Lest We Forget

On the Eleventh hour of the Eleventh day of the Eleventh Month... We will remember!

It is 100 years since World War One, and in remembrance both factions came together, put aside their differences, and established an XM memorial.

Martin Chalk had an idea while watching the centenary commemoration of the outbreak of WWI in early August.  He mentioned this idea to others at the after party of the Manchester Helios Anomaly later in the month.  The idea grew and expanded and the result is what we saw over mainland Great Britain this morning.

In remembrance of those who fell during all conflict since WW1, the combined Enlightened and Resistance players of Britain give their respect.

The Team behind the op would welcome charitable contributions to the Royal British Legion through the donation site at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/IngressLWF
The Royal British Legion (RBL) are the official charity for war veterans in the UK as well as being the Nation's custodian of Remembrance.

Winning Roll

Things don't always go your way, Manchester is a perfect case in point for the Home Guard. But when you choose to resist, you do it knowing the odds are against you and the fight will be long.

We are incredibly proud of everyone that picked themselves up, dusted themselves down, and arrived in London ready for revenge. And what sweet revenge it was to.

Thank you all, whatever your rank, whatever your role - the victory in London was a true team effort and you all did incredibly well.

Next is Gothenburg, and then... Well, who knows what the future holds. One thing is for certain though, we will resist. We will not lie down and let the invading shapers win, together we CAN save humanity!

OCD Returns

The naval arm of the Home Guard have been on artifact alert for a while now, but with them moving to the southern hemisphere it's time to reactivate Operation Coastal Defence!

What a triumphant return to action it was, with a four layered safety shard, with nearly 2 Million mermaids protected.
Congratulations to all involved, with a special mention for Widit.

Déjà Vu Over Sheffield's View

If you have only been paying half attention to the Intel map you could be forgiven for thinking Sheffield has enjoyed 24hours of Blue Skies.
If you have been paying no attention, or have a short memory span, you could be forgiven for being confused.

Either way, the truth is that the troops involved in last night's manoeuvres decided to push their luck and repeat the operation. This time they were even more successful, having added additional layers of protection.

Congratulations to all involved, how many times do you think you can do it before it's taking the Mick?

Stealing Sheffield

The 14th September may will be a very special day for a newly promoted Level 8 Soldier from Sheffield, it will long be remembered as the day they joined the 100K Club.

The operation had been a few weeks in planning initially between Kierkergard, MellKerrigan, Desperate & Sming but as it escalated then more people were brought on board. Several times it looked good to go, but Resources were spread thin defending key areas so the date was set for Sunday 14 September.

This also presented opportunity to initiate another of the newer level 8 soldiers - Cadair asked to be included in the operation when we sought out mobile agents to assist. The plan was set, the personnel was in place. It was time to initiate and move out into the field.

Pre planning took place on Saturday, and Intel - Led this time by Pankomputerek with support from (Not So) CluelessSmurf right until deployment where Pankomputerek stepped up and conducted his
orchestra of blue fields into play.

Just as the op was about to go into full flow we lost a key body.. Desperate was called away on urgent personal admin and we had to reorganise the field agents very quickly. Thankfully Sgt Desperate and family are all fine and the smurflet didn't arrive today!

With keys in place and the troops rolling out to start clearing the blocking links, things were going relatively well right until the first field was dropped in.. Blocking links were removed by Kierkergard, Sming and MellKerrigan then Dingus01 and Sming laid down the foundations allowing Cadair to bring it home to step up into the 100k+ fielding club with the first field in place for 278,910 mind units to be protected... only for this to be thwarted almost instantly by the invaders!

Enemy agent SoX was practically metres from the field anchor as it deployed and it lasted but only minutes before it was removed, we were anxious that the operation was in total jeopardy but Intel continued with the plan leaving SoX to be monitored from afar.

