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Operation: The Lesson – Sitrep 20 March 2016

#ingress #sitrep #smurfsrule

@SirLegend had a plan. It had been awhile since the Resistance had BAFFED Melbourne. He found some good looking anchors and roped in @Irrat to expand on it and plan the links. With Wilson Prom being one of the anchors, and @BremenSaki declaring that a measly 2hr hike did NOT count as a “long walk”,@SirLegend and @Irrat tossed around the idea of doing back to back BAFS, and thought, why not?! This one would go first and then one even larger, using Wilson Prom Lighthouse and a 38km return “long walk” for @BremenSaki.(See sitrep https://tinyurl.com/gofishBAF).

Due to availability of agents and hiking times, the Go Fish BAF ended up going first, this one followed on the Sunday. Thanks to the frogs who dropped “Go Fish”, saved us some Jarvii. ;P

Riding high after the success of the prior day’s BAF, we called on some agents to reprise their roles, as well as being able to include some first-timers to BAFFING again.@VanJeffery ran blocker intel while @Irrat returned from the Prom to home base to call the links.

Blockers started dropping at 2.30pm, (with some unknowingly being done by the Enl). First fields went up and then down, and spamming links were thrown across the lines. With no other agents on site, spoofing was suspected, and reported not long after, so disappointing to see this happening once again! All agents agreed to hold places while @Loqua raced off down the road to arrive at the origin of the spamming links in Castlemaine 30 minutes later. Blocks down, links started going back up and we were back on! More delays as agents on route between portals for fielding were stopped while being breathalysed. Multiple delays left agents in the SW racing to get into Otway Fly park before closing, and more fields went up. More challenges, as portals in the bush couldn’t be found, apparently removed (what timing!). Some planned links couldn’t be made, with a tiny blocking link eventually being located crossing the lines. Plans reset, intel directed agents to the first clear portal, and the next link went in successfully.

Special mention goes to the SW smurf who forwent his planned links so another agent could achieve black despite the fewer layers in total.

The final count was 5 layers, spoofed down, then 8 layers over Melbourne + Spoofer attack negated.
2 agents got Onyx illuminator
1 agent got Gold illuminator


Concept & Planning:
@Irrat
@SirLegend

Key Farming:
@codergurl
@Irrat
@MikeGurry
@SirLegend

Key Transfers:
@Irrat
@MikeGurry
@SirLegend

Intel:
@Irrat
@Spharx
@VanJeffery
@WodVic

Blocker Droppers:
@d3vilspawn
@Kristallnachtx
@JSGauss
@loqua
@MikeGurry
@nirgalagrin
@NurseJenny
@ozspy
@revs57
@SirLegend
@Spharx
@ThomatosaurusRex

The BAF teams:
@Bellana
@CoderGurl
@LonSuder
@CptnKase
@MikeGurry
@RomkaRom
@Skogas
@SirLegend
@Ultima5
@Zaazaa

Special thanks to @Yuterra for specialist equipment.


Final word from me.
It's BAFs like today that remind me what I love about this team. The game just provides a vehicle for it.
The willingness of everyone to do what's right for those needing to get black, and the team in general, whether in forgoing fields of their own, or waiting around, for sometimes no action at all!
The flexibility in rolling with what happens and the respect everyone shows for each other.
Truly humbling!


Did I miss something or someone? I’m sure I did! Please let me know and I’ll update it.
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That was some great team work. ☺💙
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Operation: Double Diamond/Go Fish – Sitrep 19 March 2016

#ingress #sitrep #smurfsrule

It was past time that Wilson Prom Lighthouse was reclaimed for the Resistance, and @BremenSaki indicated he’d quite like to go for a long walk. Does a 6.5 hour hike each way with overnight stay count as a long walk? Regardless,@Irrat got planning; Key lockers were unpacked, and portals out in Port Fairy and Portland were found.

New contacts in Tasmania were keen to get involved. So the BAF was doubled, north/west and to the south/west… which prompted a thought of why not north/east and south/east as well? New portals were considered, which would provide balance and 4 BAFs at once. I do like balance. :P

Plans were drawn, key farming commenced, plans were redrawn and links adjusted as portals refused to give up keys. A weekend was chosen and the call went out for fielders and blocker droppers. Smurfs throughout Victoria and Tasmania responded.

A week before BAF date and the eastern anchors were flipped by the frogs, with long blocking links thrown from Mallacoota. The call for agents was extended to the Eastern states, and we welcomed on board @Namarrgon

King Island blockers were proving challenging, until @sillyac asked a local pilot friend to go for a weekend jaunt, flipping Flinders Island as well, for good measure!

The day of the op arrived. Agents had driven (and walked) great distances, all to be in just the right place at the right time, intel were on the line and everything was set.

Mallacoota blockers were dropped just before 9am, to allow travel time into the Vic portals for fielding. Some frogs responded quickly with spamming links thrown across our planned NE lines. Intel searched for nearby agents, and some links were dropped, but unfortunately not all could be taken down by “go” time, so intel made the call to shelve the eastern BAF and concentrate on the West and South.

Confirmation was received that all fielders were in place and all blockers down; first link was thrown just after 11am. And then like clockwork, layers go up over Melbourne. Base lines go in from Wilson Prom to the east and the west and Tasmania gets in on the BAF, fielding from Stanley and Bridport.

It was truly a thing of beauty (despite one section not going up), and as with any BAF could not have been possible without the planning, key farming, willing agents and dedicated intel.

The BAF, redubbed “Go Fish”, first link 11.15, last link 1.30pm, 30 minutes to CP.

The final count was 33 layers over Melbourne for 2.29 Million MU and 8 and 7 layers from Stanley and Bridport in Tassie, for a couple of hundred MU (mostly mermaid MU and Moo MU on King Island). Tassie finished their fields off properly, tying the peaks together.

Victorian fields lasted through 2 CP. I lost count of the number the Bass Strait fields lasted through. :D

Concept & Planning:
@Irrat

Key Farming:
@BremenSaki
@Irrat
@MikeGurry
@Sillyac

Key Transfers:
@BlackEagle66
@em60
@Irrat
@virtek

Intel:
@Irrat
@Kaffeinated
@Spharx
@VanJeffery
@WodVic

Blocker Droppers:
@Actualis
@ComicSams
@Chuxss
@d3vilspawn
@lionjrb
@LonSuder
@loqua
@MrsChuxss
@NurseJenny
@ozspy
@SirLegend
@WodVic

The BAF teams:
@BobMcAngus
@Bremensaki
@CptnKase
@em60
@hsvdan
@MikeGurry
@Namarrgon
@Robdoggz
@pecorino
@sillyac
@virtek
@WodVicJnr
@Zaddonid

Special mentions:
 Our two hikers: the day before the BAF @BremenSaki hiked out to Wilson Prom Lighthouse (in storms and gale force winds),@CptnKase strolled out to HalfWay Hut on the morning for coordinated fielding.
 2 agents gained Onyx Illuminator badges.
 Agents overcame fear of flying, fear of heights, and fear of spiders, all to make the Big Blue.
 For some agents, this was their first BAF, I’m sure it won’t be their last!

Did I miss something or someone? I’m sure I did! Please let me know and I’ll update it.

Check out +Mike Barnes (@BremenSaki)'s photo album from his hike out and back to WPL. https://plus.google.com/118161928968805223817/posts/JMgNSKoxXP4
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Thanks for the write up. After we found 2 hut keys and in mufg now have 6 of them now figure they are worth keeping. Well organised sorry I wasn't up to being more involved.
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