(Yoinked from Reddit)
So here are just over 4000 consecutive perfect glyph hacks, all with at least 50% speed bonus, on a spread of P1 to P7 portals. I would've loved to have some P8 hacks, but it's just not possible where I live. Almost all hacks were on friendly portals, and those that weren't have been marked.
I stopped logging just before the increased Ultrastrike drop rate, so that won't have any bearing on results.
It’s the first time I have done one of these “look at me” posts and probably will be the last. I was a keen Geocacher (Zorgon) but after 6,500 or so finds and lots of adventures, geocaching no longer had the same spark as it used to. Both kids had “pretty much” left home and my wife was very busy with her hobbies so Ingress came along at the perfect time.
I have enjoyed the way Ingress has evolved for me; initially it was all about learning how to play, such as trying to figure out the difference between a link amp and a force amp or the best way smash portal shields. With level 8 achieved there was a big “what now?” question. Have I won the game? Is it time to try something else? Little did I know that Ingress only starts getting really interesting from then on.
Got involved in team fielding ops and set up some events to help make our (then) blue dominated city (Hamilton) turn green every now and again. Those planned and unplanned late night and early morning ops were fantastic fun! It is good that the city has been a lot more even between blue and green lately but this evolves week by week.
Went through a stage of trying to stay at the top of the MU leader board in our local cell and had some awesome battles against Resistance. It meant lots of big fields and racing around the countryside disrupting Resistance plans and smashing all the blue fields before checkpoint. Loved getting those COMMS messages from calling me a “pest” (and worse). Those are the biggest compliments you get in this game and always made me smile! It was also a thrill to solo BAF Auckland on two separate occasions and BAF Hamilton many times so I easily qualified for the black Illuminator badge when it came out. A lot more people seem to be doing it now there is a badge when before it was just for fun! Creating a multi-layered BAF AND hitting checkpoint is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Ingress.
This MU junkie phase also coincided with a determined effort to keep all the strategic hill summit portals in the Waikato MINE. I treated the Resistance as my personal fitness trainers - Thanks Anshultz and Bluejellybeans ( ) and every time they took a summit portal I went out and took it straight back; sometimes the same day. The weight loss during this period was phenomenal and my resting heart rate went from over 80 bpm to below 60 bpm. My wife tells me I also stopped snoring at night! The longest Waikato hill portal climb (Pirongia Summit) is 6 hour+ return but my favourite hill portal is Hakarimata; not particularly high and only takes about 30 min to climb to the top but those non-stop 1500 steps are a real gut buster!
Another thing I have enjoyed is the time management and goal setting aspects of the game. The only way to get to higher levels is to expend time getting AP and badges but it is kinda fun trying to optimise the AP collection process and badge progress with minimal expenditure of resources and effort.
More recently the Ingress Missions have added a fun twist and I managed to race through to Platinum by early April. Keen to do a lot more Missions.
I had not used social media (Facebook, G+, Twitter etc) before playing Ingress so Hangouts and the other communications forums were a bit of an eye opener for me. A necessary tool for Ingress community planning but the circles within circles, constant chatter and petty cross-faction issues that go on were rather distracting and a little frustrating at times. Hence my decision to opt out of HO’s for a time. I have been happy to be contacted by my team mates to help out whenever needed but it has been refreshing to play the game independently for a while without any distractions.
For the last 9 weeks the sole goal has been the mind numbing grind through the last 12 mill AP to level 16. The first to achieve this in our region?
Now at level 16 I am feeling a whole lot healthier since beginning Ingress but there is the same question I asked myself at level 8 …… “What now?” …..
Only time will tell.
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