Whatever you want to call it, a deity or ADA, someone was looking out for us as enemy agent SoX left the area and the opertation continued unhindered from the enemy depsite more enemy agents being within seconds of key portals, but they did not intervene! we moved up a gear and got on with the remaining fields

The next fields shot up, covering more and more minds with their protection - Sming fielded for 283,260 mind units closely followed by Dingus01 with a 283,690 mind field. Then disaster struck when a soldier not on operational duty dropped a local link in his area only 5 metres long which critically blocked the operation from continuing!

Rapid comms were made to request they undo their work. This took a little time and left all involved in the operation feeling tense that it was dead in the water.. This did allow for a small amount of fine tuning, and meant Cadair was able to return to an anchor to gain a vital key for the final step of the operation

Whilst the main operation waited anxiously to proceed, a side op that was only hatched hours earlier between Kierkergard and MellKerrigan, took place. One of the blocking portals was put to good use and a side field created by MellKerrigan protected around 64,000 minds.

The blocker was removed as well as an additional enemy blocker that cropped up causing Intel to draft in Cpl ToKillaTwiinke. The final field put into play by Sming, for 300,762 minds, and the operation was complete.

Ground Troops






Total: ~1,450,000 British Citizens protected!

Operation #Spinnaker2

The UK is bathed in a wondrous blue glow tonight.

We would like to thank our international allies for helping to defend the UK from the alien onslaught. We should also add or congratulations for an impressive pan-European operation utilising the strength and knowledge of many troops from numerous nations!

Now, we aren't ones to gloat here at Home Guard... But this seems much more impressive than last night's green burrito.

Blue Biker Brilliance

Congratulations to SgtMjr Herbius on topping your local Cell, a nice reward for a good days work!
A nice bike ride through Blackfen resulted in 8 nested fields, based off a portal a stone's throw from an enemy barracks.

The largest protection field was 11,410 MU and the total was around 50K.

Unfortunately one layer got taken down before a screenshot could be obtained, but this is still a lovely image.

The Force Is Strong!

All 40 Artifacts are in the wild, and there are three Helios battles remaining. The fight, for this series at least, is nearly over!

So how is the fight looking?
In a word, Good!
So good even Yoda has changed colour!

The resistance has taken the lead, with the current score standing at 29 to 20, but it isn't time to relax! There is still a lot of work to be done and plenty to fight for!

The next stand-off will be on home ground, with a 3 measurement (at half hour intervals) anomaly in London... If you can offer any help, whether in London or elsewhere across the UK please sign up via the Events Page.

After London there are two standard anomalies on the 27th September, with Primaries at Munich and Tacoma, and of course there are all the Artifacts that still need securing!

Take a break to celebrate, raise a glass to our international allies that have helped get us to this position... But do not get complacent!
We lost in Manchester, and we will be the under dogs again in London... But we can succeed.

Our future is at stake, we must resist...
Besides, we have cake!

Devonshire Farming Feast

What do you get if you take nine Level 8 soldiers and give them two hours parking in Plymouth on a Wednesday night?

It isn't a joke, and it isn't a riddle... But it is a fantastic farming opportunity for Devon!

Congratulations to everyone involved in creating this 68 portal eight farm (you read that right... Sixty Eight!). You deserve a well earned rest.

The people of Plymouth and Mutley are grateful for your protection, your brothers in arms are grateful for the bounty your work provides.
You have done us proud!

Blue Sun Rising

The international Resistance community have captured the 7th and 8th Helios anomalies in style, practically securing victory by the third Measurement.

They have shown the fighting spirit that is in all of us!

We in the Home Guard must take these glorious wins and use them to spur us on in our on battle in London!

If there is anything you can offer, no matter what rank you hold, please submit your deployment request via the Events page so you can be assigned a battle group and your medals can be ordered.


Helios Anomaly 7

Minneapolis - R:695 - E:365
Monterrey - R:253 - E:108
Tulsa - R:279 - E:127
Regional Cells - R:245.4 - E:78
Total - R:1472.4 - E:678
Resistance Capture Helios 07 with an advantage of 794.4.

