Niantic’s Brian Rose recently held a Q&A on Niantic Social. The transcript of the answers are on the Ingress Community Forum. This means it’s time for us to do another NotNiantic Q&A. Brian answered 6 questions, so that’s what we will do here.
Q1: Can you get your infographics/calendars delivered in game for us to see?
A: Apparently thanks to some issues with timezone calculations, they will be released after the events. In the meantime, here are the most recent graphics for upcoming events.
Q2: Why was *I* given a comm ban, when *they’re* the ones that suck?
A: A comm ban is a blessing in disguise. The first rule of comms is don’t.
Q3: Can Pokémon players have a portable poke stop so they can stop asking for everything to be a poke stop?
A: The issue with that is that any time their PokéStop moves within 20m of a portal, the portal will immediately cease to exist.
Q4: Why does Ingress not have every feature I like from every other Niantic game?
A: See next Q.
Q5: Why does Ingress keep copying features out of Pokémon?
A: See previous Q.
Q6: What is your favorite lasagna recipe.
A: I’m glad you asked. This lasagna recipe starts with a 1500-word essay on my travels through Italy, where I had the best lasagna ever. It was in Rome, in a neighborhood called Trastevere, south of Vatican City and on the opposite side of the Tiber from Rome’s most famous attractions, it’s a relatively quiet part of the city with narrow cobblestone streets and picturesque piazzas. It is here, in the Piazza del Drago where I first experienced the delight of authentic lasagna. On one early fall evening, I was wandering aimlessly – this was before Ingress – even before the era of smartphones, so I was unable to use the scanner to identify interesting places to visit. But even then, I knew how to make a walk much longer than it needed to be by meandering down unfamiliar streets and alleys.
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- Go to Trader Joe’s.
- Pick up Trader Joe’s Family Style Meat Lasagna in the freezer section.
- Go home and preheat the oven.
- Lift the corners of the film and place the lasagna dish on a baking sheet.
- Throw the lasagna in for 60-70 minutes, removing film for the final 10 minutes of cooking.
For an authentic Italian experience, open a bottle of a inexpensive medium-bodied red wine.