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10 years 2020-07-10 18:22:13

10 years ago, 2010-07-10 21:19:46 (UTC), the second registered user hence took the very first official zone in the game.

The zone taken was NackaZone just east of Stockholm, marking the beginning of a decade of outdoor fun to come. 

So Congratulations to the entire TURF community today!

//Turf Crew

TURF INSIDER July 2020-07-10 18:13:20

Round Winners

Congrats to the winner of round 120: KRALJICA from Skåne won her second Gold, jösses_då from Västra Götaland won his second Silver and Kajari from Etelä-Suomi won his first Bronze.

Well done mates!


Turf Events, Region Battle and Meetings

Bonanza 2020 is cancelled!

Sad, but maybe not too surprising news about Bonanza 2020:

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the current recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Authority, we must cancel this year´s Turf Bonanza in Örebro.

We welcome all turfers to Bonanza 2021 in Örebro on May 29. Turf Örebro will refund payments made for T-shirts and the banquet. New registration for Bonanza 2021 will be released in the beginning of year 2021.

Turf Crew and Bonanza Crew Örebro


I think it was a very tough decision to make by the Bonanza Crew, and now we all should look forward to 2021: circle the date, book accommodation and find a pet sitter! And until then we can still Turf on :)


The winners of Turf Awards 2020 will be announced in the next Turf Insider, since it would be cruel to have you wait until the Bonanza 2021 for the result.


Don't forget to get ready for the multi-region battle in September. So far 11 regions are signed up, all Swedish regions. The last date to sign up is 31st of July with an e-mail to: maxi.triathlon@gmail.com


If you want your public event featured in Turf Insider, write to: insider@turfgame.com preferably at least two months in advance and add a web page if possible. After the event it is always fun to read a paragraph about it (winners, weather, funny episodes) and remember that a picture is always worth more than a 1000 words.


Vacation Time Turf

During June I was on vacation with my partner and spent some time first in Dalarna and then in Örebro region. While in Dalarna a local turfer, snaggy1967, gave some very good suggestions in the Turf chat to local zones worth visiting. My favorite was Slogbodn with a fantastic view over the river Österdalälven, a perfect spot for morning coffee :)

The day before mazn in Mora had contacted us in the Turf chat, asking about our plans in Mora and when we told his we were going to bike around 'hunting' for unique zones, he asked if we wanted a guide. We answered: ”Yes, please!” And then we spent almost 1,5 hour with a very friendly and talkative local turfer with lots of enthusiasm for the game. A few days later in Nora we had a nice chat with local turfer Battigoal who started when Nora had only 8 (!) zones, today the small town has over 70 easy-to-bike-to zones. One of them had the honor of being the 1000 round unique zone for me and TriggerHappy :) Our vacation goal was to take the Diversiest Medal and then relax...


During summer many of us are travelling, going after unique zones. Those friendly meetings with local turfers are the icing on the cake to me, and a chance to listen to the experience of how it is to Turf in other areas. It is easy to think it is the same all over the map, but what is easy in one place, can be really hard somewhere else. Take the opportunity to meet your fellow turfers this summer, either if you are travelling and on 'new' Turf or if someone is visiting your backyard Turf.


And...don't forget to turn on Turf and take some zones on the 10th of July, Turf's 10th birthday. There's a party hat for Supporters and a medal for anyone that takes at least ten zones on the 10th of July :)


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

Munin

10 years coming up! 2020-06-08 20:28:46

The first zone takeover ever was on July 10, 2010.

Therefore, to celebrate you will get something unique if you take zones on July 10.

And our beloved supporters will get something extra.

Don't miss the chance, the opportunity comes only once every decade!

Bug fix 2020-06-04 18:39:21
The problem with the zones on the web-map should now have been solved. Refresh your browser.
TURF INSIDER May 2020-05-30 10:55:06

Round Winners

Congrats to the winner of round 118: Király from Skåne won his 12th gold, M0112 from Åland added another silver medal to his collection and Mattet from Västerbotten biked home his first Bronze.

Well done mates!