Helios Anomaly 8

Bogota - R:875 - E:347
Asuncion - R:176 - E:139.4
Buenos Aires - R:246.4 - E:148
Regional Cells - R:298.402 - E:63.44
Total - R:1595.802 - E:697.84
Resistance Capture Helios 08 with an advantage of 897.962.

Northern Lights

Sometimes, when the weather is right, you can see beautiful lights on the sky over the northern parts of the UK... Other times we have to make the lights ourselves!

Nobody said standing up for your beliefs would be easy. We are under constant attacks, but while there is a threat to humanity there will be a Resistance.

We don't do it for glory, we do it because it is right - but sometimes, every now and then, we get to relax after a job well done, safe in the knowledge we have saved minds!

Well done to the troops involved in protecting the minds of so many, and creating a significant barrier making north/south transit more difficult for the Shapers.

One thing is for sure, it ain't grim up north tonight!

Can DICE be like Dublin?

Are you up for an Anomaly?
There is a mini anomaly in London, a chance for revenge for Manchester, a chance to show that, just because we are the underdogs, we can still be a thorn in the side of the the Alien invaders and their "Enlightened" enablers!

We have done it before in Helios, we CAN do it again.
We will Resist, it's what we do.
Join the fight on the Events page now!

Link Established

Once again we have woken to the news of Artifact Manoeuvres in the Dark. With the help of some Russian Smurf escorts artifacts 17 and 18 have been successfully sent along a link, and secured for our future.

Congratulations to our international allies on capturing a further two Artifacts, bringing the Resistance total to a healthy Ten!
It took hard work and cooperation between Russia, India and Nepal, but we now lead the alien invaders 10 artifacts to 3.

Nice work all involved, our target portal is starting to look mighty impressive!

Battle of Imber - Sep '14

”Imber is an uninhabited village in part of the British Army's training grounds on the Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England. It is situated in an isolated area of the Plain, about 2.5 miles (4 km) west of the A360 road between Tilshead and West Lavington. The entire civilian population was evicted in 1943 to provide an exercise area for American troops preparing for the invasion of Europe during the Second World War. After the war, villagers were not allowed to return to their homes. The village, which is still classed as a civil parish, remains under the control of the Ministry of Defence despite several attempts by former residents to return. Non-military access is limited to several open days a year.” Wikipedia

It is on these open days that agents travel from far and wide to fight for control of the two portals found there. Tuesday, 2 September was such a day.

Both factions arrived around 07:00 and began setting up their equipment, for mobile phone signal is as scarce as Imber residents. The Resistance opted for a high-powered, line-of-sight directional Wifi device with one unit up on a hill, overlooking the valley town, beaming in data with the bright morning sun. The Enlightened used a quadrocopter carrying a payload of a 3g mobile Wifi AP.

Resistance agents got set up and immediately sprung into action, employing ADA refractors to claim both portals at 07:45 and 07:46. By 07:50 they had reinforced the portals with upgraded resonators.

With a loud buzz breaking the morning chorus of songbirds, the Enlightened drone shot up into the blue yonder, lighting up the green scanners below and the battle commenced.  The Enlightened focused their attack on St Giles’ Church, capturing it around 08:10.

Then it was the turn of the Resistance to attack and attempt to regain control of the 13th century church, but it withstood a solid barrage of xmp for more than 20 minutes and held firm. Enlightened agents then split up to initiate an attack on the blue portal of the war memorial and the focus of the battle shifted as Resistance hurried to defend.

After portal virus immunity ended, an Enlightened agent used a Jarvis virus to capture the War Memorial and a Resistance agent retaliated by reversing the alignment of the church.

The MOD warden arrived to move the agents out of the tank shooting range as time was long over and the battle was a stalemate! Perhaps a cross faction agreed end time for the next mini-anomaly might help? It would be a shame to overstay your welcome once too many times and put future battles at risk!

