Thanks to agents Mathematician, KingConstantine, and Onceamoose, I got enough mods to deploy out to the 200 portals I needed to push them onto (that’s 400 mods!) Onceamoose also kindly drove me around his area to find most of those portals, and made sure they were blue for me to be able to deploy to them.
So my next level will be full deploys. I was going to wait on this until later, so it feels like a bit of a cop out to do only 40 portals (including 80 more mods, thanks again Onceamoose!), but I needed to do something I can easily get the amount of AP I need for IFS on Saturday, plus I am going to do many of these deploys somewhere I can then use for the next stage…. but that’ll be later. I have PAX Unplugged to get to this weekend, so other than IFS, Ingress is being put away for a bit.
Dirty hacking is easy when you live near a green farm. Also, the nearby portal heavy Freedoms Foundation had just been spiked by a green player. I drove the Freedoms Foundation loop 4 times and gained 14500 AP from that alone. After that I drove through the Valley Forge green farm on my own once, then another time with a couple friends who were destroying it. I leveled early into that second drive!
My next challenge is deploying mods to get to level 4. I’ll need about 400 deploys to get the AP needed, which means I need 400 mods. That’s the difficult part of this challenge, I can’t glyph hack which makes getting mods easier! I’ve already deployed a few, but I’ll be running out soon, so I’ll be relying on help from some friends to pass me junk mods and clean hacking portals in hopes of getting random mods. This might take a while!
I finished off the recharging and am now Level 2! I did end up recycling higher level power cubes while double AP was still in effect, until I ran out of keys for blue decaying portals. That got me to about 1800 AP, so I drove to some local portals and recharged them while picking up XM from the ground for the rest.
My next level will be gained by dirty hacking! I figure I’ll need to hack green portals 175 times to level up to 3.
OK, so, I recursed. I’m level 1. I need 2500 AP to get to level 2.
I decided that for this level, I’m going to get there by recharging. That’s 10 AP each recharge, so I only need to recharge 250 times. That’s actually not bad.
Oh, except my xm bar is really really smol and I have no lvl1 power cubes. Welp, guess I’m going to be going for a lot of long walks this level!
So I finally made it to level 16! … And I immediately recursed.
For those not familiar with Ingress, this post is going to be very heavily Ingress related so move on if you don’t care. But brief explanation: Level 16 is the highest level you can get to in Ingress, and you get there with 40 Million AP (total) plus some badges and stuff. Anyway, it takes forever to get to. Once you are there, though, you have the option of “Recursing”, which means you press a button and start all over. Well, you get to keep your badges, but you get to work on that 40 Million AP all over again. But at least you get access to all of the highest level gear by level 8, and that’s only 1.2 Million AP to get to.
I decided that to get to level 8, I am going to gain AP by doing one thing each level for points. One thing. Let’s see how this goes. I’ll have posts coming up describing each level as I go through it. Look for the posts under the “Level8Quest” category!