All you need to know here: http://nyheter.turf08.se/
Update: This feature was just an april fools joke, sorry!
Thats right, the incredibly popular game mode, Battle Royale, is coming to your favourite outdoor app.
A battle royale game is a game genre that blends the survival, exploration and scavenging elements of a survival game with last-woman/man-standing gameplay.
Battle royale games are played between a large number of individual players, pairs of two players or a number of small squads (typically of 3-5 players). In each match, the goal is to be the last player or team standing by eliminating all other opponents. A match starts by placing the player-characters into a large map space, typically by having all players skydive from a large aircraft within a brief time limit.
The game mode will be available soon so be prepared!
We are proud to finally release a function that many users have asked for over the years!
- New feature: Groups, supporters can now create their very own group! (Supporter only)
- Two zone types: Castle/Fort and Ruins
In a few days we will release the long awaited "custom toplist" function. You will be able to invite others to a custom group where you can follow each others score.
The feature will be Supporter only and with this release we will also increase the supporter fee slightly.
Thank you for supporting the development of your favourite anti-relaxation-app :-)
The winner of round 104 did not need one million points to win. Congrats to TXL from Skåne to a second gold! AnneliCH from Skåne got her first silver. sim_en from Gävleborg held out and ended up with his first bronze. Four of the top five turfers this round hailed from Skåne, there must've been slightly less snow and a bit warmer there compared to other places. Well done mates!
Come to the capital of Sweden and compete by foot or bike in the lovely royal Djurgården area. This is a great opportunity to meet and greet fellow turfers from everywhere. The competitions end with a festive dinner party, the Bonanza Banquet. All information about all of this and more can be found at: http://nyheter.turf08.se The registration period ends April 10th.
If you want your public event featured in Turf Insider, write to: email@example.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.
The original 57 nominations were reduced to five nominations in four classes by Turf Crew during February. It is now in the hands of the nominated fellow turfers to vote for their favorite in each category.
Link to the voting form can be found here (closes March 31, 2019): https://goo.gl/forms/VAFenyDiz6W7LoPv2
A mistake was made when vetting the nominations in the category ”Turf Star of the Year 2018”. The basic criteria that the turfer had to begin during 2018 was investigated for all nominated in this category. However, a communication error between members of Crew led to the false nomination of MaXi. He made a remarkable 2018, but he did not start his Turf account in 2018. So his nomination will be scratched. If you have voted for him, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org and cast your vote on one of the other four nominated in this category. Turf Crew is very sorry for the mistake!
The Turf Awards will be handed over to the winners by Turf Crew during the Bonanza Banquet in Stockholm on May 18, 2019.
Why keeping your Avatar visible is a good thing
On Wednesday the 27th of February, kamikatze posted in Turf Göteborg that she was worried about fellow turfer jodoff. She had been watching Turf-TV and observed how jodoff had been very still in a known dangerous part of the woods in Eastern Gothenburg. He did not answer when she tried to contact him in the Turf Chat and it was getting late. A turfer living in the area, reported that a helicopter was circling in the area. When his Avatar disappear, the discussion went to trying to inform the police about his position. Calls were made and luckily jodoff had been found when kamikatze talked to the police. Later jodoff commented in the Facebook-thread, saying he was very touched by how many cared for him although he did not know of it until he was safe at home.
If you feel that it is scary to have your Avatar on all the time because people might be watching, this is a time when it could have made the difference between life and death. The Turf Community cares!
So what happened to jodoff? Well, Turf Insider asked a few questions :)
What made you start with Turf? When did you start?
I saw in GP (local newspaper in Gothenburg), it was a small "technology box" that the magazine sometimes has. This was in April 2015. Seemed interesting. It has made me move and move. What hangs in the closet began to feel bigger after a while. The stairs began to feel easier.
What is the background to your Turf nick?
My nick name is a mixture of part of my first name and a part of my surname on ”the spin side” (red: the mother's side) of the family at an earlier stage of history.
What is the best thing about Turf?
The best thing about Turf is undoubtedly that I have seen many nice nature areas I did not know existed, especially in Gothenburg.
You became famous in Turf Gothenburg the other day when kamikatze became worried about you when your avatar stood still very long in the forest. What happened? Do you want to tell Turf Insider?
Short story: I dropped the phone I turf with in the forest but luckily I had one more with me that made it possible to contact someone outside the forest.
Long story: I was at "RidingaLake" and was going to take it. The turf app and I were however of different opinions. The sun started to stand very low and I knew it was a bit of a walk back to civilization. I thought it was best to go back home via "LongPower". When I was a bit on the way, I met two girls who knew the area. I asked them how to get out of the forest. Follow the "yellow track" they said. I tried to keep up with them, but fafter a couple of hundred meters I could not find the turf phone. It was gone, so I turned and tried to call it. At that moment I couldn't think of an easier way. I did not think that the Turf app was in my other phone as well.
It had become so dark that I understood that help was needed. I found an area in the forest that was a little more open and called 112 who linked me to the police. He wanted to know which phone number I called from. I rarely use that phone and definitely doesn't call it, so I could not give him a number. He was supposed to contact 112 and then call me. At the next contact with the police they had engaged a dog patrol and sent up a helicopter. It took a while for the helicopter to get close to me, so I could lit my phone and start waving. There were not good enough conditions for the helicopter to land close to me, but it remained near until the dog patrol made contact with me.
The rest was just transportation out of the forest with the shanks's pony and quad bikes.
Did you know that many turfers got involved in your fate?
No, not while it was going on. When I got home I dared to use the Turf phone because I could charge it. Then I discovered an email from Mani that I replied to that I was well and at home. She passed it on and it calmed down on Facebook. It feels very nice that you have friends that you do not know. Social media are effective and community services work when you once ask for help. Once I was found by a dog patrol, it was about a two km walk. Then "taxi" went home to the door. I was never worried out there in the wilderness. Afterwards I understood that others had been very worried for me.
What will be your next Turf adventure?
Trying to take all zones in Gothenburg. It is probably a multi-year project.
What personal goal are you most satisfied with?
One goal that I am very happy I have done is "Around the whole of Hisingen". Some try to take on the whole world, I am content with that little one.
Most memorable zone you have taken and why
A zone I remember especially is "Gärdsåskulle" Not really taking the zone, but when I am going down the road there are three guys with MBT leading the bikes up in order to properly be on the bikes down.
If you have a Turf meeting extraordinary, write to me at email@example.com :)
Next time I will delve into the art of writing an Issue. When to do it, how to do it and why we do it :)
We have reached ten billion points taken all together since the beginning of the game now, yay to us!
Omröstningen pågår t.o.m. 31 mars 2019. The vote will end on March 31, 2019.
Rösta här/Vote here: https://goo.gl/forms/
If you like to get more scientific perspective on the game we highly recommend this article that recently got published.
How does a mobile game become a sport related community with its own cultural expressions and norms? This explorative article examines Turf, a mobile game where the players use the GPS function to navigate both a digital map and the physical landscape. By locating digital zones in the landscape, similar to the sport ori- enteering, the player gains points. Around the game various social activities, relations and norms have evolved. The purpose of this article is to empirically explore the phenomenon and its develop- ment and to discuss how cultural connections are created and es- tablished. We depart from the assumption that the digital game does not exclude a relation with the physical environment; instead there is an interaction between the digital and physical landscape that create new meanings and relations. Since the introduction in 2010, the game has created its own set of language, patterns of movement, objects and norms. Further, as the game is constantly evolving, so is the players’ use of Turf, which is a prerequisite for the survival of cultural phenomena.