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A lucky lefty // RosalindsRaven
A lucky lefty // RosalindsRaven

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Been a crazy couple of years, eh? Throwback to #Darsana New Orleans when I gave +Cade Roux a big ol' sloppy kiss on the cheek as a consolation prize after I kicked his butt. Six months later he finally got around to asking me out on a date - here we are tonight reenacting that fateful evening. ;) Love you baby!


#IngressYear5 #Ingress #PurpleFaction
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Hello! I am a RES agent. I have captured over 8,000 portals in this game and magically none have lived beyond 149 days. #glasshouses #forever149 #foreverplatinum
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Finally feels like fall - babies love having the window open so they can chat about the neighborhood fauna.
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Regarding the recent RIOT/Broker's Guild uproar:

One of the most interesting aspects of Ingress for me has always been its community. With a staff that was often quiet in the face of issues, and an unclear TOS, players often took things into their own hands to create an environment where they felt safe and felt they had a modicum of control. Whether that meant creating IITC to make the intel map usable, or creating swag to fill the gap there (international shipping JUST became a thing, five years later), tools and resources were created by the players to fill the logical gaps within Ingress that remained.

Throughout, there also flowed a community sense of what was cheating and what was not. Players began making their own rules, whether in line with the TOS or not: Spoofing is bad, but IITC-use and draw tools isn't. Player-tracker was frowned upon, but tolerated. Apps were created to help players learn how to memorize glyphs, and apps were created to fully trace glyphs so little effort was needed for farming. Communities created things like SOP and RESWUE to assist in anomalies and big ops. Apps that tracked the players (opt-in) that had installed the apps and were participating in that operation, so it was clear who was closest to drop a link or hold a portal down for an incoming shard.

Along the road, some of the quieter-known programs like IITC were becoming more popular, and there was some push-back from Ingress purists, saying that these apps were breaking TOS. Through that, the #intelisnotacrime movement began. It became known that some Niantic staff and POCs used IITC. It also became widely known that the big operations that Niantic liked to celebrate, reshare and feature were impossible without the tools that were against their TOS. Niantic knew this. Nothing was said, and nothing was done. Certain staff mentioned a few times to players in confidence that unless it's really pounding the servers, Niantic didn't care, but officially wouldn't give their consent.

Data scraping happens, by both factions. It's been a fact in this game for years now, even if different sides misrepresent this fact. If you've ever asked your anomaly Operator when a portal was last flipped, or reshared a giga-field post, you are benefiting from scraped intel. The darker side of data scraping is, of course, guardian hunting -- a sometimes malicious form of PvP that a lot of agents enjoy. I personally hate scraped hunting and have been quite outspoken about it, but I try to understand why when people that I respect partake in this. I will not partake in it myself, however, and that is my line I have drawn in the sand.

I also draw a line at mule accounts, gear buying, and spoofing. As do most of the Ingress community.

This community has chosen to accept certain actions, and deny certain actions, based on the progression of Ingress, the circumstances we work under, and social pressures. Our morality has become fluid, and it's difficult to find anyone who works 100% on the 'white' side of pure Ingress. Someone who chooses to not benefit from TOS violations, whether directly or indirectly.

The Ingress community also values intelligence, and those who can make things work. It values the 'secret agent' intel game, decoding, breaking things down to see how they work, disassembling the apk to unlock its secrets, creating new and innovative ways to win anomalies with new apps and ways to beat the system. It's part of what is glorious and so exciting about this game.

What's also become exciting for some in an antagonistic culture is counter intel, finding out what the other side is doing 'wrong' or 'illegally', even when their own house isn't clean, and making sure the entire world knows about it. Crying foul and pointing fingers. I find this part a bit sad, as it doesn't rise us up as a community, but tears us down.. but sometimes it's too good to see the faults of your opponents and bring them to their knees, isn't it? Expose them for the 'cheaters' you have always known they were, deep down? Human nature, raging through the best of our intentions.

The truth is, people use data scrapers for different reasons. Some, truly, are using it to catch spoofer actions that could not be caught without it. That doesn't mean that they don't know they're dabbling in the 'dark arts'. White hats will always have that moral struggle. And some will use these tools and information for more personal grudges, and the joy of griefing those who hold guardian portals. You don't have to agree with any of it -- nor do you have to immediately report those who use data scraping intel in order to be a clean player yourself.

