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TURF INSIDER February 2020-02-07 14:53:20

Round Winners

Congrats to the winner of round 115: MrAce from Västmanland who took his first Gold medal ever, ZonerX from Stockholm landed his second Silver and NPJem from Skåne could celebrate his first Bronze.

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.


Vb Winter Classic 2020

Just a reminder to sign up for the Winter Classic event taking place in Umeå on the leap day this year. It is a classical event organized by Turf Västerbotten.

More information regarding registration etc will be posted on Turf Västerbotten web page: turfvasterbotten.wordpress.com


Turf Awards 2019

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. The nomination period has now ended and in March the nominations in each category will be revealed and every turfer can vote for their favorite. The winner in each category will be announced by Turf Crew at the Bonanza banquet in Örebro on May 16, 2020.


Turf Clubs

In the last few years Turf Clubs have been started. Optimus from uTurf (Turf Västmanland) wants to remind every old, new and future member of uTurf of the annual member meeting on the 11th of March at 6.30 pm. More info at www.uturf.se. You don't have to live and turf in Västmanland to become a member of uTurf. 

I would like to hear from the Turf Clubs out there. How long have you been around? Regular meetings/events your club arranges. 


FTT = First To Take

What is more rewarding than being the first turfer to take a brand new zone or an old one in some far away corner of the Turf map? This is called FTT: First To Take. If you have registered at https://turf.lundkvist.com/, you can see all your FTTs from 1/1 2007 (that is as far back as lundkvist statistics go), and sometimes a few taken before this date. Most FTTs to date, according to Lundkvist, has MrJokerit, no doubt due to his escapade in Japan a few years ago. At lundkvist you can also check if there's any potential FTTs around when you are out and about. When looking at a region's all zones, you can sort them accordingly to how many times they've been taken. For example there's 13 zones in Jämtland waiting for a turfer to take FTT :) While there are none in Stockholm...


I still remember my first FTT, back during my first year as a turfer. It was my own zone suggestion (SvängAv) and popped up on my way home from a weekly Lindy hop dance event. My second FTT was another zone suggestion of mine: DanskaStenen. Most of my FTTs I've collected while travelling outside of Sweden, there is less competition for zones then. At lundkvist, FTTs you take while assisting is listed. It is fun to get together and take a FTT together, I have experienced this twice in Uppsala. Both times it was Kygni that got the local turfers together for a FTT on his winner zones.


Sometimes zone makers enjoy 'dumping' a new zone on top of an active turfer. This happened to pandora when she stopped in the Lunsen forest back in 2014 to photograph some forest motives. When she started to walk again, she heard 'taking zone' and was awarded with a FTT on the brand new zone Lunsenstigen. Once when I wanted to be nice to a Helsinki turfer and put a new zone on the bike path he was going on, he simply just biked thru it and didn't stop until the next zone! I was somewhat confused over his behavior, but it was explained to me when I visited Helsinki and met up with the local turfers. They told me the turfer was biking with the phone in his pocket, and didn't realize a new zone has been put in his way...he had heard 'taking zone', but disregarded it as an 'echo'. So much for my gift of a new zone!


My zone maker colleague Wsnurr once had to explain for a couple of hitchhikers why he turned off the main road on to a small gravel road in order to be the first, and only, turfer to take the Slovakian zone Vlkonívec. Another time he took a cab for 30 min into nowhere in Bulgaria to walk over a rusty bridge over Donau to end up in a zone full of heavy underbrush. The things some turfers do for a FTT ;)


My own last FTT happened last weekend in Uppsala. Me and TriggerHappy were on our way home after visiting some friends on Saturday evening. We had taken the zone at Järlåsa church and were half-way to Vänge, when a friendly fellow turfer told us to turn around since a brand new zone had popped up in Järlåsa. It was the zone Pucko close to the factory where the Pucko chocolate drink used to be produced, history of Pucko (in Swedish only). We hurried back and in the dark we got the year's first FTT. The following morning Hylaeus took this photo of the zone, our photo was all darkness.

