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Having fun exploiting quirks of the system ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜
SitRep for op Marshmallow Man : field art with crossed links

Believe it or not, crossed links are actually possible in Ingress! Starting October, agents @bluesfemme, @octarine and @57Cell conducted a series of experiments with crossed links, with two goals:

* To do a cross-faction, cross-links field art operation
* To teach everyone else how to do cross-links, and see what amazing pieces of art the community can come up with!

These experiments culminated in operation Marshmallow Man, involving 12 agents, and 11 pairs of crossed links

Congratulations agents @57Cell(R) @bluesfemme(E), @BobKeever(E), @Grubatron(R), @infinitebacon(E), @LittleKehua(R), @MrsSputnik(R), @Nevinator(E), @nzcoops(R), @octarine(R), @rea(R), @SSSputnik(R) and @thestarfigment(E)!

The full situation report, including links to more photos from the experiments, can be found at

A video on how to make crossed links will launch on the 8th of December, at 3pm GMT:

Or, catch the teaser trailer now!
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Ops Badgepocalypse Sitrep
Yesterday I reached level 16 as an Ingress Agent. I made sure as many of my badges as I could were nice round numbers. As well as my AP, of course!

About 17 months ago, I reached 33,333,333 AP, and simultaneously got my Mind Controller badge to 9999 and Illuminator to 999999. Wondering what to do next, I tentatively started to slow push to level 16, and thought - wouldn't it be nice to push those both to Platinum exactly on 40,000,000 AP?

That idea grew, completely out of control. When I reached level 16 yesterday, 14 of my badges were on nice round numbers.

For Mind Controller and Illuminator was wait - play without fielding until I had enough AP to hit level 16. This was easier said than done, since my Connector badge was only about 9700 or so. I had to make about 300+ links with no accidental fields.

During the Perth anomaly, I attempted only one link, to move a shard. The link failed. My team was okay with this. Thanks, guys, I made it!

Illuminator: 1,000,000
Mind Controller: 10,000
Connector: 10,000

Mission Day, however, meant that my explorer badge was closer to the target than Pioneer. I needed to carefully scour old play areas for portals I'd touched but not captured.

Explorer: 5000
Pioneer: 3000

These two badges had to approach their targets in an uneasy dance with Liberator and Builder. I needed to alwasy be sure I had enough deploys left to make the captures, and enough captures to build up Pioneer - but not get Pioneer on target too early, in case I accidentally bumped it while working on Liberator. In the end, it all worked out.

Oh, and my smash/deploy ratio is exactly 1.000

Liberator: 10,000
Builder: 50,000
Purifier: 50,000

Before I could finish Purifier, I had to finish Translator. AP for Glyph hacking is unpredictable. I'd need to strike out a carefully-chosen number of ENL links to make sure my AP would end on a multiple of five. Carefully-chosen deploys would make sure it was destined to be a multiple of 100, then the right balance of clean and dirty hacks would ensure I'd reach 40,000,000.

Translator: 30,000
Hacker: 30,000

Agent @ekg submitted a carefully designed mission (with a beautiful sunset picture) so that I'd be able to get the mission badge to Platinum as I completed my last link and field. Engineer also clocked to gold on that last portal.

Engineer: 5000
SpecOps: 200

My contributions to the portal network are also round numbers. Eighty is a round number, isn't it?

Recon: 100
Seer: 80

The hardest badge to make into a round number is Recharger. First, I found combinations of portals I could fully recharge so that I'd be a multiple of 150XM away from 40,000,000. Then, combinations of naturally-decaying portals to put me within a multiple of 4500XM. Finally, a Picked out a fully-deployed portal, and just recharged that exact 4500 every morning.

Tragically, the last recharge, with 4500 XM put into the portal, failed to update the stat. My profile now shows

Recharger: 39,995,500

with the missing XM somewhere on Niantic's servers, waiting for my next recharge. I did submit a support ticket, but the support staff - helpful, friendly and responsive - were nonetheless unable to do a force-update of my recharger stat.

More than making up for that, the icing on the cake is found in the "Defense" section of my stats. There, you'll see something amazing.

Max time portal held: 383 days
Maximum Link Length x Days: 383,000 km-days

It doesn't get better than that.

If you want to see my stats for yourself, you can ping me in Comms @57Cell. Tell me your favourite Sci-Fi author, or tell me why I should read your favourite book in some other genre. Or just say Hi!

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Dunno if anyone is into it or if anyone else knows but Ingress is getting an anime in october feel like it might be biased to the enlightened tho

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Tonight's efforts for some more field art ๐Ÿ˜ it's a Swan/Quail/Bird-of-some-sort haha

Just a safety note. Guy in a hoodie gave chase to one of my coworkers wives at Star Swamp around 5:30PM yesterday.
He gave up chase when she ran and reached a busy street.

Stay safe. Incident was reported to police.

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Operation lolBAF - Epiphany Night Edition

Firstly I would like to really thank everyone that was involved in making this op a reality, we all came together to make this a really fun adventure where fun times were had by all.

Wellโ€ฆ what happens when a joke is taken to the next levelโ€ฆ Yeah it was kinda unbelievable that it was pulled off, some wonderful people went well above and beyond to help make it work.

The purpose of lolBAF:
Long links
Black Illuminati
Big fun op
Baflova - See pictures
Use some gear - Antarctica Keys / VRLA

Without the following people the fun that was had with this op would not have been possible.

+Araldia Primbee
+Tommy Brah
+Cptn Kase
+Erin Vink
+Aaron Willcox
@sirlegend - what a legend!!


452,949km cumulative link length
126,941,527 MU
90 layers to Antarctica
41 agents involved
5 x Black & 1 Platinum Illuminator
BAFed 2 capital cities

#ingress #sitrep

+Ingress +Andrew Krug +Niantic Project
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Heeeeads up, in case you've considered this for your scanner :-)
Lisa needs to take down the quintessentially WA Wildflower series soon - that creative urge for more missions :-)

So - if you've even been tempted - get out there! I'm heading there now :D
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Last weekend I coordinated an x-fac portal submission spree with three other Bunbury players. One of those players did some submissions today for POIs at the main sporting grounds in Bunbury, but I only realised when they shared their screenshots with me that they hadn't been taught how to manually check and adjust the locations correctly. As a result, the markers for the pavilions aren't in the best positions, and in one case is on the wrong building entirely.

I've posted a screenshot below of the main four which could use adjustments. If these come up on anyone's OPR, it would be great if people could suggest location corrections. The X is where the submission markers were placed, and the normal marker shape is where the best locations are (the entrance of each pavilion, and the sign for the Athletics Arena). I've also included the portal photos and names which will be on OPR.

Thanks, and sorry for the inconvenience!

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great morning at dawn service in Kondinin Western Australia
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