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First L16 portals in Munich built by local agents


On March 18th 2015, slightly more than two years after the first ENL L8 portal in Munich, we finally managed to build the first L16 portal only with local agents. Since “local” is a bit complicated to define in the world of Ingress, we gathered 11 L16 agents on site and built several portals in different combinations.
Even if someone claims, that L16 portals have improved output, nobody hacked them all to burnout, since we also had beer waiting at our weekly meeting ;-)

This great success for the Munich Enlightened could not have been achieved without this great community and the support and team spirit of their agents !!!

Beside the fun we had, we also did some serious math, to give you some numbers:

over half a billion AP in a single picture (509,444,544 AP)
25 black badges
30 platin badges
11 L16 agents in total (8 living in Munich, 10 working in Munich) 

#L16 agents (in alphabetical order):
@CaligulaGaius, @Dingel, @falkinator74, @GreenHamster, @kurzland, @salov, @Seaspotter, @Suedschwede, @thepir8, @yberion, @zettpe 


Greetings to all smurfs with good sportsmanship, let’s further enjoy this game and the challenges!
Kudos to Resistance for building the first L16 portal worldwide here in Munich, but only one part-time local was involved after the Helios event.
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featuring #calvinball   ;-)
 
Fifty Shards In Play
Coming soon to a portal near you.

*Actual shard/artifact count may vary. Consult your TOS before transporting shards.

#NoSleepEver  
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Klar, kenn ich Calvin&Hobbes. Glaub die von Niantic nehmen sich selbst nicht so ernst ;-)
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We had a great green weekend in Hamburg, thanks to everyone for making this happen.
 
OP Green Valentine Hamburg

“We should do a fun event and meet everyone in Hamburg” and thus the idea was born: Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day with playing Ingress, let’s have a GREEN VALENTINE.

As fun was the primary goal, we chose to have larger teams in portal dense areas to maximise uniques for everyone. And to top it up, we organized a famous Hamburg Harbour Cruise in the evening, specifically adjusted to visit as many portals as possible on the water.

Then Valentine’s Day came and it was a huge success! With ~190 participating players from Germany and Europe it was the biggest Ingress event in Germany not organized by Niantic!

We started with registration and party on Friday. On Saturday morning all agents met at the “Michel” church (some somewhat tired), where a special Green Valentine Mission waited, and the fun began. A dozen teams roamed through the city and the smurfs were so kind to prepare new unique captures while we had lunch. In the evening, when the epic harbour cruise began, there were ~1900 green P8 in a normally blue city. During dinner the smurfs greeted us with a nice blue field over Hamburg. We’ve sent out agents to take it down. Then after food and beer teams who still didn’t have enough continued playing in the night.

Masterminds: JBTEX, Maxxion, mysport, Unifex

Special thanks to: PrXenon, Vorbote for lots of work with goodies and shirts, cahn for the candles, our sponsors Anker and Maritime Circle Line, everyone who prepared routes and helped as guides, Matti91Tilde for the event mission, our boat captain ah52 and of course all who joined to play!

Orga: ah52, EveHunt, JBTEX, LipovitanD, Maxxion, mysport, PrXenon, Queeny1989, robX42, Starlightshadow, Supeede, Unifex, Vorbote

