Thanks! A nice banner across the heart of Leipzig, with the last mission slightly drawn out, but pleasant nevertheless. SInce I am not sure if I'm going to continue playing with the devolved new scanner, this one might also turn out to be my GoodBye-Ingress mosaic (oh well).
There are no stairs on the way and there's only one more significant crossing that shouldn't be an issue for wheelchairs or roller skates (the surface is another matter, but whoever decides to skate in older parts of cities knows the challenges involved). All areas are 24/7.
It makes sense to use IngressMosaik for assistance in moving from mission to mission, because the scanner is overloaded with missions in this area, and you sometimes need to scroll through several screenfuls until you get from mission X to X+1.
A very nice banner, thanks!
It leads you on a nice walk showing little shrine gems hidden among the modern architecture.
I had absolutely no problems following the route -- while my Japanese is at level 0, the name is distinctive enough to be easily located in the neighbouring missions list and the individual sections are usually around 100 m apart. There is a bit of an up-and-down on the way, but I don't recall any major barriers.
This mosaic has caused comments like "OMG, I have to visit Berlin!" as far as Canada. It's a pity that it's going/gone offline. I am happy to have it in my scanner, and I don't recall any issues connected with walking the route (although that was admittedly a while ago).
I recall that I did the route over two evenings, conveniently taking a break at an S-Bahn station and then continuing from there. The end of the route next to another station was a bit of a blessing, because I still recall how hungry I was then, and all I could think was taking a trip back to the Zoo station to find something still open.
What a shame that the "angry unicorn" is offline, I was hoping to do it tomorrow... :-(
Thanks a bunch for this nice banner, AEC!
A very nice loop with no barriers other than those connected with getting onto the first bridge (some curbs and a slight slope). It's probably a scenic route at any time of the day; I walked it in the evening, enjoying the sight of the cathedral, the love-lock bridge, and other landmarks, against the darkened sky. The question is trivial, and finding the next portal was easy (tbh, I'd prepared a list in advance).
I enjoyed doing this banner immensely, despite the serious cold (it was February 2018, in the middle of the cold wave). I didn't notice any barrier-related issues, although it is worth mentioning that the portal "Rathaus von Köln" was only accessible from inside the Rathaus due to some terrain restrictions (architectural works or just some repairs at the back of the city hall; maybe one could try to fake the GPS by running towards the building, but with all those people around, well...). This theoretically makes the mission non-24/7 and a bit more difficult to access on e.g. rollerblades (since the nice security guys at the Rathaus will definitely ask you to take them off).
I am not modifying the 24/7 setting though, because the restrictions might very well be removed by the time someone else approaches this banner.
I was impressed by the navigation. It was _so_ easy to follow the route, thanks to the somewhat fake questions that enabled tying the beginning of the next mission to the end of the previous one - a very ingenious use of the mission settings! It was like being led by the hand, and I could skip searching for the next portal, which felt so precious when my hands already ached from the cold and I was literally at pain to limit the exposure.
One thing that needs to be said in praise of this banner is that you feel basically led by the hand (which was not so true of the other bridge banner that I captured, namely Szabadság híd). The first portal of the next mission is practically always the one you might expect by looking in the scanner. I was quite elated about how well this mosaic was made until I realised that it's looping back to the bridge instead of taking you higher up to finish by looking at the bridge from the very top of the cliff. So unimaginative :-(
Still, it's not bad -- just a bit irritating ;-)
As far as barriers are concerned, I guess they can mostly be negotiated: there is an escalator and maybe also a lift to help with mission #10, but I am not so sure about mission #4, because it takes you to and fro across a lawn that one is probably not exactly permitted to enter, or at least one shouldn't expect to cross safely from it to the sidewalk at the place where the banner expects you to. People on wheelchairs may have a problem here, and roller-skates should be taken off on that lawn, I'm afraid.
I completed this banner in the early 2017 and enjoyed it almost thoroughly (the last bits in Pest were tiring and extremely spaced out, and that's basically my only reservation).
I am now marking it as non-24/7, but this need not be fully precise (things can be worse than just that), and here's why: back in February, I was able to access the portal Várszínház (part of mission #13) only by sneaking into the enclosed parking space (it was already after dark, but I can't remember what the hour was exactly; recall that it happened in Feb, so it could still be relatively early and dark nevertheless) and waiting for GPS drift. But visiting this place now, in September 2017, late in the evening (after 11 pm.), I noticed that the gate to that parking lot was closed, and so, partly to investigate, I tried to catch all the grey portals that are not easily accessible to the public due to the renovation or whatever is going there. And even though I walked all along the fence with paintings of hussars, I wasn't able to capture Várszínház.
By day, you can maybe still try to enter the enclosed parking lot, but by night, you can only count on GPS drift, and that may not be quick or easy (there is a guard at the presidential palace, and he wasn't exactly smiling at me when I passed him on my way to the portals in question; and you are probably the only person performing a strange dance next to those governmental limousines... tricky).
Nice quick banner, barrier-free except for the usual city-internal issues.
