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April 29th, 2018

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! :P

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. :P 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 Ruins

Another 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. :P

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!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Novels


JEWEL OF THE GODS

(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!


Excerpt:
"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."





INNER DEMONS

(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!


Excerpt:
The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."



THE PRICE OF MERCY

(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Excerpt:

Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.




CROSS-EYED DRAGON TROUBLES
(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”

Excerpt:

“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.



WILLING SACRIFICE
(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”

Excerpt:

Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”



IN THE SERVICE OF SAMURAI
(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”

Excerpt:

Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.



VASSAL OF EL
(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”

Excerpt:

Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

Info, sample chapters, and free reads at www.gloriaoliver.com

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