April 18, 2014

Amazing Munzee Announcements: Munzee partners with Fitbit!

Munzee is about exploring your surroundings, getting outdoors, and enjoying your environment. With all that exploration, comes the added benefit of walking, wellness, and an active lifestyle. At the core of our game, we’re passionate about wellness. Improving yourself as a player, and a healthy active individual is what makes each day great for Team Munzee.

Fitbit, a leading fitness tracker company, is dedicated to helping people lead healthier, more active lives. What better way to lead an active, healthy lifestyle than by combining wellness with the fun of Munzee?

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Today, we’re happy to announce we were approved (yesterday) by FitBit as a partner! This news is so exciting we just had to share it with everyone.

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Team Munzee will begin by offering Fitbit products through this link. Players can expect to see official Fitbit information on our blog, badges, competitions, and fun Fitbit options incorporated into Munzee.  This is another opportunity for players to enjoy “a game within the game”.

In addition to this new partnership to offer Fitbit products, our krusty kiwi Bruce (mobile app developer) is adding Fitbit integration to the Munzee app. He’s made a lot of progress so far, and we expect to see new updates of the Android and iPhone apps in the next 1000 hours.  ;) (see podcast for joke reference)

Here’s a couple of sneak peeks:

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Special Note: When you first select the Fitbit menu option, you will be able to configure it for multiple users… Great News for couples that play together or family teams!

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We’re excited to offer a trusted, reputable fitness feature within our app, and encourage everyone to welcome Fitbit into their active Munzee lifestyles!  Get your Fitbit now, so you will be ready when the app launches.

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April 17, 2014

Player of the Week: Designer Trish Vandehey (Vanderarban)

You may not always “see” this player out and about, or as an active face on Team Munzee, but she’s the amazingly creative mind behind every pin we hunt after, every badge we seek out, and all the stunning graphics we see on the website and Social Media.  This week’s Player of the Week goes to our very own Team Munzee Designer, Trish Vandehey (Vanderarban)!  Let’s take a moment to get to know the incredibly creative player that’s brought us Mustaches, must-earn badges, and impossible Munzee-capable smartphone printers!

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Who are you?

Trish Vandehey aka Vanderarban

Where in the world do you live?

Denison Texas, a little town on the border of Oklahoma on beautiful Lake Texoma and just an hour north of Munzee Headquarters! (Editor’s note: Perfect Munzee scenery and MHQ?  That deserves the lucky “badge” right there!) 

How long have you played Munzee?  Almost a year

How did you find Munzee?

I had gone out with my other half, Hayden, to do some walking and caching. While searching out the first one at the entrance to the park I spotted a Munzee. I had seen a few articles about it in the previous year and had mentioned it to Hayden, so I was pretty excited to spot one and be reminded about the game. Unfortunately, my signal was really bad and I was unable to capture the Munzee. But the second I got home I made an account and starting playing. I plan on going back soon to scan that first Munzee.

 How did Munzee “Find” you (how did you become a member of Team Munzee)?

I was in contact with Rob from almost the start. Hayden and I had met up with him a few times to play and offered our talents excitedly to grow the game. Later on Rob contacted us to help out with a project and that was followed by BADGES! It’s been a great ride ever since!

Trish and Rob introduce us to Rover!

Trish and Rob introduce us to Rover!

What do you enjoy most about Munzee?

Hmm, that is a tough question. I really love everything about Munzee!

Initially Munzee was a great excuse to get out and get moving. I have a tendency to “forget” about cardio when I get wrapped up in everything going on. Munzee gives me motivation to get out and get stepping!

The player community is really amazing. I started using the forums and later Munzee Madness Facebook group as a new player to learn more about optimizing my Munzee experience. Everyone was really awesome and helpful. There was a real sense of community. I have made some really great friends both far and near (a few I have yet to meet)!

Trish is the center of attention (or at least this group shot) of cool players met at MM III!

Trish is the center of attention (or at least this group shot) of cool players met at MM III!

