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    Default Ingress N00b Q&A

    I have the beta and played a few of the tutorials, but I'm just not getting it.

    Can someone who has this game figured out tell me what I'm supposed to be doing in layman's terms?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HAAS599 View Post
    I have the beta and played a few of the tutorials, but I'm just not getting it.

    Can someone who has this game figured out tell me what I'm supposed to be doing in layman's terms?
    The short, short version: Keep your XM total high. Hack the other side's portals and claim them as your own. Snag unclaimed portals. Submit new portals. Make your friends jealous that you're playing and they're not.
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    I haven't managed to do a whole lot because, well, you know - I have kids and a job and stuff that need my attention also. But it seems pretty cool... Basically, it's kinda like capture the flag with zones and real life landmarks.

    You hack portals to get information about them. You also get objects when you hack them, such as "resonators" (used to help power up your team's portals) and "portal keys" (kinda like passwords to access that portal) which you use to link portals together in triangles to create zones.

    I don't know yet what the zones do. And I don't know anything about hacking the other team's portals but I read that the portals attack you back while you are trying, and that's another reason why you need to maintain high XM levels.
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    One thing that I learned: you can't create portals in-game. You can only find them and use them. If there's none in your immediate area, try going to historical sites or landmarks or something. And check out Ingress Intel. You can find them all there, but make sure you are zoomed to a proper level to see the open portals also.
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    Default Re: Ingress N00b help

    Hi Everyone,
    I'm trying to figure out what exactly I'm supposed to be doing with the "confidential" media I'm picking up from hacking. I know it has something to do with the game codes, but not really putting it together.

    Thanks!
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    Just signed up and waiting for the invite. This looks fun.
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    Here's another tip: Once create your account, you can go to Ingress Intel and look at your area for portals. The mobile app only gives you a very small map view.
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    Default Re: Ingress N00b help

    • Collect as much equipment as possible. IOWs: hack a lot!
    • If you live in an area with a lot of highway markers, Niantic's other app, Filed Trip may be helpful.
    • If your portals are under attack, you can recharge them remotely.
    • Leveling up is the best strategy, IMO. easier said than done, but more Ap equals more power.
    • If you want invites and are artistically gifted, follow Brandon Badger on G+.
    • Passcodes seem to have lost infinite usage, so when you find one use it quickly.
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    Default Re: Ingress N00b help

    Not a gameplay question, but I've been playing Ingress for about 24 hours now, and I still have yet to be asked to enter in my access code anywhere. Am I missing something? I'm fully done with training and have gained a small amount of AP (but am still a LVL1). Is my invite somehow linked to my Google account?
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    Default Re: Ingress N00b help

    Also, maybe someone with a Nexus 4 can answer this question: Whenever I try to submit a new portal (via sharing a photo), I get the message that my photos have no geolocation. My
    "Store Location" setting is set to on for my camera. Any suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSherms View Post
    Also, maybe someone with a Nexus 4 can answer this question: Whenever I try to submit a new portal (via sharing a photo), I get the message that my photos have no geolocation. My
    "Store Location" setting is set to on for my camera. Any suggestions?
    Some people reported that they did not have to input a code, but it should be tied into your account.

    Make sure you have geotagging set up in camera settings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tre Lawrence View Post
    Make sure you have geotagging set up in camera settings.
    EDIT: Annnnnd, it's now working. I updated the app today. Not sure if it was user error the whole time, or if the update fixed a bug. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSherms View Post
    Not a gameplay question, but I've been playing Ingress for about 24 hours now, and I still have yet to be asked to enter in my access code anywhere. Am I missing something? I'm fully done with training and have gained a small amount of AP (but am still a LVL1). Is my invite somehow linked to my Google account?
    Do you mean the activation code that came in the invite email? I can't figure it out too

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    n00b alert! How can you check to see how much xm you have? I can't seem to find it, if its there.

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    Should be a bar at the very top of the app, leftish. Same for ingress.com/intel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tre Lawrence View Post
    Should be a bar at the very top of the app, leftish. Same for ingress.com/intel.
    I saw that about two hours after I posted the question. -_- Thanks!

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    My question...I was collecting blue dots for a while, but now whenever I get close to it nothing happens. I'm sort of just stuck looking at blue dots and can't do anything. WTF am I doing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by j_grouchy View Post
    My question...I was collecting blue dots for a while, but now whenever I get close to it nothing happens. I'm sort of just stuck looking at blue dots and can't do anything. WTF am I doing?
    You can't collect any more XM until you aren't full anymore. Your bar at the top must be full.
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    Quote Originally Posted by etnpnys View Post
    You can't collect any more XM until you aren't full anymore. Your bar at the top must be full.
    It is full. When I open, it says "scanner disabled". Obviously I'm supposed to do something to reactivate the scanner...hack a portal or something?
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    Turn on GPS
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    Quote Originally Posted by j_grouchy View Post
    It is full. When I open, it says "scanner disabled". Obviously I'm supposed to do something to reactivate the scanner...hack a portal or something?
    Quote Originally Posted by mcfarland.ron View Post
    Turn on GPS
    Yeah, it's telling you that because it doesn't know where you are.
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    Oh, it knows. It located me perfectly. GPS is on...haven't turned it off yet since I got the phone two weeks ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j_grouchy View Post
    My question...I was collecting blue dots for a while, but now whenever I get close to it nothing happens. I'm sort of just stuck looking at blue dots and can't do anything. WTF am I doing?
    yep, as you hack portals and attack them, do anything really, it'll use your XM (blue bar at top and the blue dots you collect) so once you've done something gamewise you'll be able to start collecting again.
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    What visual cue tells me I have hacked a portal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrod6 View Post
    What visual cue tells me I have hacked a portal?
    select the portal, click the button [hack] and it'll say "hacking..." if successful you'll get loot, if not it'll say something along the lines of "hacking received no items.." easy as pie!
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