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There, But Not There - The Last Post

The spark
So, how does an Ingress operation to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War happen?

You just need one agent to start the ball rolling. A little push. Add another agent who has a track record of creating beautiful field art. Kick around some concepts, and come up with the idea of drawing a Tommy, symbol of the regular soldier. It’s a tough draw. Parts of the top of the UK are very portal sparse and it’s really hard to create something this intricate. We need more portals or the draw shrinks.

While looking for inspiration, the team had come across “There, But Not There”, and the ephemeral nature of field art seemed to resonate with the sentiment behind the charity. The operation now has a name.

The idea was then shared with a few more agents, including some from the opposite faction. People are cautiously interested, but maybe a little nervous as the last UK cross faction operation was tough going.

Things drift for a while.


The Gestation
The field planner meets one of the agents from the other faction at an anomaly, and the ball starts rolling again.

The draw shrinks, and the first few agents are pulled into an organizing team.

It’s only a few months to go, and the operation needs to begin recruiting in earnest. Posts go out from both Enlightened UK and the Home Guard - Resistance UK. Chats are spun up for each sector - the blue helmet, green head, blue upper body, teal body, blue/green/blue gun barrel/back/gun stock, blue waist, green legs and blue feet, People start piling in and agents from both factions are identified to lead each sector. Keys start being farmed and moved.


Scotland
The plan doesn’t reach up to Scotland, so separate discussions begin to identify what the Scottish teams can do. After a few draws and much debate, the teams land on a series of starbursts.


Swag
That’s a thing right? How about a pin? Everyone loves those, and people would be proud to sport one from this operation. A designer who helped with the Southampton Mission Day swag steps in to help. The team comes up with a design, but decide it would be wise to talk to the charity to be sure they are happy with the design. Emails are sent explaining what Ingress is and what we are doing to commemorate their centenary, and chased, and then chased again. After tracking down the artist for the charity and having been contacted by one of the charity’s Directors, agreement is received to the pin, and the media director provides some images for the team to use. All monies gained from swag will be donated to the There, But Not There charity.


The Fields
Now at the sharp, pointy end of things, the organising team start pushing on farming and moving the final keys. Some negotiations about the portals and paths takes place and there are little tweaks to the plan. Up in the north, the team has to manage around some tricky low signal portals. Down in the trouser area, there is a move to a portal called Bangham, and then a late move away from that, necessitating a Resistance agent travelling over 250 miles delivering keys.

Intel op/dispatch support is identified from around the world and added into the mx.

Prime also made its long expected, but surprisingly early, appearance in the run up, leaving agents struggling with working out how to navigate key/capsule management and its slightly unreliable linking meaning fielders being advised to use Scanner [REDCATED] if available.


The Realisation
Target time for fields to go up was 10am, to allow for the inevitable delays and also so that agents have time to reflect and pay their respects at 11am. While some areas were finished well in advance, others didn’t quite go to plan, although agents still observed the 11am silence.
Scotland starts off the event with starbursts in the sky above the head of the Tommy.

The teams in the north of England making the blue helmet and the green head make steady progress, taking advantage of the relatively low turnover to start clearing and putting in links and fields in the days during the run up. Agents ventured down roads less travelled. All the fields are put up, barring the ones over the main towns which are left to the end to ensure that agents underneath can still play.

The upper body gets off to a slow start. Many miles are cycled in the rain to make key swaps as keys take the Ingress route round the country. Portals are decayed in many places and some fabulous work is done laying guide links parallel to the paths. New agents get random pings from strangers and graciously allow their fields to die. With a minimal amount of fuss, the field paths are cleared. One of the toughest tasks was locating agents to throw the fields, but in the end the fields quietly fell into place.

The large teal fields in the centre of the draw leveraged the clearing from the surrounding sectors. After the field art was completed, agents at the anchors rotated throws with spare keys to give all the agents involved the opportunity to close a large field.

The back and gun stretch up and down a good portion of the east coast, with some of the largest number of links. In the north at the barrel of the gun, and in the south at the butt, agents are a little thin on the ground, and a lot of concerted cleaning has to take place around Newark. In the centre, the paths skirt close to portal-dense York and are repeatedly frustrated by wayward links. Yet still, the fields go up.

The waist paths run east/west across the country around Stoke-On-Trent and right through Nottingham. The field planner fails to notice they’ve put the path right through their own farm and will end up fielded by the opposing faction. Agents complete most of the clearing on the Saturday, although during one bout of clearing, the path remains open for only a couple of minutes before being closed by an agent happily linking away. The paths do get cleared, although some last minute visits to some gardens are required on the Sunday morning.

The boots - after much debate over which might be the left or right boot, the teams land on describing them as west and east. On the east boot, keys were farmed and swapped at the Southampton Mission Day. For the west boot, one agent does a marathon nine hour day of travelling and farming to get all the keys required. Clearance goes smoothly, although a link goes in to Longstock Water Gardens which is closed. The owner is happy to provide access, but in the end it isn’t required. There is a bit of a panic over some linking from Yeovil, but both boots emerge.

