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TURF INSIDER November 2022-11-13 11:21:56

Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 148:féarglasfrom Scotland added another Gold Medal to her medal suite while smashing the old points record, Király from Skåne had to make do with a Silver medel and MrJokerit from Göteborg biked home the Bronze medal. Well done mates!


In last Turf Insider it was wrongfully stated that Gallant was from Skåne, he belongs on the east side of Sweden, in beautiful, flat Kalmar :)


Upcoming events:

On the 10th of December you can head up to the dark Northern Sweden for LuleXmasBike in Luleå. It will take place during the few light hours of the day at this time of the year.


The same December weekend, but on Sunday the 11th, Lusseturf will take place for the 10th time in Västerås. Don't miss out on the best “julTurf-fika”! It will be held at the same place as previous years, the zone Orientalen. Keep an eye out for more information on Turfs homepage and on Facebook!


Bonanza 2023 in Umeå

Turf Västerbotten is in the thick of planning the Bonanza 2023. It will be held on the 20th of May with events in two classes, a Bonanza banquet and lots of other fun activites, I am sure. The Bonanza page is up and running and more information will be added as the organizers are getting organized. HERE.


Turf Advent Calendars

Next round, which takes place during December, will have at least two Turf Advent Calendars running.


Turf Skåne is organizing an advent calendar that begins on the 1st of December with a Turf-related task to perform every day. It will all be up and running by December 1st on Turf Skåne's homepage, HERE. The Calendar is only in Swedish and you don't need to sign up for it. Every day after completing the task, you fill out a form and at the end of the calendar, a small prize will be raffled out among those that got all daily challenges correct.


The second Advent calendar running is organized by Örebro Turfers and will be running from first of Advent to just before Christmas. The Calendar is still under construction, so more information will follow both in social media and on Örebro Turfers home page, HERE. For this calendar you will have to pre-register in order to take part in it with a chance to win.


In Västerås they had a special event on the 10th of October, when MrAce's winner zone from round 146 went live. Over 25 turfers came to be among the first ones to take the zone by the water. Coffee, buns and cookies was offered and fun was had under a blue sky.

#mrAce15 #turfgame (2)


Winter has arrived in the north of Sweden, and I would in other parts of the Turf world as well. Days are getting shorter and more of us are turfing in the dark. Don't forget lights on your bike and use reflective bands or clothing on yourself. In the dark you are very invisible without the extra lights or reflective gear. Be safe, be seen! 


Turf-Glögg in Uppsala for the 9th time

On the 24th of November the annual Turf-glögg takes place in Uppsala in the zone WaterWorld. It will start at 6 pm and for about one hour there will be several different kinds of glögg, ginger bread cookies, Santa-mallows ("skumtomtar" in Swedish) and cold turfers present. Everyone is welcome, but bring warm clothes since this zone has been dubbed “coldest zone in Uppsala” by the participants of the previous 8 times this evernt has taken place :)


Did you know...

...you can find a free, hopefully working, bicycle pump at gratisluft.se? For now it has only information about pumps in Sweden, but there is a feature to add a pump if you think one is missing. Today the site is only in Swedish. 


Turf Picture of the Month

This months Turf Picture is of the zone Uimaranta taken by FilleFilur.

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And finally a green heart from Berlin, welcoming all turfers to Berlin anytime :) #turflove


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Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

//Munin


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October 2022-10-10 09:05:54

Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 147: Gallant from Kalmar added a Gold Medal to his previous Bronze, Vargen12 from Uppsala secured a Silver medel while helping Team Uppsala win the Ultimate Region Fight 2022 and Oberoff from Stockholm took home the Bronze medal, the same placement his team Stockholm North ended up in the Ultimate Region Fight 2022. Well done mates!


Upcoming events:

On the 10th of December you can head up to the dark Northern Sweden for LuleXmasBike in Luleå. It will take place during the few light hours of the day at this time of the year. There will be a closed by foot event and a public by bike event, followed by smaller 1 vs 1 events. Read more HERE.


And don't forget to make plans for the Bonanza 2023, it will take place in Umeå on the 20th of May.


A well-planned event gives the participants memories for life. Heard at the monthly Turf dinner in Uppsala: "The Event in Malmö this September was such a fantastic and friendly event. The zones in the by foot event were in such a nice environment where you could see for several kms!"


