We encourage you to read the following blog post by October round winner Bont. It describes the huge effort it takes to win a round of turf these days. Amazing!
(In swedish, use google translate)
Congratulations to the winners of round 124: Bont from Västerbotten biked home his fifth Gold, M0112 from Lounais-Suomi secured his third Silver by turfing home just over one million points, and finally the turfer formerly known as Oberoff, now Oktoberoff, added his first bronze to his medal row. Well done, mates!
Turf and Covid-19
Autumn is finally here in full force and with it an increase in Covid-19 infections. New restrictions have come into play all over Sweden and other European countries. This has put a stop to many monthly in-door and out-door Turf meetings for example both in Göteborg and Umeå. Uppsala had an outdoor Turf brunch in October with over 20 turfers in attendance at a picnic site in the City Forrest. Stricter recommendations are now in place in Uppsala, so there will be no Turf get together in November, not even outdoors. Hopefully we can meet for our annual 'Turf-glögg' at the zone WaterWorld in December. We gather, sample "glögg" (mulled and spiced wine, both with alcohol and without), munch on ginger bread cookies and freeze. The 45 minutes to one hour we stand under the water tower is without competition the coldest, windiest and wettest meeting of every year. But I would not miss it for all the Turf medals in the game if I have a say in the matter :)
Luckily enough we can still Turf by ourselves or in small groups with our closest friends and family. Turf is the best hobby for these trying times. It will give us our daily exercise, takes us into the great outdoors and gives us exciting places to visit. What more can we ask for? It also supplies us with many hours of "theory Turf" in-doors, supported by third party statistics sites such as Warded, Frut and Lundkvist. And when all else fails, you can turn on "Turf-TV"; this is when you turn on the Turf Application only to follow ans watch other turfers take zones in the comfort of your own home.
Expansion in the UK
Turf is starting to take off all over the British Islands. ESCOWalter and CSL from Scotland co-wrote a long article about Turf in CompassSport, Britain's National Orienteering Magazine, published in the October Number. Ever since, newbies have been popping up daily all over the UK, and this means lots of new zones on the British Islands. Often, however, there is just one newbie in a city and this can get boring fast, and not just for lack of zones. If you find yourself as the only turfer in your city, I suggest going for the Expandator medal: ”The Expandator belongs to the honorful ones who have put up at least 25 Turf posters.”. This could be a great way to get new turfers to your area. Design and print 25 posters (A4 format is usually enough) and put up at local advertisement boards and the like. Take a photo of each poster you put up and submit your Medal claim via the Issue system. And If that does not work, keep working hard on your family and friends to join. Turf is more fun together! Remember: The only thing worse than someone taking your zones, is no one taking your zones :) Welcome all newbies in the United Kingdom to Turf!
Tip Of The Month
If you have done all the different missions in your city or if your city doesn't have any missions on frut.zundin, you can do as Corellian in Mariehamn, decide on a phrase eg Merry Christmas and take zones in sequence that with their first letters making up the phrase for you to see on Today's Activity at frut.zundin. Corellian has named this particular way to take zones "to make a letter session" :)
Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!
Congratulations to the winners of round 123: M0112 from Åland turfed home his third Gold, recycling from Östergötland added another Silver to his collection and Gallant from Kalmar turfed home the Bronze.
Well done mates!
Very few open Turf events are being organized due to Covid-19. However, plenty of school events still takes place all over Sweden and other Turf countries. If you want information about how to use Turf as part of school gymnastics, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent information about how to proceed. Last time I checked in with our school event coordinator over 500 gymnastics teachers had account for 'school Turf events'.
A couple of open events have taken place during the last round, like KalmarDuo and SthlmBike20.
"All events have not been canceled this year! On September 12, Kalmar Turfförening organized an open event for 27 participants from seven various Turf regions in Sweden. The set-up of the event this time was "Duo Turf" with 60 minutes of jogging, 30 minutes break followed by 90 minutes turfing on the bike. We used two different Turf areas in Kalmar city.A summary (in Swedish) with pictures from the event can be found here.
