|wacky hijinx ensued
||[Apr. 30th, 2016|01:54 pm]
sprockets, sockets, grommets & gaskets
I was making pancakes with my right hand and recharging portals with my left hand.|
That requires a bit of explanation.
When you're playing Ingress, there are virtual artifacts called portals associated with real items of cultural significance: churches, artwork, what have you. In order to interact with the virtual artifacts you need to be within 15 meters of them, more or less. However, once you've done that, usually the portal gives you a key, which allows you to do a limited amount of remote interaction. One of the things you can do is recharge it -- essentially, heal it from damage accumulated through age or being attacked by enemy agents.
So typically if I'm doing something that doesn't take a lot of thinking, I am at the same time repairing portals. While so doing, I also can look at how strong the portal is -- a reflection of how many other players of my team have visited it recently.
We generally keep a statistical sample of keys from a bunch of local clusters, to rapidly assess what's going on, who is doing what, whether somewhere is vulnerable or whether somewhere needs to be attacked to deny the enemy resources. So even though I haven't been in the little downtown area nearby for a while, I keep a couple of keys just to have a rapid way to check it out.
I run across one in my collection and realize it's a level 8 portal -- the biggest thing there is. So is an adjacent one. What this means is that at least eight members of my team went over there and took the whole place over en masse (and didn't invite us.)
I'm all Hey manintheboat we're going to take Lily out for walkies downtown!" because portals that strong are valuable suppliers of resources.
She takes a look and says "nope, Shogun is already down there blowing it up." Shogun lives down the street from us and is a lovely guy aside from being our enemy.
We watch briefly and it's obvious that either he, his wife, and their kid, are having lunch at the place with the amazing Belgian fries or they're at some kids' function at the library, because they've stopped blowing everything up and left one pocket of awesome over in one corner of the downtown area. Hence, we drive down there and start grabbing stuff as fast as we can.
That works until our friend Troiken shows up and blows up all the stuff Shogun didn't, at which point we shrug and drive up to the post office to send socks to a friend.
Well, there's a portal at the post office. It was in pretty sweet shape when we showed up and I can do some stuff with it. So I lean against a brick wall inside the building and fire up Ingress and select the portal.
It's all ratty and tattered and sad-looking.
It wasn't just a moment ago.
Someone else here is trying to capture it.
I look around. I'm leaning against a brick wall inside the building. Leaning against the same wall, on the outside of the building, literally back-to-back with me, is Shogun. He's busily capturing the portal.
So now I know he's there, but he doesn't know I'm there.
Between attacking a portal and capturing it, you have to change screens, so there's a pause in activity. Having played both sides of this many times, I know the greatest humor value is when I wait until he's finished attacking it, rather than trying to defend it while it's still ours. He knocks it over, and changes over to capturing it.
By which time I've already captured it and thrown a bunch of stuff on there.
While I'm peeking around the wall, through the window, watching him.
So I can see him visibly startle when he realizes someone else is here, click again, realize WHO is here, then look around in the parking lot for my car, then look around behind him, where he sees my head sticking out from behind a column looking at him with a particularly coprophagic grin.
He laughs out loud, we hug, make a date to go out to lunch tomorrow, and I get back in line with manintheboat while he and his wife drive off.
Directly to our house where they knock off our two nearest portals since we're not there to defend them. SRS SHENANIGANS.
This game can be many things but around here it has a strong Spy.vs.Spy aspect to it.