Celebrating Green Valentine:
@Technokrat @morth @Sturmwurm @Prxenon @f1ngerw3g @GreenSpaceOffiz @Kathy2 @Funkfeuer @Premiumlurch @AgentScrat @GreenHamster @veneficia @nieuwendam @Krovax @Matti91Tilde @Panjim @Nrg256 @JBTEX @Lyska @NCC1701R @Maxxion @Dikkedeur @DrKaosDK @mysport @Gargish @BlutUndEisen @knoldesparker @Exparrot @Baand @falkinator74 @julesbonnot @Tr1dent @KalterHund @ingm4r @Fischtreu @LimDul79 @SMillerNL @sonderangebot @NeonTweety @Omally @klobi @garogum @GammaFL @AgentAJ @Aradiv @Kozaky @bug1on1 @susann @Unifex @Jehoschua @uo39827 @faust008 @faust007 @superglue @Majahra @triasto @Tysar @Shoku @HandofShadow @steilkueste @fightgirl @kamikazewurm @L3v14than @Frepster @Qfish @thepir8 @mir4dor @EveHunt @Raquyas @Mikawipa @trique @plattenschubser @SeaSpotter @DarkG @demian @zmurfette @nevsuaks @Tremor1982 @nixus @RBE22 @hebsen @UnEngel @opimik @keibertz @insane210 @freakysands @t0b1 @atain @cabiol @Starlightshadow @bridgerdier @ex4rch @sanfan @morpheus80 @Adornit @GeomUnion @DasYak @thekillerweasel @wupu @terrablind @Steyersen @erde @sandfrog @LaLeLu @SaschaG @diemelissa @Queeny1989 @Barney42 @FradoHH @ah52 @Kujambel @speedy10 @Syleightyone @Ninchen1988 @Jabe @R4ubm4krele @Enibas76 @pinguin16 @Sinnohd @rz231 @sybah @TheMelman12 @Supeede @Flosisseus @BlueSkyla @verbali @BobbyTables @grauman @LipovitanD @virido @G0lden64 @backi @Shuttercrow @papasam @mitsix @venetusdelere @Maschi @Asproasteri @Washiokami @Marzl @jarrusatula @TryNErr0r @Hoschie @mischoxx @cahn @PredatorBerni @piratpinguin @Striker4Eureka @molech @BeastlyBacon @Stormwitch @Vorbote @Musceteer @nCoder @grevingolf @Boleteusedulis @mgarde @Fraya @jellix @danaeryss @PsyCoMan @miato @frank42 @anywhere

#Ingress   #GreenValentine   #greenvalentinesday   #enlightened   #hamburg  

+Anne Beuttenmüller +Matilde Tusberti +Joe Philley +Brian Rose +John Hanke +Brandon Badger 
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Merry X-Mas !
 
X-Faction goes X-Mas Munich 20.12.2014
or Operation "Christmas Angel over Munich"

(english version below)

Es war Oktober. Der Herbst hielt Einzug und Weihnachten schien gar nicht mehr so fern. Im Jahr 2014 hatten die Communities der Enlightened und der Resistance bereits ein offizielles Cross-Faction Meetup mit Anne im Februar und die Helios Anomalie in München erfolgreich gemeinsam organisiert. Da aller guten Dinge drei sind, sollte eine Cross-Faction Weihnachtsfeier mit einer gemeinsamen Field-Art den Jahresabschluss bilden.
Im Laufe der nächsten Wochen nahm diese Phantasie Gestalt an und schließlich war es soweit: Die Linkpläne waren erstellt, die Keys gefarmt, cross-faction Teams gebildet und eine Location für die Feier reserviert. Lasst uns einen Weihnachtsengel bauen!

17:15 Treffen am Sammelpunkt zum letzten Key-Tausch.
17:30 Die Teams begeben sich in ihre Gebiete und erwarten die Instruktionen der OPs. Nun müssen noch die letzten Keys ans Ende der Stadt transportiert werden, was dank Autoteam kein Problem ist. Dabei gleich per drive-by eine störende Sonne weggeflippt ("Soll ich anhalten?" - "Nein, fahr weiter. 3, 2, 1 und weg."). 
18:00 Die ersten Teams fangen mit dem Clearing in der Stadt um den Ostbahnhof an, während die letzten Schlüssel ihren Empfänger erreichen. Das Großreinemachen beginnt: Es wird nach Anweisung der OPs geburstered, gecaptured und deployed. 
Man eilt durch die Stadt, kämpft mit vollverschildeten Portalen und unbekannten Gebieten. Es ist kalt und windig. So macht das einem Ingress Spieler erst richtig Laune! 
19:15 Die Link-Korridore scheinen bereinigt, und es kann an den Aufbau des Engels gehen. Ein spontaner Blocklink taucht auf und auf einmal sind zwei wichtige Linkanker nicht anlinkbar! Netzprobleme werden zur Zerreißprobe für die Nerven, trotzdem werden die letzten Resos in die Portale gepresst, letzte Blocklinks entfernt und es geht los: Zack, ein Link, und Zack, noch einer, ein Feld, olé, und noch mehr Links und Felder. Es scheint zu laufen und die Spannung steigt.  Ah, da ist der Heiligenschein! Schön. Die Flügel stehen und der Rock endlich auch. Der Kopf hat noch ein Loch, aber die Agenten sind schon auf dem Weg, den letzten Link zu setzen.