The thing is, Niantic knows who the Vanguards are. They know what it takes to be deep enough to be on the pulse of the community and know what's happening in Ingress. They know that to be that committed, they are using tools that break TOS, whether good-intentioned or not. And where there are positions seen as a privilege or power like the Vanguards (whether that 'power' exists or is just perceived), there will always be those seeking to tear those people down.

If you've been struggling with the recent accusations being thrown around, I hope you will take these words into consideration. I hope you will treat those who have been judged so harshly with grace and try to understand them, instead of tearing them down further.

TL;DR: Matthew 7:12 - So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.
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Hey folks, lots of concerns, false information and overall hand-waving-freakoutetry going on about the anomaly. Since enl have started a PR campaign because they didn't get 100% of what they wanted, here are the actual facts as to what we (Res and enl) were told on 9/26.

1. There will be an event in Houston on Nov 4th. It will be an Operation Clear Field.
2. Folks that participate will get two badges-- the OCF medal and the anomaly medal.
3. There will be a Mission Day on Nov 5th.
4. There will be a standard competitive Houston anomaly sometime in 2018 (date TBD)
5. Swag would be sold, benefiting Harvey relief efforts.
6. We were given the opportunity to discuss issues, complaints, etc during the call when both sides were told this plan. Neither side objected.
7. The outcome was to be announced today, 9/27.

Obviously the enl have spread this news far and wide based on the multitude of whining posts (ironically complaining how the Res supposedly whined about this) posted since then. Our position on a Houston anomaly, that we have conveyed to Niantic privately has not changed and will not change based on a series of poorly sourced and written posts. Where possible we've asked Resistance folks to refrain from any public speculation or support of any Niantic decision until announcements were made. We are having another conference call tonight 9/27.
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Why yes, we are this nerdy.

#purplefaction #loudandproud
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In one week, I'll be at #13MagnusReawakens - Catch me at #CampTrickster! Follow +Team Enigma to see all the awesome stuff our team is working on :)

#TeamTopHat #Ingress #Resistance #PurpleFaction #MistyHannah #TeamEnigma #MagnusReawakens #BlueVoodoo
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Wow. So our pup-agent might not be able to communicate with us in words but the pictures... the pictures!!

We are holding back the actual construction photos until our engineers can provide a solid idea of what exactly it is we're looking at. But we do have something to share - and we need your help.

It appears that during a break, Misty and her trickster comrades were playing a game of sorts. We recognize the glyphs on the dice... But what is the sequence and what could it mean? Your involvement can help crack the code.

Are these the same dice that Misty is making available to all of us next weekend in her Trickster Trunk swag? Did you make sure to reserve one in advance? She told us the dice will not be available outside of supporting the portal build by buying a Trunk. Swag.camptrickster.com

No matter what it all means... We are getting really excited for next weekend. Stay tuned for portal build pics as our engineers unpack the images we've received!

#TeamEnigma #CampTrickster #13MagnusReawakens #MagnusReawakens #Ingress #Resistance #Swag #TheTrickster #MistyHannah #TricksterTopHat
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Can't wait to get my box!
SWAG ALERT

Our beautiful tarot card is in production! Check out the front of the card, which features Misty Hannah as The Magician, with her trickster tendencies on full display. This card will be included in our Trickster Trunk package deal that also comes with a coin, pin, custom 5 dice game, stamped notebook, invisible ink pen, and special surprises - all in a collectible wooden box.

Get it here --> https://bluevoodoo.la/product/trickster-trunk/

Quantities are limited so order yours today - especially if you want the attendee-only box that includes our limited edition gold coin (on-site pickup at Camp Navarro only).

You can also get the tarot card and coin a la carte. Check out swag.camptrickster.com for all the details!

xo

#CampTrickster #TeamEnigma #13MagnusReawakens #MagnusReawakens #Resistance #Swag #Ingress #IngressSwag #SwagAddicts #TheTrickster #TarotCard #TheMagician
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Our heads are spinning from all of the fantastical energy emerging from the Trickster's lair.

One thing is becoming clear - the Trickster is not going to let us come and go as we please. It seems we'll have to pass some sort of challenge or test to escape her camp after entering. If we keep our feet on the ground and our heads in the game we might make it out in one piece... but will we make it out... unchanged?

#13MagnusReawakens #Ingress #Resistance #CampTrickster #TeamEnigma #MagnusReawakens #TricksterTopHat

+John Hanke +Misty Hannah +H. Richard Loeb +Niantic Project +Ingress
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