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October 6, 2014

Meet Munzee Munday: State of the Munion

Although Munzee is only 3 years old, Team Munzee has grown like the game’s map: quick. Over the past few months we’ve seen a Marketplace open, a Bash blast off and a world freeze over. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (pun intended). In the near future our players will see a new app, a subscription service and, as always, game growth. This growth is what we at Team Munzee pride ourselves on. We’re unwilling to rest when there are improvements to be made and through trial and error we’re making the most of Munzee. Through this all our faithful leader has stood tall, even when his back has crumbled. Like all great leaders, Munzee President Rob Vardeman has been the power behind the game’s recent growth and as he celebrates his first year in the books he has a few thoughts on how it has gone. October 4th, 2014 CoachV celebrated the end of his first year as Munzee president and we’re proud to congratulate him on a fine term.

IMG_2228It’s been a year since you took the reins on Munzee. How has it been?
This first year has exceeded any expectations I could have dreamed a year ago. The response of players around the world to some of the new game play and charity initiatives has been amazing!

What are some of your highlights from your first year as president?
So many highlights it is difficult to only choose a few, but I’ll give it a try. Multiple events around the world meeting new people has to be top of my list. Adding amazing new team members and truly growing the game from the inside has done wonders. Special charity Munzees and fundraising campaigns have touched me and impacted the lives of the recipients in great ways.

Anything you would have changed?
As with any new venture there are always things you look back and know you would change. I’m a risk taker and believe we have to try new things to find our sweet spot. The Munzlympics for example, big fail. However, it lead to a more successful Copa do Munzo, which will lead to an amazing next run along the same lines.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of the job is where my passion in life has always been, the people. I love the interaction. I love talking with players who visit MHQ. I love traveling to events and meeting the people who make this game what it is. Without the people, Munzee does not exist and that is never taken for granted.

Least favorite part?
Learning all the tech terms from Scott. I’m very fortunate to have a great team in place with each person having strengths in areas where I am lacking. Scott is very good at sharing issues we have in “Rob terms” so I can understand. I have a great appreciation (and limited understanding) for what Scott and his team do everyday!

teamWhat expectations do you have for your second year?
What can you expect from year 2.0 with me at the helm? Expect the Unexpected has been the slogan of the year and I think everyone (including the team) has come to know it to be true. We have some plans for expansion via the new Eventzee app for special events and private scavenger hunts. We will continue to press forward, innovate, and evolve the game of Munzee with new and unique ideas, contests, and prizes. Players should prepare for an exciting ride as we look to Munzee 3.0 (launch: TBD).  Let’s just put it this way, year one was just the opening act, there is still plenty ahead for Munzee players to be excited about!

Any words of enlightenment, El Presidente?
Our players now should be excited to have built Munzee to this point. They are still part of our early years and growing pains, members of the first 200,000 player club.  We strive daily to prepare for the future, for the millionth player. Will that player join Munzee in the next year? Only time will tell, but when they do, we will be ready! We appreciate the passion seen from players worldwide and will work with the same passion to make Munzee the scavenger hunt of the future! Grow the map, grow the game!rob

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October 6, 2014

MHQ Virtual Net

The month of September saw a LARGE amount of ice and virtual deployments in and around McKinney, home to Munzee HQ. In response to the melted ice and new open areas for future deployments, Team Munzee has placed a virtual net with a one mile radius around MHQ. No virtual deployments of any sort will be allowed moving forward within one mile of headquarters, however all current virtual deployments will be left in place. This will allow visitors to deploy physical munzees in a closer proximity in order to give future visitors additional locations to visit.  Thanks for understanding! Grow the Map!

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October 2, 2014

Munzee powers the Discover Jersey Arts Quest

The Quest is on.

DJAQuest_WebTileAltMunzee is proud to announce a partnership with Discover Jersey Arts, a project dedicated to increasing awareness of and participation in the arts in New Jersey. Through the Munzee app, Jersey Arts has designed a statewide scavenger hunt to detail various New Jersey art locations.