It was a ferocious battle, with agents on the ground destroying nearly 800 resonators and deploying as many in the space of an hour. Well done to all who took part this time around.

Agents (in alphabetical order)


Report provided by Enlightened UK

Entente Cordiale

Congratulations to all involved in this incredible Triple Op!

On Saturday July 20th 2013, after a little over a month of planning, resistance agents coincided visits to Roscoff, North West France and Tintagel and Barnstaple in South West England. Their mission: to create control fields covering all of Cornwall and half of Devon using an anchor portal in France to achieve maximum coverage and gain significant mind units for the resistance.

What started as a simple message in the secure COMM from one British agent to French agents in north France soon became a dedicated Google+ group of British and French agents with a shared interest in establishing the first links and fields between our respective regions as part of an ongoing relationship between countries.

With key exchanges made a week in advance, it was decided that agent @Trouserdeagle would be stationed at Tintagel to put in south and east bound links; agent @Rowbs would be in Barnstaple to put in a south bound link and agent @namastai would travel to Roscoff the previous night to be in place with local agent @strican to put in all north bound links to Britain. Supporting roles included agents @Nightwerks, @bluegooseberry and @strider99 clearing blocking links; agent @ben40 guarding an  anchor portal; and agent @ZenithUK providing real-time map intel.

On the day we waited until 16:00 (17:00 French time) at which time agent @namastai made the first and most crucial link from Voutailhad Babig in Roscoff to Tintagel Parish Church in Cornwall, over 200 Km away. Once in place, agents @Trouserdeagle and @namastai linked to portals in Cornwall in opposite order to each other, establishing 6 distinct and overlapping control fields extending out as far as Land's End at the most South Westerly tip of Britain.
A last minute Enlightened link blocked our next critical link between Tintagel and the Climate Change Sculpture portal at Brixham, and it was only by chance that we were able to send a message to a local agent via secure COMM who was able to intercept and destroy the link in question, allowing us to complete the East field resulting in the creation of a huge kite shape between France and Britain.
Following this delay our final control fields relied upon our agent @Rowbs in Barnstaple, who successfully linked the Barnhenge portal there to the Brixham anchor portal. This then allowed agent @Trouserdeagle to create several overlapping fields using other portals in Tintagel, finishing at the anchor portal to create three huge fields covering half the county of Devon. Mission accomplished, or so we thought!

Within hours of our fields having been established, an Enlightened agent had in the interim been travelling to Tintagel to destroy the anchor portal there. His job was facilitated by the use of a Jarvis virus, and within an hour of his attack, all of our Tintagel portals were lost and all control fields destroyed.

The following day, agent @Trouserdeagle set about examining the Intel map and remaining links in order to determine what - if anything - could be done to resurrect what we'd done the day before. Soon he had established a plan, and in the space of just a few hours we all worked together again using our original operation Hangout to create 4 new control fields covering almost as much land as our original fields had occupied. This last-minute undertaking required blocking links to be destroyed, both from ours and opposing factions, and again required secure COMMs messages to local agents whom we'd previously had no involvement with. Another successful outcome, and this time our new fields stayed intact for more than a day.

Even now we've regrouped to create a new set of fields covering the English Channel for a third time using portal keys gained during the original operation, and links that had remained in place all along.

The success of our operation and subsequent response to counter attack from the Enlightened is due in large part to the combined efforts of our team, working together to achieve objectives with what resources we had available, whether these be stray links or unknown friendly agents in the field. The entire process from inception to completion has forged long term friendships between the team members both here in the UK and in France, and our dedicated community looks set to build upon the success of operation Entente Cordiale well into the future.?

Monkey Love

Calling all Intel Monkeys!

you have been neglected long enough, the ground troops have been getting all the swag - well no longer!

The Home Guard Shop now stocks T-Shirts featuring one of two Intel Monkey designs. there is the option of Agent Names and Home Guard logo's joining the Monkey designs.

