When it comes to playing most games, inventory becomes a massive issue. Trust me, I have endless Minecraft Servers where my base is overflowing with resources that I don’t know how to actually manage.
Often I leave the resource management to my husband because he has a lot more patience than me, but whenever it comes to playing solo games I’m obviously all on my own.
I have to admit, it took me a while to figure out how I wanted to actually manage and maneuver my inventory as My Time at Portia has a fairly unique system for inventory, especially being that players will need different tiers of resources to craft the higher-powered crafting stations and items in their Workbench.
If you followed my adventure learning how to play My Time at Portia on YouTube, you are well aware of the struggles I faced when it came to making sure I could pick up all the resources that dropped when I was resource farming and quite frankly, it wasn’t until I took time away from making videos for the game that I found a solution to ensuring I always had free space in my inventory and always had access to the resources I needed for crafting.
I’m hoping that everything I learned for My Time at Portia transfers over to My Time at Sandrock as I don’t want to waste too much time trying to figure out how to sort at utilize my inventory for too long while streaming on Twitch.
While in the early stages of My Time at Portia, poor inventory management is going to be alright to deal with, you’re not going to be able to get away with it in the mid-to-late game as there are simply too many items for players to collect, especially if players are spending a significant amount of time Ruin Diving. To me, it’s the Ruin Diving that completely wrecked my inventory and I wasn’t able to solve it until I got into the mid-game when I had access to the tier 3 Work Table.
The following guide will take you through everything you need to know about My Time at Portia, including all of the costs of upgrading your on-person inventory and my advice on how to manage your Workshop Inventory to ensure that you always have space for your items and can always locate them.
HOW DO YOU UPGRADE YOUR INVENTORY IN MY TIME AT PORTIA?
Purchasing upgrades for your inventory is quite simple in My Time at Portia as unlike other games, you don’t need to go anywhere to do it
Now, the way that you upgrade your inventory will differ from platform to platform, so the following is a bit of a breakdown.
On PC you will need to left-click on the row that you would like to expand.
On PS4 you will want to use the Left analog stick to head to the row you would like to expand then hit R3.
On the Nintendo Switch you will want to move the yellow outline cursor to any locked slot and then press your right analog stick down.
On the Xbox One (or on PC with an Xbox Controller) you will want to move to the next available locked slot and press the right analog stick down (R3).
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO UPGRADE YOUR INVENTORY?
The cost for upgrading your inventory will depend on how many slots you’ve already upgraded. Luckily for players, you will not have to pay higher prices for misclicking on the wrong line, though with each purchase you will only receive 8 extra slots.
Prices do go up fairly significantly, so players will want to balance purchasing upgrades for their Workshop with purchasing inventory space. In my opinion, it’s going to be beneficial for you to purchase at least 6 rows of inventory space in the very early game. As players will have limited storage chests early on, due to the sheer amount of Wood you will be required to make them and the minimal space available to you at your Workshop, it will be better for you to have on-hand inventory slots.
As soon as players begin Ruin diving, their inventory will fill up quickly with items that they cannot use for a long while. I would suggest keeping most of these items in your inventory unless it is hindering you from getting precious resources. The main reason for this is that players will not be able to turn in or assemble any of the pieces unless the items are in their inventory. The same is true for Commissions, though we’ll cover more on both later.
When it comes to upgrading your inventory slots, the following are the actual costs:
First Row – 400 Gols
Second Row – 600 Gols
Third Row – 900 Gols
Fourth Row – 1,300 Gols
Fifth Row – 2,000 Gols
Sixth Row – 3,000 Gols
Seventh Row – 4,500 Gols
Eighth Row – 6,800 Gols
Ninth Row – 10,200 Gols
Tenth Row – 15,300 Gols
Eleventh Row – 23,000 Gols
Twelfth Row – 34,500 Gols
Thirteenth Row – 51,800 Gols
As players could guess from now, there are only Thirteen rows that they will be able to acquire, beyond this point players will simply need to figure out how they are going to want to store items at their Workshop.
Players can utilize mods if they are still struggling with inventory space as there are a few that will make it so they can stack resources almost indefinitely. In my opinion, I would try steering clear from these mods as they can ultimately crash your game depending on the specs of your computer and of course any console players will not be able to use the mods.
The next sections should be able to help you figure out a good system for inventory management.
KEEP ALL BASE RESOURCES IN A NAMED CHEST
It’s no secret that every player is going to have a full inventory that’s littered with Wood, Stone and Sand. It seems like no matter what game you play, as long as there is tree farming or digging involved, these three resources will always come to haunt you.
I strongly suggest that players begin their journeys in My Time at Portia by making a chest for each one as they tend to come in the biggest heaps.
Players can rename a Chest after they’ve built it by hitting the “Rename” function. To do so, players will need to simply stand near the Chest and select whatever key bind is associated with the Rename function. It has been reported on some consoles the Rename function is not available, players on these platforms will have to select the “Change Colour” function, which will pull up the same window.
In many cases, players will not need base resources in their main inventory as they will be able to use any resources inside of chests to fuel and utilize their Crafting Stations. The only time a player will need that specific item in their inventory is if they are turning it in for a Commerce Commission or if they are manually required to place them in the Assembly Station. Luckily for players, many of these base resources will never be used in the Assembly Station.
When players have a tier-3 Assembly Station they will not be required to take out the items from their Chests to manually assemble them, though it will take longer for the Crafting Station to be assembled. I still prefer this so I can spend my time gathering more resources, especially because you have several days until the Commission that has requested the Crafting Station is due.
ALWAYS USE THE “SORT ALL” BUTTON & NEVER REMOVE 100% OF YOUR RESOURCES
At first, I was completely unaware of the Sort All button and didn’t actually know what it did. I have to say, it is one of the biggest godsends in the game and a button that I recommend you hit any time you get back to your base.