Turf Ultimate Region Fight 2022

During September, 10 region teams + the out of competion Turfmix team were busy competing in three categories; points, takes and round uniques. I was part of the Uppsala team and it started off not too crazy, but the last couple of weeks of the round turned into eating, sleeping, working and turfing on repeat. It was a fierce battle to the very last Saturday between Team Uppsala and Team Västmanland. Below the results you can read a summary from the team leaders of Uppsala and Västmanland.

Resultat-Regionskamp-2022

Västmanland's Team through Frökenbok:

“A little over a day has passed since the tough fight in the regional battle ended. Västmanland gave everything we could until late Saturday afternoon week four when we realized that we had lost the exciting region battle against Uppsala. Congratulations Uppsala on the win, it was a day of fighting!


Our journey began early in the summer when we quickly got a team together. Västmanland needed to get a team together that was the biggest compared to other regions and of course we were happy about the interest. However, a large number of participants is a difficulty precisely when it comes to being able to win the fight as many have to perform high results, which turned out to be difficult as those at the top on some days cycled crazy hard to raise the average of both uniques, points and takes .

Several team leaders helped with planning trips, loops, pep talk and driving members together on trips. Many fantastic members of the team volunteered for guided tours in other locations. A spontaneous idea also came from a team member to loop in Köping during the final phase of the competition. Many team members came from different cities and turfed round and round together (Ed. Hamster wheeling).

There were several fantastic trips with the Team to Åland, Hallstahammar, Köping, Eskilstuna, Surahammar, Arboga, Kungsör and Enköping. Beautiful environment, a great community and a joy to see new Turf areas.

Despite problems with bicycles, illnesses and sometimes lack of time when many also have jobs, family life and other responsibilities, we continued to fight until the end. Personal records have been achieved, the team spirit has been fantastic, encouragement in our 24/7 chat that even in frustrating moments has given team members strength to fight on. We have had challenges and we have given each other energy to endure more than we ever thought we could.


In the beginning we turfed more solo, but after each week there has been more and more turfing together and looping. With regards to looping, Uppsala inspired us when one Sunday morning they showed us the power in points and takes a loop with many participants can have. (Ed. You're welcome!)

This fight has been tough, fun, challenging and exciting. We have tested our limits and gained many great memories that we carry with us going forward. The community in Västmanland has given us great joy to keep on biking all the time.

We want to thank everyone in team Västmanland who biked hour in and hour out every day, but also loved ones who put up with our extreme cycling and once again our team would like to congratulate Uppsala for the win. We look forward to getting revenge next year.”


Uppsala Team through dixern

“Then we can finally relax! And of course celebrate the win.

Here in Uppsala, regional battles are really a team activity with regular meetings and frequent discussions from start to finish. Even though we started gathering a team already in July, we barely got a group together in time. Even before the fight started we knew of a bunch of non-Turf related trips and other limitations that would make it difficult to reach the top, despite that we decided to join anyway, but maybe with less demands on ourselves. The team consisted of turf players from across the region (Uppsala, Enköping, Knivsta, Tierp and Bålsta). Some had competed before, others were brand new in our lineup.

The round started and the team got going, and already in the first afternoon the desire in the team to be at the top was noticeable. We were absolutely sure that our forte would be round uniques, which also showed in joint excursions and ventures around Uppland. Turns out we were wrong. We knew that points were difficult to excel in, since the zones in Uppsala give few take points and we have realized in previous struggles that we do not have the basis to win that category. But after week one, we saw that Västmanland, which also does not have high take points for their zones, could do well in this category. Then we can too! So we were wrong about this too.

Towards the end of week two when Västmanland showed up with a big group of turfers in Mariehamn, we realized that winning round unique zones would be difficult, instead we have to bike even more and go for more takes and more points. We quickly changed our strategy and caught up again and again. Then we just continued on that line, simply more biking! We've had people on the map from just after 4 in the morning until 1 (sometimes later) at night, almost every day for four weeks.

Our effort has been marred by small accidents and a number of tire punctures, but nothing more serious fortunately. And then we've had conference trips, exercise runs and families who think we're a little crazy and this could limit us. But you can take zones even when you're at a conference, and if you drop meeting time targets on races, there's always the option of taking a detour for some unique zones. And the families simply get to help with everything that isn't Turf. The regional battle comes first...then everything else.