The Swedish multi-region battle
During round 123, 11 Swedish regions took part in a multi-region battle. Teams from all over Sweden competed in three categories; points, takes and round unique zones. This was the largest multi-region battle in Turf's history to date. After the first week, Team Uppsala and Team Östergötland were tied for first place. It looked like Team Östergötland really wanted a rematch after their loss in March when Uppsala and Östergötland battled it out and Uppsala won. Team Uppsala was very surprised to be tied for first place after the first week, since their main goal was to have fun and go for round unique zones. Many of the team members were aiming for the Diversiest medal, 1000 round unique zones. In March, I was part of Team Uppsala and spent a lot of time biking. This time I decided to stay on the sideline of the multi-region battle since I had too much else going on. It was exciting, but also frustrating to be on the outside of the tough battle that ensured between Uppsala and Östergötland over four weeks.
Both Team Uppsala and Team Östergötland consisted of a solid core from the previous region battle in March, with some new additions. This meant that each team knew it would be a tough four weeks from day one. I don't know about the tactics of Östergötland, but Team Uppsala's main tactic was to have fun :) Their main goal was to go for round unique zones, and boy did they! 19 turfers in team Uppsala took 1000+ round unique zones; 17 for the first time. Two turfers did a tiny 'nerd sync', with one take they were awarded two medals; Ghost Minute and Diversiest. Well done pandora and BadLoser!
As part of Team Uppsala's goal to have fun team members invited visiting turfers from other regions, including turfers from other teams in the region battle, to join them for takes and assists. Both when meeting up in other cities, like one Saturday in Gävle when two Uppsala turfers met up with turfers from Dalarna, and when turfers from Västmanland, Stockholm or Västerbotten visited region Uppsala.
Turfers from both Stockholm and Västerbotten took part in Uppsala's 'city lap' during week four. The 'city lap' consists of roughly 30 zones in central Uppsala and the turfers take the zones together in two groups, getting to the blocked zone at the very moment the zone can be taken again. This tactic frees up the rest of the city to turfers not in the team. Non-team turfers could also be seen taking part in the city lap, and during the region battle many, many Assist-medals were awarded to the Uppsala turfers. Photo is from the zone UpHallC.
Team Uppsala had team members from the three biggest cities in the region of Uppsala; Uppsala, Enköping and Bålsta. As part of the hunt for round unique zones, turfers visited each other and were guided by a local turfer in each city. Lunch and fika were also part of the visits, and several times turfers from Enköping came over to Uppsala to take part in the city laps during week three and four. On one occasion Dominion biked from Enköping to Uppsala, took a few laps and then biked home again. That is dedication (and a little bit crazy)! The secret to the city lap, is that the speed is never faster than the slowest turfer. Everyone should be able to take part; the more the merrier :) During the last weekend of the region battle, it was at times 6-7 turfers per group in the city lap. Since every team member knew the zones in the lap, it was easy to join, bike a lap or more, and then leave.
Uppsala turfers were not the only ones during the region battle that showed hospitality to turfers from other regions. Stockholm turfer Oberoff guided Uppsala turfer Rymprak during the last weekend in parts of Stockholm and this was highly appreciated since Uppsala had to win round unique zones in order to have a chance of winning the whole thing.
Team Uppsala knew from the beginning that the points category was a lost cause, Östergötland gets so much more points for each zone, that it was never a goal for Uppsala to win this category. Round unique zones is a fun category and Team Uppsala had turfers out almost every day working on this category. Often turfers visited each other's cities and were guided by a local turfer to as many zones as possible. During the last week two old ladies from Uppsala visited one old lady in Enköping and spent the whole day turfing together with breaks for lunch and fika :)
After three weeks, Uppsala was two points behind Östergötland in total points. Monday night tactic talk ended with a firm resolution to win Takes week 4 and also continue with Round unique zones in order to win this category week 4 and the total. Execution of this plan included more excursions for round unique zones, and a lot more city laps. During both Friday and Saturday the last week, a lap was also set up in a small neighbouring town to Uppsala, partly to avoid the shopping crowds of Saturday, but mainly because the resident turfer in Storvreta had booked the neighbourhood community hall to use as a hub. The last 48 hours of the region battle, Uppsala turfers biked home five Staminatrix medals. It was a tight battle over Takes with Östergötland until midnight between Saturday and Sunday when Team Östergötland gave up and Team Uppsala just kept biking.
