Great banner, finally completed 3 and a bit years after the anomaly. It was odd passing portals I’d battled over and seeing nobody there!
Couple of pointers- the missions are in 4 sets with names starting via, lux, Brum and enl in 12 mission blocks. Easy to get paranoid about starting the right one but fortunately no mistakes were made.
Finally, avoid doing the banner (or any Birmingham banner that goes anywhere near New Street for that matter) when the German Christmas market is on. Not only are the crowds massive making progress very slow, I reckon I lost at least an hour messing around with free Wi-fi where available or just moving around to get signal given the number of people on their phones.
Overall time was 4.5 hours but 3.5 hours would be possible at a good walking pace, tap hacking only
Tested the banner today. Tap hacking should be feasible in 2 hours. I did it fully glyphing, deploying and fielding on the first 12 mission then just tap hacking the 2nd half in less than 2.5 hours in total.
There are about 4 or 5 missions where the start point is a little way past a couple of portals that are used in that mission so beware hacking out of order!
An easy short loop from Derby station. Please note that in order to complete these missions so that the numbers appear in the correct order in your scanner, you have to do the missions starting with number 6 and counting down to number 1!!!!!!
This is an excellent tour of the main city centre of Dusseldorf.
The route itself does a good job of covering the area. Ignore some of the negative comments about the banner already made- by definition if you are going to complete a circuit of an area of the city, at times you will go close to where you have been before! The route follows a good sequence and by the time you have finished you will have had the opportunity to do all the uniques within the area of the mission.
3 hours is fine for this banner
I really like the banner graphic too (even though I don't understand why it has a mountain as a background for a very flat city on a flood plain!!)
A nice little banner in a small part of Wuppertal. Be prepared to either be careful with your hacking or carry a few heat sinks- even knowing that portals get re-used more than once I did manage to burnout a couple of portals.
The route essentially goes round the shopping area of Wuppertal Barmen three and a half times(*) so If you feel like maximising AP it is certainly possible to gather keys as you go along and do some strategic linking from the second circuit onwards.
Overall a nice banner to have on the scanner (although the picture could be clearer)
*the final half circuit on missions 23 and 24 was an annoying finish to the mission banner. I expect most people will start (park or arrive by train) near mission 1 but missions 23 and 24 take you all the way along the main shopping street again- away from the start point. No big deal as its not a huge distance to go back when you've finished, but if the mission author reads this it would make things a lot neater if mission 24 ended back at the start point.
It is quite appropriate that this is number 1 mission on this site! A wonderful tour of an excellent city. I split it over two days, missions 1-24 I the morning prior to a FS in the City, then missions 24-48 in the late afternoon. On the following day, missions 49-72 took a while (by foot) as this part goes further away from the city centre and the portals are a little spread out. The time altogether is comfortable at around 10 hours (depending on how distracted you get by nearby uniques and the opportunity to field in the denser portal areas!)
The route finding is excellent almost without exception.
Thoroughly recommended if you have a weekend (or a long day) available in the City.
Overall, a fantastic banner to have on the scanner
A nice enough banner but I did find that it involved some unnecessary zigzagging which is particularly frustrating when you have to drop off the high wall to do one portal then get back on it, or in another case find that you are the wrong side of the wall to reach the next portal and you have to detour to get through a gap in the wall to get to it. One mission also literally starts at portal one, goes in a straight line to portal 3 or 4, then goes back along the same straight line for the remaining portals.
Having said all that it was a nice enough banner, it can still be done in the time stated and takes in a good variety of the city
An excellent banner, exceptionally well laid out, it all flows well and its possible to do it somewhat quicker than the mosaic time (think I was only just over the hour mark to complete it, not hanging around)
Another good Beeston banner with logical sequences.
One word of warning, the author (at the time of writing, 6 January 2019) will be editing mission 2 soon to avoid the current 1.5km detour to the 4th portal, the Baptist Church, which was relocated after the mission went live. Currently it adds that extra walking distance but does pass other portals en route anyway.
A very enjoyable and straightforward banner. All the missions follow a good, logical sequence. The two hours suggested should be more than enough for most players. I did it in 2.5 hours including diverting to all the unique portals on the south side of the harbour out to the end of the stone pier beyond Nothe fort.
The passcodes are exceptionally easy
I don't get this mission! For some inexplicable reason it is set up so that you have to do 4 circuits of Hudson Park then move across to do 2 laps of Matthiessen Park, just to get 36 hacks yet there are 40 portals just in Hudson Park. Why not make 6 missions that take in all of the portals in Hudson Park then maybe make a Rip Van Winkle mission banner taking in Matthiessen Park and the rest of Irvington (there's plenty in easy reach to have another, different, 36 portals)?
Oh, and Tappan Zee bridge is in the process of being dismantled but I suppose there's nothing the author can do about this!
A straightforward and interesting banner around a much improved part of London. Plenty more portals (or banners) within easy reach if you have the time and inclination. I didn't mind hack any order (it was my own fault that I hacked the first portal of mission 4 when completing mission 3 so had to wait for the cool down, but they are right next to each other)
A straightforward sequential banner mission that starts and finishes at the station. The missions follow on from each other in a logical order, there is only minor doubling back and one reasonably long walk between mission 16 and 17 of about 800m. All in all a very good way to cover Beeston. Don't worry about "The missing Emerald"- number 13 shows up in the scanner as normal now
A very pleasant banner if you're in the area. Worth having a quick look at Intel before starting because there are a few extra portals that are easy to grab just off route with the main detour (which is r commended) to get the portals along the river. Well constructed for a straightforward loop of the town with no backtracking if that's all you're after
I've got mixed feelings about this banner. On the one hand it's a good way of getting around a good part of Cambridge. On the other hand it feels like the setter lost interest after the initial run of missions 1-9 keeping pretty close to the centre - missions 10-16 then head off a long way out with the main frustration being the way it sails past plenty of perfectly useable portals. Without lots of faffing/ prior research (as these are sequential missions), you're not sure if you can pick up the peripheral portals or whether you'll soon need them. 17 miles walked today doing this one and benchgression first in the botanical gardens, took 6.5 hours at a good pace on foot and increasingly less focus on smashing or diverting to get uniques. Tip: take a printout of the detailed map with you to see where it's going and what other uniques you could pick up if that's your thing
Lovely banner, a perfect example of how to design a set of missions that cover all the portals in a park, follow a logical sequence, join up neatly and don't backtrack. Just one word of warning (as at 1 April 2017) there is some work underway in the SW corner (mission 10) that puts one portal out of range. I nipped around the low level barriers quickly to get it. Check website for opening hours. £5 entry fee.