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rules:faq [2017/09/26 08:23]
Frank Nestel [Q: Points?]
rules:faq [2019/08/11 23:00]
Frank Nestel
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 ====== FAQ ====== ====== FAQ ======
  
-===== Only GUEST? =====+===== Q: Only GUEST? =====
 By the time of writing, you need a passcode to upgrade your account from [[rules:​ranks#​guest|GUEST]] to [[rules:​ranks#​user|USER]]. However, by the time of writing, we automatically send an email with a valid passcode to the **email associated with your Google account**. Please check your [[https://​mail.google.com/​mail/​u/​0/#​inbox|Inbox]] including [[https://​mail.google.com/​mail/​u/​0/#​spam|Spam]]. By the time of writing, you need a passcode to upgrade your account from [[rules:​ranks#​guest|GUEST]] to [[rules:​ranks#​user|USER]]. However, by the time of writing, we automatically send an email with a valid passcode to the **email associated with your Google account**. Please check your [[https://​mail.google.com/​mail/​u/​0/#​inbox|Inbox]] including [[https://​mail.google.com/​mail/​u/​0/#​spam|Spam]].
  
 **Sorry for the inconvenience**,​ it is required, since the Google minimum users number for a Beta test is larger than our test infrastructur maximum capacitiy. ​ **Sorry for the inconvenience**,​ it is required, since the Google minimum users number for a Beta test is larger than our test infrastructur maximum capacitiy. ​
 +
 +===== Q: What is it All About? =====
 +**A:** I is about collecting and conquering, the actual ratio depends a bit on the player you are.
 +
 +For the beginning be sure, to collect as many **different** badges as you can (your own, ones, but also from system and potentially other players). Meanwhile share duplicates (own or foreign) by dropping them. Finer details later.
 +
 +===== Q: My Area is Empty. Shall I Start? =====
 +**A:** This is not Ingress where you need portals or PokemonGo where you need arenas or gyms. **You can just start!** ​
 +
 +Player to player interaction helps in the long run, but when you start playing, you get a **starter set of badges on the map** and afterward slowly (within days) **more things will appear in your surroundings**,​ for example [[rules:​regions|Regions]] and [[badge:​weekly|Weeklies]]. Just start in a place which you are likely to visit again, to take full advantage of the starter surroundings.
 +
 +===== Q: Is this starting slowly? =====
 +**A:** Well, yes, it is, at least when you start alone in a previously unplayed region.
 +
 +However it is more to do over time. If speed is your sole concern, be so to take every [[strategy:​skills|Production Speed Skill]] you can get!
 +
 +By the time of writing we are still in beta and we are currently thinking about some more help to speedup initial play, especially for the (still) isolated players. Please, bear with us.
  
 ===== Q: Inventory Full? ===== ===== Q: Inventory Full? =====
  
-Despite having virtual unlimited capacity, you cannot keep all badges. Drop Badges, but be sure to **keep one badge of every type**, i.e. if you have 4 of your own L1 badges, drop 3 of them, keep the last one to maximize you [[rules:​inventory|Capacity]]. Some people put these "last ones" in their [[rules:​chest|Chest]],​ just to avoid accidentical ​drops.+Despite having virtual unlimited capacity, you cannot keep all badges. Drop Badges, but be sure to **keep one badge of every type**, i.e. if you have 4 of your own L1 badges, drop 3 of them, keep the last one to maximize you [[rules:​inventory|Capacity]]. Some people put these "last ones" in their [[rules:​chest|Chest]],​ just to avoid accidental ​drops.
  
 Some special cases: ​ Some special cases: ​
   * Got (many) Painter Skills? Paint as much of your own badges, as you can, drop all but one of your remaining [[strategy:​skills|Painter Skills]].   * Got (many) Painter Skills? Paint as much of your own badges, as you can, drop all but one of your remaining [[strategy:​skills|Painter Skills]].
-  * Got (many) Diamonds? Use them, do instant productions,​ buy some other skill with them whatever. If you must, drop them, remembert ​to keep one, to maximize your capacity.+  * Got (many) Diamonds? Use them, do instant productions,​ buy some other skill with them whatever. If you must, drop them, remember ​to keep one, to maximize ​your capacity. 
 +  * Got Diamonds and no Painter? Buy one Painter to increase ​your capacity.
   * Never ever drop the Extra Capacity skill, you might not even be able to immediately take it again.   * Never ever drop the Extra Capacity skill, you might not even be able to immediately take it again.
 +  * Advanced tactics: Yes, you can technically drop your own badges void, as you can be sure to produce them again later. ​
  
 ===== Q: Points? Experience? XP? ===== ===== Q: Points? Experience? XP? =====
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 **A:** Just check the [[rules:​player_level|]]-Page,​ It describe the 5 counters, which make you progress. If you have enough of them, you level up. **A:** Just check the [[rules:​player_level|]]-Page,​ It describe the 5 counters, which make you progress. If you have enough of them, you level up.
  