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Turf Crew launches Scout Turf!

Several Scout Corps have recently conducted Turf events for their members and it has been a success. Therefore Olle Alsén (ollals) has been appointed as the person in charge of spreading Turf within the Scout organization. ollals will work towards increased activity in Sweden and other countries. Turf events will be a program point at the European Scout Jamboree in Poland this summer. Scouts who want to organize Turf events can contact ollals at scoutevent@turfgame.com Be prepared!


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

Munin







(SWE) Svensk orientering 2020-01-22 18:42:01

I början av februari håller Smålands Orienteringsförbund och SISU idrottsutbildarna Småland en kurs med namnet: DIGITAL ORIENTERING MED STÖD AV TURF

Kursen kommer att gå igenom appen samt verktyget för att skapa egna events.


Intresse / frågor? Kontakta events@turfgame.com

Turf awards 2019 2020-01-13 20:10:18

Nominate your candidates before February 1st.

More information - see links below:

Information på SVENSKA

Information in ENGLISH

TURF INSIDER January 2020-01-11 21:44:06

Round Winners

Congrats to the winner of round 114: the Gold medal was awarded Király from Skåne who took his 20th medal, MaXi from Dalarna added a Silver medal to his Bronze medal and M0112 from Lounais-Suomi added a second Bronze medal to his list.

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.


Vb Winter Classic 2020

Just a reminder to sign up for the Winter Classic event taking place in Umeå on the leap day this year. It is a classical event organized by Turf Västerbotten.

More information regarding registration etc will be posted on our webpage: turfvasterbotten.wordpress.com


Turf Awards 2019

Turf Awards are 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 for awarding the Turf Award are nominated by all turfers who also participate in the final voting to appoint the winners. Turf Award is handed over to the winners by Turf Crew at the Bonanza banquet in Örebro on May 16, 2020.


Turfers can be nominated in four categories:

Best Turf achievement of 2019Awarded to the Turfer who, for example, got the most gold medals, monthly medals, has taken the most zones, unique zones, regions or equivalent in 2019.

Turf Star of 2019 - Awarded to the Turfer who started turfing as a newbie in 2019 and has made the fastest progress during the year.

Turfer of the year 2019 - An open category to nominate a Turfer that excelled 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 2019 - Awarded to the Turfer, who has completed one of the most notable or spectacular zone takes in 2019.


Nomination procedure

From January 13 to January 31, you will have the opportunity to submit proposals on who should be nominated for a final vote round to be awarded the Turf Award 2019. Link to forms for proposing candidates can be found on turfgame.com and Facebook from January 13th.

 

Trans-Siberia Turf train adventure

Turfer allinug from Uppsala is a daring old lady who booked a trip with the Trans-Siberian railroad over New Year's. I asked her to contribute with some stories from her trip and a few pictures. Here is her story:

The train slows down well before Ulan-Ude, the turning point for my train journey. I gather my luggage after nesting for four days among Russian families on their way to New Year's celebrations. I step off the train and head for the Ulan-Ude Turf zone.

I never imagined I would discover new places in my hometown, when my sister-in-law introduced me to Turf. Even less, that a year later I would cut across railroad tracks in Siberia because there is a zone in that direction. Admittedly, I followed the flow of the other passengers, but then I stood there in a parking lot (Ulan-Ude) and was barely able to take myself back after taking the zone to the right side, where my hotel was located. It took an hour and some uniformed people to succeed (you just don't run around the station area willy nilly in Siberia).


I began the journey in Moscow, and after taking all zones there at least once, I went with the train east for four straight days to Ulan-Ude, a day trip beyond Lake Baikal. On the way back I will stay for a few days in some cities. At the time of writing most recently in Novosibirsk, where I hope to see a glimpse of the Orthodox Christmas celebration and a little more than a glimpse of the zone. On my way east, the gps played a trick on me during the stop.

