This week marks my 1 year anniversary playing #Ingress
. Which makes it a makes perfect timing to submit my application for #EliteV
as part of #13MAGNUS
One year ago my city of Brisbane, Australia was heavily dominated by enlightened. All portals in the greater city area were green and on average the enlightened agents were a level above the resistance agents. Naturally with blue being my favourite colour I choose resistance.
Through necessity more than anything else, I stepped into the local resistance leadership role. Perhaps by choosing the name @CaptainR I had predisposed myself to fill a leadership role. I started working out strategies, techniques and tactics to turn things around. By early January our team had turned things around with the majority of portals in the city were blue and stayed blue. My style has very much been one of leading from the front; I have been outside Ingressing just as much as anyone else.
I was the first one to reach level 8 in Brisbane as well as being the first resistance Level 8 player in the state of Queensland. I then helped others reach level 8. After a few false starts I was finally able to organise the building of first blue level 8 portal in Brisbane. It can be surprisingly hard to get eight L8 players together at the same time and place.
I started expanding my leadership role to help other players in the state of Queensland. Which is not exactly an easy task given its huge size; to put it in Ingress terms it is so big a Level 8 portal with four rare link amps would not have the range to link one corner of the state to the opposite corner. I then expanded further to help out players in the throughout Australia as well as neighbouring countries in the Pacific and Asia. I founded and still run a secure Google plus community for Queensland, after it became apparent that information was leaking out from the existing Queensland Resistance Google plus community. As well as that, I have varying roles in other communities and many hangouts throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
I have been lucky to travel quite a lot; accordingly I have tried to blend Ingressing in with when I have spare time on my travels. March marked my first overseas trip to New Zealand. I travelled quite a bit throughout the North Island. Meet with local players in Auckland and Hamilton. I joined some of the local Auckland players from both sides for Friday night drinks and dinner (they were smart enough to pick a bar that you could hack 4 or 5 portals from). One portal (Four Directions Sculptures at Raglan) I captured in NZ I farmed keys and distributed them to local players. They kept the portal recharged for 2 month after I left. This portal and some of my keys were then used for a field over the top half of the North Island.
In April, I visited Malaysia playing in both Kuala Lumpur and Malacca. On the way back I had a connecting flight via Singapore. I could have stayed airside at the airport, but instead I cleared customs and entered the country for an hour just so I could upgrade the kinetic rain portal (which is a pretty fascinating piece of art in its own right) at the airport.
In June I lead the northern ground team in Operation Blue ICE which involved capturing all of 250 portals in the 4000 postal code and upgrading them to Level 7 or better .
Early in August I took part in Operation Pacific Blue, which involved links and fields between Australia and New Caledonia. I proved some of the keys used and together with agents @lunaChic and @Nrad6949(our specialist visiting from Thailand resistance) we secured the anchor portal on Stradbroke Island. It was very much a team effort with many agents from across Australia and New Caledonia involved. The fields from the event had a combined total of over 17 million mind units.
Early on the morning of August 11 I flew down to Sydney to take part in the Cassandra anomaly. Although still feeling the effects of a late night, it was a good experience. Despite attacks from 8 different L8 opposition players I believe I managed to keep ownership of my portal during the first measurement time. Despite being on the losing side and having little local knowledge: a later analysis of the days event log revealed I destroyed over 2000 resonators in the 2 and a bit hours that made up the measurement times. This was the most resonators destroyed by any players on either side.
Later in August some of the local green players built a 20 portal level 8 farm in my neighbourhood, something that I had been expecting and had planned for already. I went out and said hello to them. Then did everything I could to persuade the other resistance players from not attacking the portals straight away. I slept under green fields that night. Next morning I woke and simply flipped all 20 portals with ADA refactors, shielded them and linked them up properly.
Many thanks to Joe who captured and complied a video of time-lapse screen shots of the activityIngress Resistance Solo P8 Farm Build with ADA
In September I took part in creating concentric altering blue and green fields in Brisbane’s central business district. Credit for the initiative and planning must go to @Zaels from enlightened. I took part in the initial creation and subsequent extension. I believe the final fields were 8 fields deep Something that we never expected nor wanted was that out of respect players from both sides respected it so much that no one from either side attacked it for a whole day. Fearing that this would be to determent to the game locally, that night I teamed up a local Enlightened agent @Ekirth to destroy it.
In early November, I travelled to Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In my spare time I was able to meet up with local resistance leader @AzurePaladin. We were able to discuss future plans and strategies. One interesting thing he said was that Ingress is like an open invitation wherever you go it gives you the opportunity to meet new people that you might not otherwise have met. For me that has been very true.
In late November I was part of Operation True Blue, which in turn was part #unight8
. This operation involved the first field joining Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, as well as other fields around the region. Although my involvement was quite minimal due to how busy I was at the time, I did help courier some of the keys. On the link day, given the attention that I draw from the Enlightened, I was mainly used as a decoy spending the day at Byron Bay. But due to some late changes I had to make the dash inland through a hail storm to Nimbin, NSW to help upgrade a portal.
I have just kept my score ticking over and now have achieved gold achievements for every category except for ‘Seer’ where I believe quality over quantity is the more important aspect, so I am in no rush to get gold Seer achievement. Unfortunately a lot of my portal submissions were too early in the game to be counted for this achievement, so it might take me a while to get there.
Although this EliteV application is focused on me it would be wrong of me not to mention the other people who make Ingress good. In particular I would like to acknowledge any player that I have ever helped, been helped by or anyone I have gone up against. Also briefly I want to recognise two opposition players.@Redpeh0nix whose shrewd tactical ability is only exceeded by his friendliness and open hospitality to all. For instance one day I went to take down the L8 portals in his neighbourhood and afterwards he invited me over for a drink and dinner with his family. Secondly I would like to acknowledge @fourfeetseven who has done so much for Ingress in Australia, I suspect a lot of the good things she does are not always visible.