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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

Bonanza moved! 2020-03-30 18:30:42

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

Registration is still open!

All info can be found herehttps://hem.turforebro.se/bonanza-2020/

Sign up for Bonanza! 2020-03-15 20:21:51

Bonanza is getting closer!


Read about the event here:

https://hem.turforebro.se/bonanza-2020/

Sign up here:

https://tinyurl.com/bonanza2020


TURF INSIDER March 2020-03-15 20:09:29

Round Winners

Congrats to the winner of round 116: Király from Skåne who just keeps going like the Duracell bunny, GW007 from Kalmar added one more silver to his row of medals, Olleklunk from Örebro turfed home his first Bronze and first Region-medal.

Well done mates!


Turf Insider received a mail highlighting how MrAce, the winner of round 115, invited every turfer in Västerås for a FTT on his winner zone, MrAcePlace. MrAce himself was serving up ”fika” to all who braved the cold and the fierce winds. The ”unveiling” of winner zones together with your fellow turfers is a nice happening. The best yet that Turf Insider have reported about, is when the turfers in Mariehamn get together and celebrate in style with champagne!


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.


New open Duo Turf 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 at www.kalmarturf.se


Report from Winter Classic 2020

The battle of swamps

For a while it seemed like winter had abandoned Umeå, but just in time for Västerbotten Winter Classic the cold weather returned. On the leap-day of the year 2020 the Nydala lake was covered by a thick layer of ice and a thin layer of snow. More than 40 turfers from Gothenburg to Luleå competed by bike or on foot, conquering all the swamps in Västerbotten. Well, not literally, the theme for the event zones was places in Västerbotten with -träsk (swamp) in their name. Most unique swamps (94 in 94 takes) was collected by cotten who won gold in the cycle class. MaXi seized the runners' gold with 66 takes. MoiRune - who started approximately 20 minutes after everyone else - won the Juniors' gold with an amazing 65 takes! The achievement "Turfer travelling the furthest to the event" resulted in a large chunk of Västerbotten cheese for MrJokerit. The event was followed by an evening buffet.

For photos and a longer summary in Swedish see: https://turfvasterbotten.wordpress.com/2020/03/02/traskkamp-i-winter-classic-2020/


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.

Voting form for Turf Award 2019 is now open!

Five turfers have been nominated in each category and during the month of March you can vote for those who have been nominated for the Turf Awards 2019. Link to the voting form: https://goo.gl/forms/VAFenyDiz6W7LoPv2 The winner in each category will be announced by Turf Crew at the Bonanza banquet in Örebro on May 16, 2020.


How Naviki and Turf got together

Do you remember Naviki, the German navigation app? Turf zones were added to their Points Of Interests last year and Germany Explorer was a fact.

A turfer who was involved in initiating the collaboration is Deppen. This is her story about how it came to happen:


In 2018 and 2019 I biked about 700 km. I like to take unique zones and Naviki is a good help in planning the route. I use two older iPhones, both mounted on the handle bar of my bike. One is for Turf and one is for Naviki. When I started using Naviki, it bothered me to not see Turf zones as part of their Points of Interest. So I contacted Naviki and told them about Turf. After hearing nothing for about half a year, I got back to them and asked if they wanted to know more about Turf. I was told they had contacted Andrimon and the rest you know :)”


Proves that one turfer can have a big impact on the game! So don't be shy to contact Andrimon with your ideas about expanding Turf.


Region Battle Uppsala - Östergötland

During March Uppsala is battling with Östergötland in three classes: average points, average takes and average unique zones. You can follow the teams and the battle at https://turfportalen.se/event/uppsalaostergotland2020 I am part of Team Uppsala and yesterday a member of our team wrote the following post to the rest of the team and I think it symbolizes very well what Turf and region battles are all about :)


Dear Teammates. Here are some reflections from my first two days of the regional battle.

First of all, I must say that I am insanely impressed with your efforts! I can't understand how you can gather as many points as you do. I am normally on foot and aim to take at least 1000 points a day, I'm happy if I take over 2000 points and proud if I happen to approach 3000 points.

These two days I have biked. Collecting points is a lot more efficient, but what I realize is that there are obstacles out there I never reflected on earlier. During these two days I have carried my bike both up and down stairs, I have lifted it over a fallen tree and gotten stuck in mud. By foot it's kind of easier ... bu of course also a lot slower.

I entered this battle as a real underdog. I had the second lowest ranking in the team. I had taken the least number of zones all together and I had taken almost the least points. And most of the zones I've taken are in a straight line to and from work and the gym. It doesn't necessarily have to be a drawback though, and I am curious to see if I can get even close to the points some of my Teammates get every month.

Watching TurfTV has been something I have teased my mum, turf nick Mumsige, for. I have considered it pure madness to stare at avatars moving across a screen. But last night I found myself opening the Turf app several times and followed you (my team mates) on the screen. Slow entertainment indeed, but on the other hand, I dig watching bread rising in the oven!

I have met many new people on my routes, common for all I have encountered is that you are incredibly nice! It feels great to be a part of the Uppsala gang! Thanks for letting me join :)

So, tired but satisfied and deeply impressed is the summary of my first few days!

See you in a zone somewhere soon!

// dixern”


The battle has just begun and it looks like it will be a close battle over the next five weeks. It will end at 11.59 am on Sunday the 5th of April. Let the best (Uppsala!) team win ;)

MaXi from Dalarna is trying to put together a MEGA Region battle for September 2020. Dead line to register your region and a team captain is 1st of April. Contact MaXi at maxi.triathlon@gmail.com The idea is that the team captains will discuss the rules of the battle and how to compete.


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

Munin

Turf Awards, time to vote! 2020-03-01 19:14:28

Vote for your favourite candidate now!

Do it HERE!

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.

BILD


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.


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