The legs provide some of the trickiest paths to clear, traversing busy areas near Birmingham, the Shropshire hills, the glorious Brecon Beacons, and crossing the River Severn. Some areas clear with limited fuss as agents allow pita portals to decay and fields to drop. However, the team is challenged with some linked portals in the Brecon Beacons - all hills or low/no signal portals. An agent from each faction takes to the hills - one tackles three hills, including Sugar Loaf in the pouring rain, and another loses their way to the trig point on Waun Fach, giving monitoring team members a few more grey hairs than planned, They aren’t even the last hills the team will tackle that weekend.

On the morning of the operation, the legs team rise early to deal with some wayward links that had been thrown overnight. Having dealt with those, some more had to be cleared to across the Shropshire hills. One of our earlier hill climbers ventured up the Wrekin and another tackled Earls Hill in (ever so slightly, unsuitable) cowboy boots. Everyone goes the extra mile.

Clearance completes and a field goes in, but after 11am. The team would have liked to close a further field on the inner thigh, but end up leaving the guide link to provide the hint of a shadow instead. Thanks are due to the agent at the central anchor of the legs who gave the team as much time as they could before, with their understanding, taking it out.

A few statistics - our Tommy was about 480km tall, with a waist about 140km wide, inside leg of 125km, size 75km feet, and a gun that was 300km long.


And Done
And so, we were complete. More beautiful than we imagined. The sum of thousands of hours of effort from hundreds of agents, both Enlightened and Resistance. Our small efforts to pay respect to the fallen.


The Oscar Bit
While a few hundred people were in the op chats, the agents involved went far beyond those numbers. So many people helped make this operation happen – cat-herding, planning, providing intel/dispatch support, swag design, farming keys, muling keys, clearing, letting portals decay, not playing in normal areas to keep paths clear, shelving time sensitive field plans, throwing millimetre perfect guide links, sharing kit, providing transport, giving local information, and moral support.

Agents left faction at the door and the world turned upside in the most wonderful way with agents cheering when portals turned into the colour of the opposite faction. Agents flipped farms rather than smashing them, and even (maybe accidentally) upgraded opposition farms in the process.

People worked together and had fun, put names to in-game-names, and gained a new earned respect for their fellow agents.


Why we did it
Four years on from Lest We Forget, we wanted to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The remembered, returned.

In remembrance of those who were there, we support those who remain via https://ingresswith.us/support with all profits and donations to the There, But Not There charity.

#ThereButNotThere #Remembered #MoreThanAGame


+Ingress +Enlightened UK +John Hanke +Andrew Krug +Dominik Schönleben

List of participating agents: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vTj69CD_uj7SjHInZy5Bi30PUosGRcd-aRiWcqcHt5U/edit?usp=sharing

Images of Remembrance: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5q1quMqHAwGCUnvb9

Other photos from the teams: https://photos.app.goo.gl/RzDt6KExzQRapR9E6
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There, but not there

This year, we have seen the centenary of the end of the First World War. The war to end all wars. The Great War. Everyone who fought in that war is now gone, but we continue to remember the sacrifice they made, and the sacrifices that people continue to make today.

Four years after Lest We Forget, hundreds of Ingress agents from both factions came together once more on Remembrance Sunday to create a large piece of field art. The image of Tommy was selected as he represented the regular soldier of the British army from that time.

The remembered, returned.

In remembrance of those who were there, we support those who remain via https://ingresswith.us/support with all profits and donations to the There But Not There charity.

#ThereButNotThere #Remembered

+Ingress +Enlightened UK +Home Guard - Resistance UK +Andrew Krug +Dominik Schönleben +John Hanke
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#BirminghamWasBlue all over again! Take a look at this wonderful sitrep from Friday night's bluetiful (and huge) blue fields in the west midlands and into Wales...

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Operation Fungie covers half the UK in blue!

With a little help from our friends we managed to lose about half of the UK and Ireland today, throwing a silly 300 million MU.

Awesome work from Operation Fungie!
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We seem to have lost more than just a few towns. The UK is blanketed in a massive multi layer from the Netherlands and the Azores to Canada.

Epic work agents at over 32mil MU/layer!

#LostCountry #StillGhosting #ToBAF
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Operation: Peakaboo

50 million MU over Manchester and Sheffield, on Friday night ... excellent work, all involved!

Over to Jason for the sitrep (finally!)

https://plus.google.com/112791379703336827511/posts/Zmj9C7VhK1j #Resistmas
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An amazing op from early 2016
operation #FancyPants  
351 million mu
13 February, 2016

SitRep by +Lizzie Macneill 
https://plus.google.com/+LizzieMacneill1/posts/83udgdcVSkX
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Simply incredible op.
Epic work by all involved!
840 million mind units
30 October, 2016

#LostCountries

SitRep by +Ben Stimpson 
https://plus.google.com/b/106328042451105640020/117633299469332577512/posts/R8adtW5dsdL
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All Hallows Eve (AKA Big blue Dolphin !)

