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TURF INSIDER April 2021-04-10 15:10:10

Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 129: Welshman from Lounais-Suomi biked home his first Gold, rumour has it he was just 'cruising along' the last week with a lead of over 100.000 points to cambla from Scotland who took home the Silver medal and Cruachan from Scotland who took the Bronze medal, all three turfed home more than one million points. Well done mates!


Turf Award 2021

It is time to vote for your favorites in Turf Award 2020. Voting is open until the end of April, but don't wait, click HERE and cast your vote in the four different categories. Turfers from four different countries are nominated and the winners will be announced at the Bonanza in September. Hopefully we will be able to meet and greet with the winners, and if that is not possible, we hope they will be showing up digitally :)

Open Event in Linköping 24th of April

Turf Östergötland welcomes everyone to its first open event ever 24 april 2021. The event will be covid-19 secured and the location is in Linköping. Turf Östergötland's goal is to host the Bonanza in the future, the event will be a good practice for the club and the non-local turfers will be familiar with the Bonanza area ;) Read more at turfostergotland.se


Region Battle: Scotland vs Skåne

In March Region Scotland was battling Region Skåne during four weeks, and the battle could be followed at Turfportalen. At first it looked like Skåne would win, but then it turned around and in the end Scotland won with a landslide, the Region battle ended with the score of 11-4 to the Scots. Very well done, mates!

I was checking the score at regular intervals during the battle, as I am sure the following turfers did ;) First out is Kingslayer with his account of the battle, from the point of view of Team Skåne:


And that’s the end of the first intergalactic turf challenge ever! Or at least that’s how it felt for us in Skåne. Despite a day with snow we started out good with a 2-1 win first week, we even won on takes which is unheard of! Second week we got to see what the Scottish turfers are made of when they crushed us 3-0. Third week we came back again after great team work the last hours before the Sunday week break which gave us 2-1 again. Down 4-5 before the last week. Last week we “just” needed win on takes and round unique to win the whole competition. 


The week started pretty good for us, we got a distinct lead on round unique and played even on takes up until the Horrible Saturday. The last 48 hours the Scots decided sleep is for the weak and kept turfing through the nights. We had one man - Tveskägg - who was determined to meet them head on in the darkness, but one man alone cannot stop a hord of Celtic warriors... The Scotts were unearthly in the end and beat us fair and square 11-4. Congrats to the fighting Scottish men and women who made this a memorable event for us. As usual we have gained personal bests, new medals and generally overachieved. And we have had fun at the same time. Just as a regional competition should be.”


CSL has written Team Scotland's account of the battle:

Well, that was a surprise! Never in our wildest dreams did we expect to beat Skåne. Week 1 brought Skåne 2 points to Scotland’s 1 point, and we thought that would be the shape of things to come. But then in Week 2, we had much better weather and won all 3 categories, making it Scotland 4, Skåne 2. In Week 3 we worked very hard, but we couldn’t quite match them, and the score moved to Scotland 5, Skåne 4.


The final week saw much debate about strategy – should we concentrate on takes and give up on round uniques? Opinions varied, and some continued to seek round uniques. The Easter weekend meant that more people were free, and some very effective hamster wheels were set up in several places, which worked very well. Although there were some exhausted Turfers on Sunday morning, they were still chasing round uniques, and overtook in this category in the very last minutes. Thanks to Skåne for being such formidable opponents!



Most of the people in Team Scotland didn’t know one another beforehand, but we’ve exchanged lots of chat and certainly feel as though we know one another now. The competition was exciting and fun, as Kingslayer promised us, and everyone seems to have enjoyed it, winning many medals, and most people moved up several ranks too. I asked some people from different parts of Scotland for comments, and here’s a selection:


BradC, Stirling: “Dunblane has been described as ‘the Västerås of Scotland’, in that it is a small area so over-stuffed with eager Turfers that PPH is meaningless; if you can hang on to a zone for a whole hour in Dunblane, it is a red letter day! This did mean that there was never a problem finding zones to take, and our newness to the sport meant that our zones still had high enough take points to allow us to punch above our weight. If only it wasn't so hilly. We were proud to boast several of the busiest zones in the world during the competition. The fourth-busiest zone, TheLostZone, only existed for three of those four weeks!”


andypatqos, Renfrewshire: “I walked 305 km over 65 hours, most of this with my dog, and some with my wife and kids too. Cyclists will have much bigger figures I guess but for various reasons, mainly the dog, regular cycling doesn’t work for me. Being broadly restricted to Renfrewshire meant some limitations. Met several new Turfers on the way - this year has been the first in 7 that I’ve ever been blocked by someone other than CSL!”


