So here is my story of what it has been like to play #ingress
Four days ago I came across #ingress
purely by chance as it was something that was trending on Google+ so I checked it out, first on Youtube and then on the Niantic Project web page.
Almost instantly I was hooked, it looked fantastic, even though I wasn't sure yet what it was exactly. I found the web page installed #ingress
on my phone and sent off for my activation code. I didn't realise I wasn't going to just get it and that it was going to take work.
So the next day I set about working through the various clues on the Niantic Project web page, deciphering Tycho posters, etc. I then stumbled across +Brandon Badger
and found that with a little creativity I could maybe prove myself worthy of an invite. Several attempts later I realised that this was a little bit harder than I thought and with the amount of creativity he was receiving getting noticed made me dub him Random Badger.
So I spent quite a bit of time trying to find another way, after finding others like +Brian Rose
and having no luck there, I was starting to lose heart a little but that is when I stumbled across the ingress support pages.support.google.com/ingress
Now I realised I could start playing (kind of) even without an invite.
I set about going out and with my camera geotagging turned on, taking photos of candidate portals to upload to Niantic Super Ops. I also started posting info for others who were in the same position as me. Hopefully it has been helpful and also given people a chance to take part in expanding the game before they get to play it.
So I have already decide my path, I believe the best way for humanity is to work with the shapers and help everyone become #enlightened
That is my experience of #ingress
so far, a little frustrating but still exciting.
Now all I need is an invite...........