If you are ordering a T-Shirt featuring your agent name please be sure you have edited the text accordingly, there is a known bug on the mobile version where the customise button does not always appear.

Home Guard and the UK Resistance make no profit from any sales, the cost is just to cover the costs involved.

Operation 'Sheffield Springs A Leek'

---- Incoming Message---
Sender : +Gavin Drury 
Subject : Sheffield Springs a Leek
Classification : Restricted

Sit Rep
To help celebrate having one of our new agents levelling up to Lv8, and to welcome him to the Sheffield Lv8 Club, we thought it would be a good idea to bring him into his first op and get him into the 100k plus fielding club.
Spotting an opportunity on Bank Holiday Monday morning, Second Lieutenant Kierkergard rounded up the troops as he headed over to Leek to farm the keys in a two hour round trip.
With Cpl Dingus01 on his way to collect the keys from the Northern neutral portals and Pvt Sming ready to courier keys to Pvt Melkerrigan for the Eastern portals, Flt Lt TheFuryD started planning the fields and working out how many keys would be needed. A few small blocking links were removed and with with Pvt Pankomputerek's help, we checked for any new blocking links appearing and further clearance duties were assigned.
Shortly after 2nd Lt Kierkergard had got the keys from Leek, A long blocking link from Chesterfield appeared meaning they had to divert to Buxton and, hopefully under the guise of smashing an 8 farm, the link in question was removed before coming back to Sheffield for everyone to meet and exchange keys. Then with Pvt Pankomputerek, Cpl Dingus01,2nd Lt Kierkergard, and Pvt MelKerrigan in place with bursters and Jarvis at the ready, 5 minutes of clearance, the neutral portals set up and the long southern link thrown before any blockers can pop up. The field was closed and a further two layers dropped and then we hit a block as Flt Lt TheFuryD directed the fourth layer. Reports coming back from the field that there were no linkable fields. Intel looked good, it was clear. Phones were rebooted. We were getting worried as the local fast response field killers were surely on their way now. Phone restarted. Level one diagnostics run. Still no links....and then it clicks. The agent realises he was at the wrong portal! A quick trip to the correct one and the fourth layer was deployed. Followed by the fifth and six. Mission accomplished.
Time to relax and for the Intel monkey to grab a beer. 6 Layers, 13 Fields, and 1,245,086 MU. Which was one less field than planned and about 50MU less we could have got due to a link going early, so sorry to those few minds we couldn't save.
Whilst the quick response team did indeed show up later, they failed to set up any kind of blocking link so Pvt Sming and 2nd Lt Kierkergard had a quick trip to put the field back up.

Conception, Clearance and Farming -2nd Lt Kierkergard
Intel and Field Planning - Flt Lt TheFuryD
Clearance and Fielding - Cpl Dingus01
Clearance and Fielding - Pvt MelKerrigan
Clearance - Pvt Pankomputerek
Key Courier - Pvt Sming
Refielding - Pvt Sming and 2nd Lt Kierkergard

--- End Transmission ---

Four Smurfs Go To The Seaside

Chapter 1: Papa Smurf is Bored

Once upon a time, in a town not that far from here, there lived four smurfs. There was Papa Smurf, the leader of the group; Brainy Smurf, who was very clever; Bossy Smurf, who always thought she knew better than Papa Smurf; and Silly Smurf, who was very, very silly.

One hot summer evening, the four friends were sitting in Brainy Smurf’s garden, drinking their favourite smurf juice. Papa Smurf and Bossy Smurf were arguing - as usual. Brainy Smurf was swinging in her hammock, and Silly Smurf was sitting on the grass, playing a silly game.

“I’m bored”, complained Papa Smurf. “There is nothing left to do here”, agreed Brainy Smurf. “I think Papa Smurf is right”, added Bossy Smurf. “Can I have some more smurf juice?” asked Silly Smurf, but nobody was listening.

