.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

This is the Church of the Machine God. The followers believe God is in the technology. They have a plan to elevate themselves to the next form of existence. Eek!

Stay warm and healthy out there!

 

Virtual Tourist – Wolfenstein The New Order 1/14/18

Morning!

No Mini Movie Review this week. Work’s been killing me for Year End Close, so I was a total vegetable yesterday. Did 16 hours just on Friday. Ugh! The first couple of months of the new year are heinous work wise. 😛 (My messed up brain kept singing “It’s the most wonderful time, of the year!” all week!) 😛

Wolfenstein The New Order

Wolfenstein The New Order

We’re taking the train to Berlin. Those two at the table will become central figures in BJ’s future.

Wolfenstein The New Order

Close up of one of the top of the line cyborg sentries.

I love all the lovely details!

Wolfenstein The New Order

Our first look at Berlin.

Wolfenstein The New Order

More of the Berlin skyline. The Nazi Secret Police Headquarters

Wolfenstein The New Order

The Nazi’s have made it to the moon! This is also, believe it or not, a piece of foreshadowing. Later on, we’ll be going there too! Bwahahahahaha!

Wolfenstein The New Order - building

This is a rather impressive building, no?

Wolfenstein The New Order

After much work and heartache, I’ve finally found what remains of the US resistance fighters in a super fortified prison. I’m about to cut those chains!

Wolfenstein The New Order - statues

You have to give it to the Nazi’s – they know how to go big! (This is also an overhead view which will lead us down to where the resistance has their main HQ. Right in the middle of the enemy!

Wolfenstein The New Order - Resistance HQ

Resistance Headquarters. What little there is of it. But tapped in good.

 

Hope you have a great week!

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!