Turf Events

Since travelling is currently discouraged in Sweden, Events are mainly an affair for the local turfers. Events take place outdoors and social distancing is easier to accomplish, so few regional events have taken place. Turf Stockholm held an Open By Foot event named Judarn 20 with 54 participants in April. There was no gathering before the event and everyone was encouraged to bring their own snacks and keep their distance during the prize ceremony. 

Bonanza 2020 moved!

Due to the Corona pandemic, Bonanza 2020 has been moved to August 29. It will still be held in Örebro :)

Registration is open! All info can be found here. The voting for Turf Awards 2019 has been concluded and the winners will be announced at the Bonanza banquet, which we all hope can be held in August.


Upcoming potential Turf Events include GbgOpen2020 on the 6th of June. Turf Göteborg will decide this upcoming weekend if the event will take place or not and in which format. Keep yourself updated here. In Umeå VbMidnightC20 is scheduled to take place on the 27th of June, hopefully more information will soon be posted on Turf Västerbotten's homepage.

If you want your public event featured in Turf Insider, write to: insider@turfgame.com preferably at least two months in advance and add a web page if possible. After the event it is always fun to read a paragraph about it (winners, weather, funny episodes) and remember that a picture is always worth more than a 1000 words.


I personally think Turf is a perfect activity in these Covid-19 times. It takes you out of the house, makes you move and gives some social contact via the app with other people. Since it takes place outside, it is easy to keep your distance if you do happen to meet up with another turfer.


In April many regular Turf get-togethers were cancelled, but in May and June turfers in different parts of Sweden have decided to move the monthly get-togethers outdoors, and not just to the outdoor area of the normal pub or restaurant, but to a barbecue spot in a nice forest or by a lake. This is a great compromise in keeping with the guide lines in social distancing and yet being able to see your fellow turfers. Remember to stay home if you are feeling the slightest bit ill!


Turf Missions

For those that get tired of taking the same zones over and over again back and forth to work, school or some other place, there's the Turf Missions, created and organised by SunYour. There are 56 different missions where zones should be taken in a certain order. Some cities have two missions and others only one. The city has to be big enough to have a mission, since a mission with only 20-50 zones is fairly pointless and you'd be able to finish it in one evening ;) Some cities have also been graced with the ”Flipper”, a mission where you are told to take all zones in a certain area of the city, before you can 'flip' onwards to the next area. All this can be found at: https://frut.zundin.se/mission_list.php


Frut.zundin also has plenty of interesting statistics for those so inclined, like Round Unique, User Stats and Zone Stats. For those of you that enjoy "Theory Turf" (digging deep into the statistics of the game in the comfort of your own couch) more than real Turf, I am sure this site can help you waste many hours with a happy smile on your face :)


Tip Of The Month

Subscribe to issues in your home region (and any other region you have an interest in) at https://issues.turfgame.com/subscriptions

This will keep you updated with changes in zones you know and love, and you can add your own two cents to issues other turfers have with these zones. You can also contribute yourself by reporting any not-so-well-placed zone, and more or less swift action will be taken depending on the issue with the zone!


I leave you this time with a picture of my cat Serafina walking away from me in a recently visited zone in Ockelbo. Happy exploring!



Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

Munin

Mishap 2020-04-20 10:02:40

Due to human error, Fairy was incorrectly activated on Sun 20.
As you may or may not know, Fairy is the monthly process that changes the points (TP and PPH) based on monthly activity etc. Fairy is normally activated every month just before the new round. The name 'Fairy' is a hint to the aim of the process, which is to make the game more fair. However, subjective and objective fairness is an ever ongoing discussion in a game like Turf:-)

//Turf Crew

TURF INSIDER April 2020-04-20 09:51:13

Round Winners

Congrats to the winner of round 117: Király from Skåne took 5728 zones to win his 11th gold, OlleKlunk from Örebro added a silver medal to his bronze from last round and recycling from Östergötland secured a bronze by taking 7107 zones.

Well done mates!


Turf Events

If you want your public event featured in Turf Insider, write to: insider@turfgame.com preferably at least two months in advance and add a web page if possible. After the event it is always fun to read a paragraph about it (winners, weather, funny episodes) and remember that a picture is always worth more than a 1000 words.

Bonanza 2020 moved!

