MU thrown: 348,396
MU standing at checkpoint: very little :(
@galitaia earned: Gold Illuminator
@chippy42 earned: Gold Illuminator
@kowhai earned: Gold Illuminator and level 12
@bger earned: warm fuzzies and field planning experience
@norym earned: pizza and beer at a later date
Last Monday, I put together a fielding plan to use some keys I've been hoarding. The basic idea was: link Southwest Plaza Mall fountain portal to one near 6th and union (13km baseline). Then layer fields off that with as many portals as would line up in Morrison. I liked the idea of using the mall portal for an anchor, because it's basically inaccessible overnight.
Then I sat on the plan for a few days, collected keys, and watched intel. This morning, thanks to some unintentional clearing by +Eric Buckland
(0Eric0), the number of required adas dropped from upwards of 13 down to 6. Time to collect a team and aim for the 11pm checkpoint
@kowhai( +Robin Van Atta
) and @galitaia would throw the majority of the fields out of Morrison, with @chippy42 and myself clearing blockers. I had been planning to run intel myself, but then we needed another blocker clearer, so recruited @norym( +Ashley M. Kirchner
) last minute to be our eyes in the sky.
Since it was pretty snowy and miserable, we had the portals pretty much to ourselves. Blocker clearing went smoothly. we arranged for the first two legs to be up before chippy42 threw the baseline, so he got the first layer - just shy of 30k MU aroun 10:30pm.
And then the troubles began. Links started going up, more and more layers, but then we hear "hold on guys, we're talking to a cop" from galitaia. Apparently they'd parked on a street that was closed down due to a concert at Red Rocks, but apparently the cop was friendly and let them go on their way after a couple minutes.
I arrived in Morrison myself, since there wasn't much for me to do at an inaccessible anchor, I was going to help the throwers navigate to the correct portals. But as we went to complete the next layer: "I don't have the link available..."
At 10:50pm, res agents @SuzannahV and @Rammin01 ADA'd our northern anchor, and added the last reso needed to make it 8. chippy42 had already left, since I'd assumed that nobody would be out in this weather. Bummer.
So we missed checkpoint, except for some sliver fields on the south side. But chippy42 turned around, did battle with a semi trying to run him off the highway, and returned to the anchor. I actually rerouted him slightly, because rather than kill a now level 8 blue portal with axas, I had a few keys to the portal next door, and the lanes should be very similar. So we kept throwing, because badges! Chippy got the field for the baseline again, and kowhai got one more layer in Morrison.
Out of keys, we went to meet up with chippy near the north anchor. He and galitaia went back to it again, and using her keys got a couple more layers out of it. It only lived about 20 minutes longer, but the MU was captured and badges were earned!