Jarv, East Lothian: “Our area was managed by a small team of walkers and cyclists including an additional non-team Scotland member who cleared zones frantically. Initially the plan was to ‘take some zones and then take some more’. However, strategy evolved significantly over the month. WhatsApp was used heavily to arrange zone clearances, routes and hamster wheels, to share photos and to provide massive encouragement. As time went on, Turfing hours increased significantly. Medals, including World bronze medal for our very own Cruachan, accumulated at an ever-increasing rate, and were celebrated by all. All in all, the team survived the month largely unscathed and are looking forward to the next time!”


Finreir, Scottish Borders: “The Covid restrictions on travel hampered Borders Turfers, and the rules on essential and allowed travel into other areas were assessed and utilised continuously. We soon ran out of easy uniques. Team efforts were centred on the Tweed valley around Peebles, and the Border Abbey towns of Melrose, Kelso and Jedburgh were also raided regularly. Zones were hard won on the steep heights of Glentress and Cademuir forests and wheels performed on the flatter valley floor at Peebles, with great team work achieved.”


tunahunter, East Dunbartonshire: “In areas, like ours, where Turf is less well-established, the contest encouraged us to broaden our horizons. Each of us explored new areas (often in darkness), either first thing in the morning or last thing at night. We connected with nearby Turfers, discussing teamwork and strategy. And thanks to the advice and support of more experienced Turfers in Team Scotland, we really honed our Turfing skills, culminating in a triangular hamster wheel around our town in the final week. It was a great experience to play our part in Team Scotland’s victory. One of the keys to our success was the camaraderie in the team. There were WhatsApp chats full of encouragement, determination, and help with solving problems like how to get to specific zones or where to get best GPS signal!”


klepto7up, Aberdeen: “The Turf match was a wonderful journey where I discovered great places, made new friends and discovered the camaraderie, support and team spirit in the Scottish team was phenomenal.”


CaleZONEian, South Lanarkshire: “Taking part was a great experience and it allowed us to meet new Turfers (virtually and in person). We had to work together to defeat a more experienced and established team. Turf is very popular on the east coast but less so on the west so we didn't have the numbers playing in our area but we did work together and support each other. I cycled over 1600 km during the contest and more than doubled my points target for the round.”


Hodge, Midlothian: “We had a very keen band of local Turfers. We generally kept most areas in Team Scotland hands through the month, no mean feat when you consider distance between the main areas. As the month progressed we also had a lot of other visitors, seeking round uniques. This has left our TP position down for April with adjusted PPH too, with a number of zones now at +6/110, particularly around Penicuik (where we had 3 very active town residents), something which will no doubt settle down as we take it slightly more gently than during the competition.”


Personally I quite miss sitting down at 9 pm to plan my evening trip round zones held by non-Team Scotland Turfers. I saw quite a lot of wildlife on these forays too. Roll on September!”


There you have it, the winners of this March battle is ready to take on the Turf World again in September. Will they manage a double win, just like Uppsala did last year? First a win in a one-on-one Region battle (check!) and then a second win in the Multi Region battle we all hope MaXi will arrange again this year.


What is very clear, is that both teams had lots of fun, got to know each other better and turfed like crazy! Here's hoping we will see teams from more countries signing up for the Multi Region battle in September.


Turfa lugnt!/Safe turfing!


//Munin


...if you want to contribute to future Turf Insiders, send your story to insider@turfgame.com :)

Open Event in Linköping 24th of April 2021 2021-04-07 17:47:11

Turf Östergötland welcome everyone to its first open event ever 24 april 2021.

The event will be covid-19 secured and the location is in Linköping.

Our goal is to host the Bonanza in the future, the event will be a good practice for us and you will be familiar with a Bonanza area

Read more on turfostergotland.se

Vote for Turf Award 2020 2021-04-02 07:52:19





The finalists for Turf Award 2020 have been selected from all the nominations. Now it is up to the Turf community to cast their votes and decide who will win theprestigious awards. Vote here

The voting form is open April 1-30, 2021. You can only cast one vote per category.