-===== Q: When does My Ruler and Mapper Badge Appear? ===== +===== Q: When does My Ruler/Mapper Badge Appear? =====
-Creating such a badge is a hand redacted process. ​+
  
-We have automated selections, which guide us to candidate regions according to //number of players in region//, //depth of region//, //number of subregions//,​ //​activity//​ and some more criteriaThis automated ranking of say candidate regions is documented on the [[https://​www.badge-r-s.de/​suggestRegions2.php|Region Badge Preview Page]].+cf. [[rules:regions]]: Creating such a badge is a hand redacted process
  
-But every candidate ​then has to be **checked by hand**if the corresponding [[http://www.openstreetmap.org|Open Street Map]] structure is sound. OSM is a not only freebut also offers good data quality. Badgers however allready recontributed by finding a few OSM error (essentially reported via **MegaChip** so far). If a region is sound, we need to prepare an image for the region, create database entries etcThus there will never be awarded all possible ​[[badge:ruler|Ruler]] or [[badge:mapper|Mapper Badges]], but only ones which are considered relevant according to both automated and manual criteria+We have automated selections, which guide us to candidate ​regions according ​to //number of players in region (++)//, //depth of region in hierarchy (-)////number of subregions(+)//, //​badges/​quadrants scored (+)//, some personalized criteria like //bonus when winner and winner of parent ​region ​differ (+)// or //the winner ​is a new player (+)// and finally a //tiny fixed bonus for the top one nearly feasible ​region//This automated ranking of say candidate regions is documented on the [[https://www.badge-r-s.de/​suggestRegions2.php|Region Badge Preview Page]].
  
-To speed things up ... consider to help.+But every candidate then has to be **checked by hand**, if the corresponding [[http://​www.openstreetmap.org|Open Street Map]] structure is sound. OSM is a not only free, but also offers good data quality. Badgers however already contributed back by finding a few OSM errors (essentially via [[https://​www.badge-r-s.de/​playerPublic.php?​idPlayer=10000000034|MegaChip]] so far). If a region is sound, we need to prepare an image for that region, create database entries etc. Thus there will never be awarded all possible [[badge:​ruler|Ruler]] or [[badge:​mapper|Mapper Badges]], but only ones which are considered relevant according to both automated and manual criteria.  
 + 
 +To speed things up ... consider to helping.
  
 ===== Q: When do I get my level up gift? ===== ===== Q: When do I get my level up gift? =====
 **Q:** I can see I leveled up and used to get a gift, when? **Q:** I can see I leveled up and used to get a gift, when?
  
-**A:** Open the app and idle for a while, i.e. do not touch anything, not even statistics, also be sure not to move, since movements can trigger map reloads are not considered idle. Once the server detects you didn't do anything for 1-2 minutes, it offers you the gift. In any case, don't worry, the server will not forget about your gift and sooner or later it will offer it to you+**A:** Open the app and stay idle for a while, i.e. do not touch anything, not even statistics, also be sure not to move, since movements can trigger map reloads are not considered idle. Once the server detects you didn't do anything for 1-2 minutes ​(yeasometimes hard to check, what phoe and server communicate) ​it offers you the gift. In any case, don't worry, the server will **not forget about your gift** and sooner or later it will offer it to you.
- +
-===== Developer mode? ===== +
-**Note:** as of version [[:​changelog|0.6.7]],​ **turning off Developer mode is no longer required**. +
- +
-<​del>​==== What is the Developer Mode ==== +
-As name indicates, developer mode is meant for developers of Android apps. +
-That is, nearly every Android device can set in this mode to give developers more control over it, like enable installation of yet unpublished apps and control other system behaviours.+
  
-==== Why have to disable it? ==== +===== Q: How can use Diamonds? =====
-Developer mode on an Android Device enables a developer to send (fake) GPS/​position data to an App. This is a very easy way, to spoof a location based game by playing without actually moving in the real world. It is well known, that many location based games are subject to this kind of cheating. ​+
  
-**To keep the game fair and fun for the fair players, Badgers refuses to work on phones ​with developer mode turned on.**+There is a button at the line of buttons ​on the lower edge of the screen ​with a diamond in it. Just tap ist. If you do not see that button just move the row of buttons to the left or to the right until you see it.
  
-**Note:** We know, that there are othermore sophisticated ways of spoofing or cheating and Badgers has more defense built inbut we must also confess that this is rat race and it might be possible ​to trick our security measures//In case you see an account with suspect behaviour, please inform Badgers administration!//​+===== QWhere is the iOS Version of Badge(r)s? ===== 
 +Unfortunately ​there is none! Beside the Android appthe websitethe data maintenance,​ the server, the cloud services, playing and living ​we simply lack time and knowledge ​to build something like that
  
-==== Does Disabling Hurt My Phone? ==== +If you want to do an #iOS app or know someone who wants toplease contact us ASAP!
-No! Regular Apps and regular users do not need developer mode. Turning off developer mode can make a phone slightly faster, due to some reduced overhead. And even when you "​sideloaded" ​an app, i.e. installed it from an download ​or an exoctic app storeyou can still disable developer mode after that, without hurting things.+
  
-==== How can I disable it? ==== 
-It has to be done in the **device settings**, usually "way down below"​. It is easy and boils down to unchecking a option, so nothing "​hacky"​. However location of that option varies depending on device and Android version. ​ 
  
-The way to find that optionis usually to enter your **device name****android version** and the words **"​developer mode"​** in Google and follow the linksIn the rare case you cannot succeed, similiar devices and similar Android places have that option in similar locations. Should be easy digging. +===== Q: Can My (Android) Phone Be in Developer Mode? ===== 
-</​del>​+Yes! As of version [[:​changelog|0.6.7]], **turning off Developer mode** is **no longer required**.
  
 +~~DISQUS~~