20:05 Der Engel steht! Es ist vollbracht. Herrlich! Jubel, Erleichterung und Stolz unter allen Beteiligten. 
20:15 Auf zur gemeinsamen Weihnachtsfeier!

Wir wünschen euch Frohe Weihnachten und einen Guten Rutsch, auf ein tolles Ingress-Jahr 2015

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In October some RES and ENL agents were coming up with first thoughts and ideas about a cross-faction meet up in Munich. Earlier in 2014 agents already succeeded in organizing the official Cross-Faction Meet Up with Anne in February and the Helios Primary Event in September. Since all good things come in threes, a cross-faction Christmas party including a field-art would be a wonderful year-end roundup.
After several weeks of planning everything was ready: Link plans were created, keys farmed and cross-faction field teams formed. Finally, all set. It’s getting time to build the Christmas Angel!

5:15 p.m. Gathering at the meeting point for a last minute key exchange.
5:30 p.m. Field teams move to their dedicated areas and wait for further instructions. Damn, some missing keys need to be delivered to the agents on the other side of the field-art. One of the car teams is on its way and starts a drive-by clearing of a sun with block links (”Shall I stop the car?” – “No need, keep going. 3, 2, 1 - gone”)
6:00 p.m. Other teams join the clearing downtown and  around Munich east station. Finally the last missing keys reach their destination. Operation "Christmas Angel over Munich" and the big cleanup may begin. Bursters, captures and deploys everywhere according to the field plan and CF-OP-team’s instructions. 
Agents rushing through the city, struggling with fully shielded L8 Portals and unknown areas. It’s freezing cold but everybody is having fun.
7:15 p.m. Most linking paths are cleared by now and everybody is impatiently waiting to build the angel. Suddenly “OP I cannot link! Target portal is missing resonators” – Silence – the other team responses “Struggling with poor reception – Yeah! Full deploy”: First link established, the next link as well: First field established! Cross-faction link and field joy everywhere around Munich. The first agents are already watching Intel-TV “Ah, see the halo. The wings are done and look, the dress. Great! Just fill in the hole in the head and the field art is finished.”  
8:05 p.m. The Christmas Angel is ready to spread its wings giving pleasure and peace to all participating agents.
8:15 p.m. All agents are heading towards the cross-faction Christmas party to celebrate.
  
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New (Ingress-) Year 2015


Teilnehmer/
Participating agents in the Field Art:

@42N3(RES)
@achkomm(ENL)
@AgentLajos(RES)
@Ammersee(RES)
@BliteRunner(RES)
@CaligulaGaius(ENL)
@DerTobbi(ENL)
@dieJenni(ENL)
@Eldorada(ENL)
@fimbulfamb(RES)
@GaManSuru(RES)
@GreenHamster(ENL)
@greenkorora(ENL)
@HannesPaul(ENL)
@Joe32(ENL)
@JuancitoCruz(ENL)
@Kalamit(ENL)
@kitingChris(RES)
@Liongirl(RES)
@marwlord(RES)
@MedWolf(RES)
@morth(ENL)
@MrPacman42(ENL)
@PiiQuadrat(RES)
@Rdf42(RES)
@redkorora(ENL)
@robisky(ENL)
@Rollenskater(ENL)
@salov(ENL)
@Sternenlicht15(RES)
@tallistroan(ENL)
@taranga(ENL)
@tauu(RES)
@trynecks(ENL)

Und einige mehr bei der Party danach.
And some more at the after-party.

#Ingress   #XFaction   #FieldArt  +Anne Beuttenmüller +Matilde Tusberti 
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nice field art 
 
#Ingress field report
+Ingress  +NIA Ops  +Anne Beuttenmüller  #xfaction   #halloween  

Last thursday some Resistance and Enlightened Agents of Jena, Germany meet together to introduce our own Halloween. We made a plan to build a halloween image together.
Resistance and Enlightend started together with 2 x-faction teams. After 2,5 hours our image was done.

partycipant agents:

RES
#creezer
#NPA9IETW
#MiftyKasahara
#SimS01
#P4ddi
#milanic
#axesintexas
#Spellsinger007 
#Manko10
#creezer
#laxxo

ENL:
#TheThreat
#pu3nktch3n
#HerrStrudel
#HonsW
#martixp
#Hannes206
#robko
#Sikerman
#EisGin
#Poedi
#NewMiaWallace
#SaaleJoe
#gabastinger
#Lisaria
#Jenigma83
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Drop some bursters, get some beer afterwards, join the munich anomaly at 27.09.2014.
 