TURF INSIDER March 2021-03-15 15:39:20
Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 128: Király from Skåne added one more Gold to his collection,Welshman from Lounais-Suomi turfed home his first silver andogirlSROC from North West England secured the her first bronze.Well done, mates! Seven turfers on Top Ten when this round ended, were not from Sweden, things are definitely changing! This for sure is proof that the Turf world is expanding and it makes me happy :)


Turf Award 2021

The nomination process is over for Turf Awards 2020and the nominations will be processed and at the end of March the voting for each Turf Award will open. When and how to vote will be posted on Turfs homepage.


Turf in Scouting

Turf Insider got an e-mail from the turfer responsible for introducing Turf in the Scouting world:


“My name is Olle Alsén with the turf nick ollals and I have Turfed for some five years and have been an active scout all my life. If you want to get in touch with me, please use the email scoutevent@turfgame.com. Turf is slowly becoming a part of Scouting in Sweden and the UK. Turf was planned as a program activity for the Swedish national summer Scout camp 2021. It will still happen, but the big camp is moved to 2022 due to Covid-19. If everything works well, we will have 1000 or more scouts turfing outside of Kristianstad during the camp next year. I tried to introduce Turf to worldwide scouting at the last World Scout Jamboree in 2019 in the US at the Summit Bechtel Reserve https://www.summitbsa.org/ but was not successful. It is a marvellous place. There are still 4 turf zones at the site which happens to be the biggest campsite owned by Boys Scouts of America with a capacity of 55 000 participants at the same time. I will keep trying to introduce it there through local leaders and staff. If anybody reading this is active as a leader at the camp or living nearby, please get in touch with me.


On a smaller scale turfing is becoming part of the local program in some Swedish scout groups. During 2021 some 10 leaders have asked for a log in so they can create private events for their groups. Again, Covid-19 has made some of them wait until the there is less risk of spreading the virus when instructing and when gathering the scouts before and after the event. I expect some of scout events will take place during late spring or summer. In Scotland, a bigger private event for teenagers is planned for May this year and they have support from the orienteering club active in turfing there. I also expect that some scout troops will have Turf as part of their summer camp. I know of some scout groups who have already had private events at camps organized by an experienced turfer, probably a teacher or a highly active turfer who have got the log-in from school events.


I have developed a support document for scout leaders who want to create an event and I am also prepared to support leaders who want to try Turf as a program activity in their unit. In addition to support scout leaders creating their own private events, I have produced and published in Scouting a program idea on how to use Turf zones to organize what we in Scouting often call “organization exercise”. You get several tasks to perform as a patrol within a limited time period. This is to foster teamwork and leadership. You will find a description in Swedish on this link https://aktivitetsbanken.se/sv/orientering-med-mobil-turf-enkel-version To support creating private events in Sweden I have slightly adapted the common instruction used for all events. Scout leaders can get it by asking me. I will make some small adaptions of the “Turf Quick Card Creating Events” for scouting to support non-Swedish speaking Scouts.”


Anyone can create their own private Turf event. Depending on the target group, there are different people helping you out with instructions and account. If you want to create an event for your birthday, after work or because you've turfed for 5 years, contactevents@turfgame.com. If you are a teacher and wants to use Turf as part of your PE class, contactskolevent@turfgame.com. And if you are active within the Scouting community, contact scoutevent@turfgame.com. It is lots of fun to create and hold your own event, so don't hesitate! It will also give you some insight into how it is to be a zone maker, since you will be creating the zones and naming them. Luckily you won't be handling any issues generated by the participants in your event ;)


Introducing our new Zone Makers

The UK (and German) expansion is continuing and now we have seven brand new zone makers to create the zones needed. Three got their 'Turf Crew' credentials at the end of 2020 and the other four at the beginning of 2021. You heard from the first three giving their view on 2020 in Turf Insider #126. This time I have asked our 'newbies' for their impressions after a few months as zone maker.


KråkanKrax from Åland:

I was happy when I received the request to train as a zone maker, which was both exciting and interesting but also time consuming. A big compliment to my mentor for his patience in helping me along the way and for my assessors/reviewers with "second opinion" and advice which has been a comfort during the training as they have long experience of how to think about where to lay zones. The biggest problem with zone making is not the placement of zones but the name many times and that street view often can be more than 10 years old.