We want to thank all the team members who fought so hard. All who gradually revised and raised their goals. All Uppsala's non-competing Turf players who helped with tips and accepted a crazy high activity on the Turf map. We also want to thank all the other teams, and especially Västmanland, you have given us a real match during recent weeks. And of course a big thank you to MaXi who organizes it all!

//dixern and Vargen12”


Not everyone has been busy with Region battle during September, Turf Insider got a mail from Borgåtippan about a special place to visit in Finland:

“If you ever travel to the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park in Northern Finland be sure to do some turfing. I visited both places this September and I must say the views were amazing! You can take the cable car up to the top of Ylläs, but we did it the other way around. Hiking all the way to the top and then down by cable car. It's not an easy walk but very doable. At Pallastunturi we actually missed the turf zone on the top of the other ridge, but if you're into downhill skiing you'll reach it easier I think. It was a very windy day so we were focusing more on climbing down the mountain slope than looking at our phones. Back on the ground we took the turf zone at Orava Avenue not far from the hotel. I always thought Turfgames is an excellent way to explore a new area and so it proved to be once again.”


Turf meet-up in Berlin, Germany

Regular Meet-Ups are being organized in Berlin. The second meet-up happend this month on Wednesday. The Meet-up was advertised in the Forum in the German section. It was a great success accordingly to one of the participants.


Turf Picture of the Month

This months Turf Picuter is of the zone CampAsh taken by aldo.

#CampAsh #turfgame

If you have a Zone picture you want featured as Turf Picture of the Month, send it to insider@turfgame.comPlease include your Turf nick for recognition!


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

//Munin


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TURF INSIDER September 2022-09-11 07:16:25

Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 146: grimric from Skåne went straight for Gold without passing Silver and Bronze, Drylaw13 from Scotland added a third Silver to his collection and Jomii from Värmland was awarded his first Bronze, hopefully not a letdown after two pervious Gold medals. Well done mates!


Upcoming events:

Skåne Open in Malmö on the 10th of September. Information in Swedish HERE.

ÖstgOpen takes place in Linköping the second weekend of October. There will be a by foot and a by bike event. In the evening it will be a drop-in dinner at one of the local restaurants. Information in Swedish HERE.


Turf Ultimate Region Fight 2022

This year’s Region Fight has begun! This is the third year MaXi is organizing this multi-region fight in September. 11 regions are battling it out during four weeks in three categories (points, takes and round unique zones). Turfportalen is the place to keep an eye out for how the Region Fight is going, HERE. Let the most dedicated region win! And remember to have FUN!


A little reminder about issues

We want you to write issues when something is amiss with the game, most issues are about zones (misspelled, lacking attribute, wrong location). The zone makers are responsible for looking at the issues and correcting those that are deemed to need correction.


Since some months ago we now have many non-Swedish speaking zone makers, so it would be great if issues are NOT written in Swedish. However, it is always better to write an issue in Swedish than not at all! 


Secondly, be PATIENT when submitting an issue, the issue web interface is very slooooow in uploading your issue. In extreme cases, up to 4-5 copies of the same issue will be submitted. Maybe not a big deal, but we need to close each one.


It is also possible to subscribe to issues in your area of interest, so that you can stay informed about issues that other turfers submit about zones that you care a little extra about. It will also give you a chance to comment on the issue and offer your point of view :)


Turf Picture of the Month

Mainly submissions from Scotland this month, so no surprise one of them are featured.

StillArt

This month's Turf Picture is taken greasedweasel. 

If you have a Zone picture you want featured as Turf Picture of the Month, send it to insider@turfgame.comPlease include your Turf nick for recognition!


Turf Hero of the Month

In August turfer allinug spent a whole day walking around Lunsen forest as part of the Uppsala flipper provided by frut.zundin. After about 20 kms walking and only about 2 kms from her bike, she smelled smoke. She was very tired, and for a split second she was hoping she was imagining the smell. But her inner moral compass told her to leave the path she was on, and go investigate.


It was lucky she did, she found an abandoned grill location where a small fire was going. It was a very dry forest and the moss on the rock next to the grill was quickly catching fire. She used a branch to bash out the flames and then called the fire brigade.

Brandbilar

With the help of the Turf map and UrbanGeeks Turf Map Tool she was able to lead the fire fighters straight to the burgeoning fire. She even got to ride in the fire truck!

