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!
So, life has been happening at the speed of life. I am now living in Philadelphia’s greater area (I really am outside of the city proper, so also learning how to be a suburbanite), and I am an office denizen on a daily basis. But I’ll get back to my Philly experiences thus far. Continue reading