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Johann Jacoby (lahoffa)
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Today I recommend some technical literature. This book is written in a very concise style and uniquely comprehensive in its details. A standard for every student of the discipline. Everybody should have this on their desk as a reference.
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Here's a review of great book I can wholeheartedly recommend. It is sort of an Ingress crime novel. A must read and a warning for any Ingress player who has ever contemplated to spoof another agents' guardian candidates.

http://severando.lol/severandoblog/index.php/2017/09/21/book-recommendation-ill-take-care-of-scotland-by-t-shadowfoot/

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Here's a review of great book I can wholeheartedly recommend. It is sort of an Ingress crime novel. A must read and a warning for any Ingress player who has ever contemplated to spoof another agents' guardian candidates.

http://severando.lol/severandoblog/index.php/2017/09/21/book-recommendation-ill-take-care-of-scotland-by-t-shadowfoot/

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Lesetipp: Eine sehr rührende und spannende Geschichte. Ich habe es in einem durchgelesen! Am Ende kamen mir die Tränen, weil ich so Mitleid hatte mit dem Ich-Erzähler...

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Maybe of interest to the agents of the spoofing persuasion... A new edition of Spoofmag just came out today.
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ENL Tübingen have learned important lessons

@Taubenhuehnchen and @lahoffa have gotten Onyx Guardian. And what better place to have a portal reaching 150 days than Bonny Scotland? After years of being chased by the hypocritical, self-righteous pharisees of ENL Tübingen, Loretto Division (ETLD), @ZEAKoner, @Schattenhand, @Severos, and @MurphyE, as well as those who they pestered long enough to do the work they were supposed to do themselves no less! Ah Scotland! A mythical place with amazing breakfast, full of warm, welcoming, and extraordinarily helpful people, especially the RES agents in various places, and a fertile ground for guardian candidates that will grow as strong as the spear thistle, as beautiful as the loveable rich yellow gorse and as invincible as the grand fir of Scotland.

Not even 8 weeks of heavy spoofing by ETLD could prevent this. While we are duly happy and proud to have our badges (and moved by the parade that was thrown in Aberdeen for us, see the video below), this campaign has brought something that we are happy about almost as much: some very important lessons that ETLD have learned in the course and that will surely benefit others as these lessons concern the fundamentals of this game we love. Therefore we list a number of misconceptions here and explain why they are simply incorrect and idiotic to hold. As a public service if you will, so that posterity can avoid painting themselves into the same pathetic corner, loose an entire city and henceforth stand in the shadow instead of participating in the glaring blue glory that RES holds in ruling Tübingen. If you don't believe these recommendations, simply ask the agents of ETLD for more details. You may have to resort to channels other than the game comm, though, in the case of one of the agents. He appears to have been dishonorably discharged by Niantic (big up, nia!) in the course of the campaign as he acted as a bot master and manned the spoof accounts they sent after our guardian candidates.
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Misconception: If I mistakenly believe that some other player does something I find morally outrageous, I am allowed to turn around and do the same thing I accused the other party of. Because things are only morally reprehensible if they do not serve my goals.
>> Lesson learned: That's like - well - your opinion. But also hypocrisy as you will find it defined in a dictionary.

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Misconception: I can do whatever I want and cannot be touched. My moralistic furor will protect me. When I spoof guardian candidates far away because I'm to arrogant to find real players to help out, I don't need to avoid mistakes. I can make my spoof accounts in broad daylight, for everyone to see.
>> Lesson learned: No you can't and yes you can. No, it won't. Yes you do. And, well you can if you really want to, but they'll be reported and banned before you can say ‘Mission Day’. @Schattenhand has more if you need clarification.

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Misconception: I will get my onyx guardian medal eventually if I spoof other people's candidates.
>> Lesson learned: No. @Schattenhand has more if you need clarification.

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Misconception: Portals in ingress belong to me forever once I captured them. If other agents take them from me, that is a moral transgression I should make a big fuss about.
>> Lesson learned: No. Portals stop belonging to you if someone takes them out. If no real or spoof account takes them, they will continue to belong to you, sometimes for 150 days or more. PM @Taubenhuehnchen or @lahoffa for more details on the latter.

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Misconception: If people play the game much, because they love the game much, they take the game too serious and should be shunned. If on the other hand, they play the game like i do, for “fun“, to satisfy their need for having a little kingdom to their name, for self importance and to gain a however ill-conceived sense of moral superiority through boosting their authoritarian-minded identity, they are good people.
>> Lesson learned: Wrong. If someone plays the game much because they like to play the game, it's just that: they do things they like to do. No normative dimension involved. In contrast, any other goals you might seek to fulfill playing a game (and yes, it’s that: just a game that's not worth betraying your own ideals, hypocritically thinking you can do things you find morally outrageous in others, spoofing, and finally: losing your account over) are pathetic substitutes to gain what you can't find elsewhere in your life. And you're not having fun playing, or being just the right amount of serious about ingress, you are pitifully desperate for importance, identity and entitlements, i.e. you're the one taking the game too serious.

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Misconception: The best way to punish players from the other faction for their insubordination and persistence in thwarting my plans and needs in ingress is to boycott the entire game so they cannot make AP.
>> Lesson learned: Wrong. Those players will find all the AP they need (remember: the game doesn't revolve around you, you are nothing but irrelevant pawns by yourselves), and they'll have plenty of L7 and L8 portals in their town which give them all the power cubes they need to recharge hundreds of remote portals as guardian candidates. And hundreds of guardian candidates will force you to make mistakes. Ask @Schattenhand for more detail on such mistakes if you're interested.

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Misconception: A good way to 'punish' someone whom I cannot 'punish' directly is to try hurting innocent people around him, even if these secondary objects of my rage have never done anything to me.
>> Lesson learned: Wrong. 1 - You can't really hurt your substitute targets either. @Taubenhuehnchen and her onyx guardian medal have more if you're interested. 2 - You're not exactly increasing the odds that the person you originally wanted to ‘punish’ will cease to do the completely legitimate things that are inherently the point of this game and that you get so amusingly worked up about. 3 - This crap only works for people who feel exactly like you do (e.g. Mafia bosses, sadistic dictators, narcissistic misanthropists and the like). On anybody for whom your ridiculous mindless projection and egocentric delusion of grandeur fails, it will have only the effect (or lack thereof) mentioned in 2. 4 - Ask @Schattenhand for more on how that works out on the end.

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Misconception: If I simply believe I am entitled to something I wish for very much, and get all moralistic about the people standing in my way because they are doing the things they're inherently supposed to do in the game, I will get that desired thing.
>> Lesson learned: No. Just no. Ask @Schattenhand.

Otherwise:
Bonny Scotland forever. Black pudding forever.
RES Scotland forever. RES Aberdeen forever. RES Glasgow forever. RES Tübingen forever.

The following bot accounts were killed in the course of this campaign. We are not sorry.
siiiywaik
georgestark98
cieanslate
tabuiarasa
nicetownforever
j4c43
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A bot master's 'real' account has also been hurt in the course of this campaign. He's been 'no longer in the system' for going on a week now. We are not sorry.

Much love goes out to:
@Guschtel
@ThreeCheeseTall
@undercat
@BertCamembert
@Graver
@DerDobermann
and any other agents who have recharged, protected and upgraded our guardian candidates.

Now let's go out and make some more imaginary triangles.

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