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Needless to say, allinug is a hero and we can thank her, the Uppflipper mission and Turf for averting a major forest fire in Lunsen this summer.


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

//Munin


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TURF INSIDER August 2022-08-16 20:23:59
Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 145: MrAce from Västmanland took his second gold with a new record of 15103 takes, Király from Skåne secured his 8th Silver by spending a lot of time in Germany and DaHunter from Stockholm celebrated 20000 unique zones with a Bronze medal (or was it the other way around?). Well done mates!


Upcoming events:

KulTurf in Örebro on the 27th of August (information in Swedish HERE)

Skåne Open in Malmö on the 10th of September (information in Swedish HERE).


Turf Ultimate Region Fight 2022

During the September round, MaXi is once again organizing the Turf Ultimate Region Fight. 13 Regions have signed up for the Region Fight this year and the team leaders have decided on the rules and are now busy filling up their teams. If your region is part of the Region Fight, join up! It is a fun way to really get to know the fellow turfers in your region, and often from other regions too. Turfportalen is the place to keep an eye out for how the Region Fight is going, HERE.


Turf on Jamboree 22 in Kristianstad by ollals

A Scout Jamboree is a big scout camp with lots of program and opportunities for the participating scouts. Jamborees are organized in many scout countries. Jamboree 22 took place outside Kristianstad in the southern part of Sweden with 11 000+ scouts and leaders participating.

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The idea was to introduce turf to younger scouts by arranging closed events and have an ordinary zone at the campsite. We organized 8 events of 60 minutes. In total we estimate to have had around 200+ turfers. In the lower age group, many chose to participate in couples or small patrols. We also had some more experienced turfers and for some of them it was their first event.

All who participated and took at least one zone got a scout+Turf badge to put on the scout shirt or their campfire blanket.

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Turf was very appreciated by the scouts and their leaders. I expect there will be more events in scout groups in the future. The creation of the event was a challenge as the camp area is a former military training field without updated maps. The camp area also had some quite long and high fences.

Given that few people normally live close to the camp the capacity of the mobile networks was too low. Only one operator had put up temporary extra capacity.

Having turfed for a long time we realized that there are some challenges in introducing turf to beginners. Download of the app was easy for the scouts, explaining to them how to use it took a little more time.


Changes in Turf Crew

Another UK zone maker has been given her black colours to wear when out turfing. You all probably know her name: féarglas. She began turfing during 2020 and found it a great ”me-time” activity. She has won the world several times and has now decided to give a little of her time back to fellow turfers in UK primarilary. She has also started enjoying travelling all over Sweden to take part of Events, so you might see her black-shirted avatar popping up at an Event near you :) And I am sure she will be up for taking a zone or two with you if you happen to find yourself in her home Turf town of Edinburgh.


There has also been a change over for the duties as Event General. MasterOfTurf has had this esteemed title for as long as I can remember. He has now decided to pass on the torch to Cissiliana. Both of them have written a few words for Turf Insider. We start with:


Some reflections from a outgoing event general

"With tense anticipation, I stand in a carefully selected starting position and wait for the Turf app to start counting down. For some reason, participating in events gets me so excited. Adrenaline rises in the body. Imagine how wonderful it would be to cycle for two hours and find event zones as quickly as possible. The popup message about 30 seconds left is visible in the app. I memorize one last time which alternative paths I have to choose depending on how the zones will be placed. A zone should appear at the trail junction I am standing at, but you never know. Yes … now the countdown starts 10, 9 ,8 ……after a few seconds all event zones appear. Wow! There is only 20 meters to the first zone.

The feeling of a good start in an Event is almost euphoric. Everything flows well for the first 10 minutes until a whole bunch of turfers approach from all directions. I zoom out the map and try to find a new area that looks good and where I will have a chance to pick zones without being blocked all the time.


What you have read up to now reflects my experiences when I start in an event.


For some reason, I always run into ”problems” that have to be solved during an event. Either I wander into a forest to get to the next zone as quickly as possible with the penalty of having to carry the bike for a bit, or a railway appears that has no transitions to the other side. The advantage of participating on ”home ground” is quite large but far from decisive. It takes pace, good strategic route choices and a bit of luck with the pph to get an advanced placement in an event. My biggest achievement in this context was when I managed to come 3rd at the Bonanza in Stockholm 2014. I had an incredible flow during the last 30 minutes and was able to collect a good number of zones and thus high pph. I still remember today how I managed to get ahead of such talented turfers as Westeras, morgam, SunYour and yeti. I still cherish the Bonanza Bronze medal. I think this event contributed to my great interest in Turf events.