I think one of the biggest assets Munzee has that I noticed from the start was the Team. I was really impressed as a new player how involved Team Munzee was in the player community. Whether chatting online or at an event they are really active within the player community. I am really lucky to have the opportunity to work with such a great group of people!

What is on your wish list for Munzee?

I’m really excited about how much Munzee has grown since I started playing, I am looking forward to seeing it get even bigger and be in the middle of it.

I had a lot of fun at MM3 and look forward to seeing a future mega Munzee event that I would be able to attend and meet some of the amazing players that I haven’t had the opportunity to meet in person.

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Vanderarban and Rynee having a silly time at Munzee Madness III!

Specials, I really like those, who doesn’t ;-) And maybe some really cool ridiculously hard to figure out badges.

 Tell us about yourself!

I grew up in Oregon where I spent most of my time wandering around in the woods. I moved to Dallas about 20 years ago and after awhile decided I needed to be somewhere with more trees again so I moved north to Lake Texoma. I have a really amazing fiance, Hayden, who is also a designer and sometimes helps me out with the artwork when I have creative block or he isn’t to busy. We are raising five, yes i said FIVE, children together. ” Insert silly country girl joke here ” -after all I do run around barefoot most of the time ;)

When you’re not drawing up the latest icons, Facebook covers, or coming up with amazing event ideas, how are you spending your free time?

Free time? What’s that? Just kidding. Actually, as it may be becoming apparent, I really enjoy the outdoors. When it is warm I like to hike and spend time at the lake. I’m a crafter of just about anything I can dream up, from costumes to soap. I also enjoy reading, singing bad karaoke and travelling when I can (insert “Hangover” movie reference here).

Trish was awesome enough to share her special Social with us, here it is below!

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Thanks Trish for all you contribute to Munzee, and we hope to see you at more events! Maybe we’ll hear you on the podcast soon?

If you know a player that should be nominated for Munzee Player of the Week, shoot us a message at iLoveYou@Munzee.com -Please note, this is a super active campaign.  We may not be able to get back to everyone, but you’re helping to grow the list of amazing people in the Munzee community!

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April 10, 2014

Player of the Week Mark Holmes and a special Team Munzee announcement!

April is Autism Awareness month, a month that hits home to many in the Munzee community. This week, we’d like to honor a pillar of the Munzee community, share his family’s story, and reach out to the community in a big way.

This week’s Player of the Week is Mark Holmes (player Rosemark). Mark’s family has an incredible story to share with us, and we’d like to show our support this month. Check out this Player of the Week interview, and then get involved with Munzee’s plans for April!

Who are you?

We are the Holmes family. Mark and Roseanna Holmes, Kevin and Katlynn Holmes, Tony, and Melissa. The family Munzee name is (Rosemark). I, Mark Holmes, Munzees under the name Rosemark. Roseanna has her own account (Tupperose). Kevin and Katlynn Munzee under (Computerwiz41). Tony and Melissa are special needs adults and Munzee with the family.

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Where in the world do you live? Noble, OK USA

How long have you played Munzee? Just under a year.

How did you find Munzee?

My family is an avid team of cachers for the same reasons that we are into Munzee. At a caching event, we were introduced to Munzee by another player, Team2MM. I found it intriguing and saw it as a perfect park and grab game, but it was weeks later before I actually tried it. I was hooked on my first night out because my two special needs children thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

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What do you enjoy most about Munzee?

The family atmosphere. Having special needs children/adults (they are grown but will live at home forever), it is a wonderful activity for the family that they can fully participate in and it is therapeutic to their social and physical needs.

What is on your wishlist?

I would like to see more special badges and special icons that the family can pursue and achieve!

Tell us about yourself!

I am a retired Police Officer of 23 years on the force, and now work for a well-known convenience store. My wife, Roseanna, is a stay at home mother. My son Kevin and his wife Katlynn live nearby. Tony and Melissa are special needs adults. They have Fragile X Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes physical and mental disabilities. As a result of the Fragile X, Tony has also been diagnosed with Autism and Extreme ADHD. Melissa is legally blind without her glasses, but can see sufficiently to get by with glasses. Both are developmentally delayed to the mental capacity of approximately nine years of age. This is why Munzee is such a great advantage to our family as both Tony and Melissa thoroughly enjoy the hunt and it helps them physically and mentally in their development.