Posting this comment primarily to mark it as not 24/7, because that can be a nasty surprise at the very end: I forget at this point whether they close St. Paul's yard at 9 or 10 pm, but they do. I was extremely lucky, in the last mission, to have entered the yard just minutes after (or maybe before) closing (people were still being ushered out), deciding to walk "cluelessly" towards guards who were waving at me to get out of there, and "realising" what was going on only a second after I hit "hack" on Liquidamber Sytraciflua. Otherwise I'd have been cooked because that was my last evening in London. So be warned, fellow adventurers! :-)
The picture could be better (it hides some characteristic features of this nice bridge), but the walk itself is all right. Barrier-free if you ignore the slope at the beginning (it's not a killer, but it can be a challenge for a person in a wheelchair). It's hackable in "any order", but that fortunately doesn't cause problems when looking for the start of the next mission.
Nice and extremely easy to follow. I think it is 24/7 -- at night, one just has to go around the Bullring instead of crossing through; on the other hand, some parts of the route may simply become less pleasant to walk through, after dark.
It is as accessible as Birmingham is in general (sloping streets, some narrow passages), so if someone wants to do it on their own all at one go in a wheelchair, they should better have strong arms, and plan for detours.
"Through frustration to a nice picture in your scanner"
In this banner, the author has implemented the University's motto a bit too literally, in my view. After the first circle around the campus, you are made to zip back and forth with no pattern, often made to hack the same portals twice in a row, visit the same info waypoints time and again, sometimes within 2 consecutive missions (so you are not being shown around -- you're being dragged around and the waypoints only serve to make you walk, rather than to make you learn something). Questions are too trivial (they won't enhance or check your knowledge in any way) and only serve to delay you; fortunately, there are only two of them.
To be fair: I was warned about this banner by the local Res community, and decided to do it nevertheless because I liked the picture and I knew I could take it slow.
It is not barrier-free. Wheelchairs have no chance at some places (steep stairs), and roller-skaters may be in trouble as well, especially now that the old library area is a construction site. A bike might help especially for the "outer" missions, but be prepared for detours.
don't try to do it within a single day, and if you do, start early and bring viruses and heatsinks
viruses and heatsinks (minimum ~20) are an anti-frustration measure even if you decide to space it out a bit; you might need a multi-hack for Hootankhamoon, which gets royally abused
forget about setting shields; they consume a slot for the second heatsink...
UoB Margery Fry is not accessible 24/7, and you need it in missions 6 and 24 or 25, so plan wisely
remember that portals/waypoints can be done in any order, which can minimally help against cooldowns, if you're low on heatsinks (most often at the cost of your time, of course)
you can move between Meteor and Poynting Plaque via the Physics West building (helped me at least twice)
Thanks for the nice walk. It starts among the token historic sites and takes you all the way to modern times, offering an interesting choice of restaurants towards the end, or a walk along a canal (e.g. towards another restaurant hub).
I recall negotiating steps here and there, and I haven't paid careful attention to whether wheelchair access is granted at each point. Skaters should manage without too much trouble. Towards the end of mission 13, the building site at the Town Hall might seem an obstacle, but worry not: approach the end of that mission and the beginning of the next one from Edmund Street.
I made a lot of detours so I can't at this point without any hesitation mark this banner as 24/7 (I am not sure if the flashbacks of lockable barriers that I crossed belonged to the route). Contrary to what Street View might suggest as you follow the route, there is no need to enter the yard of Children's Hospital to catch the portals there,
All in all: definitely recommended :-)
A nice mosaic with a nice route. I hesitated a bit over the picture, but, whatever else it contains, I definitely like the colours :-)
It is as accessible as the centre of Vienna is (curbs need to be negotiated sometimes), and it offers a nice walk across the staple spots.
It's "any order" aspect is a bit painful at places. My problem was mission 5: if you don't start it explicitly from "Archuke Charles", but rather search for it in the "nearby missions" after having completed mission 4 and just go ahead, it leads you across the Hofburg yard, and then suddenly you have to go all the way back to the first portal. Another little trap is the very last mission done at night: you need to enter the Burggarten (check if it gets closed after midnight) and walk towards a closed gate, and for the last three portals, you apparently need to back up to Albertina in order to get out on the Burgring, so schedule that in your timetable (and add to that the sudden distance increase at the very end -- I almost missed the last U-bahn). Another exit from the Burggarten might be available, but one way or another, the way from "Burggarten Hofburg, Innere Sta" to "Waage" is not as direct as one might wish, at least after dark.
All in all, definitely worth doing, but add some time margin if you're on a tight schedule.
An enjoyable walk, expect a largish gap between parts 1 and 2, later it gets much better. The route is a double loop around the royal column, so you can plan to tackle it in two parts (and to scoop up some of the neighbouring uniques as you go). You have to be prepared to walk down and up a bit (the upwards part can be minimized).
The route can't be said to be fully barrier-free, IIRC there may be a few stairs both on the way up and down between parts 8 and 9 (a definitely more promising path is downwards to the crossing at the mouth of the tunnel; there's an escalator and a lift on the other side).