To access the Sort All button, players will need to open any chest and doing so will automatically send any items you have in your inventory into a chest that already has the resource. Due to this, players will want to ensure that they have at least one resource in the chest they are using to store the item, ultimately meaning that a player will never want to allow their chests to get empty.
Unfortunately for players, this means that you’re going to have to watch how many resources you use whenever you craft another resource or Crafting Station as this is typically when your inventory goes awry.
Now, this isn’t much of a problem if players are simply completing a single Commission a day as typically your inventory won’t become depleted, however, it does tend to be a problem if you are using mods that allow you to complete multiple Commissions in a day.
Worst comes to worst if you have your chests labelled, it will be easy to navigate which chests need to be restocked, however, I would recommend doing this early rather than later.
HOW I RECOMMEND YOU ASSORT YOUR CHESTS
At first, players can combine their Wood, Stone and Sand resources, however, while players get to the mid-game I would suggest that players have the following chests near the front/entrance of their Workshop:
A Chest for all types of Wood that have not been altered (Wood, Hardwood, Ironwood, Poplar Wood) meaning that players should not put any boards in this.
A Chest for Stone as you get way too much of this resource.
A Chest for Sand as this is the resource you get the most of
I always place a Chest next to each type of Crafting Station and will have at least 3-10 of the Crafting Stations available. I recommend placing all the resources those Crafting Stations produce so that you can easily grab the items you need if you need to use the Assembly Station.
Example Chests are:
Planks and Boards
Pipes and Plates
Fabrics and Leathers
It should be noted that higher-tier Crafting Stations will typically be able to make lower-tier resources, minus the Electric Furnace, so as soon as you have access to these Crafting Stations, donate the old ones to the Museum and sell the old ones. The only time that I would keep the old Crafting Stations is if they are required to assemble future Crafting Stations or if you simply need them to pump out resources because you don’t have enough of the higher-tier Crafting Stations.
At the end of the day, a higher-tier Crafting Station is always going to be more ideal to use as they can be fueled more and will be able to produce more resources before they are restocked.
RESOURCES THAT ARE PRETTY USELESS THAT YOU SHOULD SELL IMMEDIATELY
In my opinion, the main resource I always have too much of is Sand.
If you want to min-max this resource, I strongly recommend making it into Glass and then into another resource using your Worktable or even Assembly Station, but there’s no shame in selling Sand as is.
As players get very into the Ruin diving, they will have way too much of this resource and I truthfully can’t handle it. As much as I would love to min-max this resource, I don’t have the patience and I’m making high amounts of Gol in other ways.
The same can somewhat be said about Stone, so turning it into Stone Brick might be useful for a player, with the option of making it an even higher-priced item, but this will depend on you.
I strongly advise against selling Wood and quite frankly, I avoid selling Stone or turning it into other resources as I simply go to A&G Construction daily and convert my 999 Stone into 999 Wood.
Wood tends to be the resource you need the most often and run out of daily, so I expect you’ll be in a similar boat.
I AVOID METAL STORAGE
While Metal Storage is quite an upgrade from Wooden Storage, I’m not able to rationalize why I would use it.
Metal storage is obtainable when players have a tier-2 Worktable, but it only provides players with an extra 10 slots. This means in total a player will have 30 storage slots.
Due to the way I organize my storage, I don’t need more than 20 Capacity, though you may find it more useful than I do.
I typically avoid this tier of storage altogether and wait for a level-3 Worktable.
WHERE TO KEEP YOUR RELICS IN MY TIME AT PORTIA
As much as I don’t think that this is the way players were meant to utilize a Helper’s Storage Box, this is where I choose to keep all of my relics.
Though somewhat pricy, a Helper’s Storage Box can hold a maximum of 60 unique items and is the best place to put all of your Relics, especially if you want to Sort them quickly to see how many of each Relic type you have.
I personally have a mod that lets me know which pieces are missing as I simply cannot be arsed to deal with running to the Museum only to see that I read the number of pieces that I need doesn’t match the number of pieces I have.
I have about 3 Helper’s Storage Boxes, though I typically only need 2 of them, though depending on how improved your Scanner is, you may not be able to locate the pieces you’re missing without a mod until the late game.
While all pieces show up in the Ruins, it can be hard to differentiate between their shapes once you have the tier-2 scanner and quite frankly, does anyone have the patience to hunt for all the pieces without a bit of help?
The mod that I use tells me the names of each item and tells me if I already have that piece in my storage and I still don’t have the patience to complete my Museum.
Admittedly, I have always found Museum mechanics to be daunting and niche, so if you’re in the same boat I recommend grabbing the mod anyways.
Either way, the Helper’s Storage Box is going to be the best place to put relics and quite frankly any other resources that you stockpile. It will allow any of your Helpers to utilize the resources in it to help support your Workshop, though depending on your preference you may or may not want this.
Though this is the way that I choose to manage my inventory, by no means is it the only way to manage your inventory.
I do find it useful to constantly be using your lesser resources to craft higher-tier resources so you can save on some chest space, though this is going to depend on how many resources you have access to and how much time you have in a day, as slower game modes will allow you to farm more.
At the end of the day, I strongly recommend that players have well-organized storage in their Workshop as the biggest downfall to storage chests is when players have too many with the same resource inside of them.
Players should also not be worried about selling their resources, especially if they are looking for some extra Gols, as resources are easy to come by and in the mid-to-late game you can spend some extra Gols to farm out resources rapidly.
But I’m curious, is there anything you do differently when it comes to your inventory and storage management? Do you have any tips that I missed? Let me know in the comments below!