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#Spoofgress

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Questa è una storia di cheating, l'ennesima storia di cheating su ingress, però è la mia storia e la voglio raccontare lo stesso.

È la storia di un'avventura portata a termine dopo due anni dalla sua ideazione, in un caldo pomeriggio di Agosto, il 27 per la precisione. È la storia di un faro e di un gruppo di amici che si sono spinti oltre quello che questo "gioco" offre.

L'isola di Sant'Andrea è una piccola isola di circa 50 ettari situata nel mar Ionio, di fronte a Gallipoli. È una riserva naturale protetta dal WWF per una serie di motivi, il primo dei quali è che è l'unico punto nel mar Ionio e Adriatico dove nidificano i gabbiani corsi. Per questo motivo l'isola è inaccessibile per quasi tutto l'anno; l'attracco è vietato al pubblico con eccezione dei volontari del WWF che devono richiedere il permesso alla capitaneria di porto.
È possibile visitare l'isola di Sant'Andrea una volta l'anno, ad Agosto, accompagnati dalle guide del WWF, in occasione di una giornata dedicata all'isola e alla scoperta del faro e della sua storia.

Caso voglia che su quest'isola ci sia un portale (due in realtà, ma il secondo è un doppione del primo ed è anche geolocalizzato male) e che vista la premessa, questo portale si qualifichi come uno dei più inaccessibili in Puglia.

Questo portale è stato abbattuto oggi 5 Gennaio alle ore 10.34 del mattino in fake GPS da un'account già noto per questo tipo di azioni, è un account creato unicamente per togliere guardian resistenti nel salento.

Ma questa è anche una storia di denuncia, di come, almeno in questa zona d'italia, la differenza in quanto a correttezza nel gioco tra le due fazioni sia abissale. Gioco da marzo 2014 e ho fatto della correttezza (mia e della mia fazione) il mio cavallo di battaglia. Il primo giocatore che incontrai all'inizio, un resistente, era un cheater di prima categoria, aveva almeno 3 account, di entrambe le fazioni e li usava tranquillamente a suo vantaggio, per non parlare poi del fake GPS; ebbene io non ho preso pace finché questa persona non è stata bannata e ha smesso di giocare.

Purtroppo tra gli illuminati di queste zone noto un trattamento diverso nei confronti di chi gioca scorretto: condivisione di account, account multipli, account acquistati, acquisto di oggetti dagli spammers nella comm fino al fake GPS sono all'ordine del giorno e non vengono presi provvedimenti.

Sono uno che in Italia è riconosciuto per "odiare" gli illuminati ma non è così, (un po' si dai ma è solo perché mi piace fare il personaggio) io odio coloro che barano, in questo gioco come in tutti. Quelli che barano fanno pena, sono dei deboli, in questo gioco più che in qualsiasi altro, perché non hanno capito l'essenza del "gioco"; "è tempo di muoversi", di esplorare il mondo che c'è fuori da casa, di visitare posti nuovi e vivere delle emozioni che stando seduti sul divano di casa non vivrete mai.

Oggi come ogni volta che abbattete un portale come il faro dell'Isola di Sant'Andrea in fake GPS state semplicemente impedendo che una manciata di pixel diventino più scuri sul profilo di qualcuno ma non riuscirete mai a cancellare l'emozione che la conquista di quel portale ha portato.


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This story is about cheating, another boring story about cheating in ingress, but this is my story, and i want to tell it anyway.

This is a story of an adventure which took place two years after its idea, in a hot summer afternoon, on the 27 of august to be more specific. It's the story of a lighthouse and how a group of friends went beyond what this "game" offers.

Sant'Andrea island is a small island of about half of a square kilometer, located in the Ionian sea, in front of Gallipoli. It's a WWF protected natural reserve for a bunch of reasons, the main one is that it's the only place in adriatic and ionian sea where the Audouin's gulls lay their eggs. For these reasons the island is not accessible for almost the whole year, docking is fobidden with the only exception being the WWF volunteers who must have a permission from the navy. It is possible to visit the island once a year, in August, with the WWF guides during an event dedicated to the island, its lighthouse and their history.

