Welcome to Via Lux Cologne Anomaly

The Via Lux Cologne XM Anomaly takes place at 24th September 2016.

For registration please follow these links:
Enlightened - enl.rocks/cologne
Niantic - vialuxcologne.splashthat.com
Mission Day - http://events.ingress.com/MissionDay/cologne
GORUCK Stealth Ops - http://www.goruck.com/stealth-ops-cologne-germany-09-23-2016-11557/p/E011557
GORUCK Urban Ops - http://www.goruck.com/urban-ops-cologne-germany-09-24-2016-11558/p/E011558

What ist an Anomaly?

An anomaly is an event in which players of both factions compete about controlling portals in a city and gaining points for doing so. XM anomalies are official events, in the sense that Niantic (the company who develops Ingress) decides where the events will be, what their rules and scoring system will be, and counts the actual score. They also write the game’s storyline so that the anomalies and their results will have some impact on the story. However, the events themselves are organized and coordinated completely by local players.

Anomaly series consists of several local anomalies. The cumulative score of all these local anomalies will decide the series’ winning faction, which in turn will impact the storyline. The Cologne anomaly on 24th September 2016 is part of the Via Lux anomaly series.

The exact rules and scoring system for Via Lux series hasn’t been released yet, and likely will not be until shortly before the event. However, the basics usually stay the same between anomalies, so the following description based on previous anomalies will probably be quite accurate.


For the anomaly, Niantic will select 4 portal groups, clusters, in the city. The cluster size (amount of portals they contain) is dependent on the amount of participants. At the moment 200–3000 portals per cluster seems likely. The cluster portals are announced in advance before the event, usually somewhere between a week to some days in advance.

ENL and RES will fight for control of these clusters, one cluster at a time. Points are scored for owning a cluster portal, linking them and fielding them. There are also “volatile” portals, owning them is worth of more points. These volatile portals are only visible in the scanner by special markings, which appear about 15 minutes before measurement time. Finally, there is usually a big score bonus given for making a control field that covers the entire cluster.

The measurement window is 10 minutes and it is predetermined. The measurement window for the first cluster is usually at 13:00–13:10. During these 10 minutes, players will fight fiercely for the cluster portals. At some random point of time during the 10 minutes measurement, Niantic will take a snapshot of the situation in the cluster and points are counted based on that. Players don’t know exactly when the snapshot is taken.

After the 10 minute measurement window is over, the cluster is done. It is time to move to the next cluster, which will be measured in a similar way an hour later, for example 14:00–14:10. Once all 4 clusters have been measured, we have the final score, and the winning faction of Via Lux Cologne XM Anomaly is announced (well, actually it usually takes a while before Niantic announces the final score).

There has been so called flash shards in recent anomalies, but we do not know whether they will be used in Cologne or not.


Finally, once more a reminder that the details of the anomaly and scoring may change somewhat. This text will be updated (if needed) once the official rules for this series are available.

Stay in Cologne

Accommodation

Hotels in Cologne can be found via booking.com or hrs.de - note that due to the Photokina trade fair taking place on the same weekend prices will be higher and availability lower than usual. If you are on a budget, it may be worthwhile to get a room outside of Cologne. Bonn for example is less than 30 minutes by train with hourly services all night (three times per hour during the daytime). A single ride train ticket from Bonn to Cologne (includes subway, tram and bus in both cities) costs € 7.70 with huge discounts for multiple-ride and group tickets. Other cities with decent connections to Cologne include Leverkusen and Düsseldorf.

Tips for hostels and inexpensive hotels:

Overview and reviews here http://www.hostelworld.com/köln/

Other possibilities

Shops

Cologne offers shopping opportunities for almost every need. Major department stores and specialised stores are usually open mondays through saturdays from 9:00 or 10:00 in the morning til 20:00-22:00 at night. Grocery stores open earlier and may be open til midnight in central areas. Small convenience stores selling beverages (including alcohol), snacks and tobacco can be found at almost ever street corner and may be open even longer.

Getting around

Arriving

By plane

Cologne/Bonn Airport

  • Cologne Bonn Airport is hub to several low-cost carriers that may offer very cheap fares
  • suburban trains S13 and S19 and regional trains RE6a and RE8 offer frequent connections from the railway station in the basement to the city center, ride takes about 15 minutes
  • The railway station can be accessed from the far end of terminal 1 (concourse B) and from the basement of terminal 2 (concourse D) VRS Info CGN Airport
  • The airport is in the same fare zone as the rest of the city, tickets are valid on all trains (except ICE), subway, tram and bus services. Single ride is €2.80, four rides €10.70, day pass for one person €8.50 and a day pass for up to five people €12.90
  • All trains from tracks 1 and 2 head towards the city

Düsseldorf Airport

  • Düsseldorf is a larger airport than Cologne/Bonn with more flights but less convenient connections to Cologne
  • DUS has two railway stations:
    • Düsseldorf Flughafen Fernbahnhof sits on the main railway line and requires riding the automatic “SkyTrain” to get to. Both hourly regional services RE1 and RE5 take 40 minutes to Cologne
    • Düsseldorf Flughafen Terminal station is in the basement of the Terminal (follow the (S) signage). Suburban S11 service operates every 20 minutes, but the ride to Cologne takes 1 hour 20 minutes.
  • In both cases you’ll need a VRS fare level 5 ticket (single ride €11.30)

Frankfurt Airport

  • Frankfurt International is the largest airport in Germany
  • High-speed ICE services take about one hour to Cologne
  • A single-ride non-dicounted ticket costs €67, but several airlines offer through tickets to Cologne with trains as connecting “flights”. Look for flights to Cologne Central station (airport code QKL)

By train

  • Cologne is a major hub in the German railway network
  • You should be able to find convenient connections to Cologne Central station (Köln Hbf) from just about any place in Europe on bahn.de
  • Some high-speed services stop only at Köln Messe/Deutz which is just across the river from the central station. Just take any train from track 10 to get to central station in two minutes.

more information coming soon...