Helios XM Anomaly Final
Munich, September 27

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Fellow Enlightened agents! 
We are happy to invite you to the capital city of Bavaria, Munich, where the final event of the Helios anomaly will take place. The event is scheduled to take place on September 27th during the second ‘Oktoberfest’ weekend. 
Please register yourself on the following website in order to give us a better overview of the attendees coming to this primary site, so that we can prepare a successful weekend for you.

As most of you might be aware of the fact that Munich is crowded and prices for accommodations are high during Oktoberfest, we have created an overview with possible alternatives. In any case, nobody needs to worry about the accommodation. If you don’t find anything suitable, we will do our best to find a private accommodation for you. You will find more details in the registration form.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Helios XM Anomaly in Munich!

If you have any questions, worries or facts we need to know, please contact us via the contact form on the registration website.

Please share with every interested Enlightened agent you know..

Your Helios Munich Orga Team

Registration form:
http://goo.gl/Q7jNHZ

Accommodation:
http://goo.gl/yoABvv 
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Liebe Enlightened Agenten! 

Wir laden euch herzlich in die bayerische Landeshauptstadt München ein, wo das Finale der Helios Anomalie stattfinden wird. Das Event wird am 27. September während des zweiten Oktoberfest Wochenendes stattfinden.
Bitte meldet euch über unser Anmeldeformular an, damit wir einen besseren Überblick über die Teilnehmer haben und euch ein erfolgreiches Wochenende bereiten können.

Da vielen von euch vermutlich bewusst ist, dass die Preise für Unterkünfte in München in der Zeit des Oktoberfestes sehr hoch sind, haben wir eine Übersicht mit möglichen Alternativen erstellt. Aber selbst wenn dort nichts passendes mehr zu finden ist, muss niemand auf der Straße schlafen. Wir finden zur Not auch für jeden eine private Unterkunft, mehr dazu im Anmeldeformular.

Wir freuen uns darauf, dich bei der Helios XM Anomalie in München zu sehen!

Wenn du Fragen, Nöte oder Anmerkungen hast, kannst du dich gerne über das Kontaktformular auf der Anmeldeseite an uns wenden.

Bitte teilt das mit allen Enlighetened Agenten die ihr kennt.

Das Helios Munich Orga Team

Anmeldeformular 
http://goo.gl/Q7jNHZ

Übernachtungsinfos:
http://goo.gl/yoABvv 
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well this would habe been fun. Have fun all
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awesome "thank you" field op, efficient, fast and fun !
 
Operation BlIll   (Black Illuminators)
tl;dr:
6 Black Illuminator badges, 2 Level up to 16; with rebuilding a 8-layered million MU field 4 times

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Some weeks ago, I unexpectedly received a new black badge: The Illuminator.
About 14 months ago I took part in a multi-layered field operation for Enlightened Munich and was the lucky guy that had the opportunity to close 6 layers resulting in 4.4 million mind units.  
Now I had a badge for finishing something that would have been impossible without the countless agents in the field with clearing, doing key transfers, watching the intel map and more.
I wanted to say “thank you” to at least some other agents of my faction and designed a fielding plan over munich and with solely one purpose: Generate as much MU as possible for the agents at the anchors, without the need to drive hundreds of kilometers and give some agents the chance to enlighten their agent profiles with the black Illuminator badge or even L16. 
Sadly only few agents can profit of a megafield over munich, but I think the resulting six black illuminator badges and two new L16 agents and one to follow very soon (go go go,@wazoo!) were worth the effort and call for more.