Thank you for your support during this Autism Awareness Month!

Mark and his family have shared their awesome Social Munzees with us. Check them out below and then scroll down for a special announcement from the Team!

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To celebrate and bring awareness to April’s Autism theme, Team Munzee has deployed 680 special icons on the map. 680 represents the 1:68 ratio of children born with autism currently. These special icons will be placed on the map only on regular greenies that aren’t in maintenance mode.

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When a heart has been captured the icon will bounce somewhere else in the world, only one capture per heart at a location.  Any player may capture the icon, even on a Munzee you have captured previously.  The only exception is if a heart lands on a Munzee you own, you are never able to capture a Munzee you own.  You will earn a special capture heart icon for each heart you cap.  If the heart isn’t captured within 6 hours it will move on to a new location around the world.  The points for capture will be exactly like a diamond, the owner and capper will split a sum of 20 points. For example, 7 for cap gives 13 for owner, 9 for cap gives 11 for owner.  Hearts will remain on the map until the end of April, so stay patient and keep one eye on the map.  We encourage you to show your support and cap as many as you can!  In order to show our support for this cause, Munzee will donate 50 cents for each heart captured to an autism charity selected with the help of the Holmes family.

A special map has been created at www.munzee.com/autism to help players find these special icons on nearby munzees!  Premium members can also use the “specials” filter online and in app.   **Don’t forget to watch for a nearby Munzee Rover while you are out there!**

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April 3, 2014

Player of the Week: Tarah Hamilton (tarirae)

Sparkly nails and a shiny, positive attitude!  From the very beginning, this new Munzee player has been eager to lend the community (and Team Munzee) a helping hand.  This week’s Player of the Week is Tarah Hamilton, player name Tarirae!

Who are you?
Tarah Hamilton (tarirae)
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Where in the world do you live?   
Alliance, Ohio USA
 
How long have you played Munzee?  
Technically I signed up over a year and a half ago but never played. I actually started playing about 6 months ago.
 
How did you find Munzee?  
I was on the phone with a friend telling him that I needed a way to get my kids outside and keep ME busy at the same time. He suggested Munzee and explained what it was. After downloading the app, I noticed there was not much in the area and scraped the idea. It wasn’t until a year later that I was deleting apps on my phone and looked at it again. I saw there were about 10 close to me and searched for them. I was hooked after that!
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What do you enjoy most about Munzee?
The amazing places I find. Sometimes it’s a restaurant I’ve never been to or a park I didn’t know existed. Recently I made my first trip to downtown Pittsburgh, Pa just to get a MVM garden. It was only 14 degrees that day, and kids were in school, but it was a wonderful day trip. Even though at one point I couldn’t feel my fingers through my gloves anymore, and was yelling “45 points!” through chattering teeth, I still had a smile plastered on my face. 
 
What is on your wish list?
I would love to get 10k in one day. I know around here that would be impossible… for now, so I hope to make a trip down to the Franklin, TN and go for the gardens there. My other is maybe a recruiter badge (hint hint) Since I started, I have talked about Munzee so much that I have gotten at least 8 people to try it and a few of them hooked. 
 
Tell us about yourself!
I am currently a stay at home mother of two young boys (6 & 8) and an indie author of the book “Copperback”. I have recently done some freelance writing for Munzee including the new webpage (if you find a misspelling, I blame my editor!) My oldest son has ADHD and struggles with stepping away from his comfort zone of electronics and games. Munzee has been a big help in showing him that he can use technology while keeping him physically active while we hike around town. My youngest son now gets excited anytime he sees a QR code on anything and begs me to scan it for points. Usually we try to go out on the weekends and find a place on the map we have never been before. 
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Other hobbies include;
Outdoor photography with my Canon Rebel, crocheting anything I can, and writing my second book as well as short stories. I also have started doing nail art and helping make nail polish with a friend of mine. I keep an Instagram (@tarirae) of new polishes and nail art tutorials. 