“I think that what we need is a holiday!” exclaimed Brainy Smurf. “Good idea!” shouted Papa Smurf and Bossy Smurf, simultaneously. Then they stopped, and stared at each other with confused looks on their faces. “Well” continued Brainy Smurf, “if you both agree, then it must be a good idea.”

“Can I have some more smurf juice?” asked Silly Smurf, but nobody was listening.

Chapter 2: Riding in the Smurfmobile

A few days later Papa Smurf and the other Smurfs packed up the Smurfmobile and headed out of town. Papa Smurf had heard about a big tunnel under the sea, which would take them to a whole new smurfy country, where the Smurfs were known as les Schtroumpfs. Papa, Brainy and Bossy all agreed that this was an excellent idea.

“I wanted to go to Alton Towers...” grumbled Silly Smurf, but nobody was listening.

The Smurfmobile made surprisingly good time as the four friends travelled through the beautiful countryside. Papa Smurf and Bossy Smurf were arguing, again. This time it was over what kind of music to listen to as they drove. “Music from Smurfville!” Bossy Smurf shouted. “No, you’re wrong. As usual. We need some 12 bar blues.” replied Papa Smurf.
“Listen you two, if you don’t take a break I’m going to hit you!” shouted Brainy Smurf angrily.

“Look! A dead umbrella bird!” squealed Silly Smurf, but nobody was listening.

Soon the smurfmobile arrived in a quaint little village on the coast. “We’ll stay here.” decided Papa Smurf. “Good idea.” said Brainy Smurf. “Just let me out of here!” whined Bossy Smurf. “Is it time for some smurf juice?” asked Silly Smurf, hopefully. But nobody was listening.

Chapter 3: A Curious Message in a Bottle

The little village had an enormous beach, so the friends decided to go for a walk while Brainy Smurf tried to teach Silly Smurf all about estuaries and tides. Soon, the sun began to set, and they decided to go and find something to eat (or in Silly Smurf’s case, to drink).

But as they walked along the sand, something strange happened. Silly Smurf was slightly behind the others, playing in the rockpools, when he spotted a glowing blue bottle bobbing along in the water. “Look at that!” he shouted, but nobody was listening. So he tried again. “Papa! Bossy! Brainy! What is that?”

“Just leave it alone Silly,” said Brainy, “it’s only litter.” “Yeah,” added Papa, “now hurry up, I’m starving”.

But Silly Smurf wasn’t so sure. He picked up the glowing bottle and peered at it closely. “Papa! Look Papa!” There’s lots of keys in here. And they all have your name on them!”

For once, all the other Smurfs stopped and listened to Silly Smurf. “My name?” Papa Smurf exclaimed. “How odd!”

Chapter 4: Why Keys Are So Important to Smurfs

Now it’s important to explain just how special keys are to Smurfs. They use them to send messages to other smurfs across long distances, and sometimes they use them to send messages to lots of smurfs at the same time, by making a big blue blanket.

Smurfs give each other keys as presents. Sometimes they find them in the street. But never before had any smurf found a key with their own name on it. Even Brainy Smurf didn’t know what that meant.

“Maybe something is broken in the G.A.M.E (Gargamel Avoidance Messaging Engine)?” Brainy Smurf suggested, looking puzzled. “Let’s see if we can fix it.”

Chapter 5: The Smurfs Decide to Experiment

First they tried to send a message with one of the keys, and it seemed to work. They could see the message flying out over the sea. Just to be sure, Papa Smurf made a small blue blanket, and this seemed to work too.

But Bossy Smurf was still confused. “Wherever these messages are going, it still seems to have your name instead of an address. How is that possible?”

The next day the small blue blanket was gone, leaving the smurfs even more confused.

“Right” announced Papa Smurf, “I have a plan. Let’s visit all of the interesting places in the village and send messages using these keys. Maybe one of our friends back home will see them and help us understand what’s going on.”