It has to be noted that there is a portal on the island (well, actually there are two, but one is the duplicate of the main one and it's placed in the wrong location) and for the above reasons this portal qualifies as one of the most inaccessible of the whole region.

This portal has been taken down today 5 January at 10.34 in the morning by a GPS spoofer well known for this kind of actions; it's an account made just to take down resistance guardians in the area.

But this is also an informative story, about how, at least in this area, the difference regarding fair play between the two factions is way big. I play since march 2014 and i took fair play (mine and my faction) as my first rule. The first agent i ever met in the game, a resistance agent, was a cheater; he had multiple accounts from both factions and he used those in his own advantage, he was a spoofer too, and i didn't stop until he was banned and stopped playing.

Sadly amongst the enlightened of the area i see a different approach towards those who play dirty: account sharing, multiple account, bought accounts, item buying from the comm spammers and even fake GPS are done on a daily basis and none of them take action.

I am quite known in italy for being one who "hates" ENL but it's not like that, (it is a little bit but just because i like to play my part) i hate those who cheat, in this game like in all the games. Cheaters suck, they are losers, in this game more than in any other game because they don't understand the essence of the "game"; "it's time to move", time to explore the world outside, time to feel emotions that you will never be able to feel sitting on your couch.

Today like any other time that you take down an hardcore portal like the lighthouse on the island of Sant'Andrea you are just preventing a bunch of pixel from turning darker on someone's profile but you will never be able to take back the feeling that capturing that portal has given to those agents.

+NIA Ops​​​ +Anne Beuttenmüller​​​ +Andrew Krug​​​

#Ingress #Enlightened #Puglia

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Operation Butterfly Effect

Vital statistics

AP gained: 13,066,399
MU captured: 1,117,045
Links created: 2,411
Fields created: 4,390
Medal acquired: Gold Connector
Number of hours without sleep: 64

I am a resistance agent from Norwich, where I started playing in July 2015. I have managed to attend every anomaly series since Abaddon, and have met so many great people along the way. I have participated in some big ops that have happened in Norfolk, and a couple of national-size ones too, but I have never planned one myself. Although I had been making solid progress on the AP grind to level 16, I felt that I could do something a bit more exciting than my regular rounds, and I came up with the idea of quickly getting to 40 million AP when I saw a post about an AP Engine:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CilliersduPreez/posts/44fpU1REAqG

I had reached level 15 only a month or so earlier, and my AP was around 26 million, so I knew that I would have to gain 14 million or so to make the leap to 16. Looking at the AP engine, I figured that the farming and preparations would get me roughly another million AP, so I would need to make 13 million AP from fields. The engine technique is to make as many double fields as possible, maximising the AP per action. A few calculations suggested that I would need over 100 keys for each of 24 portals, and the technique is to walk round a cluster of anchors, deploy them, add a couple of SBUL to increase the outgoing links to 24, stitch up all the fields, then Jarvis, move to the next portal and do it all again. There are some more details below, for the curious.

I never had much flair as a field designer, and I didn’t how to reproducibly get double fields with a single link. I asked my local RES community for help in mid-October, and got a few ideas from some of the fielding addicts. I wanted to use the University of East Anglia (UEA) for the fields, as it is an important place for me, not just because of the portal density and the fact that it is close to home, but because so many local agents have levelled up there. It has flip-flopped between enlightened and resistance control, as players have graduated and moved on, and it seemed fitting to get my final level-up in the same place where I had done so several times in the past. It was a bonus that it had about the right number of portals and was out of the main city of Norwich. I started collecting SBULs and Jarvis viruses from local agents at the end of October, even though I still did not have a fielding plan. It took me until the 17th of November, a couple of days after the announcement of double AP, to come up with a plan for fielding, and reproducibly getting double fields (the trick was to create a field either side of the new link).


