Checking in

Today I finished reading/listening to Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One” for the third time.  I can’t get enough of this stuff.  I think it’s all the nostalgia.  Though the story takes place in the future, the book focuses on everything from the 80’s that I loved.  The games, the movies, and everything else.  From the videogame Joust & Pac-Man to the movies “WarGames” and “Monty Python & The Holy Grail”, it’s all there.

I’ve been playing Ingress lately, as usual, which is a blast, but unfortunately since any details I post here are fully public, and I hate to provide any “intel” that could (and always is) used against our faction, I can’t say much about my gameplay.  Suffice it to say that I’m a member of the Resistance (Blue) faction.  There are two factions in Ingress — The Enlightened (Green) and The Resistance (Blue).   We “battle” for controlling areas of the real world using GPS and Google Maps by aquiring “portals”, which are usually landmarks,  works of art, murals, statues, or other “places of interest” in the real world. Resist Greens are nicknamed “toads” or “frogs” and Blues are nicknamed “smurfs”.  You aquire portals for your team by finding them on your Ingress “scanner” when you travel (preferably by walking) to them, attacking them if they’re owned by the opposite faction, and taking control of them for your team.

In our area (Kenosha) we are currently overrun, a.k.a “infested” with toads.  Since I am a smurf, this provides a lot of options for attacks without having to travel far.  There are hundreds of portals in Kenosha alone, not to mention the thousands all around the world.  If there’s a landmark that isn’t a portal yet, you can submit it, and after it’s accepted (usually within a few weeks), the landmark then becomes a portal you can use in the game.  So anyway, it’s very fun, but we could use more smurfs (BLUE).  If you have an Android phone (soon it’ll be released for iPhone as well), please consider joining The Resistance and joining in on the fun.  We could really use your help.  And, if you join our faction, I’ll be glad to help you level up as quickly as possible, so you can help us “Keep Kenosha Blue”, instead of being covered in green toad slime, as it is now.