In the post-apocalyptic (yet surprisingly peaceful) world of My Time At Portia, players will inherit their father's workshop and begin their life as a crafts(wo)man. A good start can make all the difference in the world, so take a look at our guide to learn some good tips for your first week in Portia.
1. Fix your house
When you start the game, your house's floor will be full of holes. As long as the holes go unrepaired, you won't be able to get a good night's rest, preventing you from starting with a full Stamina bar. Losing out on 80 Stamina per day in the early game is a big problem. Go outside and get some wood, whether by gathering from small piles or by making an axe and chopping down some small trees, and interact with the holes to fix your home. You'll need about 40 wood to fix all the holes.
2. Focus on gathering at first
By gathering things from the environment, you'll quickly start getting experience points and get a few levels. Each level gives you a skill point that can be invested into three skill trees: Fight, Gather, and Social. At the beginning of the game, you'll want to be completely focused on the Gather tree. The early parts of the tree reduce how much Stamina you spend on gathering while increasing what you get, letting you get more for less. Meanwhile, fighting isn't something you'll do for a while and the Social tree isn't as useful for earning early-game money. When you get to the fourth row in the Gather tree (which starts focusing on animals,) you can start looking at diversifying your skill points.
3. Get more backpack space
Not counting your active inventory bar, you start off the game with 16 item slots in your backpack. Inevitably, these will fill up pretty quick. While always handy, the wooden storage boxes you can build don't let you carry your stuff with you. Fortunately, getting more space in your backpack is easy. As long as you have enough gols to buy a new row, you can access your inventory and click on a locked row to get the option to buy more space. Ultimately, you can get a whopping 120 spaces in your bag. But how do you get lots of money when you can only take one commission per day on Mondays through Fridays? Well, that leads to our next tip…
4. Make and sell stone furniture
As well as earning money from completing commissions, you can sell the things you make for a quick buck. A good early game money maker are the stone tables, which require 20 stone and 2 marble. You can get stone from any rocks you mine or from mining in the ruins, and it'll likely never be a problem. Meanwhile, marble can be gained from rocks you mine in the world. There's a good bunch of rocks to the left of the main town gate. The stone stools, which only take stone, are a cheaper, but easier option, and can be used to make furnaces.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the selling and buying prices of items fluctuates every day. If the market price for something you're selling is below 100% and you don't need the money now, you might want to consider waiting a bit.
5. Upgrade your tools
The tools you make for your first quest can chop down small trees and break small rocks. However, you'll likely find yourself running out of things to destroy for resources. You can upgrade them with some bronze bars and an upgrading kit. The kit can be bought from Total Tools in the town. For bronze, you'll need to find tin and copper ore from mining in Abandoned Ruins #1. You want to look for the brownish parts of the rock, as those tend to drop copper and tin. While you're in there, you'll also want to try finding some of the relics with the help of your scanner. Some of those relics are old parts, which are used to make the grinder.
6. Make copies of your workstations
After you've made one work station, you'll want to add a couple more. Each work station can build certain things, and it can't make anything else while working. When you start getting into more advanced constructions, you'll want to have multiple copies of each work station so you can maintain a steady supply of more advanced materials.
7. Be organized
A great feature about the game's crafting system is that you don't have to have materials on hand when crafting something if it's in one of your storage containers. However, you'll still want to keep your boxes organized. A simple example is to keep a box full of wood near your furnaces and a box for power crystals to power your other workstations. Keeping your stuff organized will help you avoid wasting time on searching through boxes for the one thing you need, allowing you to get more time out of the day.