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TS-Morpheus Calgary and Portland

Calgary
On May 16th we had an interesting sudden drop from +TS_ Iota on twitter that led to the Calgary Alberta.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+IshiraTsubasa/posts/gU6N3w7cWhv

With the wonderful help of the investigations community and +Jennifer Trewatha s global connections, we were able to get two agents to head to the scene in an unintentional crossfaction meet up! Agent Wandewire and +Tanya Dixon were the two agents that were kind enough to not just recover this dead drop for us but also glyph hack the portal and provide the glyph Body to us for the glyph journal! Thank you so much agents!

This dead drop was a bit different from the others though... It is one of the firsts to provide the second page of a dead drop without another dead drop given in the day, leaving us to question what had come before it. We were once again reminded that we have the key to our lock, but have yet to put it together and it seems many of Epsilons images were included in this dead drop... The dead drop led to investigators in Essex to progress in their decoding but introduced a new complex puzzle for us to figure out.

Again Thank you Wandwire and Tanya for getting this information to us!

Portland

In an interesting turn of events, last night, a Ts-Morpheus dead drop was once again indicated to us on Twitter but this time through the Morpheus account rather than its members. This of course hit in a time period where i was at a crossfaction birthday party but Essex and #XF-CC had my back!

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+IshiraTsubasa/posts/gqhtBaRK1H3

Even though she was heavily busy, +Jennifer Trewatha once again pulled some strings for us and spread the word in XF-CC to get agents on scene.

I was able to watch the entire process happen in the XF-CC chat as agent TorchwoodOp decided to go out with a flashlight to obtain this dead drop. He got there in time that it was still semi light thankfully and grabbed the dead drop pretty quickly but something was off.... The account kept mentioning Orion in a tree and something about Epsilons picture being dropped by a portal near there.

The agent luckily went back and discovered not only was there a Morpheus mission in the area but something glowing in the tree now that it was dark. I have to say this was one of the funniest chats i have seen in these Morpheus drops. TorchwoodOp and +Dan NoReg worked together in a glorious crossfaction XF-CC way to get the hanging wooden doll down from its branch. There were some concerning times as the agent went silent but all of XF-CC was in support of these agents, rooting them on. Hearing that some one actually jimmy rigged poles together with their own shoe laces simply to get this item down made my night and im sure many others. It was a chat full of laughter and fun.

Truly both of these Drops showed how our factions can work together for the greater good of the investigation and it was amazing.

Once everything was over and done with we analyzed the data we were given and honestly, i am not sure what to make of it. We gained the first page to the Calgary drop with Portland and i was able to work a transcript for it but we were also given multiple copies of the same map..... The map i was given at the beginning of this all....

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+IshiraTsubasa/posts/5NH8Q43sszL

Not only that but it seems theres another map of the same area and this dead drop also showed there was at least one more copy of it as well... Once i locate that map i will be doing another post about it.... Its odd, why have multiples of the same map?

One last detail is the Mistys Top Hat Coin and Card. These are from the Camp Navarro team from last year and one of the first times we have seen Morpheus focus directly on a Navarro team... Though im still unsure what it directly means, i think it may have been a clue to point out the other dead drop that happened this morning. That one i will cover in another post.


Again thank you to the agents that helped in recovering these dead drops. We could not have done it without you at all! Your stories and experiences are amazing to watch and be a part of. We could not be more grateful for your help!

+Ingress +John Hanke +Edgar Allan Wright +flint dille +H. Richard Loeb +Andrew Krug +Operation Essex +Project Lycaeum +Project Isthmus #ingress #epiphanynight #passagetoOsiris
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Continuing this mission has been one of the greatest journeys of my life. Thank you for all your support!
Many of you may have heard of the cross faction organization XFCC. Maybe you have seen them at anomalies, or other Ingress events. Who are they? What do they do? Today we bring you an interview with XFCC founders and get answers to all those questions.


What are your agent names, where do you play, and how long have you played for?

DannoReg : L16 Portland OR Since beta

Vaximily : L15 Portland Metro January 2013

BlastinBlossom : L14 Portland metro Jan 23rd of the first year of BETA

MsDiabla (JT) : Portland OR December 14, 2012.


How and when did you meet each other?

