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Bill Roper's Journal
Ingress Geeking 
25th-Jul-2015 10:55 pm
So I stopped on the way to the Capricon meeting today and spent fifteen minutes or so running a simple Ingress mission in a nearby park. As it happened, when I finished, I discovered that I still had portal keys to the pool a couple of blocks away on the other side of the street from when I watched Katie and Julie at their swimming lessons there, so I tossed enough small fields to push myself over 800K, which puts me a third of the way to level 8, which is when you get the biggest and best toys to play with.

I called tollers on the way to the meeting to see if she had anything to report. (Answer: no. We're in the slow part of the filk cycle for Cap.) So we did a bit of Ingress chatting. And after the meeting, I got to talk to a couple more folks on the Cap committee who are playing Ingress and compare notes.

If the weather weren't so abominably hot, I'd take Katie out to do some hacking, but I think this will wait until it's at least a bit cooler.
26th-Jul-2015 06:48 pm (UTC)
I have found ingress to be fairly addicting at points... I managed to complete a few of shorter missions near my office in NYC and a few more near my parents house. (The missions near my parents house were mostly hit the same portals each mission.)

I am 2/3rds of the way to level 8 on point and have most of the medals required for level 9. (Getting more metals for the higher levels is going to be its own challenge.)
27th-Jul-2015 06:42 pm (UTC)
" (Getting more metals for the higher levels is going to be its own challenge.)"

As somebody who just made level 13 yesterday, I can say yes, yes it will be. Took FOREVER to get the gold medal I needed for it. If I had advice for my younger Ingress self, I'd advise to start seriously working on medals. They've added so many of them, it's hard picking one to focus on.
27th-Jul-2015 06:59 pm (UTC)
I got lucky and picked up a gold Guardian medal today. :)
27th-Jul-2015 06:42 pm (UTC)
Dave and I are always happy to Ingress geek with you :-)
27th-Jul-2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
Some time we must get the local fannish Resistance together and go marching through an area. I know that the Heltzers are also playing, as are Gooch and Dee...

And Debbie is always good should she be on an excursion to the area. :)
27th-Jul-2015 09:59 pm (UTC)
Nice! (When did you start playing Ingress?) Always good to have more smurfs to swing the balance (and make a worthwhile farm) at OVFF.

Badges are certainly a thing. I'm currently badge-locked to 11 (9 million and change AP). I figure I'll probably hit 12 and 13 in quick succession at some point unless I end up getting a chance to close a megafield and shoot my Illuminator up before that (could happen, but my schedule has had cons the last few times NYC Resistance has planned anything big).
27th-Jul-2015 11:25 pm (UTC)
43 days ago, according to my scanner. :)

(Which is to say, I have managed to hack at least one portal every day since I started...)
28th-Jul-2015 12:15 am (UTC)
That's a nice feature. Your sojourner number is only 5 below mine (I started playing before Sojourner went live -- back in early spring or late summer, and got to 91, but I reset when I had the seizures about, oh, 50 days ago or so).

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