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For Dark XM Response week 4, Indianapolis, IN and Pittsburgh, PA were selected as a city pair. Stealth keyfarming and key transfers were arranged and executed, agents were recruited and assigned to the blocking links, and tight opsec was effortlessly observed. Over 100 agents participated in the massive effort to clear the lane for this link. Some volunteered, some were “voluntold,” but all delivered a solid effort that was sorely needed. Although the link was ultimately blocked by a last-minute green link from an inoculated portal, the teamwork and flexibility shown by all our involved agents is a testament to the capabilities of the Enlightened Army. Our favorite part of the whole event is that a First Saturday event went on relatively close to the Pittsburgh target portal, but no Resistance agents attacked the target until long after our link window had expired.

The crew for the Pittsburgh end of the link includes the following great team players (in no particular order), most of whom travelled more than 3 hours to help:

Interlocking, GreatNorthern, DemonofDerptown, Lakanduli, CheeZeeR, VAIN, Tajma, SirVatBoom, MicTicin, Arunosaurus, coffeychild, 5parkee, agreiner, Pafizzilystix, IrasCoR, hale6, CaptainJStew, PGHRob068, Moatiliatta, jackdlarue, SKSM5966, AprilAllYear, NinjaLlama5, TrinityPrincess, rekkanoryo, JrKeyMan, Aneristic, NeoStrider, QueenArwen, Jemstar, Bullfrog78, quarkgent, Revdegen, Pastrydee, Blzahniser, TheNeebs, pamadmaxx, violarose, Repmnjak, Agtesque, Sindyluhu, Kosm1cGrape, A2PANTHER, Carraena, Convalian

Additionally, special thanks go out to Bangdown16 and Aneristic for their tireless efforts in recruiting agents and to BritChick and Revdegen for their assistance in early stealth key farming.

Pittsburgh thanks each of the above-listed agents. Without each and every one of you, we wouldn’t have had a chance!
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Rest in peace, Sojourner. 1045 days was a good run, but on the other hand... I'm FREE!
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I helped do a thing...
~ Operation Belisama Situation Report

A funny thing happened on the way to Knoxville…

222 Enlightened agents from 15 different states, as well as Cuba & Canada collaborated on Saturday, November 18th to execute a multi-layered field with anchors in Grayslake, IL, Moneta, VA and Water Valley, MS. There were 3 layers that made it into play for a total of 42,271,226 MU that covered parts of 9 states.

It started with a couple areas around lakes being presented for fielding and then a third location was spotted. After many adjustments, a plan was made and preparations began to make this happen. During this time, since the lanes were running directly through Knoxville, several agents from many areas decided to make as much of the city green to help the operation.

With the planning done, the event got started and problems occurred. A quick response from Resistance agents in multiple locations slowed the process of all the layers going up. The Grayslake team, through an impressive battle, managed to hold the portals while agents in other locations responded to blockers to ensure 3 layers got on the map. While not as many layers went up as planned, this group of agents managed to put up a field through areas that were thought to be not possible. Having this many agents working together from so many areas was truly impressive.

Here is what some had to say:
“Their perseverance remained strong right until the very end; hustling back and forth to circumvent res field plans and double AP activities. It’s not an op in VA without some nighttime hiking on the Appalachian trail.“

“Thanks to careful planning of agent deployment and our agents' willingness to do whatever was needed to make these clears happen, all blockers were dropped and rails established. Agents showed incredible dedication and willingness to adapt to changing circumstances.”

“All star agents! Be it from planning and hiking 2mi and driving over canceling their game plans and being on sitting on their targets for an hour to being on standby and running last minute for a not even being on the op but cancelling their travel plans to help out anyway.”

“When you put excellent people together with a common goal and ask them to do just a bit more than what they could have imagined they could do by themselves, collectively as a harmonious unit they can do the seemingly impossible and make it look so easy.”

“The team rose splendidly to the occasion, and despite challenges, the successes cannot be overstated.Over 200 agents lent their time and efforts, some selflessly driving hundreds of miles for the good of the play.”

“Everyone worked very hard both in the planning and execution phases. We overcame potential problems with dark-secure portals. We overcame rogue agents throwing into impregnable portals.”

“To the agents who stopped derping, We salute you and thank you for your help.”

Badges Earned:
Onyx Illuminator - YT2400 & StampMan43
Several agents leveled up leading into this Operation!