Becoming a zone maker expands on how you look at Turf, it becomes so much more than just "hunting" zones as a turfer. You look at Turf and turfing with new eyes. I have found that I am more interested and curious about turfers where I have made zones than the turfers here at home right now :) I hope that one day I myself will have the opportunity to visit the places where I have placed zones, to see the locations of the zones and maybe meet local turfers and hear what they think. Thank you Turf Crew for letting me join.”


AnneliCH from Skåne:

After a month as a new zone maker, some initial thoughts and reflections have been laid to rest, but new ones appear all the time and that's how it should be, I think. It has been both fun and frustrating during the training. I managed to put some zones in tilted position (editors note: the zone maker tool allows two map positions, tilted and normal. We make zones in the normal view for better positioning of the zones). To come up with zone names that are not taken and not touch some of the buttons in the zone making tool have been a challenge. The fun part is to look for beautiful, famous and odd places, think and figure out names (red: we only have 13 characters to 'play' with and are restricted to letters and numbers) and be part of the Turf Crew "team". I am both proud and grateful that I have been trusted to become a zone maker”


Brellir from Västerbotten:

To be trained as a zone maker has given me an additional dimension of Turf and many nice and helpful colleagues in Turf Crew. Of course, there is a lot to learn both technically and mentally, but an incredibly fun challenge where I am constantly learning new things. Finding interesting, beautiful, different and sometimes just practical places for zones is challenging and sometimes time consuming, but also educational. I have used map and streetview so much in some places, it almost feels like I have been there in reality. Naming the zones can often take the longest time in the process of creating a new zone, and sometimes it is important to think outside the box.”

At the moment our newbies are busy making zones in UK and Germany, and I am sure you will spot them on the map in the cool black C(rew) shirts their Turf avatars can wear. That is if they have time to go turfing ;)


Region Battle: Scotland vs Skåne

In March Region Scotland is batteling Region Skåne during four weeks, so don't be surprised if the Top 100 will be filled with turfers from Scotland and Skåne :) I asked CSL, one of the Scottish players in the region battle to give Turf Insider his toughts before the battle:

When Skåne issued their challenge to us in September 2020, we didn’t know what was involved in a regional competition, and accepted with some trepidation.

In the weeks and months that followed, we found out more, with useful advice and encouragement from Kingslayer and Munin. Contacting people to raise our team was a challenge, and at first I feared the Scotland team would be mostly Edinburgh turfers, but finally it has a good spread of turfers from different areas, including 19 of the current top 20 on the Scotland toplist. Unfortunately the Covid-19 travel restrictions prohibit meeting up with others or travelling far outside our own local authority, so we can’t go and explore elsewhere with other turfers, which is a huge limitation. We can’t socialise either. It sounds a lot of fun – hope we can do this another time.

As predicted, the experience of organising the team has been like herding cats! After a slow start, I was deluged with emails and it was hard to keep on top of all the questions. Our team now has over a hundred members, and is a varied mix. There are established turfers (some of whom are very competitive), there are some new turfers (who are very enthusiastic), and everything in between. All are welcome, of course. There has been lots of discussion about strategy, with widely differing views. I have emphasised that the point is to enjoy the experience. We will see how it goes.

We will do our best, hoping to have lots of fun, and hoping for good weather (here at least) this round! Best wishes to the Skåne team, who I fully expect to soundly beat us. But there have been notable occasions in the past where Scotland has unexpectedly won against all the odds, so who knows?

- CSL”


You can follow the battle at Turfportalen. A Region Battle is a good way to get to know the turfers in your region. With a common goal, it will be easier to go turfing in bad weather and the Assist medals will be pouring in. I bet some of us will be checking up on the battle on a daily basis and maybe even sneak a peak at Turf-TV from the warmth of the couch.


Turfa lugnt!/Safe turfing!


//Munin


...if you want to contribute to future Turf Insiders, send your story to insider@turfgame.com :)

TURF INSIDER February 2021-02-12 22:16:23
Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 127: KRALJICA from Skåne turfed home her third Gold, Björke from Östergötland turfed home his second Silver and floramcml added a Bronze to his Silver. All medal winners turfed home over 1 million points. Well done, mates! In addition, four turfers on Top Ten this round were not from Sweden, things are changing :)


Turf Bonanza 2021

I am sure many were as disappointed as me when the Turf Bonanza 2020 had to be cancelled last year. Turf Crew is pleased to announce that the newly formed association Örebro Turfers (not to be confused with Örebro Turfförening) will host the world championship in Turf - Turf Bonanza 2021. The event will be held on September 4, in Örebro Sweden. Save the date and book travel/accommodation right away. More information about this long awaited event will be released in springtime. Welcome to Örebro!


