I was a RES POC for the Chicago anomaly and Hank was with me all day. AMA
oh hai, I'm chibri. I was one of the Resistance POCs for the Abaddon Prime Chicago anomaly. I was honored to have truly the most unique anomaly role ever in the history of Ingress by having the Hank Johnson NPC spend his day with me so he could strategically generate media artifacts from portals during the anomaly. Also, you can blame me for the infamous buses. #blamechibri
I know there has been much speculation and rumor about what the Resistance did to eke out a win in Chicago. #moneyball I'm happy to clarify what really happened.
I can't promise that I'll answer EVERY question, but feel free to ask me anything.
Hi chibri thanks for the heads up!
How did you come up with the idea to conceal Hank in a vehicle?
Was he jealous that he didn't get to ride the bus?
Do you prefer hotdogs or quiche?
Is a bus a sandwich?
Chibri! Did you happen to see the DunRaven video that featured the strategy? What do you think about videos like this happening in the future to give a little more insight to what happens at an anomaly?
So did Hank prefer Pizza or hotdogs while on his tour of the anomaly zone?
IDK something doesn't add up. . How could Hank Prime have gotten hit and run sharded by Nemesis if he was on a bus all day? IT'S A CONSPIRACY!
How did you convince him to keep his clothes on? Are there tasteful nudes of him on one of the buses?
Check his Instagram, that seems to be where he posts them @CliffM
Given that the rules for the anomaly state that you would be able to "guide and direct" Hank, and none of the FAQ questions touched on the topic, how did you know Niantic would even let you put him in a car?
Follow up question, why did you fire the Darsana lens so late into measurement 8, given that it was supposed to take five minutes to function?
I love it! I can find creative ways to use #blamechibri I know I can!
You don't like walk ?
Hey chibri no question other than how are you doing brother? Hope all is well #WINdycity
There are allegations that you and your lead strategist, both Niantic vanguards, recruited agents who have received cease and desist orders from Niantic to be a part of your anomaly planning committee. Are these allegations true, and if they are, how do you justify recruiting players forbidden from playing the game? How were these players able to honor their agreements with Niantic (forbidden from using scanners, intel or any other Niantic based software) and still add value at the highest level of your planning team?
No question. Just wanted to say it was an honor to work along side and learn from you. Thanks for all you have done for the community.
What is the air speed velocity of an unladen ****?
Such a great time and a great win in Chicago. Thanks for the tour around the playbox @chibri
Whilst there is no doubt the buses gave Res the win, do you feel that the introduction of the tactic of using busses negatively distorts the game play. Kudos for the original strategy idea, it was a master stroke.
However does it now become a case of whoever rents the most busses and routes them most effectively is going to win the UPH game and therefore a substantive advantage. Thereby requiring the other faction to adopt the same tactics to compete. Meaning the anomaly is no longer predominantly a battle between ground troops where people feel they are competing, but had become a ride on charade with little actual game play?
As a follow on, should both factions swear off the practice to bring life back into the game play for agents on the ground or do you think it genuinely has any value for the individual?
Is the win/advantage for the team worth the loss of genuine competition on the ground for the individual, (on both sides)?
How many ppl fit on each bus and how much did they cost? How much did the rental car cost? Did each agent pay or was it out of a central faction anomaly fund of some sort?
I totally get that you might not want to answer some of these, but... AMA!
Do you think helicopters should be employed at anomalies?
So, being as the entire point of Ingress is to encourage urban exploring, walking, and exercise - how do you justify putting a bunch if agents in vehicles and just riding around for a major event?
I have typed many letters since you said you lose more respect for me with every one that type on a now defunct social media platform. Do you have any left? Do I get some bonus respect points because this is a new platform? Have I already used up those bonus respect points with the amount of letters in this question?
Thanks for all your hard work, I had a blast!
Good work in Chicago!!! Thanks for everything
Did you know that ENL used rented vans at Recursion Prime México City (or that Is the rumor)?
I have other question, but i wont make it public
@DisasterPyrite Your post disappeared, I suspect, because there were sufficient flags on it (and your current post has been marked as abusive as well)
It's unfortunate that we are already abusing the abuse flag for legit questions.
@DarthMewtwo , the idea seemed obvious to me, so I don't know that there is any "how" there. Hank had strategic powers which would require the use of smart tactics in order to maximize the benefit for RES and minimize the benefit for ENL. Concealment and mobility were required and both were easily handled by having Hank in a vehicle.
Well done on executing a difficult strategy in Chicago. I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to talk Americans on to any form of public transportation for the first time; it's overriding a lot of cultural programming. I also know that, contrary to common rumor, the shorthanded faction comes to win, and not just to show up to get slaughtered. I've been on both sides of lopsided anomalies, and I can appreciate the underdog faction having something meaningful to do, in between completely losing control of the playbox and the end of the final measurement.
1) Resistance strategy in Chicago relied on a particular and asymmetric rule set, that enabled the faction that was massively outnumbered on the ground to be competitive. In your view, what is the proper balance between keeping individual events competitive, and incentivizing communities to recruit agents to participate in Niantic-sanctioned events? Follow-up: what assumptions does your answer rely on, with regard to the long-term health of the anomaly format as an engagement driver and revenue source for Niantic?
2) If #moneyball devolves into #paytowin, as it almost always does, do you see that going well for the North American Resistance?
3) a) What was your budget for the bus rental strategy? b) Do you think you got a fair return for your investment? c) Would you accept similar advantage coming from a similar-sized payment directly to Niantic?