Operators: scubaham, butterflyshadow, hardcandy37, FinnaganM, rekkanoryo, Semiotiq, ThePrevaricator, GieslHoff, Relinator, richtbone, Abot, PhilonousB, PoisonIvy30, lIlIIIllllIIIll, OneEyedCat, PappyDeLong

Catherder Extraordinare: Violentwaves142

Agents: Iknownothing, BossLadySolar, MrRayOSun, sinisterpeach, JadeStar, lllhagelll, Ronin319, PeanutsMom, Violentwaves142, TECHNOBLOGICAL, Cs9829, JDawg1738, goldfishhh, Bgskyman, dayosteph, xkHos, LLLIIILLLIIILLLIII, ke253, Xopher, jdplasvegas, Mjjason, johnnyboy1976, Ltmatt0014, cdanser, evoleno, Moonwick, WonderingSoul, Rarefur, blacdahlia, Solokrieger, CrashPuter, scavengr, Dcstang, KFort88, Dantrepor, Dannywheeler, themicrokid, Schattenjager, ultrajer, Jaik182, danceintheruins, Jebbajoker, NuclearBier, ActionRZ, CaptainAx, AcridFish, LathrRinzRepeat, Ruthlessmachine, pohlaj, Duderunner, CarinaSouth, MrFrosty82, Theodoard, Imagirlteehee, lonnolt, greenefox, HelOnWheeler, Karrmah, RighteousXM, Anakin2009, Xenostitch, maggieoh, sartreshell, JayneOfCanton, ChibiOkamiko, Thazimbo, adenaresonator, peerpressured, TheGlobeMaster, northamerica123, HolderoftheKey, TroixPax, Sarah, Agentbcaps, QuantumPulse15, vames, bloop4bloop, yt2400, DankusDorito, BaronGintaras, FlameCranium, JessOchoa, 0x2142, AnaphylaxisMan, Narfpoit, DisasterAnun, GreenHornet, matrix3478, wartmong, Anonobody, Olchenna, TiraehdAzul, LEDLuthor, 1017pm, HOJO, CoverFire, TeslaKoiled, Aardy, MiruU2, DisasteretsasiD, wal10c, lAmMine, NordicDigger, MrSiddddddd, Rjd231, PercyGreen, CriminalBizzy, Featherdog, KevinC, OldManofEpicYrs, Phantisimo, Ehrayn, Kestrel7, Sm00th101, StormieDae, DerteeWhortleby, Akiteflier, Jenniesue12, Blacklitcandle, Adfenestrator, Skrivus, DisasterAimiya, Kraibald, Bluesdi, Dinosaur44, Kempecoe, Blkhawks1, VariableMan, MorganizedCrime, DisasterTrident, unclepam, ChiefChongabong, tekumel, metallicpea, StormPulse137, BikerDavin, FireEmblemRoy, DisasterKuz, JoelWookiee, ResistnceFutile, DirkSterling, IfYouWantBlood5, NekoSingh, Porcelus77, Ghosty5, AceTanker04, RedFury75, zyla520eh, fAtSaKz, JaWoTi, BlackCell89, ChaddaCheeze, Bandanna10, TheWalkerC334, GoonieGuy, StampMan43, VRAYVEN, Saponification, MrResponsible, Arcticrebel, EvilAmai, Furrball, Icis, leodawg, bigdog60, smallvillegirl, prettypixie, wettpaint, Lapua338XLT, 1315409, Froggie9, GreasyFox, MrEvilGrynch, meanhokie, Donnomite, Gurugoblin, Travelizzy, Zahnarzt, Pubilus, SurlyMonkey, Quartz09, HecateNights, Sneakieone, McGraw07, DagFizz, HippyGil, Emmerrauld, JohnBigB00te, DirtySoulPatch, Frogscarific, Mantispidae, ynoes94, fro1mcd2008, arock86, DurkArcher, Odellnsk, Giskard6, Shriekofnature, Tazmanak04, hallmike, 0x70ADBEEF, StealthRanger, xxxpsiloxxx, 18wheela, lordtormey, Papparazzia

Fun Facts:
Number of trips around the city of [redacted] to deter paranoid res agents – 37
Accidental rails: 1
Cats in cars: 1
Miles Hiked - 2
Observation Towers visited - 1
Floating Christmas Trees seen - 1
Taco Bell's posing as Church Portals - 1
Thanksgiving Dinners skipped - 1
Cars borrowed for Op - 1
Miles driven in borrowed cars - Around 400
Number of weird/confused deer seen: 1
Number of speeding tickets - 2
Non-Ingress life saved by an agent en route to their target: 1
Times an agent was run off from a portal in the middle of nowhere by a Sheriff's deputy: 1
Towns made famous by a Tina Turner song traveled thru: 1
Bottles of Malort purchased for a teammate, as a birthday gift, that was unable to participate: 1
Number of school projects forgotten: 3 (literally multiple agents forgot about their kids' homework)

#SITREP #niantic #niantic-ops #ingress #AAR #enlightenedtoday #STRIKE #AuroraProject
+Enlightened Today +Ingress +Niantic +Andrew Krug
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Have: 2xAkira 17, 1 Acolyte, 1 Jahan

Want: Anything I don't have.