In a multi-region battle it is harder to keep track of the overall points and how to win than when two regions battle each other. Team Uppsala never had a chance to win the points, but managed to their own surprise to claim second place in this category. Points were awarded both for the placement for each week and for the total placement. 12 points for first place, 10 for second, 8 for third and so on. This made for interesting calculations. The battle was going to be decided by which team won Takes week 4. Both teams were going to get 32 points for their placements total score for each category. A tie in points between the two teams, would give the win to Uppsala since they had more team members. However, Team Västmanland helped Uppsala win by two points, since they climbed to second place for round unique zones week 4, surpassing Östergötland in the last 24 hours of the battle, thus making sure Uppsala would win by two points.
I hope everyone who took part in the battle had fun and will continue to have fun in future battles, events and everyday turf sessions. On social media I have seen stories from many regions about turfers getting together and visiting other cities, nightly turf sessions and other fun stuff. Kalmar for example made a new 'buff' for every member of the team. Turf is so much more than just taking those zones every day. Team Uppsala did not expect to win this multi-region battle, but they did and had a whole lot of fun doing it. They also did a lot of biking and were at time very close to giving up, but the team spirit of having fun held to the very last take in front of Uppsala train station just before 12 on Sunday the 4th of October.
Nerd sync: to take two or more medals with just one take. To my knowledge the highest 'nerd sync' is to take four medals with one zone. This can be done by combining Take-X, Unique-Y, maybe a Ninja and Aquaman. The Greed-medals are hard to use in a nerd sync, but it can be done. Certain medals can not be 'synced' like Ghost Minute and Aquaman. Another way to get a nerd sync is to rank up at the same time as getting one or more medals. Other kinds of nerd syncs have also been done; like taking unique turfer 5000 with unique zone 5000. If you haven't thought about nerd syncs yet, it's time to go and plan one :)
Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!
Events have been getting increasingly popular over the last years.
We are currently making a focused effort to remove remaining bugs that has occurs now and then during events.
If you are an Android user keen on following the latest progress, make sure to use the latest Beta version on google play. (Search for turf and sign up as a beta tester)
Iphone users will naturally also be affected by improvements.
As from yesterday all zones with the value 0pph/250tp has been changed to 1pph/185tp.
This change affected roughly 10.000 zones and the reason is that we saw that the 0pph zones were hindering the attraction of users in new areas.
Congratulations to the winners of Turf Award 2019!
Kygni, HappyF, and Whitebike have all been selected by our great community!
Congratulations to the winners of round 121: Jajk from Värmland in Sweden for the Gold. Firren from Jönköping in Sweden for the Silver. GW007 from Kalmar in Sweden for the Bronze.
Also worth mentioning are the next two runner-ups: M0112 from Lounais-Suomiin/Finland took fourth place and Aicar from Åland/Finland took fifth place. It´s only a matter of time until the Finns beat all Swedes and takes the top positions in the rounds!
Well done to all the winners and all other turfers that fought for their different goals in to the very finish of the round.
All major events are canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, but around the countries, some smaller, local events have been held. I myself have not been visiting any of them and do not have my own report but I have intercepted some rumors that I followed up on and searched for reports on different websites.