The plan was risky but worked out great with every planned layer.
* Build eight fields from two single anchors to eight portals in a small city
* Flip first single anchor and rebuild the fields
* Flip second anchor and rebuild fields
* Flip anchors 2-8 in the small city (layer 1 stayed online as safety belt because the operation already lasted 30 minutes and nobody wants to see last minute blockers ;) )
* Rebuild the 7 layers (and fill the gaps as bonus)
Result:
31 * 1 million mind units (almost exactly, -+ 2k)
6 * Black Illuminator (@SeaSpotter, @ShinIce, @Intruder1362, @wazoo, @falkinator74, @veneficia)
2 * Level up to 16 (@SeaSpotter, @Intruder1362)
1 * Level up to 16 prepared (only 3 million AP missing)@wazoo

Assisted in clearing:
@GDtec, @Nalar, @Adipin, @Muilav, @Thayra, @achkomm, @Magurae, @thepir8, @fl0wfl0w, @Joker247, @MistaBee, @fightgirl, @microjane, @HiddenJoe, @Redkorora, @Sturmwurm, @Cassiopeia, @HannesPaul, @MisterGosh, @Lathressa, @Pinguin16, @Suedschwede, @BastyG, @ForzaDynamo, @alfusmaximus, @gruenekatze,(and myself for a totally unexpected blocklink with the exact length of the corridor)
Backup operator:@rostschraube

Thanks for the fast key transfers and any assistance I got in planning and execution during this operation, thanks to all members of the Enlightened Munich for this awesome community. 
And greetings to all Munich smurfs with good sportsmanship, let’s further enjoy this game and the challenges!

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Vor einigen Wochen erhielt ich unerwartet meinen ersten Black Badge: Den Illuminator.
Vor ungefähr 14 Monaten war ich der Glückliche, der bei einem Multi-Layer Feld über München 6 Felder schließen durfte und hatte damit 4,4 Millionen Mind Units verbucht.
Ich hatte also einen Badge, der ohne die Hilfe der zahllosen Agenten im Feld und vor der Intel nicht möglich gewesen wäre.
Ich wollte nun “Danke” sagen, zumindest an einige Agents meiner Faction, und entwarf einen Feldplan über München mit einem einzigen Zweck: Möglichst viele MU für die Linkagents zu generieren, ohne dass Agenten hunderte Kilometer fahren müssen. Und damit einigen Agenten die Chance zu geben, ihr Profil mit einem Black Illuminator Badge zu erhellen oder sogar direkt Level 16 zu werden. 
Leider können nur wenige von einem Feld über München direkt profitieren aber ich denke, das Ergebnis mit 6 Black Illuminator Badges, zwei neuen Level 16 Spielern, einem kurz davor (Gib Gas,@wazoo!) kann sich sehen lassen und ruft nach mehr.

Der Plan war riskant, hat aber mit jedem geplanten Layer funktioniert:
* Acht Felder von zwei einzelnen Ankern auf acht Portale einer Kleinstadt aufbauen 
* Ersten Einzelanker flippen und Felder neu aufbauen
* Zweiten Einzelanker flippen und Felder neu aufbauen
* Die Anker 2-8 in der Kleinstadt flippen (Layer 1 blieb stehen um kein zusätzliches Risiko einzugehen, da die Operation schon 30 Minuten dauerte)
* Neuaufbau der letzten 7 Layer und Füllen der Lücken

Ergebnis:
siehe oberhalb des deutschen Textes

Danke für die schnellen Key Transfers und jegliche Unterstützung, die ich während der Planung und Durchführung erhalten habe.
Danke auch an alle Enlightened Munich für die großartige Gemeinschaft!
Grüße auch an die Münchner Schlümpfe, die es sportlich nehmen und weiterhin mit uns Spaß am Spiel haben und den Wettbewerb suchen.


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+Matilde Tusberti +Anne Beuttenmüller +Joe Philley +Brian Rose +Ingress +Ingress Enlightened Munich 
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:-(
 
Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy. See the photos, articles and tributes here: https://plus.google.com/explore/LeonardNimoy
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awesome event, congratulation to the new record
 
GREEN PARIS 8.0

After successful gathering of the Enlightened strike force in Amsterdam ( #AmsterDAMN ) and Rome ( #CaputMundi ), Paris seemed to be a good candidate city for the next European Enlightened big challenge and reunion.

We have been used to challenging ourselves at each new operation. But this time, we wanted to reach a new level of crazyness. We decided to beat the record of P8 concurrently standing in a single city by building at least 4000 P8 portals within one night. (Previous record being 1878 P8 in Barcelona within 31 hours)

The date was set on Saturday, November 8th (hoping that no official Niantic anomalies would overlap with our event), and first invitations were sent early this summer.