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After a stressful day of dealing with annoying humans in meatspace, good Ingress Agents like to kick back and relax.  Some of us are members of that special breed known as “Operators.”  You know, us nutjobs that come up with those beautiful multilayered BAF’s/megafields/gigafields and then help boots on the ground execute the plan by religiously watching the Intel map, calling agents to clear blockers, coordinating link throws, etc.  Some of us in the Operator ranks like to relax by collaborating on plans via video conference.  My fellow operators and mentors @irascor, @bangdown16, and @quarkgent are among those.  We were having a video conference one night unwinding and spitballing potential plays when the idea struck one of us to use a portal out in a Pennsylvania State Park as an anchor for a major field.  Then we had to go bigger.  We had to have at least a million MU out of every field we threw as part of this design.  Within three hours, we had a plan that, amazingly, had very, very few blocking links to make a reality and would be at least 16 million MU when properly executed.

The plan came together so perfectly and quickly that it almost seemed too good to be true.  Anchors were chosen in suitably enjoyable locations with vertices in Ligonier, PA.  @irascor and I farmed keys for the anchor in Cadiz, OH and keys were left to establish the baseline link between the two anchors.

On Saturday, February 20 we began operations for the fields.  Agents @bangdown16 and @irascor began link clearing.  Agents @bmac0 and @orange1924 secured the northern anchor located in a Pennsylvania State Park.  Superstar agent @bangdown16 drove the southern lane multiple times to remove blocking links and agent @wrenchflats cleared blockers in the southeastern corner.  Agents @quarkgent and @TwistedNut176 cleared some blocking links along the eastern lanes on their way into Ligonier, PA.  @E315 also assisted with lane clearing, clearing a blocking field on his way to Ligonier.  New agent @RubidiumWolfram assisted with some lane clearing near Washington, PA, and agent @peanutelephant was one of our superstars, clearing some of the last and most annoying blockers for the southern lane.  Agents @RNaaly and @BlakeDark waited VERY patiently at blocking links in the northwest quadrant while the remaining lanes were cleared, being two more of our four superstars during this operation.  Unfortunately, the time @bangdown16 spent clearing links prevented him from participating further.

Finally, with the lanes cleared, links were sent from Ligonier, PA to Cadiz, OH and to the Moraine State Park.  Agent @rekkanoryo gave @CelticFem the key to establish the baseline link from Cadiz, OH to Moraine State Park.  @CelticFem established the link and scored the first million MU of the operation.  Agents on the ground in Ligonier, PA took turns completing their fields for a grand total of 16 million MU.  Agents scoring fields from Ligonier include @TwistedNut176, @irasCoR, @wrenchflats, @E315, @nerdybookgurl101, @quarkgent, @bmac0, @orange1924, and @enjoythevibez.

Of course, no good field stands long, so it wasn’t long before several RES agents showed up in Ligonier to take the fields down.  A battle ensued in which several fields were able to be re-thrown, earning @TwistedNut176 and @irasCoR their black/onyx Illuminator badges.

Some special mentions:

Thank you, RES agent @Groden, for your anchor.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  And no,@MRROGERS, @quarkgent isn’t colorblind--it was 50 degrees, much more like spring--GREEN.  

Congratulations @nerdybookgurl101 for being the youngest player to earn Platinum Illuminator with just one throw in AM01-KILO-10 and to both her and @CelticFem for each earning Silver, Gold, and Platinum Illuminator in a single field for each player!  Additional congratulations are in order for @enjoythevibez for earning his platinum Illuminator, and for @irasCoR and @TwistedNut176 earning their black/onyx.

One final bit of thanks to RES agent @gwenix for helping the local economy, specifically the oil industry, by spending the gas to drive from Pittsburgh, PA, to Cadiz, OH to ADA the southwestern anchor after the fields were already down and couldn't be reestablished.

@CelticFem would like to express her thanks to agent @rekkanoryo for giving up a 1 million MU field for her and to the rest of the crew for being patient during the delay in getting to the Cadiz portal.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who assisted in this operation, from lane clearing to securing anchors to key farming, to finally getting where you needed to be to get things done.  And most importantly, congratulations to everyone involved in throwing this construct--we couldn’t have done this without any of you!

+Ingress  #sitrep   #BEEF   #wherespittsburgh  
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After 20 months and two weeks I finally reached level 16.