Other zones were more easily captured, some even from inside the train. The train schedules are detailed and kept to the minute. I printed them out when I bought the tickets (directly on the Russian train company's website) and then it has been easy to plan my "excursions" on the slippery platforms. At the same time, it is interesting to study the beautiful station houses and the interesting railway routines: the locomotive is sometimes changed, new carriages are switched on, the ”provdonitskan/ -niken” (carriage host) steps off and chops ice from the chassis (Yekaterinburg) before checking passports and tickets. Then, new coal is poured under the samovar in the carriage to keep us passengers warm with fresh tea.


When I return to Moscow, neutral zones await, some within walking distance of my accommodation. Most of them are of course located at places that I would nevertheless visit, eg. the so well-known, fabulous Vasily Church at Red Square (VasilyChurch). It became a bit difficult to take, as the area was suddenly blocked off and a more or less strict police guard was located at the barriers. However, a friendly guy let me through once - without having to explain everything about Turf, as sometimes is the case.

One place I would have missed without "turf-guiding" is Luzhniki Stadium, located in a huge sports area on the Moscow River. Fun to get to totally unexpected places! And yes, I mix with other experiences too! From music and art to hiking on a sparkling beautiful Angaraf River yesterday. The adventure continues!”


Turf Region Battle

Dalarna was battling with region Örebro during December 2019 and the winning team of 29 Dala-turfers was spear-headed by MaXi, this rounds Silver medalist. I asked him for a few words about the battle:

"Both regions recruited a team of turfers from their region in order to battle it out during December with regards to highest average take points per turfer. The points of the highest 80 % turfers in the team was counted. The region battle was divided into weeks so the region that won most weeks during December month wins. In the end Dalarna won over Örebro with 4 - 1. You can find the details at Turfportalen. Overall the region battle had a positive impact to help turfers get motivation to take some extra zones and we in Dalarna look forward to doing another one in 2020." 


Diverse, Diversier, Diversiest

New medals were released on the 8th of December, the Diverse-series where a turfer has to collect round unique zones.

The medal was a result of a vote among the Turf community earlier during 2019. The first week, the Diverse-medal was awarded to turfers all over the map. To date only 8 turfers have been awarded the highest level, Diversiest. MaXi from Dalarna was the first turfer to visit enough round unique zones for this medal, he wants to thank OdKing and BigBang for help with both guiding him to new zones and getting a ride with his bike when no more unique zones could be found at home. Personally for me, the two higher medals will be Turf goals for the warmer and lighter parts of the Turf year. For now I am happy with the Diverse-medal :)


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

Munin




Turfer bike discount 2019-12-07 18:32:43

We are currently partnering up with Cykellagret.se in order to give all turfers a 7% discount on new bikes. (no childrens bikes)

To get your 7% discount, email prisredturfgame@cykellagret.se when you have decided on what to buy.

This exclusive Turf deal lasts during December.

TURF INSIDER December 2019-12-07 18:19:08

Round Winners

Congrats to the winner of round 113: Király from Skåne who took his 19th medal, Oberoff from Stockholm wanted to see if a part-time dad could win a Region-medal and then he went and biked home a Silver medal. DoctorDave from Östergötland earned his first bronze medal.

Well done mates!


Turf Events

LusseTurf

Västerås annual Christmas event will take place Sunday the 8th of December and the event runs between 11.00-13.00. The venue opens at 10.15 am, and you are welcome to register at www.uturf.se but you can also register at the event.


Vb Winter Classic 2020

Turf Västerbotten wants to invite everyone to their yearly Winter event:

"There is winter, and there is winter. Then there is Västerbotten Winter Classic 2020! If you want to experience a real winter event, then make sure to make use of the leap-day (29th of February 2020) and join this classical event in Umeå. The event is organized by Turf Västerbotten. We can offer a special prize for the turfer who travels the furthest to experience our popular winter event, and some affordable nice accommodation (but you need to be speedy). 

More information regarding registration etc will be posted on our web page: turfvasterbotten.wordpress.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.