Since then, I have had the task of event general in Turf Crew for nearly seven years. A very fun assignment that has given me a lot back. Not the least all contacts with turf players and event organizers over the years. Step by step, the event part of Turf has developed in terms of the number of completed events and layouts. School turf events have literally exploded in numbers thanks to Calmare1 who are doing a great job of spreading Turf within the school world. Ollals has started spreading turf in the scout world, so we can expect many scout events in the future. The number of larger open events has become more and more (apart from the pandemic period) and Bonanza has, in my eyes, developed over the past few years, both in terms of the event part and the banquet in the evening. If you haven't participated in a Bonanza before, go ahead and do it. Book in on May 20, 2023 when we'll see each other in Umeå!


Organizing a larger open event with many participants is a lot of fun, but requires quite a few people who can work as a team. In my eyes, it is therefore important that we can keep our Turf associations alive and that new ones are formed - preferably one in each region. An association has an easier time getting hold of sponsors and has an established administration with a bank account etc.


When I started as event general, I had a vision to get Turf events classified as a sport and to organize an official SM in Turf. It didn't really happen that way, but at least two Turf associations are currently affiliated with the Swedish Orienteering Association, where Turf events most closely belongs as a form of digital orienteering. I still hope we can take a few more steps towards this vision. It is very pleasing to see that the orienteering club ESOC in Edinburgh is so successful in spreading Turf and Turf events in Scotland. When will we see the first Bonanza outside of Sweden? I'll be the first turfer to sign up!


In conclusion, I would like to say a big thank you to Drassen and Simon for all their support over the past years. A huge thank you also to BirgittaS who has created so many nice TurfAward statuettes.


Last but not least, I would like to wish the new event general Cissiliana the best of luck in the future. I am now counting down… 10, 9, 8…. until Cissiliana takes over my role from August 1. You can reach her as usual at events@turfgame.se

With best Turf regards to you all!

Ulf Ericsson/MasterOfTurf Former event coordinator"


From Cissiliana Turf Insider got the following letter:

"Hi,

My name is Cissiliana and I am the new Event Manager. I have been turfing for four joyfull years. I live in Uppsala, Sweden and spend my summers in Skåne.


After many years of appriciated work, by MasterOfTurf, I am now taking over as Event Manager. So when you realize it is plenty of fun arranging events, you will contact me on event@turfgame.com.


The largest event is the yearly World Championship (The Bonanza). As the Event Manager, I will be the one who will choose between the applying cities. Well done Kalmar Turf-förening for having arranged a succesful Bonanza in Västervik this year. And good luck to Umeå on the 20th of May 2023. If you can't wait until May there are some open events coming up soon. Have a look in the app's calender. All participants in open events will get a digital medal ?More information about events can be found on turfgame.com.


Another yearly tradition besides The Bonanza is the Turf Awards. I will arrange the process for the nominations, voting and ceremony. Keep in mind which turfers you would like to nominate for 2022. Nominations starts at the beginning of 2023.


Happy turfing / Cissiliana”


Turf Picture of the Month

Only one submission for Turf Picture of the Month during July, I guess you all are too busy turfing in the lovely summer weather :)

This months Turf Picture is taken by allinug on her travels to secure the Finland Explorer.

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If you have a Zone picture you want featured as Turf Picture of the Month, send it to insider@turfgame.com Please include your Turf nick for recognition!


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

//Munin


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TURF INSIDER April 2022-04-12 20:15:23
Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 141: féarglas from Scotland biked home her fourth Gold, grock from Norrbotten turfed home his second Silver and the carbon neutral bike abuser Drylaw13 from Scotland secured his first Bronze medal.

Well done mates!


1st Westhill Turf event - 16th of April

Come to North East Scotland AB32 for 2 hours of turfing fun! Meeting point prior to the start is Denman Park next to the tennis courts! Turfer Granmabigabee will be based there for emergency supplies, bike pump, battery charge, small 1st aid kit! Register at westhillturfevent@gmail.com Lots of zones created. Suitable for bike and foot and for all abilities. Lots of cycle paths!