More than 230 Enlightened agents from 12 countries took part in this adventure : The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Belgium and France.

The challenge started in the afternoon, when local players planned to turn Paris parks into green P8s before their closing times. In the meantime, some other local agents spent the day in the Tuileries garden to greet visiting players and offer them a “welcome pack” full of goodies and useful information.

The most difficult part of the organisation was to prevent our foreign visitors not to show any visible ingress activity before the night of the event so that we could remain as discreet as possible. But obviously that was not a complete success as everyone was also rushing for their own next achievement/medals.

Eventually, everybody gathered at 10:00 PM at the meeting point to find his team and get a last briefing. At 11:00 PM, everyone was in his area and the green P8 festival began from 19 different places accross Paris.

During 8 hours, 19 teams built up Enlightened level 8 portals within their assigned area and beyond, exceeding the initial goal after only 6 hours, under supervision of the chief operator’s delighted eyes.

At 7:00 AM, more than 4800 (or 5200, depending on the counting tools) Enlightened P8 were concurrently standing in Paris city, thereby smashing numbers from previous operations and establishing a new world Ingress record !
This huge number of level 8 portals was achieved within 8 hours, which sets an average speed of more than 600 P8/hour : fastest speed achieved being a new P8 every 4 seconds !

We would like to thank every country and every single agent who took part in this operation. Nothing would have been possible without you. This week-end was amazing and will remain a historical moment for Paris Enlightenment ! 
 
“We are the world. we are crazy. we are Enlightened !”

#ingress   #ingressreport   #ingressparis   #enlparis   #GreenParis8   #gp8  
+Ingress +Anne Beuttenmüller +Matilde Tusberti +Brandon Badger +Joe Philley +John Hanke 
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the beginning of the shard game for munich, great spirit from both sides and crapy rule changes, intel bugs etc by niantic.
Seriously please fix the shard game and your rules/communication, there are people out there that want to have fun while playing ingress (that is what we all downloaded via play store) and not #calvinball !!
However we had a lot of fun on both sides with the shard, but we are very happy that it is now far away from munich ;-) 
 
Agent macrojames reporting for the Enlightened
"Link established", Stealing #6 from the Roßstein.

Some days ago it came to my attention, that #Helios artifact #6 will be spawning on top of mountain Roßstein during the night at 02:00 UTC+2. I was the closest active agent and served for the German mountain troops some years ago so I decided to take the hike. But during the week almost every other agent with experience in mountaineering had to work or wasn't available. Only my girlfriend @microjane and I were on vacation. So we decided for a risky plan. As a pair we could raise every L6 portal to L7 and make the artifact jump. Under some preconditons we could steal the artifact. But therefore, Resistance must not take the jumps from 03:00 UTC+2 until 07:00 because I didn't dare to climb the last meters of the summit in the dark.
During the night my home town Holzkirchen was cleared for blockers two times but i decided to leave them alone throwing not new links out and get some hours of sleep before the hike. 
02:30 UTC+2: I wake up, walk to the computer and: NO artifacts spawned. WTF? I was sent the tweet from Niantic and could not believe it. I was not sure if the artifact would spawn at 06:00 UTC or UTC+2. Additional clearing by Resistance started and at 03:00 local time +Patrick Woryna  flipped the spawn portal. Damn! They were crazy enough to climb that mountain in the dark. Damn#2! They would be able to link to another mountain. Damn#3! I would still take 4.5 hours to reach the summit. 24 minutes later: Damn#4! They linked two L7 portals.
I was unsure how to proceed but thanks to the tweet there was little hope we could reach the portal before spawn time.
Short of sleep we reached the bottom of the mountain at 05:00. Still no spawn. 
It was raining, it was dark, it was steep. We climbed the mountain like we were in trance. With sunrise we had the first look at the summit with 3 little people walking and jumping around. Have they seen us? We didn't care. Some minutes later I found a clear trace of the night. (who of you three stepped into that cowpat ;) )
We had a choice of taking the "Altweiberweg", longer but less steep, or the short rope climb. We chose the climb so we were out of sight from the summit. At about 07:00 I had enough reception to start my scanner and was shocked. We were only 50 meters away from the portal! And my XM wasn't at max! Damn#5... swoooosh I left a trace for about 20 minutes and hoped they didn't see it.
At 07:20 about 20 meters below the summit we found a place, covered by the cliff, to sit down in cover and communicate with our operators. 
Good to know, someone will take down that link at Schneeberg right before 08:00. Blockers were ready. And we have to wait. long and cold 90 minutes in the wind and the fog. With permanent laughter coming from the summit and voices talking gibberish.
The portal was L7 with enough range to link at the target. My plan was to flip the portal if it wasn't immune and to link out in the last minute. At 08:20 it was clear I will not be able to link to that target. Reconsidering what keys we had with us, and which targets would be L7, we chose to send #6 into out home town. At 08:40 I heard some voices a last time. I didn't know yet they were leaving the summit.
08:59 UTC+2 full of adrenaline. Flipping at 08:59:24 because of bad reception. Worked! Link out to Holzkirchen! Worked!! Prepare for defense.... nothing happens. Artifact jumped away at 09:00 UTC+2. Right home to Holzkirchen where @Sturmwurm and @Adipin were waiting.
We climbed the last meters to the summit to shake hands with the agents, but nobody was there. They left right before the jump?! I did not know their reasons and with a shake of my head we started to descend via the "Altweibersteig", happy but excited. 
What will happen to the artifact now? We didn't care for now. We wanted to get down, get dry, take some sleep.
Back at home I drove to the baby again. Seeing if it has survived the teleportation ;) Damn you artifact. You were driving me crazy!

