So many of my friends here on G+, know me through +Ingress
. I do have family and other, non-ingress friends here. But a vast majority are through ingress.
Its days and situations like today, that really make any gripes and grumbles worth it.
This is the story of Bob.
For those that dont know Bob is a Devra shard in the Ingress story line. Specifically, its shard #31.
Now much of this story is like other reports about shards.
We worked with +Michael Finley
and others that were in Quincy, Il. The shard had a great battle, but they were able to get it to us 1am Thursday morning.+Sir David +k treasures
and +Chet Nachtmann
were on site to help build a nice little nest for the shard to move around in so we had time to work out our next move.+Jon Davis
, +Jason Frank
, +Holly Henry
and +Raven Nacht
were able to watch it at the 1pm checkpoint. Finally, at the 7pm checkpoint with additional help from +Jason Renfrow
and +Amanda Nachtmann
, the shard was moved.
However this where the story really takes a whole new meaning, and reminds me why I love to do this.
Our shard was linked from Missouri to Iowa. However, the link was thrown by the daughter of Chet and Amanda, named Lena.
Lena is blind. Obviously I dont know about every place in the world, but I have never heard of a blind person playing the game, let alone linking. Not to mention that she is very young, and also its a shard, so there was some added pressure.
Chet and Amanda work with Lena on her iPad and Ingress is one fun way that they can teach her how to use technology in a world that is becoming such that you HAVE to use technology, but yet can also have fun doing it. They use braille on top of the outer case so she can know where to press. They have used apps and software that read things back on the screen. They have used hand in hand motion to show her where things are at on the screen
To give you some perspective (at the permission, and behest of Chet and Amanda), Lena and her sister were adopted from Ukraine 2 years ago. Struggling daily with these issues, +Ingress
has become a way for the girls to learn, and bond, with their parents.
Seeing all the congratulatory comm bombs from people across the country made Lena feel quite special.
The day ended with a fly over from the stealth bombers close by (totally planned)
This game certainly has its flaws. Those of us that watch closely, see them all over. Its hard to go a while without reading something here and there...and many times they are right.
But where this games succeeds is the community it has the potential to build. +Kansas City Resistance - Ingress
has been so very lucky to have had such a great community for so long. We arent without our flaws, but its days like today that remind me of the great things a game like this can give us.
A young blind girl was able to move a shard today. And now, thanks to many nice people, she feels very special. And our community came together, even in a small fashion, to allow it to happen. It also made for a moment that she and her family could have fun and she could just be a kid playing a game, and not have to think about everything else she deals with.
So next time you are bickering about why you dont have a farm, or why this portal didnt get destroyed, or any number of things that you may fight over, take a moment and remember the good it can do. Find a way to be good. Use the power of your community to help someone that has real needs.
An additional thanks to +Andrew Buter +James Skivers +Kain Banford
and +.just d
for the intel.
Thanks to +David Dellsperger
for helping with keys.
Thanks to +Jerry Heiselman +jenn ferson +Matt Urich +Aaron Vose
and others.+Linda Besh +Joe Philley +John Hanke +NIA Ops +Ingress