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#1 conna



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 04:34

Been playing Ingress for a few weeks. Cool game. Real time capture the flag MMO played on phones. I am a level 3 Resistance agent. Today along with another agent we hacked at least 100 portals today downtown.  Check it out. It is still a closed invite but most that have been requesting invites have been getting them the same day.







#2 Nick H.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:04

Hey, you weren't kidding were you? The screenshots piqued my interest so I went and applied for an invite. Just received the activation code now.

Hmm, this is going to take a bit of time to get in to. Sadly I'm at work at the moment so I'll have to try it later. Thanks for the info though, looks interesting.

#3 ichi


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:15

I played a bit some months ago. It's a cool concept but whether it turns to be fun depends a lot on where you live and the density of nearby portals.


I could find some portals when commuting to customers' offices but none near our actual office or where I live, so I lost interest  :/

For those living in high density areas it sure has to be fun.

#4 Nick H.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:16

Would someone be able to give a brief rundown of what the game actually is? I'm going to go on my lunch break in a bit so I could find out for myself then, but if someone has already played it then I would be interested on hearing their point of view.

EDIT: I understand that it's a MMO capture the flag game, but I'm more interested in learning how the game works. It relates to your location and how many players are around you?

#5 OP conna



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 18:03

The picture is a screenshot of the phone app. You move to different physical locations gathering "exotic matter" or XM. The blue bar at the top is your amount of XM. The concentrated blue smoke puffs are "portals" of concentrated XM. When you are within about 50 meters, you can hack the portal getting portal keys, shields, XM bursters and resonators. Lots of other stuff plus media clips that tell the back-story to this game. If you find an unclaimed portal, you place "resonators" around the portal. You need eight. You need to place the resonators in strategic locations so that they are harder to destroy with the "XM bursters". Portals are usually public statues or artwork. Fountains, murals, or anything that in real life that attracts people. Once you claim three portals yourself or have hacked keys from the same team, you can create a "control grid" out of three. You level up in the game by getting "AP" basically experience points from creating the control grids. Depending on if you play for the Enlightened or the Resistance like myself, depends on what the control grids are used for.
Level 1 agents usually can only create control grids a few square miles but higher up levels such as Level 8 can span the country or from Europe to US.  
I am in an area where like the player above was and had few portals to hack and take over. The good thing is that as player you can also introduce new portals into the game. I went to a couple places near me that had fountains, took a picture, and submitted to the in game app. A week later new unclaimed portals were now in the game. Yesterday I submitted five new portals and hope to have those claimed soon. I also took a trip downtown and hacked about 85 portals while riding passenger on a short trip.
Clan, militia, are all there too gathering members. The militia group I belong to is planning a raid in a few days utilizing the city's light rail and the concentrated portals that accompany the many portals along the route. Already over 200 members have pledged to go. If two or more people attack/defend the same portal, it helps as an accumulative effect. I am a three and my wife is a two. We can take down a level 5 portal together but separate it would take a few trips each. Large groups will speed this up and also generate plenty of AP experience points for all.  

#6 Brandon C.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 18:11

I've been playing off and on for about 6 months or so. Finally hit level 3 earlier this week.

#7 AsherGZ



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 18:31

Looks like its for people who commute a lot. I myself prefer games I can play from the comfort of my couch. 

#8 AJerman


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 22:52

I'm a level 6 green, but I don't really play anymore. It's pretty easy to level up really fast up until level 5 or 6, after that it gets a little harder.

#9 OP conna



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 01:35

Level 10 agent now.  Main issue is useless spinning graphics and poor Key management like the inability to find my own owned portals.