It did take me a few
This was back in the time when high-level players were those who were level 3 (the shock and awe when we got visited by an L4 smurf two weeks later!!) and all of the portals in Edinburgh consisted solely of Princes Street and the nearby area (that's Holyrood Park in the screenshot below).
How things have changed...
The first unclaimed portal eventually got fully charged with all 8 resonators. Obviously since it's only level 1 it's an easy target for any passing resistance scum, but given there aren't that many players in Edinburgh I'm hoping it'll last. I'm not sure how effective a portal shield is, but I've added one of those too! The second unclaimed portal only has one resonator, but it's a bit out of the way so should be safe. Given that it gets dark early just now and the area is extremely hazardous in the dark, I don't imagine it'll get much attention.
Final achievement (for me anyway!) was taking out a resonator in an enemy portal. Again, it was only level 1 and chances are it'll get replaced pretty soon, but not bad for a couple of hours playing.
I also made an effort to submit a couple of new portals, and will continue to do so as I make my way around the city. Let's hope they appear in-game soon!
This only leaves me with a couple of queries:
- is there a way to report erroneous or duplicate portals? I know I said portals are somewhat lacking in this area, but as an example, the Scott Monument on Princes Street, Edinburgh has more than 10 portals, all at different locations and with different wordings. Some are slight variations ("Scott Monument", "Scott's Monument" - this one is horribly wrong!), some are in foreign languages ("Monumento a Byron Scott") and some are just obviously there with no effort ("May 2008"). Since I'm playing a game in beta, I'm assuming one of the things I'm meant to do is report things such as this?
- are there any other Enlightened players in Edinburgh reading this who want to coordinate efforts? :-) Those level 5 resistance portals will come down eventually!
Good to see that meeting me first didn't put you off the game ;-)
(also just a reminder before anyone links G+ profiles to agent names that this post is public)