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Ingress – Gardens by the Bay Mission Series

After more than two months since our last mission series, we finally completed another one: Gardens by the Bay by Sharkzy!

01 GBTB Complete Pic

We did this series with two new Ingress friends: husband and wife couple Ann and Jen Hwa. They’re almost our neighbours, we only live a few blocks apart.

Mission Series notes:
– All 24 missions are in Gardens by the Bay area, and waypoints can be completed in any order
– The order to complete the missions is to follow the alphabet of the missions. Start with “Assemble in GBTB”, followed by “Balance in GBTB” and so on, until you hit “Yearn in GBTB”
– The letters “X” and “Z” aren’t used in these missions, so don’t look for them
– I recommend you start from Bayfront MRT and walk in. We parked below and so when we came up, we had to backtrack quite a bit before we completed the first mission.
– The whole series takes about three hours to complete on foot. We took three and a half hours (7.30pm to 11pm) because we stopped halfway for prata
– Most of the missions consists of hacking waypoints and an average one passphrase waypoint per mission. Two exceptions: the “Kiss in GBTB” mission contains TWO passphrases, while the last mission (“Yearn in GBTB”) only has hacking waypoints.
– All the passphrase waypoints are questions related to the layout of the Ingress tabs and in game actions. Very easy to figure out.
– When you reach a passphrase waypoint, DO NOT HACK IT FIRST. Some of the missions overlap portals, so do prep Multi-Hacks and Heat Sinks in case you make mistakes

As we drove in, I managed to snag a picture of the GBTB sign. I thought it wouldn’t come out nicely since we were moving, but it came out well.

02 GBTB Entrance Sign

I came loaded with water and my charger pack and I was so efficient that I managed to complete two Carousell deals at Raffles MRT before we started. Go me. Anyway, we took a group shot before we started.

Most of the missions were uneventful, so I’ll just post the screenshots. Since there was no order to the waypoints, I soon realised that it was futile to take the mission map screenshots. Instead, I took screenshots of the passphrase questions and answers.

SPOILER ALERT: THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THIS MISSION SERIES. ALL ANSWERS TO THE PASSPHRASE QUESTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED.

Assemble in GBTB
04 Passphrase A1

05 Passphrase A2

Balance in GBTB
06 Passphrase B1

07 Passphrase B2

Cultivate in GBTB
08 Passphrase C1

09 Passphrase C2

Discover in GBTB
10 Passphrase D1

11 Passphrase D2

Exercise in GBTB
12 Passphrase E1

13 Passphrase E2

Fashion in GBTB
14 Passphrase F1

15 Passphrase F2

First Row Complete
16 GBTB One Row of Six

Glitter in GBTB
17 Passphrase G1

18 Passphrase G2

Hibernate in GBTB
19 Passphrase H1

20 Passphrase H2

Illuminate in GBTB
21 Passphrase I1

22 Passphrase I2

Joy in GBTB
23 Passphrase J1

24 Passphrase J2

Kiss in GBTB
Take note that in this mission, there are TWO (2) passphrases and that the last passphrase portal is the first portal of the next mission so DON’T HACK IT FIRST.

25 Passphrase K (Double passphrase)

26 Passphrase K1

27 Passphrase K2

28 Passphrase K3

29 Passphrase K4

Learn in GBTB
30 Passphrase L1

31 Passphrase L2

Two Rows Complete
32 GBTB Two Rows of Six

Move in GBTB
33 Passphrase M1

34 Passphrase M2

Navigate in GBTB
35 Passphrase N1

36 Passphrase N2

Orchestrate in GBTB
38 Passphrase O2

37 Passphrase O1

Photograph in GBTB
39 Passphrase P1

40 Passphrase P2

Quest in GBTB
42 Passphrase Q2

41 Passphrase Q1

Revitalise in GBTB
43 Passphrase R1

44 Passphrase R2

Third Row Complete
45 GBTB Three Rows of Six

Sleep in GBTB
46 Passphrase S1

47 Passphrase S2

Transform in GBTB
48 Passphrase T1

49 Passphrase T2

After this mission, we decided to have a break. There was a 24 hour hawker centre that reminded me of the one at East Coast Park. We had prata and decided to take a group picture while we ate.

I didn’t take a very good photo…

50 Group Pic (Prata Break)

Unite in GBTB
51 Passphrase U1

52 Passphrase U2

Visualize in GBTB
53 Passphrase V1

54 Passphrase V2

Wanderlust in GBTB
55 Passphrase W1

56 Passphrase W2

Whole GBTB Picture Complete!
57 GBTB Four Rows of Six

After we finished, we took another group picture. Man, were we tired!
58 Group Pic (After)

-Jace

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Ingress Part Four – Bragging Rights

This post is more of a follow up on my progress on Ingress rather than a direct continuation from the previous three parts here, here and here.