P.S. Why? +Niantic Project . Why do you always have to change the rules in the last minutes? Frustration for the Resistance is your achieved success this time.

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Good posting about the good old LTP discussion... I hope i don't need popcorn ;-)
 
About LTP hunting and why I believe it ruins the game.

Although Niantic is no longer providing the capture date in Intel map data, there is no change in ltp hunting remarkable ever since.

Still the "Captured" messages are available via ALL comm, so it still can easily by tracked by bots reading ALL comm or the raw .json data. Such bots for sure are in place and used by both factions. No question.

You can try to workaround this by using ADA/Jarvis to avoid the Capture message (first destroy all resonators but one by XMP/US, then flip it to avoid virus dectection), but then still the previous owner can add the date to some database or kill it himself after 89/149 days.

Sure you can argue that there are other badges to achieve, but thing is after reaching L13, for Level 14 - after getting the recharger badge - guardian badge would be the most logical step to do, since it only takes 3 months. Unless you're a pro gamer, for other badges it takes you a year or even longer to reach L14. For L16 it's even worse. Without guardian badge it can take you several years.

In my area (Nuremberg/Germany) it's no longer possible to receive 90/150 days guardian in the periphery of 200km. It gets killed short before badge achieval.There might be areas where one or both factions do not practice ltp hunting and there might be areas where both factions have an agreement though. This makes this badge even more unfair.

My proposal would be to either
a) give away the platinum/onyx guardian badge to everybody together with achieving the gold one (or use 21/22 days for platinum/onyx version) or
b) replace something impossible und unfair for many (90/150 days) with something doable (with the same effort) for everyone, e.g.

platinum: 5 portals a 20 days
onyx: 8 portals a 20 days

I'm pretty sure this would kill ltp hunting effectively.

Questions, which often are asked when discussing this topic.

Q: Why not just remove the Guardian Badge?
A: I don't believe that this would be an option since this would either require rule changes for the level system or degrade players already achieved higher levels (L13/L16). The latter wouldn't be welcome I'm sure.

Q: Other faction is doing ltp hunting, so I'm practicing this as well.
A: Go back to kindergarten. ;-) Seriously, thinking that way things will never change.

Q: I don't care about this Guardian badge. I don't need it.
A: So why are you reading his post up to that point? ;-) Seriously, either you are not yet L13 or you aren't interested in achieving higher levels in a timely manner.

Q: But I like ltp hunting.
A: Sorry, I can't help you. Likely you either already achieved this badge. Possibly at a time before ltp hunting was popular, then I would call   this unfair. Or you aren't interested in it and achieving higher level either and want to prevent others from achieving these as well. Which doesn't make things much better. ;-)
   
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If you like popcorn, you need to join the discussion on 'Ingress' community. ;-) 
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