"we will no longer require POCs for Hexathlon and Anomaly events going forward."
Why is this can you tell us more?
!remind me to check back for details January 6th-12th...
In addition to rules, format, and medal details, can we also expect to learn how much registration, digital bundles, and/or medals for these events will cost so we can budget our plans in advance?
@NianticOfficial It's Bengaluru. Not Bengalaru.
It would also be great if we could have information about Mission Days for 2020 and whether we can pair them with hexathalon events. Many agents are really attached to getting to enjoy new cities via Niantic events with both a competitive and a non-competitive/social component.
We don't hate change, for example, we would love to see some cities on the event list that haven't already had other events recently or regularly over the last 7 years. We know that anomalies and mission days are time-tested winners attracting both long-time and brand-new agents over and over. We aren't against new formats, we just want to know that you recognize how much these events contribute to enjoyment of the game, aka quality of life for your playerbase, and that it's a value you share with us.
I'm not sure if anyone of you who decides about anomalies ever been to an anomaly, as a member of the faction.
For a lot of European player an anomaly is going on from Thursday until Sunday evening or Monday morning.
Thursdays a meet and greet organised by the poc and his/her team.
Friday afternoon sightseeing with organised tram or boot or bus. Which Organisation does the poc and his team.
Friday evening Pre-party at a location organised by poc and team.
Friday evening/night Stealth ops if the city is lucky to get GoRuck. Communication between Ruth and Faction with GoRuck pocs from player base.
For the pre-party you need usualy money for the location, to get this the Faction needs merchandise.
Player base designed and organised merchandise, A lot of time for the pocs and team to get this done and the money collected.
Saturday it's now your job.
You know the playzone good of course and do not need help from pocs. Let's play in the red light districts ;-) and no trespassing areas.
Mission Day and OCF of course no help needed from POCs and team.sarcasm
I would recommend you a new chapter in this forum, just for the questions about the city without pocs. Normally question asked and answered by poc and team are.
Map of Town
Where to get best hotel, which will be near playzone.
Is there a map for the best restaurants for groups about 10 to 15 people, and of course wheelchair and kids friendly.
or free parking locations.
Are there drinking fountains in the town and is there a map available?
Now I need a toilet can I get in the same map as allready used a toilet location marker too?
Can you please add no alkohol zones to the map too? Do you have something like this in Germany?
There are a lot of open question.
I need a sim card which do you recommend for the city. Where could I have problems with signal?
What is the best way to get from airport to city? Are there good tourist tickets for the tram? And how long in the night can I use bus or tram?
Is the party location at all areas wheelchair accessible?
Can i pay by creditcard/maestro/mobile phone at the party location?
There will be 100 question more i hope you have fun answering all.
I'm lucky Munich is 2 hours away, if I decide to play at Saturday I will just be there for the fight. Because a city without player support for Niantic will be chaos.
Hexathlons are overblown First Saturday and there's only one Anomaly
Instead of listening to the community and solving problems, you just need to chop off the feedback. You are on the right track, comrades ©
I am writing this as a player from one of the cities you have chosen - Bratislava.
While we are delighted you have chosen us , this is not a good time to have an anomaly in Bratislava.
If you did choose to cooperate with locals, you would know that 29th Feb is also a date of parliamentary elections in Slovakia.
There will be cold. There will be frost. There will be a lot of police. There might be army at some places. There will be increased security at a lot of portals because the town is the country's capitol. Some portals might not be reachable. There will be increased movement of general population because of voting.
On top of it, the end of February is a time when there is usually -5°C (23 F) out. Can you imagine being out for three whole hours holding your phone in hands? good luck.
Please reconsider moving it to a different time. Dearly thanks!
@NianticBrian Are the Hexathalons going to be competitive faction Vs faction events or just a stats race like the Helvetica one?
Will the Hexalthon badge for Perpetua different from Lexicon? @NianticBrian
I congratulate the chosen cities and the agents of those cities 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 but ... I don't know why they include [AMER] in the calendars, when it is clearly focused on the USA, from 10 cities, 7 are from there and it's fine, but they should include South America and Central America more, I feel that they give us crumbs, I don't know what the selection criteria are, if the agent base or the monetary factor that obviously has to be like that, is demotivating, I'm an agent of Honduras, the closest events have been in Mexico and Colombia.