Turf08 Open Event – 7th of May

Turf08 Stockholm hosts an open event on saturday 7th of May. The event takes place around Ulriksdal Castle in Solna and is open for everyone.
This is an event on foot so no bikes allowed this time. More information HERE.


Bonanza 2022 - 21st of May

Registration for Bonanza 2022 in Västervik is now open. There is an offer for discounted accommodation for the Bonanza weekend, read more about it HERE. So far over 250 turfers are coming to the Bonanza. Are you one of them?


Triathlon Event in Luleå - 11th of June AND a Midnight Event

There will be two Turf events in Luleå, Norrbotten on the 11th June this year. First during the day there will be a triathlon event where the participants will compete in three different categories; points, takes and unique zones. After the triathlon event there will be a Turf meeting at

O´learys and then the Midnight event will start at 11.30 pm on the 11th of June and finish at 1.30 am on the 12th of June. To read more and sign up for these events go HERE.


And don't forget about Göteborg Open on the 2nd of July :) Information in Swedish HERE.


Spring is supposedly upon us, even though I was biking both to and from work in falling snow just the other day. Some voices about what changes spring has brought for their Turf experience:


The great feeling of day breaking in the TOWNWATCHING zone with the absolutely magnificent vista of the Kingdom of Fife. And not turfing every bloody morning in the complete dark!”


Light evenings are so much easier than dark ones!”


It's a welcome break from clearing mud from mudguards, cleaning mountains of dirt from my bike every day, and especially welcome, the Wordsworth moments of 'golden daffodils'.

I wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth 1804

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”


It's a sense of many turfers waking up after winter hibernation. More activity, more points need to hold the same position in the league!”


Vote for Turf Awards 2022

In January and part of February turfers around the world got to nominate their fellow turfers in four different categories for Turf Awards 2022. Now it is time to vote for who you think is the most deserving turfer in each category. The voting is open April 1-30. The award ceremony will take place at the Bonanza Banquet in Västervik on the 21st of May. Vote HERE.


MNMagik in Minnesota has a sly way of promoting Turf:

I love to bike and play games! I started playing Turf last January and it is now my favorite game. I also play a bike tag game on Facebook (FB). Bike Tag is played when someone posts a photo of their bike in a specific location. Other people bike and replicate the picture and post under the comments. Then that person has an hour to bike to a new spot and take a picture to upload to FB.

I now play both games while biking. I often plan my Turf route based on where the bike tag is located. I use my Turf camera when taking the picture, so my bike tag photo has the Turf logo in the corner. Hopefully that will be a subtle way to recruit new players to the game of Turf.


Did you know...

...there are 1273 zones with the Monument attribute at the moment?

...the three oldest Monument zone is BrantingZone, HumleZone and KingsGarden, all created 2010-07-17.

...the most takes on a Monument zone is 53865 takes and the zone is Aseaströmmen.

...there are 59 Monument zones that are still ”virgin” ie never been taken.

...the newest is StarbInCelle, created 2022-04-05.


Turf Picture of the Month

Pictures are returning to Turf Insider, thanks to some real good instructions on how to insert them into the html-code of this e-mail.

Turf Insider got four submissions for this issues Turf Picture of the Month. And the featured picture is a ”springwinter” picture from Motala of the zone Dynudden taken by turfer Miawita. Round 141 #Dynudden

If you have a Zone picture you want featured as Turf Picture of the Month, send it to insider@turfgame.com


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

//Munin


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Vote for Turf Awards 2021 2022-04-02 10:15:15
Vote2022-Turf-Awards

Now it´s time to vote for the turfers who has been nominated for the Turf Awards 2021! The voting is open April 1-30. The award ceremony will take place at the Bonanza Banquet in Västervik on May 21.

Link to voting form: https://goo.gl/forms/VAFenyDiz6W7LoPv2

TURF INSIDER March 2022-03-15 12:18:55

 Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 140: Király from Skåne took another Gold, Cruachan from Scotland added a Silver to his Bronze, and micke0708 from Blekinge spruced up his fifth region win with a Bronze medal.

Well done mates!


