From reading the mixed reviews, I started the banner curious and a little apprehensive about exactly what I was going to experience. I was expecting many questions to direct you to the next portal, but there were hardly any - it dawned on me as I progressed that this was because I was playing mainly in Prime. If I switched to Redacted I got the questions and clues. I don’t know if this was a temporary bug that just happened to occur when I was playing, due to be fixed in a later Prime update. It was a bit of relief to have this option as some of the questions looked pretty difficult if you were in a rush.
For the record the answer to the infamous passphase in AF2 Mission 12 is given to you in the descriptor of the previous mission. I guess this is testing how much attention you are paying to it!
Credit to the creators for taking the time to write a interesting description for each of the 42 missions. A lot of the streets in this area look very similar so it got a bit monotonous at times.
Starts by taking you to a portal or two in each of the the surrounding villages (cargress) and then you can park up to finish the banner in Tring. Not overly convenient doing the first part of the banner by car, but pleased I’ve done it. A friend tells me this is a view of Marsworth Reservoir by night.
Each mission is quick to complete, particularly the final ones. The simple passphase maths questions made a nice change from continuous hacking.
If you are going to do all 26, then you will need to find 4 individual missions to do first, so the resulting banner lines up nicely on your profile (if that sort of thing matters to you). Also you will revisit portals over the course of the banner.
I enjoyed this banner, great way to explore Aylesbury. I know the creator went to a lot of effort to get the route right.
As the previous reviewers have said the first leg takes you on a little (well big) walk out of Aylesbury town centre, so remember your comfortable walking shoes (or your scooter!)
The final part is central and each mission is very quick so a lovely relief after your big yomp.
Words of advice - Aylesbury is now mission dense (nice for the locals!) but it is a little difficult to find the start of your mission on the menu. At the time of writing Prime does not load ‘more missions’ so you will need Mosaic to help you on get on top of your starting portal so you can find your mission.
All in all, I thought this was definitely worth doing and the resulting image is a fitting tribute to a legend and a nice link to the town.
I’ve never done a banner with no hacks before, so that was interesting.
The passphases were easy - very basic arithmetics. Oddly, quite a few times the answers came up as incorrect, and I couldn’t move on, however when I restarted the app it then worked, so that must have been an issue with Prime rather than the banner.
I needed to refer to Mosaik a couple of times to find out where the next mission started. The next mission was not always next to where you finished the previous one - and because there are so many missions in Aylesbury now it wasn’t easy to find the next one on the list.
Complete in any order, so I might not have taken the most efficient route, however the banner was very quick so it didn’t matter much.
Straightforward banner, which allowed me to get a number of uniques in back streets I had not been down before. Quite busy at the start (Kings Cross) and finish (Camden Town). A few of the portals were located in parks that close at dusk so daytime is best for this one.
Good banner. I did this early on a Sunday morning and the town was deserted so I was able to do this at pace. I imagine on a busy shopping day it would take a bit longer due to pedestrians and traffic.
Some steep hills at the end - good for a cardio work out!
Managed the whole banner on one lunch break - so great! And the image is growing on me even though I don’t understand how it relates to the title or the area. I am sure someone will enlighten me though.
Really pleased to have this banner on my profile. I did enjoy doing this too. Each mission is quite short, so the whole banner didn’t take as long as I expected it too.
Occasionally struggled with reception in the Kings Cross area, which is down to my network I think.
Agree with the comments regarding the Waypoint on mission 11. Luckily after walking around for a bit I worked out that I was able to walk into a shop (and feign interest in some very expensive teapots at the back of the shop) to get on top of the waypoint. For this reason I am glad I did this during the day.