The plan was formed; to get to level 16 before double AP finished, in as short a time as possible by using an AP engine (where the maximum AP is gained in as short a time as possible). UEA was not the best place for this, given the locations of the portals through the centre of it, but it is near to my home, has a few RES agents who visit regularly and was a place where I had gained plenty of AP before. All that remained was to get just over 100 keys for each portal, 24 in total. Knowing that this would put me over my inventory limit, I enlisted my good friend Linky to help me juggle inventory. As well as some key farming on my own in the run up to the main event, I requested keys for the Anatomical Elephant (south-west anchor) from ArtisticBlue, and David Astley managed to get me a lot of keys on his daily rounds at the UEA. Linky, Kat, David and I spent a wonderful lunch at The Beehive (the southeast anchor) farming the necessary keys in 20 minutes with the help of frackers, but I knew that I would need other agents to get the remaining keys in time, so I organised a frack farming event for the 23rd of November. We used many VR hack mods and frackers, acquiring roughly 1000 keys for 8 portals at the UEA, and made some P8s by the end of the night.

Fortunately, increased bonus key output was announced just after the fracking event finished, and this was to make key farming over the next few days a lot easier. David and I did some more UEA fracking at lunch on the 24th of November, acquiring a few hundred more keys despite awful signal problems. I picked up the full complement of Anatomical Elephant keys in the evening via a dead drop in a car park, and slept under a lovely blue BAF ( https://plus.google.com/+VickiEllen/posts/VwLArvyVe6m ) that night, which covered a large swathe of Norfolk. Knowing that I was still about 1000 keys short of my target, I organised another frack farming event on the evening of the 26th of November, and I wanted to start making fields that night! I woke up at 06:00 and farmed a few more keys on my own. Our farming event started at about 21:00, and we were joined by top agent @TheBlackKn1ght, who was my team lead at Abaddon London, my very first anomaly. Vicki Ellen and Pugs also joined in, and I was paired with Linky to start farming the most remote portal on my list. The key farming was slow, and did not seem to speed up with more agents present. We elected not to use frackers, to avoid drawing too much attention. As our inventories swelled with keys, managing the inventory limit became challenging for all involved, especially as we were trying to hold enough resonators and bursters to deploy and destroy the northern anchors. We finally had enough keys at 01:00 on the 27th, and Catherine had arrived to help us with our inventory problems. TheBlackKn1ght headed off, given a lift by Pugs, and Vicki had already left a little while earlier. Just Linky, Catherine and myself remained to do the final setup, dropping blocking links, linking a line through the middle of the UEA and linking both anchors back to the line.

Starting at about 02:20, we were already getting cold, as night-time temperatures approached freezing, as we flipped and deployed the first northern anchor, and I started putting links in. Just as I finished the last link, local enlightened level 16 agent Taman-Tyler Grafton appeared and started dropping portals along the central line. We called him over and explained what we were doing, and he seemed pretty impressed with the amount of dedication, with all the key farming and so on. He took out the northern anchor on his way home, netting 65000 AP, and then let us be. We promptly redeployed that portal, moved to the next and in my stupor I put back the same links as before, forgetting that we had flipped that portal to drop some links only about 10 minutes before. Frustrated, we walked to a petrol station close by, had some caffeinated drinks and then walked back, deploying some portals that I would use for anchors while we waited for the immunisation to wear off. I then started linking as before, creating double fields, Jarvising the portal once it had reached the maximum number of links and then repeating for each northern anchor in turn. Linky said that even he hadn't visited this part of the UEA before, and got 3 unique visits to prove it! After I had used up a bit of inventory, Catherine dropped some resonators and keys for me, and headed off. Linky stayed with me until later, tripping up over steps that seemed invisible in the pitch black night, but even he had to sleep. I stayed out through the frigid cold, and eventually stopped at 09:00, after 4 million AP had been gained.