Bonanza 2022

Registration for Bonanza 2022 in Västervik is now open. There is an offer for discounted accommodation for the Bonanza weekend, read more about it here. So far 190 turfers are coming to the Bonanza. Don't miss out on the Turf event of the year :)


At the Bonanza Banquet, Turf Awards 2022 will be presented. The nominations for Best Zone Take over is still open until 15th of March. I am sure you can come up with a funny take (you did it standing on your hands) or special take (take 5000 of your home zone) and nominate it after you've finished reading Turf Insider! Nominate here


Göteborg Open - 2nd of July in Gothenburg

In July, it's finally time for the ninth edition of Turf Gothenburg's open event. One Event with two classes competing at the same time. If  you want to compete by foot you have to make sure to register that in advance or you will be counted to belong to the bicycle class. Read more here.


Photo Contest - Help us out!
Turf Crew wants some help with updating the home page with new photos of turfers turfing. Send us your best photos of Turfers turfing! The competition is open for all turfers.


All contributions that are used to promote TurfTeams will get a gift card at a sports store. Send your contributions to info@turfteams.se and include your Turf-nick.

Rules:

-The photos must include at least one person turfing.
-Use high resolution photos to increase your chance.
-Maximum 3 submissions per person.
-The competition ends on 31 March.


Warthog from Västra Götaland wrote to Turf Insider with a short, but very positive message:

The 365 medal might be the best thing you´ve ever introduced. Being out there, every day, be it 5 zones, or 50 zones, but everyday in rain or snow or whatever. It’s done wonders with my stamina and health. Would not have happened but for the turf. Well done mates!


I can only agree, the Daily-5 is a very good reason to get out and about once per day. Keep up the good work, Warthog and thanks for your mail :)


Just a few days ago, at the very end of Round 140, those turfers that started the day the Daily-medal series was released last year, was awarded the Daily-180 medal. According to warded, 330 turfers took the medal at this first opportunity. Since then another 109 turfers have been awarded it and I am sure more will follow.


This is a story of the fight for the Daily medals from UrukHek in Minnesota:

Part of what makes Turf so much fun for me (after the main benefit of getting me outside) is that it can be played in so many different ways. A Turfer can go for points and get on the Toplist, can turf with friends, compete against other Regions, go for different Medals, or Turf in several other ways. When I started Turfing in December 2020 there were only three Zones near me; now there are several different short routes with at least 5 Zones near me and well over 300 Zones within a relatively easy biking distance. The addition of so many Zones near me made it an easy decision to try and see how far I could go in the Daily Medal series when it was announced in September 2021.


Achieving the Daily-30, -60, and -90 Medals went pretty smoothly. With COVID-induced "work from home" I was able to maintain a schedule that meshed well with the 6 hour difference between my local (Minnesota) time and GMT. About 60 days after Daily-90 I started checking Frut (ed. https://frut.zundin.se/2day.php) regularly to make sure I still had the streak going!


About 15 days before Daily-180 a thought crossed my mind that maybe I should try to take advantage of the 6 hour difference and be the first Turfer in the world to achieve the Medal (since I could do it at a relatively comfortable 6pm instead of midnight or 1am like in Sweden). Nice - another way to play Turf! I started scouting different routes and immediately found 5 Zones along a separated bike trail in Minneapolis that were only 0.8 miles apart. With a Region Crown on my head I thought I could get these 5 Zones in about 4 minutes and when I looked to see who had first achieved the Daily-90 I saw that 4 minutes could be competitive.


Unfortunately, life intervened and I would not be able to bike the 12 miles needed to get to the target (and then another 12 miles back) so I settled for 5 Zones much closer to my house. Capturing those 5 Zones would require traveling over 1.7 miles (even if I included a shortcut across a frozen lake) which would pretty much ensure I would not be the first worldwide. Oh well!


When the time came I was a little nervous and I think that must have affected my phone because I was two green bars away from taking the first Zone when my avatar jumped several hundred feet and would not come back! It finally did after about 45 seconds so I was able to continue with only a slight delay. I made good time capturing the remaining 4 Zones in just over 9 minutes. I knew I wouldn't be the first worldwide with that time. I kept refreshing the Warded Daily-180 page on my phone to see how I did but nothing was being displayed. After I got home, I realized I had miscalculated for the Daily-180 and was now the proud owner of the first Daily-179 Medal worldwide! :-)


For my next attempt, I selected 5 Zones that were also about 1.7 miles apart but along a nice flat bike path. A nice bonus of this route was that the 4th and 5th Zones are the most Taken Zones in Minnesota (MaetzoldField and Blowing). At the right time (and on the right day, this time!) I captured the first Zone (Applewood) and then furiously pedaled my fatbike along the trail as the sun went down behind me. TresTrees, Hwy7Bridge, and MaetzoldField were all captured smoothly and I grabbed the 5th Zone (Blowing) at 00:07:58 - nowhere near the times of recycling and Corellian (00:02:36!), but still among the first ten worldwide. As I rode home I managed to sneak a little färgning (ed. colouring of the zones in warded) in, too (because why not!).