Starting Friday October 3rd between 1PM & 5PM CST there will be nearly 30 locations across the state with a designated QR code. Throughout the month of October players can capture each pin once. The person that captures the most locations in the Quest will win the grand prize. Each special DJA pin will give the player 25 points, but in order to win the grand prize you will have to register with Discover Jersey Arts at this link. If you cap one of the Jersey Art QR codes you will be sent to the registration page as well.

By capping one Discover Jersey Arts munzee you will also be awarded a special badge. Discover Jersey Arts also wants you to spread the word about the Quest and encourage your friends to take the challenge! Use the hashtag #DJAQuest wherever you participate in social media and document each of your captures by taking a selfie at each stop along the map, and share with them via the hashtag #QuestSelfie.

For more information on the quest, locations of pins and official contest rules please visit http://jerseyarts.com/quest/.

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October 2, 2014

Munzee Player of the Week: Judy Matras (doggonefun)

Munzee is a worldwide scavenger hunt. Emphasis on the word “world.” We see players travel far and wide to play munzee and we’re proud to say many of our players are world travelers, which takes our game to even greater levels. Be it by planes, trains or automobiles, our players will do whatever it takes to munzee at their destination. This week’s Player of the Week isn’t afraid to have her pilot husband fly her to her munzee destination and hopefully soon she’ll make it abroad for an all new Munzee experience. Read on to learn more about Man’s Munzee’s Best Friend Judy Matras AKA doggonefun.

doggonefun1Who are you?
I’m doggonefun otherwise known as Judy Matras.

Where in the world do you live?   
I live in the suburbs of Columbia, South Carolina. Columbia is primarily a college town, Go Gamecocks! The fanbase for college sports in the southeast US is as passionate as football in Germany.

How long have you played Munzee?  
Since November, 2012.

How did you find Munzee?  
My BFF SpriritDogs showed me the app. She said “Check this out…” I said “But there are only 6 in our area…” She said “uh huh… just wait…” I blame her for my addiction to the game.

doggonefun3What do you enjoy most about Munzee?
This was the hardest question to answer since there are so many things I love about Munzee. I love playing Munzee for “a cause” such as the Ronald McDonald House or Munzember.  I love the international fellowship and the player community. I love my clans and the fun we share. I’ve made many friends through this game. I love that I can play for 5 minutes or play for several hours. I love that it gets me out and moving.

What is on your wish list?
I asked for a custom Rover with a border collie head, but Rob has already vetoed this. I would like to have a locationless mystery munzee social. A visit abroad is high on my bucket list. I also wish my BFF would upgrade her old “smart” phone so she can resume game play with me.

doggonepilotTell us about yourself!
I enjoy games. Card games, board games, GPS games, you name it. I love dogs and dog training. I compete in the sport of dog agility. My goal is to compete at the national level. I work full-time so I can enjoy my hobbies. My husband (doggonepilot) often indulges my enthusiasm for Munzee. Especially if he has the opportunity to fly us from point to point.

Other hobbies include;
Reading, dabbling in creative stuff like painting and photography, outdoor recreation including boating, biking and kayaking.

doggonefun was kind enough to share her social, so cap away!

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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 and let us know just why this person is outstanding in the global Munzee community!

-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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September 30, 2014

Podcast Episode 31: Eventzee lands soon, Ghosts will haunt the map and Clan Wars are looking green.

Coming off a long weekend Team Munzee discusses the MHQ Bash, announce our terrestrial new app Eventzee and hint at some ghastly October game specials.

This week’s topics:

1. MHQ Bash Wrap-up

2. Eventzee – The new app, powered by Munzee

3. Clan Wars

4. New Subscription Service

5. Some hints about October specials

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September 28, 2014

October Clan Wars

It’s time for a special twist!  This month we want to reward you for physical gameplay.

