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Operation Moonshot

“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…”
–President John F. Kennedy, “Address at Rice University on the Nation's Space Effort,”, Houston, TX, September 12, 1962

Idle conversations can be dangerous things. A couple weeks ago we had a conversation on AustinENL’s Slack team that went something like this:
“Have you ever noticed that Congress Avenue would make a great spine? We should field downtown.” 
“We did that thing along Sixth Street last year, 37 layers I think. That’s a pretty great spine, too. We could layer downtown in two directions!” 
“We could center it at Sixth and Congress, and layer downtown in FOUR directions!” 
“Heck, why stop downtown?”

Lines were drawn. Keys were farmed. Intel was crashed multiple times. Operation #Moonshot  was born.

It took us about 275 ADAs and thousands of XMPs, but we managed to open up the lanes. The links started coming in just after 9am*, soon followed by many, many fields. We never had all 156 fields (39 layers in 4 directions) up at once, but we had around 130-140 standing at one point, and rethrows added up to a total of something like 200 thrown for well over 30 million mu.

Some portions of the fields lasted for the next three hours, until our Blanco team had to deal with a flat tire and we decided to let things die with the next ADAing of the central portal. We left for some well-earned barbecue and nap time.

Congratulations for the six onyx illuminator, three platinum illuminator, and one silver mind controller badges received by our anchor teams: Brian Arneson, Charles Hueter, David Geisberg, Erinn Hughes, Hannah Buse, Jessica White, Kathryn Hutchison, Mark Harrill, and special emergency flat-tire rescuer Trey Cooksey!

Of course an operation like this requires many agents, and I hope I catch everyone to thank you all. I apologize if I’ve missed anyone!

Operators: 
+Brent Hollett , +Joshua Stevens , +Kris Habraken (Kris got to experience flashbacks to our #KeepHankWeird op last year)

Fielders: 
+Brian Arneson (@arnietex), +Charles Hueter (@sarcastomatic), +David Giesberg (@davidg), +Erinn Hughes (@atxstarsgirl), +Hannah Busekrus (@beeslyboozie), +Jessica White (@arnesonj), +Kathryn Hutchison (@sheextends), +Mark Harrill (@atxstranger), +Trey Cooksey (@oberstdrei)

Clearers, Defenders, and Key Farmers: 
+Adam B (@atxadam), +Adrian Lee (@weasel5i2), +Andy Alegria (@hottamales), +Andy Finnell (@scatterbrained),, +Barby Fuller (@shibumibabe), +Charles Clark (@catfishclark), +Chris B (@redrhino89), +Cory Maddox (@substituted), +Debi Johnson (@gizmocat), +James Buckley (@donquixote42), +Jeremy Hancock (@beardedfactotum), +Jessica Freasier (@butterpecan), +Jim Brimble (@jdrakeharvey), +Jim Murphy (@y0jimb0), +John Hodson (@redrogan), +Johnny Simpson (@johnnyvolador), +Jon Harmon (@jonthegeek), +Jr Serl (@sharpest1), +Justin Beam (@Mannontheedge), +Kacper Kowalik (@xarth), +Millie Clark (@millismash), +Nancy Something (@doomsidoomsidoo), +Nicole Perdue (@icicole), +Ray Fuller (@illumaniti1465), +Sean Collier (@fadedtimes), +Shaggy Rogers (@rabidg4tor), +Sunny Bogden (@riotgrl), +Tiji Biem (@tgbm), +Zach Beauchamp (@killadro)

* Nope, we didn’t quite make checkpoint. That would’ve been nice, but it wasn’t the point. We’ll win the septicycle for AM03-GOLF-02 and AM03-GOLF-13 with fields that are slightly less insane.

#IngressReport #Sitrep +Ingress  +John Hanke  +Joe Philley  +Anne Beuttenmüller  #TrianglesAreBoring  
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