I'm not sure I'll be able to achieve the Daily-365 medal because summer holidays will have me in places without Zones. I'll keep going for now though and with luck (and kind-hearted Zonemaker(s)!) maybe I'll be able to try to be first in the world in September! Whether I'm able or not, I'm glad to have such a fun, flexible, and variable game that fits in with my love of biking - thank you, Turf Crew!”


Turfing in winter can be quite a challange, but also very rewarding. It is something UrukHek again wants to tell us a little about:

Turfing in winter can be very fun! It can also be quite cold (as my toes will attest) but let's focus on the fun instead.


My favorite aspect of winter turfing is that I can change some of my routes. In spring/summer/fall, my route between the Minnehaha and GraysBay Zones follows city streets for 1 mile. In winter the distance is a little over 1/2 mile because I can go straight between these Zones across the frozen lake surface! Similar options let me explore between Minnehaha and JidanaJetty (1 mile in winter, 2 miles other times) or between CedarPoint, PointBeach, and CedarBeach (winter < 0.5 miles, 2.5 miles other times). Winter also makes it so much easier to Take Water Zones like PointSwim (which is directly between PointBeach and CedarBeach) or Zones on islets (like BugIsland). In warmer seasons I either have to swim or haul my kayak to Take such Zones, in winter I can fatbike the whole way!


I look forward to the longer Turf rides I can take in summer, but knowing that Turfing in winter is fun and different makes being outside year-round even more enjoyable.”


Another turfer in Minnesota finds she is paying more attention to details when she is biking.


MNmagik has the pen:

Biking has a way of forcing me to be in the moment. I have noticed more details of my surroundings due to biking.

While playing Turf I am out in the world, and I am hyper aware. I notice new buildings being constructed, everyday closer to being finished. Art murals being painted. I notice things like an eagle eating a fish, a fox staring at me, a mouse running across my path. The sun on my face and the brisk air in my lungs.


I have been taking five zones a day since September. Unfortunately, have not paid close attention to details of the different time zones. I live in Minnesota and twice now I have had to reset my start date for the daily five due to the time difference (I forgot about daylight savings). None of my friends or family understand my frustration when I did not get the medal on the 60 or 90 days. They say, “What is the big deal? Do you win a prize or something?” They do not get that it is a sense of personal pride to have the medal. Anyways I now have the 90 and fingers crossed I will have the 360 next year. Better late then never.”


Did you know...

...the Gold medal has been awarded 140 times to 75 different turfers. 

...the Silver medal has been awarded 140 times to 95 different turfers.

...the Bronze medal has only been awarded 139 times since Simpan, one of the creators of Turf, did not want to accept it for the very first round of Turf.


Top List World Placement Medals sorted by total number of medals (gold, silver, bronze):
1. :flag-se: Király 29 medals: 17 Gold (G), 7 Silver (S), 5 Bronze (B).
2. :flag-se: kingenin 10 medals: 6 G, 2 S, 2 B.
3. :flag-se: GW007 10 medals: 3 G, 4 S, 3 B.
4. :flag-se: Björke 9 medals: 3 G, 3 S, 3 B.
4. :flag-fi: M0112 9 medals: 3 G, 3 S, 3 B.
6. :gb: féarglas medals: 3 G, 4 S, 1 B.


Turf Picture of the Month

Pictures are returning to Turf Insider, thanks to some real good instructions on how to insert them into the html-code of this e-mail.

First out with Pricutre of the Month is mpmoke from Uppsala showing us what he found in a zone during Speedweekend 2022 25-26th of February.

If you have a Zone picture you want featured as Turf Picture of the Month, send it to insider@turfgame.com


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

//Munin


...if you want to contribute to future Turf Insiders, send your story to insider@turfgame.com :) C'mon and share your big and small stories with the Turf world.

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