Midnight Classic in Umeå
The report on this annual event is available on Turf Västerbotten's website:
”The night between Saturday and Sunday 27-28 June, 47 turfers gathered for this year's edition of Midnight Classic in Umeå. The participants, who were divided into foot and bicycle class, came from Luleå, Piteå, Skellefteå, Öravan, Vännäs, Umeå, Täfteå and Uppsala. Among these were both turfers who participated in an event for the first time and experienced turfers with experience from both events and bonanzas. Fun! "
Picknickevent Skrylle 2020
On Turf Skåne's website, you can read about this event:
“The association's first picnic event was held in Skrylleskogen between Dalby and Södra Sandby on 11 July 2020 on a pleasant zone course laid by TXL and MXL. 19 participants took at least one zone in this 30-minute foot heat. Guest turfer JKJE from Gothenburg looked like a winner for a long time, but local turfer grimric found a sweet spot at the end and collected a powerful PPH and with one last take seconds before the event was over, he passed JKJE with 4 points.The battle for third place was just as hard where the Malmö turfer AnneliCH won with 3 points before Cissiliana from Uppsala who received a candy comfort prize. Four junior turfers also participated and all four got candy prizes because children need lots of sugar ;-) ”
Turf 10 years
Nobody can have missed that it was the 10th anniversary of Turf on July 10th, or?! If you took 10 zones during the day, you were rewarded with a nice cake medal. All supporters' could go into the wardrobe and find a party hat to wear and a party horn to put in their mouth. When you then took a zone, the arms of the avatar went up as usual, but now the party horn was also rolled out! This was really fun!
Me and my turf partner qivasaa took a trip from Östervåla over Dalälven to Hedesunda and the 10th zone that was taken was BussCafé in Vinnersjö. In addition to the virtual cake medal, we had strawberry cake and coffee to celebrate Turf's 10 years.
We were not alone in celebrating, there were posts from turfers in various different social media, hangouts and chats where they boasted with hats and cake medals. Turf Insider received an e-mail from Åland in which their celebration was described:
Some of Åland's turfers gathered in the Algrundet zone in Mariehamn at 6 pm on July 10th 2020 to celebrate Turf's 10 years, and coffee, bubbly drinks, strawberries, sushi, biscuits, cakes, beer, pizza etc. were consumed. The zone was taken a number of times during the meeting, and there was a lot of talk about turf. For obvious reasons, it was nice and warm weather and everyone enjoyed life.
In the group photo we have standing from left: MrCoolWat, Hagan, M0112, Choko, Vontratt, LonelyRider, AnnaB.
Seated from left: Autumnman, Tompaj, KråkanKrax, StellaMarita.
Behind the camera stood Alvedon.
Regards Alvedon, who was the one who convened the turf meeting "
On social media, you can read about memories from various turfers from these 10 years. They describe how they started turfing, memorable zone takes and other fun that happened during the ten years that Turf has existed. The app developer company Andrimon, with Drassen and Simon, started everything up and they have gradually expanded and refined the whole concept. From a few isolated zones and turfers to today's almost countless zones and turfers scattered across the globe. If you want to know how the number of zones has changed, you can always go to UrbanGeek's page, and use the tool to scroll back in time and see the zone situation change over the years. It is a great development and a lot of work that lies behind the game development, zoning, corrections and administration of various kinds. Here, Turf Crew has a very big role to play all around. Then we have all third-party developers who have developed statistics pages, challenges and various different mapping tools that provide many different dimensions in Turf.
By the way, did you know that the first official zone was "NackaZone" located east of Stockholm and it was taken by the second registered tour guide "hence". The first registered turfer was "felixfelox". More history can be found at: https://wiki.turfgame.com/en/wiki/History
New open DuoTurf event in Kalmar
The Kalmar Turf Association invites all Turfers to Kalmar Duo Turf 2020. On September 12, the event will be conducted in two heat, one for walking/jogging during 60 minutes and one for cycling during 90 minutes. The points from both heats are summed up. Read all about the event here.
11 regions have signed up for the multi region battle Sverigekampen 2020, which will take place in September. These regions are now working to fill the teams with fighting turfers, setting up strategies and pep each other. It will be a tough match to win and which region will emerge victorious from the battle remains to be seen. More about it at: https://www.uturf.se/?p=56150
The Turf Bonanza 2020 in Örebro had to be canceled due to the ongoing pandemic and thus there was no distribution of the famous Turf Awards. These are awarded to turfers who excelled in different categories. First, it was a nomination round. It was interesting to see who had excelled and in what way they had done it. Then it was voting that decided who won each category. It was very exciting to find out who had won the different categories. Until now, only a few Turf crew members have known about the result, but here it is now presented to you all!