We had a celebratory breakfast scheduled for 10:00, and I attended a little bit tired, having had no sleep for over 24 hours. I always was a big fan of understatement. The breakfast, and more importantly the coffee, was great, and everyone was looking forward to part 2 of the fielding plan. I had to spend the day on some housework, which included using a blowtorch on some plumbing! However, by the evening I was ready to finish the plan off. I had still not slept, but headed out to start fielding. Unfortunately, just as I was about to start linking, the southeast anchor was taken out by local enlightened agent QuantumSheep. Despondent, I headed back home to have a cup of tea and consider my options (less of "darjeeling, Lady Grey or lapsang souchong" and more of "bugger, what should I do now?"). After plenty of encouragement, a healthy dose of English breakfast tea, and seeing where QuantumSheep headed next, I popped out to The Beehive, deployed it and linked it back to the line of portals at the UEA. I then went to the northern anchor location and started fielding at about 21:45. I kept going, pushing though the freezing night until 02:30 when Catherine came to keep me company for a bit. This was very welcome, as by this point I had been awake for over 40 hours, and it was great to see her nearby fields go up afterwards. It didn't occur to me until later that it was a bizarre thing to get a visit in the middle of the night, but the encouragement spurred me on. I pushed through, slowly realising that I would not be finished by my target of 09:00, but knowing that it would be really close. Vicki checked up on me at 06:20 and I had 37.5 million AP by that point, so level 16 was in reach. The successive cycles of Jarvis, destroy, deploy were taking a heavy toll on my XM, so I was running out of power cubes, and David dropped me some at 08:10 as he was driven past. At 09:02 UEA enlightened player BEASTOID started to attack some of the central line portals, but Linky and David were both charging as much as they could, and he seemed to lose interest. I was linking more furiously that ever as this point, desperate to even get single fields just to push me over the finish line. In the small gap that opened up between links dropping and moving to a new anchor, RES agent AdamantiumTooth started to link, accidentally creating some blocks, but David sorted those out with a Jarvis within a couple of minutes. Vicki had joined me at this point, to see the final moments of being a level 15 agent slip away. The comm bomb had started a while earlier, but it crescendoed at 09:32 as I finally got the required AP. The congratulatory messages shifted from "go go go, you can do it", to "you've done it, amazing!". Job done, hugs to all, homeward bound for some more tea. Cheers!

Special thanks to

+Linky Linkhorn​ for his support and dedication, beyond the call of duty!
+David Astley​ for saving the day at the last minute with donated power cubes and a timely Jarvis virus.
+David Rackham​ for the loan of a USB C charging cable, which I really should not forget again.
+Vicki Ellen​ for her encouragement and spreading the news far and wide.
+Catherine Ditheridge​ for the late-night company.
+Taman-Tyler Grafton​ for letting us get on with it.

Slightly more generic thanks

+Jamie Goff
+Lucy Future
+Kaz Margetson
+Anthony Miles
+colin wilson
@ArtisticBlue
+Andy Bale
@kittykat3756

Fielding details

The plan was to make as many fields as possible with a single agent (to maximise the AP gain in a given time), which in this case is a single "outer" field to the two distant anchors (southwest and southeast) from a northern anchor, and a further 22 "inner" links, each of which made a double field. The portal being linked from would need 2 SBUL, in order to increase the maximum number of outgoing links to 24. In order to achieve double fields with each of the inner links, a line of portals roughly east to west was required, linked to the anchors and each other in such a way that each incoming link from the north gave a field either side of the link. The ideal line of portals would make each successive link give a double field with no interaction from the agent, or in other words, the links would be ordered so that the next most distant portal would be the next in the link order, so that the linking agent could just do a "link, confirm" cycle without having to scroll through keys. This ideal was not easily possible at the UEA, so a large part of the time I spent linking was scrolling through keys to get the link order correct.


#accidentalplatinumilluminator #ReswueIsAwesome #lostcampus #RESDavids #IngressYear4


+Home Guard - Resistance UK
+Ingress
+Andrew Krug
+Anne Beuttenmüller​
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Recently in an ancient city in Europe:

Linkstar portal chosen: check
Keys farmed: check
Portal inoculated: check
Linkstar build up: check
Target predicted correctly: check
Colour of target: Oops..., well, ..., we like a challenge.

A big shout out to the teams on the ground for recovering from that situation and winning Via Noir Rome anyway.

#ingress #rome #vianoir #vianoirrome #supposedtowin #overconfidence 
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Over the last few months, Italian frogs have been busy trying to convince some smurfs to faction change, in some cases with success.

Looking at Rome outcome.... beware of underperforming transfers :D
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On my way to work I sometimes forget how lucky I am
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