Turf Award 2021

Don't forget to nominate your favorites to Turf Awards 2021.Turf Award is awarded to turfers who have made significant or particularly attentive achievements during the previous year, or have been involved in an especially noted or spectacular zone takeover. Candidates are nominated by all turfers who also appoint the winners by voting. Turf Award is handed over to the winners by Turf Crew at the Bonanza banquet in Örebro September 4, 2021. Turf Award will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best Turf achievement of the year 2020

Awarded to the Turfer who, for example, got the most gold medals, monthly medals, has taken the most zones, unique zones, regions or equivalent in 2020.

  • Turf Star of the Year 2020

Awarded to the Turfer who started turfing as a newbie in 2020 and has made the fastest progress during the year.

  • Turfer of the Year 2020

An open category to nominate a Turfer that exceled in an exemplary way without any connections to an individual Turf performance. This award can be given for anything, for example: efforts to spread Turf, marketing, organizing Turf events or a Turfer who has helped and supported others in a special way.

  • Most Spectacular Zone Takeover of the Year 2020

Awarded to the Turfer, who has completed one of the most notable or spectacular zone takes in 2020.


Nomination procedure

In February 2021, all turfers have the opportunity to submit proposals on who should be nominated for the Turf Award in the different categories. A nomination proposal must include nickname and a brief motivation based on nomination criteria above. Link to the Google forms for proposing candidates can be found here (open up January 26 and closes February 25 2021).


Voting procedure and announcement of winners

In March 2021, Turf Crew nominates a maximum of five candidates in each category. During April all turfers will be given the opportunity to vote for which of the nominees who should be awarded the Turf Award in each category. Link to voting form can be found here (open up April 1 and closes April 30 2021).


Turf Expansion in UK, Germany and the rest of the world

No one can have missed the huge expansion in the UK in the last few months. Turf is also starting to take off in Germany. This has resulted in huge amounts of new zones in these two countries. UK and Germany are official Turf countries, so a major focus lately by the zone makers has been to supply the newbies in these particularly these two countries with zones. Turf was also at the end of 2020 made available to download in over 50 countries it hadn't been available in before. New turfers have been popping up in these countries too, often far away from any zones. A new feature to help these turfers were introduced in the app: a message to the turfer if there were no zones within a couple of kilometers, to write to Turf Crew and ask for zones in their area. About 20 such requests have been made and acted upon. Some newbies have found the Forum and asked for zones there. It also became a bit of a sport among the zone makers to watch Turf-TV and spot newbies in zoneless areas and give them a zone or ten ;)


Because of the expansion, all hands on deck were required and because zone making is 100% volunteer work, several zone makers have focused on UK and Germany (and the rest of the world) instead of the Swedish zone allotment during December 2020 to February 2021. But rest assured, the zone allotments will be met, albeit later in 2021. Turf Crew has also been busy training seven new zone makers from three different countries, again with special focus on UK and Germany. The enthusiasm among our new zone makers is great to see! Soon we will let some of them loose in Sweden too, and you might already have seen some of them sporting the black C(rew) shirt in the app.


Turf in Social Media

Once upon a long time ago, Drassen (one of the founders of Turf), set up a Facebook group named Turf, with Turf Crew as moderators. It has now been renamed and sports the lovely name ”Turf – Outdoor Addiction”. This is as official as a Facebook group can be for the International Turf community. Any language is welcome for posts, but most are in Swedish since for almost 10 years, Turf has been predominately played in Sweden or by Swedes living abroad. New rules were introduced in December to some members chagrin, Turf Crew is still trying them out. With over 25 moderators, the group needs some basic rules to hold on to. There are loads of other Turf groups on Facebook; for countries, regions or special interests.


Turf also has other official accounts in other social media:

https://www.facebook.com/Turfthegame

https://instagram.com/turfcrew

https://twitter.com/turf_game

Some less active than others ;)


Suggesting Zones in the Forum

Suggesting zones in the Forum is one of the main roads to get the attention of a zone maker. The other being using the suggestion button (light bulb) in the Turf app to suggest good spots for new zones. But remember, these are only suggestions, and a great way to help zone makers not familiar with your area to find those extra special spots. The better you promote it, often by a post in the Forum, the more likely a zone maker will see it and act upon it. But zone makers are under no obligation whatsoever to make your zone suggestion become a reality. There is no general policy about zone making in non-Turf countries, it happens now and then when someone 'gets a feeling'.