Chapter 6: Fun in the Sun

So that’s exactly what they did. The Smurfs visited the beach, the market, the churches, some war memorials, and lots of other interesting places. Then, just to be sure, they took a steam train to the next village over and made some blue blankets from there too.

They still didn’t really know where their messages were going, but they decided that it didn’t matter. The important thing was that they were having a lot of fun in a new place, and it was all because of Silly Smurf.

“Maybe I’m not Silly Smurf, I’m sensible Smurf?” giggled Silly Smurf. And, although everyone listened this time, they decided it might still be a bit early to tell for sure.

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Disclaimer: All smurfs appearing in this work are fictitious...ish. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is mostly coincidental, and possibly insulting. No UK portals used in this op holiday were submitted by any of the players involved. Fields built on Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday 25th (at 4am local time, after they were taken down by enl players at 1am).

Acknowledgements:@julesdg6, @cuznatch, @woollyhedge and @regthefish on the ground.@16shells, @oindypoind and the Brighton Resistance for key farming and portal building.@Darksniper83 for air support.

Real Life Matter: Muju

Jason Walters (aka, Muju) wife is pregnant, unfortunately at the same time she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
He has been reluctant to ask for help, but has had the choice removed by the people around him that care.

He has a donation page set up to help them make it through all this. If you can, please donate something.


We Will Fight Them On The Beaches

In 1940, Dunkirk was instrumental in providing the safe return of our troops. The Kentish coast has long been an important asset to this island nation. These two facts add to the pride we have this evening for the soldiers on the ground that have ensured, not only is Dover to Folkstone safe from ingression, the seas lanes to Calais and Dunkirk are also covered in a protective field.

The Navy is incredibly grateful for your protection, good work!

Helios Manchester Measurement 5 summary

Resistance captured this measurement with about a million cake points, and a party few will forget! Thanks to everyone for coming. Despite the result, it was a great day for the team, and a lot of new friendships emerged. Progress has been made on some very interesting ops. Watch this space, or probably just watch the sky.

Amongst the volatiles for this measurement were Lemon Meringue cupcakes, Rocky Road cupcakes, Double Jaffa Cake brownies, Cherry & Amaretto slices, peanut butter cakes and vegan Oreo cupcakes.
The Blue cakes were Gin & Tonic flavour. A very rarely seen concoction which became a theme of the evening! By the end of the night everyone was dead tired, and ready to drop!

Thanks to Elaine Scott, Claire Hosker, @Shires, Markus Vaihoja, @Virtek, P. Little, Gary Barber, @herbius, @b4kka, @bellkitty, @meelzebub, @Muffinhell84 @mimtwin and Hayley Rogers for the extensive cake selection!

Special thanks to @Hybridesque for his fantastic efforts on cake strategy.

The Battle is Over, The War Goes On

As the dust settles across the Manchester battle field, we would like to thank everyone for their efforts.
It was a good fight, we won some, but unfortunately lost more. We must therefore congratulate our foes on their victory.

We may have lost the battle, but the war goes on! It is time to brush ourselves down, pick up the pieces, and train.
We will be back, and we will be stronger and wiser for the experience.

We are Resistance... Surrender is not an option!

Once More In To The Breach

Final preparations are being completed, all soldiers being deployed have completed their paperwork, and Plan A is in effect.

The sky is the limit, and we want blue skies - so think big, be brave, and fight for what you know is right.
The Resistance is bigger than any one of us, the fight is bigger than any one of us, but together, united under the banner of humanity, we can achieve greatness!

Be strong, brothers and sisters, and bring us victory!

Royal Blue

Nice work LCpl @SirThommo - despite your newness to the Home Guard you have already started climbing the ranks due to great efforts such as these.
As the only soldier in the immediate area your trustworthiness is clear to see, great work in keeping the skies blue and the Royal Victoria Docks secure.

This is the kind of selflessness and determination that earns medals!