Danno: We met each other at a non ingress related summer party. MsDiabla, who at the time was Enl was very much xfac before the rest of us and brought Danno along. Danno and Vaximily had similar experiences in the game (which was just starting year 1) and came to an agreement that Portland needed a xfac community. We started building it immediately afterwards.

Vax: A long, long time ago… In a Galaxy far FAR away… I met Jeanna and Danno early on. I don’t actually remember the specific occasions for FIRST meeting, but I certainly remember the first “AH-HA” moment where each became a focal point in my life…fondly. But those are stories for another day. Aura, I met in June 2014 at Interitus Jacksonville (Florida) where I was visiting my father and attending the anomaly on vacation. 3 days shy of 1 year later, she arrived in Oregon. The rest, as they say - is history.

JT: This is a fun one because everyone ties into my life and how I met my BF Marshall in such fun ways. Hope you can keep up, here goes. I met Trey through my friend JB. JBactually started playing Ingress because his friend Marshall recommended it. I met Danno at I think a Fort Vancouver Farm, after I had volunteered with Derek to chase a link up in Cathlamet. I then ended up in a smaller offshoot group Danno had started, and Marshall was also in it. So I then met my BF through Danno, even though I had heard all about him from my friend JB, who had introduced me to Trey. One year I went to New Orleans for the Ingress 2 year Anniversary/anomaly/my birthday. When there I met Aura. She posted a picture of me in a chat, and Trey saw it, and messaged her that he knew me. And then they started talking. Small world's.

Vax: To clarify, Aura actually sent me that picture (which contained a number of other notable Ingress celebrities) in a hangouts message, because she had met one of my friends (JT) from Portland… that I didn’t see until well over 12 hours later due to having broken up with my girlfriend that night and going out with friends. Fate.

Aura: I met Trey at the Interitus Jax anomaly. JT at Darsana NOLA Danno at Persepolis PDX. How? was at an anomaly. . . . Like band camp, right?


When did your relationship changed from foes to friends?

Danno: We're never actually foes to begin with. Danno and Vaximily hadn't met before in game or out. BB had just moved to Portland. And MsDiabla was already xfac before it was even cool. This was back in beta. She got so much shit for it. Especially in our local area. The politics here are very heavy.

JT: Like Danno said, I've always been all about cross faction. I've had friendships on both teams since I started playing and have never understood the animosity between teams. It's all about having fun and new experiences to me. Even when blowing up the other teams stuff, I always tried to make it fun with light-hearted banter or jokes in comms.

*Aura: we were never foes. Instant friends!


Where this idea of a Cross-Faction Communications Project come from?

Danno: Honestly, the inspiration was fueled by lots of weed. It was a typical “why do we need to hate each other” kind of conversation. We knew there was a better way and decided to shoot for it. But we didn't know how popular it would become.

JT: What Danno said.

Aura: in my hometown (back in Florida). XF was a struggle. Meeting open-minded people wanting to make a difference got me motivated.


Did you expect a certain reaction from the other players? And what actually was the reaction?

Danno: We expected shade, and lots of it. And it came… in droves. But we had a secret support team that kept us motivated and allowed us to use their network to reach outside of our local aop. They wish to remain anonymous. They don't play anymore, but at the time they provided much needed levity when we were facing criticism. Locally, the reaction was absurd. Most thought it was just a flash in the pan, but when they saw we were serious they went about alienating us from the local communities. They settled on seeing us as illegitimate. Even today when asked by new agents they refer to themselves as “the community” and us as a bastard cousin to ingress. It was discouraging at first. But now we find it quite funny.

JT: We definitely expected people to try to throw crap at us. A lot of the beginning days of XF-CC was spent trying to help people understand that this isn't ‘the’ community for xfac, or a community for everyone. We are simply a community 'option’ so to speak. I didn't realize how huge it would grow, but I knew we would build a community. So many people at the time were just looking for a fun and fresh option. We were offering somatures from Joe Philley, Klue, Portalyst, and a handful of other notable agents. It was placed on display in a park here in Portland OR, and eventually became a portal and a Pokemon gym.

Aura: at first there was scepticism from my own faction, however . . . Over time other players started to warm up to the idea.


What is your favourite song?

Danno: Comfort Eagle, Cake is the unofficial song of xfcc. We have a Spotify playlist curated by members from all over the world with more interesting tunes.

JT: Oh gawdz. So I just learned from the Google music desktop site you can view your most played songs. My top played song: Mad World by Adam Lambert.