PS: No one will read me and nobody is interested, but at least I let off steam
Most of what you mention was already taken care of by each faction, mostly or completely outside of Niantic's control, and anomaly PoCs didn't actually need to be involved. Even though anomaly PoC are normally part of the faction orga team, it's a different role. So, it likely won't change much for these points.
The questions raised by anomalies without PoCs are:
PoCs also provided feedback about anomaly rules, but this could be done by vanguards (or foregone completely).
Why only one anomaly site? Can we do like what we did with Abaddon Prime, where we get one mega anomaly in each region? Maybe one in USA and one in Asia as well?
Not sure but if nothing exciting more comes up in 2020 i doubt many will care for only 1 anomaly. and everyone can guess the victory in Germany, RES is very strong in Europe.. so where is the fun in only 1 anomaly worlwide of the first half of 2020 ???
Can we reveal more detailed time of the event? I'm thinking of booking my flights, and it makes things different if it begins in the morning, or in the afternoon.
Yes yes yes ! Thousands thanks for Lille (france) Event of 28 february .👍😍
anomalies battle usually start like 14:00 or something. U must be earlier a few hours for registration and that so if u want go make sure u are in the city at like 10:00 or something earliest....
@NianticOfficial so when will the events page be up? Wouldn’t mind seeing something there in the near future so I can see if your events line up with some getaways...
Unless it's going to be similar to the field test hexathon, then it'll will start bat 3pm, and you need to be able to hack the starting portal before that during a specific 30 minute window...
So it all depends on which direction Niantic chooses to take in regards to the style of event
Doesn't really answer my question. You said "there's only one Anomaly" however that's not what it says: "Anomaly events going forward" going forward being the key words. So next year we should expect the same.
I do agree that Hexathlons & FS don't need a POC but I disagree about anomaly events. Unless Niantic plans to do major down grades to the events.
@NianticOfficial, I'd like to highlight the following part of your announcement and the concerns that have been raised:
In addition, we will no longer require POCs for Hexathlon and Anomaly events going forward.
I can't speak to Hexathlons because I was unable to attend the Field Test for them, but I do have some experience with Anomalies.
There are a few things that Anomaly POCs have helped with previously that are beneficial — some might even say necessary — for the playerbase:
What's important is that someone ensure that these things continue to happen going forward. For example, it's well within Niantic's capabilities to communicate rough expectations for the playbox three, four, or more months, in advance; and the Vanguards are perfectly capable of assisting with the other points. You can eliminate the up-till-now traditonal POCs from the process, but you can't eliminate their functions.
Finaly a ingress event at Tijuana!
“The battle against Nemesis continues in 2020. As promised last week, below is a list of cities for the events of the first half of 2020. We are still determining the rules, format, and medal eligibility of these events. More information on those specific details and Mission Days will come the second week of the new year. “
I’m so exited, more info and details about this years events coming soon... :-)
Perpetua Hexathlon: February 29th (15 global cities)
Lexicon Hexathlon: April 25th (15 global cities)
Requiem Anomaly: May 9th Munich, Germany
Hi Niantic team!
Would like to just let you guys know that 25th April is already in the Islamic month of Ramadhan where Muslims will have to abstain from eating or drinking from sun-up to sun-down. With the event going on from afternoon onwards, this might cause extra fatigue for those observing the fasting month.
Tentatively the Ramadhan month will start on 23rd April this year. This might or might not deter the involvement of other Muslims agent for the Hexathlon date selected for 25th April.
My personal opinion, moving the event one weekend earlier might be a good thing.
Thanks for reading!
Fasting is not mandatory for people travelling. Travellers can skip fasting while travelling and then compensate for that later on by fasting on some days after Ramadan.
Well February 29 falls during Lent and thus many people will be unable to eat cake and/or chocolate at the event...
I think if you practise religious observation then that's good and proper for you but it's up to you to decide whether you are able to take part in the event while observing at the same time. I don't think it's right to block out Ingress events for an entire month for everyone because of religious observation that not everyone takes part in. There will be other Ingress events.
Personally I also can't take part in most of the events because they are too far away, but that's a different matter.