Due to the Corona pandemic, Bonanza 2020 has been moved to August 29.

Registration is still open! All info can be found here. The voting for Turf Awards 2019 has been concluded and the winners will be announced at the Bonanza banquet, which we all hope can be held in August.

First Finnish Event

Turf Insider got an e-mail from TortugaVeloz:

Greetings from Åbo / Turku

In these hard times with the world fighting the Covid-19 virus we are lucky to have the Turf game giving us a motive to go out in the fresh air walking or biking. Regardless of social restrictions we were able to fulfill our first ever event, something we had been planning and talking about for months.

Åbo Private” event was a closed event because we wanted to have it as a trial run to see how it worked and be able to correct eventual errors before we take on having an open event. Good thing we did as due to the Corona virus people were not able to travel to our town to participate. Still 19 of our local turfers participated in our event on Sunday March 29th. The weather was close to perfect and I have not seen so many of us out at the same time before. During the full 2h we were walking alone or in pairs happy to meet up with each other at some zone or another. The feedback was that we all enjoyed ourselves.

And you can be sure that as soon as the world is back to normal we will start planning an open event in our town. So keep an eye open for news when things get better. From Sweden it is easy to take the ferry from Stockholm to Åbo. You can arrive in the morning and take the evening ferry back, if you do not want to spend a night in the former capital of Finland. Ready to take some new unique zones? See the culture. The event will be in the center of Åbo/Turku including several parks and walks by the river. I am told it could be the first ever event outside Sweden…

Afterwards some of us gathered by the river just for a quick chat about the day and to take a group assist zone. You find us in the below picture, trying to keep the 1-2 m distance as recommended.

Stay healthy, everyone. And keep Turfing!”


In the picture: M0112, Spagetti, Babbo68, Riversong, ojernstr, Tempatti(half hidden), Kayaker, lazytraveller, TortugaVeloz, Redmountrider, Bikingbookworm. Picture taken by Jannispoika.


I am sure many of us would love to visit Åbo for an Open Turf Event in the future :)


Region Battle Uppsala - Östergötland

During March Uppsala was battling with Östergötland in three classes: average points, average takes and average unique zones. It was a tough battle over five weeks and in the end, the best team won: Uppsala! :) There have been many hours on the bike, securing those precious takes. It was obvious early on that Team Uppsala would have no chance to win the average points class, since our zones were worth a lot less. Our strong side was lots of team members with plenty of never taken zones in both Uppsala, Bålsta and Enköping, so we did not have to go far to collect unique zones :) The battle was going to be about average takes...


I asked recycling, team leader of Östergötland for his view of the region battle:

Östergötland tried to take on Uppsala in a region battle during the March round.

The first challenge was to try to match the size of the Uppsala team. I actually recruited the last few members while riding to the position where I intended to start the round.

The second challenge turned out to be interpreting the rules of the battle. I failed miserably at one point. Apart from that the first week was pretty much as planned. Both teams averaged roughly 450 takes per Turfer and Östergötland was the winner of week 1.


Halfway both teams did remarkable turn-overs and it became pretty obvious that the overall victory would go to the team with the highest number of takes over 5 weeks. So the fourth week became the big battle of takes. Östergötland raised the bar and the top 33 turfers took more than 20000 zones, but it turned out to be just 16 zones short of winning takes week 4. Less than half-a-zone per turfer over a whole week. Ouch, that hurt! The joint Uppsala effort was once again successful.


Östergötland had tried to match that with a high-speed recipe that gave a peak of 62 takes by the same turfer within an hour. The team reached 10 Staminatrix and 3 new Staminatrix medals, but all-in-all Uppsala had an awesome team work that gathered lots of unique zones and takes and the overall victory was never really in jeopardy during the last week.

Uppsala won the final victory, but we all feel like winners. The team work and united efforts have had many positive side-effects. I am really proud of the entire team and the efforts made by many turfers that usually don't get that many points.


The last four turfers joining the Östergötland team took between 34k and 58k points in the February round. Together with four other turfers within the same range of points in February, they did really step up during the March round. These eight turfers took 351k points in February, but a massive 1978k points in March. One of them almost made a 12-fold increase in points between February and March. That is stepping up! Another of these eight initially refused to join the team but finally agreed with a side-note: "There won't be any 30k per week". And it wasn't. It turned out to be more like 66k per week and a Greed 200 medal...