Aura: Don't fear the reaper - Blue Oyster Cult


And which radio is your favourite?

Danno: Radio? Personally I stream everything from YouTube music. Even in my car.

JT: They took our metal/hard rock station off air years ago. I don't listen to the Radio. I use Google Music for everything. Music and podcasts.

Aura: My current Pandora jam is the Guardians of the Galaxy sound track


When did this project start to expand outside your country?

Mexico was our first country to join up. Jan 1st, 2016


What if i wanted to star and xfcc in my country? What should i do?

Contact Danno (@dannoreg) and ask to begin the process. There's some vetting, and you should choose a counterpart before you start.


Any social oriented project?

JT: We do meet ups during all the anomalies mostly. We have done community service stuff in the past. The fun part about being so many people in so many places is everyone gets the chance to contribute if they have ideas, and we try to back them up as much as possible.


Did you did any field art or produced any gadgets together?

We make lots of swag. I mean LOTS of it. But xfcc isn't so much organized from the top down like other communities. Agents take their own initiative and many have indeed created xfac field art. We have many examples in our G+ page.
Story, this was the very first xfac field art I ever took part in. Check it out!
https://plus.google.com/+DanNoReg/posts/GnB67g84PeX

JT: I haven't done any Xfac field art myself. Oooh! I did organize blue fields while I was still a toad though. A local XF-CC Res player helped me get some Res players in California to field over the hospital where my best friend Vanessa (also Res), had just had her baby son! That was fun.
There was XF Joe Philley memorial artwork all over the world.


Was there something/someone/ any comments, events or reaction that surprised you about this idea?

The first event we ever promoted at was Persepolis in Portland OR. We had a signature board and invited agents to sign it with an agent from the other team. The amount of signatures we received was modest, but the response, especially from Niantic, was very encouraging. It solidified our theory that xfac was needed in Ingress. That board has signaxh.


How was the res/enl relationship in your country before the xfcc and how did it changed afterwards?

About what you would expect. USA has its own successes and failures and the country is too broad to draw any particular conclusion. Xfac growth is slow. It takes time for the oldest agents with local moderator power and influence to come around. Many will never be xfac. What changed is there is now a place for agents interested in removing themselves from the vitriol to go. Basically, we've built a cloud for agents to rest on as they deal with their local issues, whatever they may be. Membership continues to grow however. And reaction at the anomalies has become increasingly positive. So we wait for the breaking point to happen. As we like to say about our community… we're the only ones to turn to when your castles turn to sand.


Could you give us the link to the community?

Just in case anyone would want to join.

http://USA.xf-cc.org

http://Germany.xf-cc.org

http://Sweden.xf-cc.org

http://Mexico.xf-cc.org

http://India.xf-cc.org

http://Switzerland.xf-cc.org

http://Belgium.xf-cc.org

http://Czech.xf-cc.org

http://France.xf-cc.org

http://Netherlands.xf-cc.org


We have tg chats too!

XFCC USA - https://t.me/XFCCUSA

XFCC Earth - https://t.me/joinchat/E5qFHULTomOkPxGpNTbasQ

An opt-in pin map of XFCC operational areas

https://tinyurl.com/ybf5lething new.

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2018 #ToTheSpiritOfTheGame #FriendsMakeItFun
Tired of hearing how "As a community" Its time for every individual to take responsibility to the "Spirit of the Game" Don't like what you see do something to change it. As I remember Hank asked us when Joe Philley passed " Be a positive force in your community and in Ingress"
Make 2018 that year
Ingress: Where is our Spirit of Ingress?

Ban, hunt, cheat, leak, dox, troll, harass, flame. Is this how you want Ingress to be played?

Numb, broken, wrecked, apathetic, disbelieving, shocked. Have you experienced this pain? The pain of losing something you love?

On the morning of 28th November 2014, that is how most of the New Zealand men's cricket team, the Black Caps, felt. Many of them had been weeping uncontrollably as they were about to continue trying to play a game of cricket.

This should not have been the case. The New Zealand team was in the middle of a 5-day cricket game against Pakistan in Sharjah, UAE, and they were just about to start play for the 2nd day of the game. Pakistan were ahead in the match. New Zealand were the underdogs, having recorded their biggest loss (in runs) to Pakistan two games prior, and should have been gunning to prove they were better. Pakistan, having thumped the highly ranked Australia at the same venue recently, were full of confidence. But the New Zealand team didn’t want to play this game.