I was finally under 500,000 AP needed to level up, so I decided when I got out of bed this morning that it was time to finally get it.  I expected to have to work outside my normal play areas today as just last night I had rebuilt much of those areas, however, some Resistance agents decided to pay my a visit to the city I work in.  Although they didn't destroy every portal (I was able to ADA a few before they got to them and they left a few outlying portals), they destroyed enough that I was able to rake in over 330,000 AP in about two hours of carefully linking to create as many fields as possible.

By sheer dumb luck, when I started playing Ingress all those months ago, my employer's main office was already a portal.  Completely by accident, I achieved level 8 (28 days into playing) by linking into that portal and creating two fields.  Later I went on to earn the gold Hacker and builder badges and the black Translator badge from this same portal.  Given my history with that portal, it seemed to me that I needed to use that portal for my final bit of AP for one last level gain.  I linked into the portal from the side I couldn't get a key for, then returned to the portal and made the link to close the field.  Finally, the crowning achievement, that last 1,500 XM capacity in the tank, and the bragging rights that come with being only the fourth player in the local community to reach level 16.

As the Agent Stats screenshot shows, I gained 479,245 AP today.  Overall, this is my second best single-day AP gain.  However, my record was during the double AP days last November.  Accounting for that, my best day would have been under 350,000 without the AP doubling.  So I stand by today as my best single-day normal AP gain.

Now to decide how best to spend my play time...

Thanks to everyone who's helped me along the way, especially the smurfs.  You hunted my guardians, you fielded over me repeatedly, you tried to break me.  You failed to break me, but you did forge a level 16 frog in the end.  Thanks for the AP!
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It's only a matter of time now.  I can't be stopped anymore.  Only slowed.  I will reach level 16 before all my enemies do and even before most of my friends.

Food for thought…

Levels 9-16 are essentially worthless.  Oh, yay, we have a bigger XM tank.  Oh, and a L16 player can recharge at 50% efficiency at a distance of 4 Mm (that’s 4,000 km, which is 4,000,000 m or 2,485.48 miles, for those unfamiliar with metric prefixes).  Big thrill--there are very few practical needs and uses for that recharge range and the XM tank isn’t that helpful.  I have some suggestions for other benefits to being a higher level agent that would make attaining those higher levels actually worthwhile.

1. Power Cubes - L8 is the max?  Seriously?  Level 8 cubes are a joke to a level 12 or above player.  Let us higher level players hack higher capacity power cubes from L8 portals.  Given the XM bar limitations at higher levels, I would suggest allowing up to L12 or L13 cubes.

2. Power Cube Consolidation - Just like it sounds, let us combine power cubes, with the cost of some lost XM to make the consolidated cube.  Two level 6 cubes could combine to become a L11 cube (11,000 XM) or two level 7 cubes could become a L13 cube (13,000 XM) for example.

3. Resonator deployments - allow a L16 agent to deploy 3xL8, 3XL7, and 4xL6; allow L15 to deploy 2xL8, 3xL7, and 4xL6; allow L14 to deploy 1xL8, 3xL7, and 4xL6; allow L13 to deploy 1xL8, 2xL7, and 4xL6; allow L12 and above to deploy 4xL6, allow L11 and above to deploy 8xL5, allow L10 and above to deploy 4xL5, and allow L9 and above to deploy 8xL4.  Yes, I’m aware this would allow an L16 agent to deploy a L7 portal by himself.  I’m OK with that.  It would be great to no longer require L4 and L5 resonators to fully deploy a portal at level 12 and higher.

4. Portal Keys - Some portals are ridiculously hard to get keys from.  I have a particular portal that my success rate is, in all seriousness, less than 5%.  Even when I have no key at all--not dropped on the ground, not in a capsule, not at all.  I have another portal that I’ve been able to extract 200 keys from over the course of a couple weeks.  This needs to be more consistent and less painful.  Also, it’d be nice if keys weren’t such a hit to the inventory cap (i.e. 2 or 4 keys equal one slot in inventory) or if they had a separate cap, say limit of 1000 keys and 2000 other items (and count keys in capsules toward both the key cap and  the “other items” cap to prevent someone from using capsules to work around the key limit).

5. Recharging - Recharging is ridiculously laggy.  If I have 8 L8+ agents recharging on a portal, a single L7 agent should not be able to win and kill the portal.

6. Attack notifications - It would also be nice if attack notifications came in before the portal is neutralized, captured, fully deployed, and holding up 6 fields.

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Agent rekkanoryo here. L14, from Mingo Junction (near Steubenville). I help run the Ohio Valley Enlightened Collective.
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