Around November 2012 I heard about a new game, one where you have to go out into the world around you. Real-life, you might have heard about it. January 2nd, 2013, I received an activation email and created my game account. The game was still in it’s early beta stage, and back then I was living in a state capital in Germany, right in the middle of the city - but I had to drive 10 minutes to reach the next portal.
The portal denseness around the world changed quite a lot since these first days, and I was playing Ingress almost every day - with the exception of a few vacation days in Washington, where we have been far away from any kind of network connection. But I’ve never been a very dedicated player. Commuting to Berlin gave me a chance to reach Level 8 quite quickly. Later on we moved to Berlin, and the new level system with 16 levels became quite a challenge for me - one where I used the Ingress-iversary in 2016 to finally commit the last remaining 5M AP in one week.
During this whole time I met many new friends, explored thousands of new places, did the not-so-occasional detour to hack or capture a portal, walked, hiked, ran or cycled endless kilometers, got fit again, participated in a number of field events, attended anomalies and mission days, orchestrated adventure tours for 50-60 Resistance agents, and in general had a lot of fun. We also controlled our green home zone at will, the local smurf broke at some point and only played in other parts of Berlin.
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