Someone had died.

Was it a member, former member, or anyone associated to the team who had died? No. It was Phil Hughes, from their biggest rivals, the Australian cricket team, on the other side of the world. An event they could have easily disregarded, but they didn’t.

Two days prior, Phil Hughes was playing a regional cricket game in Sydney, Australia. In the game, he was struck by a cricket ball “bouncer” which missed all his protective gear and struck him on his neck. This brought the game to a halt and then all cricket to stop in Australia. Tragically, this injury proved fatal the next day.

Phil had reached the highest level of the game, representing Australia, and was generally regarded as a good guy - likeable both in game and out. Many of the New Zealand players had played against him, with a few playing with him in Indian franchise teams.

Why did this have such a big impact on the New Zealanders? As the New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum, recounted:

”I looked around the dressing room and felt that no one wanted to be playing cricket. It had lost all meaning. There was also the realisation that it could have been any one of us. None of us ever anticipated that someone could die from a cricket ball, not in this day and age .... Cricket was meant to be a game, not a life or death struggle.”

The match officials, who allowed postponement of the previous day’s play, had insisted the teams play today. The New Zealand players had been briefed by their captain: “All your preparation, all you have ever thought about in cricket, just throw it out the window for this one game.” They were told there would be no harsh judgement on any player's performance and no consequences for failure. Their motivation was that they needed to honour Phil by honouring the game itself.

So, with that mindset, the New Zealanders went out onto the field and continued the game. They played the game differently to how it was usually played. The failures of the other team, or wickets, were not applauded or celebrated as they normally would be. They abandoned normal aggressive play, such as bouncers, and other aggressive tactics and kept the game to only a battle of skills and wits.

Despite the disadvantages of the play style they adopted, this resulted in a huge turnaround for the underdogs, the New Zealanders. They went on to score the highest total ever by New Zealand in an innings and record their first win against Pakistan away from home in 18 years.

That then became the catalyst for approaching the game differently for the New Zealand team. They did re-adopt normal aggressive game play but they abandoned what cricket would call sledging, or trolling the opposition, and took to heart and adopted the Spirit of Cricket. Brendon describes this:

”We worked out what would work for us … to try to be humble and hardworking and to enjoy what we were doing. It is vital that you understand that we were never trying to be nice guys. We were just trying to be authentic in how we acted, played the game and carried ourselves. For us, sledging in an abusive manner just didn't fit with who we believed we had to be. It wasn't authentic.”

”We weren't righteous in our stance and demanding that other teams follow our lead, but for us it was so good to play free of the shackles - to genuinely love the game again, to acknowledge and enjoy the opposition.”

After changing their approach, the Black Caps have seen an improvement in their competitive results. They are well renowned for their aggressive style of play but well respected by their supporters and opposition. As Brendon relays:

”The New Zealand team ... has rediscovered its soul. It's now a team that our country is proud of.”

The New Zealanders refer to their change of attitude as being in line with the Spirit of Cricket. The Spirit of Cricket is a long held understanding in the game. It has even been written into the laws of the game. Some elements are:
- Not behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute
- RESPECT for your opponents, the roles of the umpires, the game's values

So banning, hunting, cheating, leaking, doxing, trolling, harassment, flame wars. Is this how we want Ingress to be played?

Perhaps we could take a lesson from the New Zealand cricketers and show more respect - for our opponents, our teammates, and others - and adopt a “Spirit of Ingress”.

Let's start now, and bring back the spirit of the game we love. Let’s make Ingress a game we are proud of!

+Ingress +Andrew Krug

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References and More Info:

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's MCC Spirit of Cricket lecture on June 6, 2016
Video: https://youtu.be/NxmCrP731LE
Transcript: http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/16010954/full-transcript

Sledging - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sledging_(cricket)

Brendon McCullum - Declared
http://upstartpress.co.nz/brendon-mccullum-declared/

Spirit of Cricket: Preamble to the Laws
https://www.lords.org/mcc/mcc-spirit-of-cricket/what-is-mcc-spirit-of-cricket/spirit-of-cricket-preamble-to-the-laws/

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Big ❤️ to +Jax Goss for editing my amateur writing.

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