Musikhjälpen and SteelFM

December 9-15 is the Music Aid in Västerås and of course we will find something on Stora Torget. The theme of the Music Aid this year is ”Sex is not a weapon”, read more here. Turf Västmanland will ensure that there will be Crowdy takes (2 different attempts to get a Crowdy 144) as well as a digital collection box Turf för Musikhjälpen.


In Åland, the radio channel Steel-FM is organizing a collection for the Food Bank in Åland. It started on December 2 and will run until the New Year.


Turf Region Battle

During the next round, Dalarna is battling with region Örebro and it can be followed here: https://turfportalen.se/event/kampdalarnaorebro2019

The battle is between 29 turfers from Dalarna and 56 turfers from Örebro. The battle will finish on the 5th of January 2020. May the best team win!


Medal Vote 2019

During November turfers could vote for the next Turf medal from seven choices. The winning proposal was ”Amount of unique zones during one round”. Behind this mouthful is the idea to go for ”round unique zones”, a concept introduced by https://frut.zundin.se/unika.php. The zones taken does not have to be all time new unique zones to the turfer, but unique for the current round. The Medal workshop is busy designing and naming the new medal, so keep an eye out for it!



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Let's talk about Abuse

Sometimes turfers take advantage of the game in a negative way and break the few rules that exist. Since Turf Crew are not all-seeing, any turfer that discovers a rule violation can write to abuse@turfgame.com . Do not blame or question the behavior of a specific turfer in public, since it rarely results in anything good, but could be devastating if the accused was not doing anything wrong. Report your suspicion to the abuse-mail instead. Different actions can be taken by Turf Crew depending on the kind of abuse and in some cases an assessment has to be done with regards to how serious the violation is.


The most common rule violation is ”gps spoofing” where the turfer is fooling the game to believe the gps of the phone is in a specific zone while being somewhere else, usually at home by a computer. This is often done by newbies excited about trying their 'hacking' skills. This kind of abuse always result in the account being shut down/banned.


Another common abuse of a Turf account is one account with several turfers. This is usually done out of naivety about the rules. A warning by e-mail is often enough for the turfers involved to come to their senses and stop sharing one account. If a warning is not enough, the account is banned. Unsuitable Turf nicks are changed by Turf Crew when brought to the attention of Turf Crew via the abuse-mail and the turfer is informed by e-mail about why the nick was inappropriate.


One turfer having two accounts is NOT abuse, nor is 'armpit turfing' (blocking the phone's gps signal by putting the phone in the armpit when you are in the zone), although many feel these are moral grey zones. Turfing by car is not against the rules either and hence is not abuse. If traffic rules are broken while turfing, it is a matter between the turfer and the police, not a matter for Turf Crew, just as a turfer who bikes or walks also has to obey the local traffic rules.


Another kind of abuse that can lead to repercussions are foul language in the chats in the Turf app. The first step is usually a short temporary chat-ban (the turfer can still use the app and take zones, but can no longer write in the chats). If a short temporary chat-ban is not enough to deter the turfer from abusing the chat privileges, a longer chat-ban is put in place, sometimes lasting 'forever'. In really severe cases, the account can be shut down. Turf Crew can also ”clean” the different Turf chats by removing the foul language if it is deemed necessary.


Tip of the month: The Turf Schnapps song

Christmas time is upon us and warm drinks are a nice way to finish a turf session. If you are having a drink with friends this Swedish Turf schnapps song might be a fun way to break the ice.


Turfzonen kommer (melody: Punschen kommer/Elvira Madigan, text by mpmoke)

Zonen kommer, zonen kommer, ny och gul

Zonen kommer, zonen kommer, ny och gul

Skål för alla nya, skål för varje zon

Inga sorger finnas mer när zon vi får!


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

Munin

Vote results 2019-11-16 08:50:26

The results are in and it seems like most people voted for a medal that requires you to visit a certain amount of different (unique) zones during a round.


Medal vote 2019 2019-11-02 19:52:22

Place your vote on which medal you think should be implemented next in Turf!

Do it here: https://forms.gle/sd4uJ1mBuzZo2Xgy6

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