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Tarah was awesome enough to share her Social with us. Check it out:

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If you know a player that should be nominated for Munzee Player of the Week, shoot us a message at iLoveYou@Munzee.com -Please note, this is a super active campaign.  We may not be able to get back to everyone, but you’re helping to grow the list of amazing people in the Munzee community!

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April 1, 2014

Welcome to the family!

We would like to welcome a new Munzee type to the growing family!

The Munzee Stash!

The Munzee stash is a colorful cube to be deployed with a choice of 6 vibrant colors.  The color you choose will have a unique distinction on the map, a special capture icon, and be 1/6 of earning a special badge.  Here’s a screen shot of each color deployed around MHQ:

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The stash comes pre-loaded with 25 generic stickers to trade with players who find the stash. Another unique feature is the ability for the first five who find the stash to deploy their own sticker (included) on one side of the cube. The points will accumulate similar to the Munzee motel. Take a sticker, leave a sticker! It’s a great motto for the new stash!

Due to limited stock and shipping costs these items will be sold at Munzee events and through authorized Munzee resellers for the month of April on a trial basis.  Additional quantities will be added to the store soon when all shipping requirements are met.  Be sure to place your order today!

And last, but not least, THE BADGE!  When you deploy a Munzee Stash in each of the six colors available (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet) you will earn The Irish Badge.  This is the perfect badge to add to your collection.

RainbowBadgeWe can’t wait to see the map light up with the colors of the rainbow and know you will welcome The Munzee Stash to the family!

 

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March 29, 2014

Announcement: New Authorized Munzee Resellers!

We’re happy to welcome two NEW Authorized Munzee Resellers to the Munzee community, and celebrate our continuing Resellers!

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Let’s get these trusty new friends out of the shadows and into the limelight!

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Our first Authorized Reseller is Space Coast Geocaching store!

Here’s their official online storefront: http://shop.spacecoastgeocachers.com/

And be sure to “Like” their official FB page for updates on new items in their store, as well as great “on the road” updates from the owners: https://www.facebook.com/scgastore

Our second Authorized Reseller is Australia’s biggest and best caching shop, and we are happy to see them joining the Munzee team! Let’s welcome Geostuff!

Here’s the official Geostuff website: http://shop.geostuff.com.au/

Don’t forget, like ‘em on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/geostuff.com.au

Remember, our Authorized Resellers are a tight-knit, friendly, and awesome group of people. We’re happy to have these two new additions to meet the needs of our growing player community.  Both of these new stores will be adding Munzee products in the coming days and weeks, so be patient while they “stock the shelves”.

If you see the Official Authorized Reseller badge, you know you’re shopping with a trusted Munzee seller!  Find all the Authorized Resellers on our page http://www.munzee.com/retail/

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March 28, 2014

Happy Mystery Friday!

It’s the return of a mystery! The Mystery Virtual! Available for a limited time in a limited quantity in the Munzee store.

Expect the Unexpected! We’ll post them live in the shop “sometime” today.

Purchases are limited to 10 per player.

 

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March 27, 2014

Clan Wars : April Revisited

This is an updated post with lower, more manageable goals based on player feedback. Team Munzee looks forward to a fun and spirited competition this month.

The month of April welcomes Spring in the Northern hemisphere and Fall in the Southern hemisphere. It is the beginning of nicer temperatures (generally speaking) for all players worldwide.  Therefore it makes sense that we celebrate this with the most even and fair clan war in the history of Munzee clan wars.

April will be based solely on your activity! That’s right we are looking for April Activity Points! 1 capture = 1 point. 1 deploy = 1 point. *Socials are excluded from these calculations. Beyond the exclusion of socials there are no special requirements for certain types of Munzees for April.  It’s all about your level of activity!

1K Fun Run:  All 10 members must earn 56 action points each.  Email QR code for additional points.
5K Race:  All 10 members must earn 112 action points each.  Rewarded with 1 Munzee mace.
Marathon:  All 10 members must earn 252 action points each.  Rewarded with 1 Munzee longsword.
IronMan:  All 10 members must earn 600 action points each.  Rewarded with 2 Munzee longswords and 2 Munzee maces.