This year's turf performance 2019
Turfer Kygni got 126 of 235 votes = 53,6 %
Kygni was nominated for being the first and so far only turfer who has taken more than two million points during one round. The fact that he achieved this feat by taking multiple unique and spectacular water- and swamp zones makes this accomplishment much more impressive. He was cheered on by fans and spectators who were able to track his progress on "Turf-TV" during the last 24 hours of round 108.
Star shot of the year 2019
Turfer whitebike got 102 of 196 votes = 52,0 %
whitebike was nominated for being a newcomer who has taken more than 3 million points and 17,000 zones in one year, allowing him to advance from from Novice Scout to rank 46 Turf Preacher in 2019.
Turfer of the year 2019
Turfer HappyF got 96 of 220 votes = 43,6 %
HappyF was nominated for providing the excellent and constantly evolving statistics site https://turf.lundkvist.com/
Zone take of the year 2019
Turfer Kygni got 75 of 221 votes = 33,9 %
Kygni was nominated for taking the difficult zone Kobbezon and for taking the zone Seglaren in December by swimming out only wearing underwear.
Turf Crew congratulates the winners! The statuettes will be distributed at Bonanzan in Örebro in May 29, 2021. Don't miss it!
Not going abroad for vacation for most people this year has lead to a bunch of medals for the Turfers. Several big value medals have been seen in the flow at turfgame.com: Sweden Explorer, 10000 unique zones, 100000 takes and so on. In the lead of taking unique turf zones is the one and only Snusmumriken who passed 16000 unique Turf zones in July!
Challenges and new dimensions
Skåne region has had this for a while, but now Västerbotten region has also launched a Turf Classic. See Västerbotten in a new way! Read more about this at: https://turfvasterbotten.wordpress.com/vasterbottens-turf-klassiker/
If you are restless, you can always find new goals with turf by visiting Sunyour's page with all Missions https://frut.zundin.se/. There are currently 60 different Missions around Sweden and on Åland to take on. Some quirky ideas that have become a reality in the form of both possible and sometimes impossible assignments to tackle.
If you have taken all the zones in your region, is it over then?! No, not at all! Then you make sure that you are registered at https://lundkvist.com/ and start hunting for zones, municipalities, regions in Sweden and the rest of the world! All logged on lundkvist.com!
When I sometimes lose my appetite for Turf and lie on the couch at home, I usually find inspiration from Turf-TV, reports in social media and gossip in the app chat (different regions can be listened to via UrbanGeeks Turftuner), different groups on Facebook, different Hangouts that you have managed to join. Many different subjects are discussed and you sometimes have to sift among the stories so as not to get tired.
One of the most important channels for me is Instagram where I follow a few different Turfers, here I give some examples: Ventoux (phototurfing) who goes on adventures with his small-wheeled bike, 60-80 and sometimes up to 100 kilometers per day, with zone shots along the way and he documents his turf path with just enough pictures and good descriptive text. Snusmumriken (monost63) in Linköping is also always inspiring to follow with her tireless energy to bike and take zones, unique zones and with pictures of most of the zones! Canon (CanonTurf) in Nyköping has an ability to capture dawn, dusk and other beautiful things in our beautiful country. Tantorange (Dillpion) in Skellefteå is another diligent photographer of turf zones with a nice touch, you get the urge to go back to Skellefteå and the surrounding area and take zones. These were just a few examples, there are many more turfers to follow, search on Instagram for turf!
What inspires you? Submit a note to Turf Insider and tell us! email@example.com
Take care and see you out on the Turf scene!
Proof read and edited by Munin, who was very happy to get a stand-in writer this time :)
Ännu en ny typ av event i Kalmar! Genomförs på coronasäkert vis.
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