Zone makers are like cats, difficult to tell them what to do and even though some are public about their 'job', others are not and this wish to be somewhat anonymous needs to be respected. It is never ok to contact a zone maker privately. Contact zone makers via public channels, such as the Turf Forum or the issue system. Zone makers get only the fancy black C(rew) shirt in the Turf app as thanks for the many hours of work they put in for the Turf community. It's not only about making those zones, you know. Turf Crew handles issues, organizes the Turf Award, act on abuse complaints, organizes school Events, look after the TurfWiki, warded and the Forum, and write the monthly Turf Insider ;)


Turf divides the world into Country (Sweden), Region (Västerbotten) and Area (Umeå). In Sweden, the Areas are our municipalities. In other countries the areas can be defined differently. The areas are 'discovered' when a zone is placed in the zone making tool, and for example in Northern Ireland, a new area is 'discovered' every second zone, so the algorithm defining the area still needs some work. 


The Turf Forum has now been equipped with subgroups for each Region in the Official Turf countries. For the best result when you post about your zone suggestions in the Forum, find the country and region, then write the town and area (”kommun” in Swedish) in the title of your post. In Sweden, we have for as long as I've been zone maker, had ”kommunansvar”/”municipality (area) responsibility” for zone making and we change every four months. We no longer have region responsibility in Sweden, if someone still remembers those old days. In other countries, due to much less activity, zone makers have had the same region for a longer time period, some even have entire countries(!). That is about to change, I've been told. With more zone makers, we can rotate responsibilities abroad as well as in Sweden. This will assure zones of every variety, since each zone maker has their own flair when it comes to making zones :)


So, to recap: apply for an account at Turf Forum, find your country section of interest, find the Zones section, find the Region you want to make a zone suggestion in and write a post asking nicely for zones in your specific area. The post should as a minimum have a title with town and area in it so that the zone maker responsible for that area can easily find it. If you suggest one zone or many, does not matter so much, but we like zone suggestions with a bit of local history. Pictures are nice, but difficult to upload in the forum, add a link instead if you can :)


A zone maker colleague of mine thinks the optimal zone suggestion contains: location (on a map or with coordinates, or a link to eg open street map. Personally, I want the name of the closest existing zone so I can easily look for it in the zone making tool), a nice motivation for the zone, a picture or historical map and please, please a local name suggestion of a maximum of 13 characters. Local names are often tied nicely to the location and are less likely to already exist somewhere else.


Digital Turf Meetings

For lots of turfers the monthly or even weekly Turf get-togethers such as Turf Fika, Turf Beer or Turf Brunch came to a more or less abrupt end with the Covid-19 pandemic last year. Instead some turfers are now gathering online, in digital meetings. In Uppsala and Västmanland the monthly get-together was digital in January. I asked two turfers to contribute with their take on digital meetings. Enjoy!


Safe board meetings during a pandemic by Ninetail, Umeå, Västerbotten

In order to have as broad a geographical representation as possible, the board of Turf Västerbotten consists of turfers from Umeå, Skellefteå and Öravan. This means that even before the pandemic struck, some of us either had to travel far or participate via cell phone or using other solutions. If you have participated in a meeting via cell phone, you know that it does not work perfectly. It became even more difficult when at the beginning of the pandemic we switched to keeping at least two chairs distance between all meeting participants - it simply became impossible to place the cell phone so that everyone could hear and be heard.


When firmer restrictions were imposed in Sweden, we realized that it was time to try to find a more sustainable solution. We chose Microsoft Teams, as the service offers both document storage and opportunity for digital meetings. The most recent board meetings have been completely digital and the technology has worked well. The degree of participation in the meetings has increased as no one needs to travel and you can participate even if you have symptoms. In fact, it has also become easier to work with common documents during meetings. One problem that remains to be solved is how to sign physical documents. For the time being, we have appointed members to check the minutes who live close to each other so that they can meet afterwards. Preparations are currently underway for the annual meeting. This will also be digital this year. Hopefully this means that even more turfers from all over the region have the opportunity to participate - our goal is to be an association for the whole region of Västerbotten. There is certainly much more you can do digitally as well, even if what we probably long for most is to be able to meet physically and eat or turf together.