It should also be clarified that the scoreboard will calculate the number of Action Points for each team. The “real” points (3, 5, 25, etc.) you earn for captures and deploys will not effect clan ranking, but will continue to build on your regular player account score.

We look forward to seeing how active YOU can be during the month of April!

**Remember your clan must have 10 members to qualify for rewards!**

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Player of the Week: Maureen McCarty (Turtle)

This week’s Player of the Week received several player nominations, and everyone that nominated her emphasized two essential qualities that make a great POTW: Eagerness to grow the map, and a passion for helping their local Munzee community! Let’s all get to know this ever-friendly, super-star Munzee player in Arkansas!  This week’s Player of the Week is Maureen McCarty, aka Turtle.

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Who are you? Hi, I am Maureen McCarty, player name TURTLE!

Where in the world do you live? I live in Russellville, a small town nestled in a river valley NW of Little Rock, Arkansas USA

How long have you played Munzee?

Almost since the beginning, I capped my first Munzee in August of 2011. It was a little slow to catch on around here, but as the app improved and data coverage in the area picked up, the game took off. By Christmas I was a certified addict!

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How did you find Munzee?

A fellow cacher introduced me to it on the trail. This is an extremely active caching area and about 80% of the first Munzees I found were hidden inside caches. That was forced to change as more people got interested, because of the difference between the instant notification of a Munzee and the delayed publication of a new cache.

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What do you enjoy most about Munzee?

I enjoy getting out in the fresh air to explore, walking trails and spending time with my best Munzee buddy (my husband HAWG) away from the realities of an otherwise busy life. I also enjoy the competition generated by chasing holiday specials and seeing who can claim the top spot on my friends list.

What is on your wish list?

Wow, tough question because I am greedy! More holiday specials, more icons and badges. I love collecting all the pretty pictures. Maybe smaller clans for some wars, with only 5-6 people each. Probably my biggest wish is for my top 100 badge! I was in the top 100 for about a year, finally falling out just a few months before badges came out. :-(

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Tell us about yourself!
I was born in Minnesota and lived in 5 other states before coming to rest here in Arkansas over 30 years ago. In 1979, I married a wonderful man who remains my best friend and playmate. We have two grown children and four wonderful grandchildren, one of whom learned to count, add and even subtract by age 4 because we would take him munzeeing with us.

Other hobbies include; Road trips, beaches, caching, genealogy, stained glass work and reading.

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Maureen was sweet enough to share her Social Munzee with us! Here it is: http://www.munzee.com/m/TURTLE/2437/EO992G/

turtle2If you know a player that should be nominated for Munzee Player of the Week, shoot us a message at iLoveYou@Munzee.com -Please note, this is a super active campaign.  We may not be able to get back to everyone, but you’re helping to grow the list of amazing people in the Munzee community!

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March 26, 2014

Clan Wars: April

The month of April welcomes Spring in the Northern hemisphere and Fall in the Southern hemisphere. It is the beginning of nicer temperatures (generally speaking) for all players worldwide.  Therefore it makes sense that we celebrate this with the most even and fair clan war in the history of Munzee clan wars.

April will be based solely on your activity! That’s right we are looking for April Activity Points! 1 capture = 1 point. 1 deploy = 1 point. *Socials are excluded from these calculations. Beyond the exclusion of socials there are no special requirements for certain types of Munzees for April.  It’s all about your level of activity!

1K Fun Run:  All 10 members must earn 87 action points each.  Email QR code for additional points.
5K Race:  All 10 members must earn 290 action points each.  Rewarded with 2 Munzee maces.
Marathon:  All 10 members must earn 1160 action points each.  Rewarded with 1 Munzee mace and 2 Munzee longswords.
IronMan:  All 10 members must earn 2175 action points each.  Rewarded with “The Chuck” badge, 2 Munzee longswords, 2 Munzee maces, 2 virtuals, 2 mystery virtuals, and 1 Rover.

We look forward to seeing how active YOU can be during the month of April!

**Remember your clan must have 10 members to qualify for rewards!**

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