Turf insider November 2018

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Round winners

The winner of round 100 claims his second Gold: congratulations to Bont från Umeå, Västerbotten! He also managed to complete his 50th (!) Staminatrix during his winning round. Too bad there ain't a medal for such an achievement. ZonerX from Stockholm turfed home a little over 1 million points for his first silver medal. GW007 from Kalmar had to make do with a Bronze medal, but maybe that was the goal since it is his first bronze. Well done mates!

Turf Wiki

At https://wiki.turfgame.com/en/wiki/Main_Page you can read about many aspects of Turf. As of October 31 2018, TurfWiki is going through a major overhaul supervised mainly by PaltN and Kartmannen. This will hopefully improve the general tidiness and readability of the articles. The task is estimated to carry over into 2019.

Turf Meetings

KråkanKrax from Åland is sharing a story about a Turf dinner they recently had in Mariehamn:

We are a small group of 4-6 people (from the beginning KråkanKrax, Yoth and Tompaj, later we included our partners UtiVårHage, Aspirin and Griffonlady) who enjoy each others company. We decided to meet at Tompaj and Aspirin on a Saturday night to eat and drink champagne to celebrate all the medals and successes that had been bestowed upon us in recent months. The evening was a success with lots of ideas and laughter while we ate well and ”bubbled”.

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We were also challenged to a "turf game quiz" where we had to answer all possible and impossible questions about Turf, show our knowledge about the game and other turfers in the "world". It was a much appreciated initiative from the hosts :) Late at night or early in the morning we (KråkanKrax, UtiVårHage and Yoth) biked home, of course via "some" zones. One of us did not get home right away even though we separated from him at his stop. He rambled about for another 2 hours on the bike all the way down town and you all know who, right? ;)

If you have your own Turf Meeting story you would like to have featured in Turf Insider, please write about it to: insider@turfgame.com My aim is to have at least one Turf Meeting story each month. You can write in Swedish or in English, a few sentences are enough (if you write too much, I will edit it). A picture is always fun too. It can be both about monthly organized meetings or small encounters while turfing.

Holy Zones and the Ghost Minute Medal

There are today 3135 Holy Zones (HZ) to visit in Turf.A HZ should be entirely or mostly placed in a “Holy” area; the area around a church, mosque, synagogue or similar buildings originally built for a “Holy” purpose. The zone can also be placed just outside the compounds, but then there must be good visual contact with the building so the turfer can get a “Holy experience”. Also graveyards without “Holy” buildings are considered as “Holy”.

Accordingly to www.lundkvist.com the turfer PinkCat has visited the most HZ, to date 708. Of all the attributes, Holy is the most common, maybe because holy places are easily identified for zone makers when placing new zones. HZ are often well worth visiting too. Crew members recommend Hallgrímur in Iceland and IshaveZone. I am also very fond of my closest HZ, VakChurch, where I took Ghost Minute.

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Ghost Minute is awarded to those turfers who dare to take a Holy Zone between 00:00 and 00:01. To date 2199 turfers have taken this scary medal. Most plan quite carefully how to take it, but there are instances when taking it comes as a pleasant surprise. This happend to Rydenskan when she was going home from a night out with some turfer friends. Her phone was giving her some gps trouble, so after restarting the phone and getting assist on MosqueZone, she and her company were very surprised when the Ghost Minute medal showed up. Someone who planned carefully how to take Ghost Minute was edjur. This is edjur's story:

”Most turfers taking the Ghost-medal plan it with some care, my planning was a bit extreme. A few of us turfers in Uppsala sometimes to medal combinations where we combine several medals in one take. In August 2015, I wanted to combine Ghost with Insomnia, El Staminatore and Take-15000. Some months planning and 23 hours of careful turfing to take excatly 199 zones without missing any hour was culminating with this one last take of the holy zone EriksMountain. It would be my 15000th take in total and 200th within the last 24 hours, it would be the last hour of Insomnia and it needed to be taken between midnight and one minute past. I was very nervous until the ”zone taken” came with all four medals following. It was with a great sense of achievement I rode my bike home that night.”

Turf Events

Next month, Lusseturf will take place in Västerås for the 6th time on Sunday the 9th of December. It is an event by foot and a new thing this year is a team competition. Read more and sign up at: http://www.uturf.se/?p=55612

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

Three random turfers who have answered the quick questions :)

Turf nick: Munin

Favorite Zone

BlåFågelholk. The blue bird house in the zone makes me smile every time I take the zone. And the forest path from TriggerHappys is fun to bike :)

What is the most frustrating with Turf?

When the technology does not work, either my own phone or the game servers.

Which medal was the toughest to take?

The Staminatrix medal, it was so boring to bike around the same 40 zones in Uppsala for about 9 hours, yet it is somewhat fun to have done it.

Turf-nick: Game-Over

What made you begin with Turf?

My daughter challenged me

An accessory (not bike) you used to take a zone.

Rubber boat, to take Munksjön

A medal you would like to see in the future

Adventure Medal

Turf-nick: SaffieSiri

What made you begin with Turf?

A training mate introduced me, he talked so much about it. The next day I downloaded the app and was stuck!

Most memorable zone you have taken.

Skördaren and all the other zones in the area affected by the forest fire in Västmanland back in 2014.

Which personal goal are you most satisfied with?

I finished ”Kors och Tvärs” (ed. Turf Mission at frut.zundin.se) today! :)

Turfa lungt/Safe turfing! Munin