Report from Digital Turf meeting in Uppsala by mpmoke

There has been few Turf meetings in Uppsala during 2020 due to the pandemic and it is sorely  missed. As a turfer, you want to meet up with your fellow turfers now and then over brunch, coffee or a beer, and dive into nerdy Turf talk, share zone shots, talk about purple coloring of the zones in warded, missions, celebrate region round winners, welcome new turfers and hang out with all the turfers! Many have had digital meetings with work, school, relatives and friends and why not do it with the whole Turf gang?! I myself am most used to Zoom and think it has worked best of the programs I have tried. To avoid people talking in each other's mouths and having some kind of control, a simple program was suggested where we would have a simple quiz game, someone would tell us about odd zone takes. The entire Turf meeting would be limited to about 1 hour. The invitation was made via our local Hangout and a post in the local Facebook group Turf Uppsala.


Wednesday 13 January came around and the start time was 19. 14 connected and with some there were several people, a total of 17 people. Then there were some who logged in quickly as well. I heard and saw everyone but some had trouble hearing some others, most likely due to settings or odd operating systems. I did a slide show from Turf meetings and Bonanza from as early as 2013. We identified turfers and were amazed that many have hung around for such a long time. Others were identified as former turfers. After about an hour and a half, the participants thought it was appropriate to round off this first digital Turf meeting in Uppsala.


Overall, I think it was a successful and pleasant Turf meeting. Well worth repeating. What you can think of is to try to test sound and image before the meeting, turn off the mic when you do not intend to talk to avoid drowning out those who talk, have an agenda for the meeting to steer up a little and get people started. We used Zoom, but it may be worth trying other programs as well. The main thing is that we met in some way and kept the geek going until we can meet for real again when the pandemic has blown over. 


Upcoming Region Battle in March

In March Region Scotland will battle Region Skåne during four weeks, so don't be surprised if the Top 100 will be filled with turfers from Scotland and Skåne :) The Region teams and battle can be followed on turfportalen.se. Read more here about the set up. May the best team win!


Turfa lugnt!/Safe turfing!


//Munin


...if you want to contribute to future Turf Insiders, send your story to insider@turfgame.com :)

Turf Awards 2020 2021-01-26 15:05:14

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Turf Award is awarded to turfers who have made significant or particularly attentive achievements during the previous year, or have been involved in an especially noted or spectacular zone takeover.

Candidates are nominated by all turfers who also can participate in the final voting round to appoint the winners. Turf Award is handed over to the winners by Turf Crew at the Bonanza banquet in Örebro September 4, 2021. Turf Award will be awarded in the following categories:


  • Best Turf achievement of the year 2020

Awarded to the Turfer who, for example, got the most gold medals, monthly medals, has taken the most zones, unique zones, regions or equivalent in 2020.


  • Turf Star of the Year 2020

Awarded to the Turfer who started turfing as a newbie in 2020 and has made the fastest progress during the year.


  • Turfer of the Year 2020

An open category to nominate a Turfer that exceled in an exemplary way without any connections to an individual Turf performance. This award can be given for anything, for example: efforts to spread Turf, marketing, organizing Turf events or a Turfer who has helped and supported others in a special way.


  • Most Spectacular Zone Takeover of the Year 2020

Awarded to the Turfer, who has completed one of the most notable or spectacular zone takes in 2020.


Nomination procedure

In February 2021, all turfers have the opportunity to submit proposals on who should be nominated for the Turf Award in the different categories. A nomination proposal must include nickname and a brief motivation based on nomination criteria abowe. Link to the Google forms for proposing candidates can be found here (open up January 26 and closes February 25 2021): 

https://forms.gle/FLCxmn5wfUMMdKzM6


Voting procedure and announcement of winners

In March 2021, Turf Crew nominates a maximum of five candidates in each category. During April all turfers will be given the opportunity to vote for which of the nominees who should be awarded the Turf Award in each category. Link to voting form can be found here (open up April 1 and closes April 30 2021): 

https://goo.gl/forms/VAFenyDiz6W7LoPv2

The voting score determines who will be the winner of Turf Award. During the Bonanza Banquet in Örebro on September 4, 2021 the winners will be announced. If the prize winner is physically present they will have the opportunity to leave a short comment.


MasterOfTurf

Event coordinator

Turf Crew

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