Many thanks and congratulations to the Uppsala team for an intense and exciting battle! And many thanks to the Östergötland team for all your efforts!

These are strange times. Even during this morning's Turf round the Corona concerns of others were very obvious. Take care, observe distance, help out and show respect!

recycling”


Yes, it was a tense week 4 battle to the end on Sunday the 29th of March. After the Uppsala team's amazing turn around at the end of week 3, the Östergötland team was ready on Sunday week 4. Sunday week 3, the Uppsala team woke up to a 36 average takes difference after Team Östergötland had biked all thru Saturday evening and night until 2.30 am on Sunday. But we got up at 4.40 am and started laps, first in Västerås where four of us had gone for unique zones, and after breakfast the turfers in Uppsala, Enköping and Bålsta mustered and got on their bikes for laps and solo turfing. When the first Team Östergötland turfer woke up at 10 am, we were tied again for takes. At the end, Uppsala won that week with eight average takes, what a feeling and team spirit!


I will let Rymprak speak for the Uppsala team:


Reflections after the Turf battle

In February I was asked if I wanted to join the Uppsala team and compete in a region battle against Östergötland. I usually turf relatively okay compared to other turfers in Uppsala, with an average of 100000 points per round. I said yes, and that I would turf on as usual and that it will be enough.

Lesson #1: After 50 years, I realize that I am apparently a competitive person.


Lesson #2: How wonderfully fun it is to be part of a team. Haven't been involved in team sports since I quit football at the age of 15. An extra wonderful memory is from the last hour of the raffling week 4. Partly in group and partly solo the Uppsala team was scattered over the cities (Uppsala, Enköping and Bålsta) and biked from zone to zone, cheering each other on and collecting zones all to the last second. The collective joy when we realized that we managed to win the average takes week 4, still makes me happy today. We have had early bird turfers, day turf, after-work turfers, evening turfers and night owls out day after day. Everyone contributed a little extra.


Lesson #3: Achieving individual goals triggered me (and others) to set new goals along the way. After the first week, I revised my personal goal into taking 10,000 points on average per day. I have also taken a score of medals: unique zones, three Assist medals, the 12-hour restless medal, a Take medal, Diversiest medal and finished on the last Saturday to take my first Staminatrix.


Some of this I might have done anyway, but far from it all during one round. It would never have happened if we hadn't done this together as a team. We have biked countless laps in central Uppsala, visited other places together, helped each other find good routes and showed each other smart roads within the three cities when we visited each other. We have cheered, encouraged and helped each other and been cheered on by the other non-competing turfers in many different ways all the way from start to finish. Some have biked in groups, others individually due to the need for social distancing in these Corona times. Some have been able to turf more due to changed working conditions, others less. I also managed to take a zone from the train when I passed Norrköping with assist from Kryos in Team Östergötland before it was advised against travelling :)


And yes, it was a lovely lap of honor when 20+ teammates biked around central Uppsala during the last hour of the region battle and took the final zones together.

And yes, I've taken three times as many points as I usually do!

And yes, I have gotten several new Turf friends!

And yes, it has been very nice to have a hobby that can be pursued now in these Corona times and clear the thoughts every day.

And yes, this has been fun almost every zone take.

And yes, it is nice that the competition is over and I and the other turfers can turf on as usual again without half the city's zones blocked by eager competitors.


Thank you to all the Turfers, both everyone in Team Uppsala and everyone else who cheered us on and had a great understanding of our rampaging!”


One of my own favorite memories from the region battle, is the coffee car trunk café Florenskan supplied the team in Uppsala with on Sunday week 4, to give everyone doing the lap in central Uppsala something hot to drink and some extra energy. Must've been the reason why Uppsala took home the average takes victory that Sunday ;)

BILD


There is a multi-region battle coming up in September (organised by MaXi, send your team region registration to: maxi.triathlon@gmail.com) and although at the moment I don't feel like joining, maybe by then I will have forgotten all the long hours on my bike, and only remember the good fun we had as a team.


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

Munin

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