Another Two Artifacts Secure

Huge congratulations to our international allies, and the Home Guard Intel operators that assisted in securing a further two artifacts. Through hard work, determination, and resilience in the face of adversity the artifacts were delivered to the current Resistance target portal, bringing the current Artifact talley to;

  • Resistance - 4
  • Enlightened - 3

Keep up the good work... We are all proud of what you are achieving!

Time To Stand Together

There has been a lot of negativity recently, protest quits, temporary downing of tools, moaning on social media... It is time to remember who we are!
We Are Resistance!
Yes, we are facing an uphill battle; we are trailing in the anomaly series, we have lost three artifacts to "disruptions" and we have diminished numbers, but it is when our backs are against the wall that we are strongest.

We Are Resistance - that means the one thing we won't do is roll over and admit defeat. We will fight!

It is time to defend our selves, defend our allies, defend all that we stand for... It is time to fight!

It is not too late.
Let's Resist!

Coningsby's Covered

Lincolnshire has long been an important part of the UK's military strategy. The Dam Busters were based in Lincolnshire, as were the V bombers. Now home to the intelligence aircraft, the Red Arrows... And in Coningsby, the Typhoon Quick Reaction Force.
It is, therefore, a wonderful sight to see Blue skies over RAF Coningsby, protecting those that are defending our skies.

Good work soldiers!

Holy Support Squadrons Batman!!

In any operation much is made of the troops on the ground, but their jobs would not be possible if it wasn't for the support troops to back them up!

As we approach D-Day for helios  manoeuvres in Manchester , Intelligence Officer, Group Captain @Shires has asked for people to come forward to help fill these roles!
There are a variety of duties available, and you do not need to be able to make it to Manchester to carry them out - in fact you don't even need to leave your house for some of them!
So if you are available on Saturday, but can't get to Manchester maybe you could help the Intel Corps or be on the end of the Bat Phone for the Quick Response Force?

Your help is valuable, you could help save millions of minds in the UK's second most populated urban area!
Your Country Needs You!

Farm For Victory

We are in the last week of preparations for our deployment to Manchester, and we need you!
Every member of Home Guard is encouraged to Farm For Victory - those going on active duty need the stock.
If you are not going on manoeuvres in Manchester, you are asked to kindly donate equipment to your colleagues.

We are facing an up hill battle, our international allies have been struggling with battle fatigue and "disruptions in the portal network" have gone against us.
We are not the sort of people to roll over and let the shapers win!
We will fight! We will resist!

Artifacts R Us

Members of the Home Guard along with our international allies have been working tirelessly to ensure our ongoing safety is ensured utilising the Helios Artifacts and the last 12 hours have been particularly successful.

Congratulations to everyone involved in securing Artifacts 3 and 4 in the name of the Resistance - your efforts have not going unnoticed, and your ongoing efforts are incredibly appreciated!

The bad news is, there is no time to celebrate; we must push on and secure more artifacts as well as defending our cities against the shaper anomalies.

Standby for an announcement from your platoon leader

As members of the Home Guard you will all be aware of the importance of being ready for action. The action needed can vary from situation to situation and from person to person but every job is important.

In one weeks time many of you will be going into battle, fighting for the safety of Manchester. All those that have come forward and volunteered for action are already heroes, and we need to show them support!

It is not too late to stand beside these heroes in the fight against ingression. If you are available on Saturday 23rd, whether you can be in the battle field itself or help elsewhere in the support chain, please come forward.

Your Country Needs You!

Blue Harbour

Yesterday, before moving to a defensive formation in the pub, two Home Guard members set up two layers of defences over Portsmouth with the help of a mini clearance crew.
91k Minds were covered by the protection, and they are incredibly grateful to Sgt +Karen Thorpe, Cpl +Paul Slade and Privates @olbapmai and @askuk.

I hope they remembered that turning up to duty with a hangover is a chargeable offence!