#allhallowseve  

Agents involved: 220
Layers created: 14
MU per layer: 60M mu
MU Total 840 M mu

Well, that was fun wasn’t it?

Now then where to begin, I did contemplate tracing all the way back to how I got into fielding and then how I got into ingress but realised that would A: be very boring and B: be about me. This field was never about people ( there were lots of them, also of them lovely) or lots of MU ( there was also lots of that ) or badges ( there were also a lot of those), but about teamwork and making a big field together.


I won't thank anyone individually as there are too many to thank, and whilst there are those who spent weeks and months organising and getting people into place their hard work would have all gone for nothing if we hadn't had the hundreds of agents on the ground waiting patiently for the clearing to start.


So what happened:
Was having a nice relaxing evening after the Rotterdam anomaly when a friend of mine skyped me who was at the New York anomaly and said her TL had offered her Bermuda keys all because she had mentioned she had a friend who was into intel (me) and did it want them.
SPOILER ALERT
I said yes, so began the mad crazy plan that morphed into All Hallows Eve, I made contact with a north sea agent I had worked with before and enquired about a field over the uk who then passed me onto another french agent who suggested bigger was better, bye bye sea fields hello land clearance, oh and just because resistance never shy from a challenge lets make it middle of the day on a Sunday.


Hangouts, lots and lots and lots and many lots of hangouts later we arrived at the day before.


Sea stuff sea stuff in the north sea for about a week before of careful not doing too much and then the ENL decided to go super active on the Saturday, eek that was an interesting moment let me tell you. More agents were poked awakened, roused from pubs and asked would they mind terribly dropping some links for something big. They all thankfully said yes one plucky/mad agent in Ireland going over 225km for the kill.


D-day everyone was setting off, lots of check ins, the normal endless searching of lanes for any small little blockers or bits left over from the nights fielding before. And then the wait, it's rather odd from an operator's point of view when you hit a lull for about 2 hours and you keep thinking we could have just thrown it now!


Was a bit of a bumpy ride to the north anchor, one of the agents getting a little sea sick. I will leave the stories of anchor teams to themselves.


Then a local agent in norway took down a large sea block.. Eek was it noticed all of us watching already on tenterhooks the tension was driven up another notch. Would the enl notice and would they react. Enl started to add long sea links from Nordeny and we wait.


Having had to pushing back clearing a little later because of a small delay on a blocker and then the G-O Is given, France, Belgium and Netherlands start the land clearing, we see block after block dropped.


Then it's the turn of the seas coordinated drop builds links and line defenders were shot all in about a min, but no field.


Amazingly with meter in it a ENL player in the netherlands has shot a tiny link inside a guide link across the link path. Agents were rerouted and rushed as more links were being thrown. We missed CP obviously however I am in awe of the fact that the land clearing agents held the lanes open for nearly 15 mins!!


Then finally field cheers all around and the delicate issue of layers and flips.
8 layers deep than 6 layers rethrown as if you're going to get black might as well get it on a giga.


So we did it, and then as we knew might happen the north anchor started to get tickled by a spoof account. Knowing that it would never hold till the next CP we flipped the north anchor with mins to spare as the Norwegians left to deny the spoofer the pleasure of taking it down themselves.


Then we broke ingress! the Halloween field ghosted for over an hour opps. It finally fell when True ENL agents reached the french anchor and removed it layer by layer. Unfortunately at the same time a spoof account hit the Bermuda anchor. Not to dwell on it but spoofers are of no faction and have no place in the game.


I would like to end on the note of why we play ingress and do ops like this, yes there is an element of competition and mine is bigger than yours ( this was pretty big :P) but it is to make new friends see old ones, go to new places and experience nature ( oh okay and get rained on I am from wales :P). As you will see from the tonnes of photos below we had fun, working as a team and put up a ruddy great big field.


My final thanks are to every agent who took part in some small way shape or form without you this would not have been possible.


See you in Rome


Until the next one
RESISTANCE !

+Ingress  .
+Resistance Global News Network #RGNN 
+Home Guard - Resistance UK 
+Ingress France Resistance 
+Andrew Krug 
+Anne Beuttenmueller 


Agents involved: 220
Layers created: 14
MU per layer: 60M mu
MU Total 840 M mu


With thanks to every agent below you were all amazing each and everyone of you:


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Just incredible!
#AllHallowsEve

Picture speaks for itself 840Milllion Mu. Day time mainland Europe clearance an amazing day hats off to everyone I yelled at, sent a million and one hangouts messages to and basically got it up :D
Full and detailed sit rep to follow
+Ingress
+Home Guard - Resistance UK
+Wales Ingress Resistance
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