So since the last update I’ve become more and more involved with Ingress. I joined the Enlightened East community and carried out two Operations (called Ops) with them. It was actually pretty fun, doing military style operations in the middle of the night, taking screenshots of our achievements as proof.

Anyway, before I can brag, Ingress does have a couple a new things: a New Shield, New Badges and Missions!

New Shield
The new shield is called an AXA Shield. It’s very rare, gives 70 shielding and is able to make a portal immune to virus attacks. Not really excited about this.

New Badges
Apparently, too many portals have been submitted so there’s a severe backlog. Niantic isn’t accepting anymore portal submissions from 1st Jan 2015 until further notice, so this means that the Seer badge won’t be available for a while. Portals submitted before 1st Jan 2015 will still be considered, so if you’re lucky, some of your submissions might be accepted.

So due to one badge effectively being taken away, three new badges have surfaced that will count toward leveling up:
– Trekker. Tracks your walking distance
– Engineer. Counts how many mods you’ve deployed.
– SpecOps. Counts how many unique missions you’ve done. (See Missions below)

Missions
Ah Missions. This is what I want to talk about. Missions are individual jobs, but have no reward but a badge to show that you’ve completed the mission. Each mission consists of a set of instructions to complete, sometimes in sequence and sometimes in any order you choose. Usually it’s hacking certain portals, but it can also be as simple as visiting a waypoint or as hard as capturing or upgrading a portal, installing a mod, creating links or fields and even answering puzzles using the clues they provide.

Missions are quite fun for me on several levels. First, this catered to my naturally individualistic tendencies; I could complete the missions alone, without having to rely on help from anyone else. Missions were also objective based as opposed to maintenance based. i.e. I had to go out and accomplish a goal, rather than wait for something to happen and react to it.

Going out to complete a specific mission felt better than just going out to take portals and create fields. To me, I felt that there was more of a sense of achievement from completing the missions than creating links and fields just to work towards the badges to level up. Right now, I’m Level 10 and I’ve already got enough AP to move on to the next level, but I’m lacking one Gold badge (I need six Silver and four Gold badges in addition to six million AP).

As of now, I’ve completed a total of 16 unique missions. I wasn’t aiming to get a Gold badge for anything in particular, but doing missions naturally works towards the rest of the badges. Right now, after yesterday morning’s 11km walk, I’m just 27 unique hacks away from leveling up!

01 Explorer Medal

Yesterday morning, after I booked out from camp, I went for a walk down towards Still Road, with the intention of completing two missions in the area. Along the way, I discovered three more missions which I did on the spot, but didn’t complete one of the original missions I wanted to do because the Singapore Food Trail #2 mission really took a long time. This is my whole route on Runtastic:

02 Overall Route and Details

Yeah that’s right, 11km in three hours, with my backpack full of stuff. Okay sure it wasn’t the ten pack items for route march, but still it was quite tiring. My shift was at 2am and I hadn’t slept since then.

Here’s an expanded picture with the location of the missions I did.
03 Overall Route

Each letter represents the place where I completed the mission, except for D1 and D2. Those represent the start and end points of the fourth mission I did, which was the first mission I’d intended to do. I hadn’t realised that the portals would be so far from one another.

Anyway, the missions I did at point A, B and C were the Tour of Ubi Tech Park, Lor Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple Visit and Uniquely Singapore 12/18 – Paya Lebar. Nothing particularly interesting, just hacking portals in any order.

04 Tour of Ubi Tech Park

05 Lor Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple Visit

06 Uniquely Singapore 12-18 - Paya Lebar

I initially thought all the portals were within a kilometer of each other at most, because they all had about the same distance from where I was standing. Usually, in the missions I’ve done, the portals were beside one another, or perhaps just further down the road, but at least it was in the same direction. This mission had portals in several directions, but I saw them all as about the same distance from me. I feel more than a little foolish, but hey, I completed it.

07 Singapore Food Trial #2
No, I didn’t eat with the mission, although I did demolish a 1.5L bottle of HTwoO.

Look back at the path I took. D1 was my start point and D2 my end point. See, A, B and C were all clustered missions, but this really was a food trail. Ah well, it was good anyway. I hit so many new portals. I think just a couple missions more and I should be able to level up.

-Jace