is a slightly different game then what those in heavily populated areas play.
Downtown: In an hour of walking around, you can hack 30-50 portals
Rural: In an hour of DRIVING around, you can hack 2 or 3 portals
Downtown: At level 1, you can create dozens of links and control fields.
Rural: You need to be at least level 2 to make a link and level 3 to enclose a control field (due to the much greater distances involved.)
Downtown: Because of the large number of available portals for hacking, it's easy to collect a large store of resonators and XMPs.
Rural: Take whatever numbers of items you might get downtown and divide it by 10 -- less portals mean less items.
Downtown: 10,000 AP takes 30 to 60 minutes to earn (depending on the number of unclaimed portals, number owned by friendlies and numbers owned by The Other Side.)
Rural: 10,000 AP might takes days (and hundreds of dollars in gasoline money.) Once all the "local" portals are claimed by the one person playing in the area, it's impossible to gain anymore AP. (I'd get my wife to play against me if I had another invite code...hint
Downtown: You sometimes have to go someplace odd to hack a portal (or bomb a resonator) and people look at you like your some kind of street bum.
Rural: The "odd" locations are safer, as you only have to worry about black bears attacking. The not-so-odd ones are very dangerous (no joke) as either the backwoods cops arrest you for "hacking the post office with your pocket computer" or the owner of the property chases you with a shotgun. (At least I know those particular portals are safe from the other side.)
A suggestion: rural players don't always have an option to drive for an hour (or multiple hours) to play downtown... so perhaps give them some accommodations such as: If the portal a person is hacking (or linking) is in an area that has very few other portals, increase the items from hacking and AP from links/CFs. Use a limited multiplier that decreases as the players level increases. (So a level 1 might see a very slight increase in a suburban area and all but the very high level would see an increase in rural areas.) That limit might even be an inverted curve based on the greatest link distance a person can create by themselves. (It's hard to find other portal players when you live in the middle of nowhere.) #ingress +Joe Philley +Brandon Badger