October will be largely based on your activity out there in the QR code based real world known as MunzeeLand! That’s right, we are rewarding you with 2x clan points for Activity on *physical QR code based Munzees! 1 **virtual capture = regular points. 1 virtual deploy = regular points.  1 physical capture = double clan points.  1 physical deploy = double clan points.  This multiplier only effects the clan score not the individual player overall game score.  In other words, real game player points of an individual will not be effected by the doubling of clan points on physical munzees.  Expanded example: Player captures mystery sticker for 25 points and receives 25×2 = 50 for clan points.  Player captures mystery virtual for 25 points and receives 25 for clan points.  Player captures a greenie and receives 5 player points but 5×2 = 10 clan points.  Capture on points will not be effected during the clan war (they will not be doubled for clan score or personal score).  They count just like normal points in a normal month. Example: 3 capture on points equals 3 points for clan score and in normal game.

Level 1:  All 10 members must earn 500 clan points each.  Rewarded with 2 Munzee maces.

Level 2:  All 10 members must earn 1250 clan points each.  Rewarded with 2 Munzee Longswords.

Level 3:  All 10 members must earn 3000 clan points each.  Rewarded with 1 Munzee mace, 1 Munzee longsword, 1 Munzee battle axe.

Level 4:  All 10 members must earn 7500 clan points each.  Rewarded with 2 Munzee maces, 2 Munzee longswords, 1 Diamond, 1 Ruby, and 1 motel.

Level 5:  All 10 members must earn 20000 clan points each.  Rewarded with 2 Munzee battle axes, 2 Diamond munzees, 2 Ruby munzees, and 2 motels.

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

*Physical munzees include greenies (regular), mystery, mace, longsword, battle axe, motel, diamond, ruby, premium, business, and quiz munzees.

**Virtual includes all mystery virtual munzees and virtual munzees, including those captured via a blast capture.

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

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Ines

September 25, 2014

Munzee Player of the Week: Ines (halizwein)

Munzee is what you make it. Whether it’s crafting virtual gardens or hiking through the snow to deploy, Munzee has a number of ways to play. As the map grows, the game grows and our players take it to new levels. Outdoor-enthusiast and Player of the Week Ines (halizwein) has played around the world in many different locations. From snowy ski trails to swimming holes, Ines is all about getting her munzees outside. Read on to learn more about halizwein and if you’re near Berlin on November 29 make sure to register for her event!

-5Who are you?
I am the “in” in halizwein. “ha”, “li”, and “zwe” are my daughters and my husband who do not play Munzee. Can you believe that?

Where in the world do you live?
Last year I moved to Berlin, an amazing and lively city with loads of Munzees and a bunch of great Munzee players. Lucky me! Before that I lived in Chicago, also a fantastic place to be, with not so many Munzees at that time though, but equally awesome players. Pre-Munzee I lived in London and Wales for a short time and in some other not so interesting places. My hometown is Göttingen, Germany.

How long have you played Munzee?
I signed up 855 days ago: April 10, 2012. I capped my first (single) Munzee exactly 10 days later. I needed another month before I gathered all the necessary materials and information for my first deployment, the first in my area. I think it took me actually that long to figure out the ideal place for this Munzee. Hehe, this has changed since.

-3How did you find Munzee?
Munzee was mentioned in the Chicago *insert frog game here* Podcast. The hosts only briefly talked about the game. Nevertheless, my interest was sparked and I downloaded the app. You know what happened next …

What do you enjoy most about Munzee?
Munzee gets me outdoors and brings me to interesting places I didn’t know before, either on my own, or even better together with my clan mates from the German Gluers. Like the weekend in Cologne at the European Event. It was so much fun and it got me into the list of the top 100 players! On the other hand I have always loved to explore maps and I like numbers and statistics. With Munzee I can indulge in both when I can’t be outside. What I also enjoy is collecting badges, special icons and socials.

-7What is on your wish list?
Please continue to sprinkle in some specials every now and then, you are doing a great job in this respect already. Otherwise I wish for more functionality of the website (I always feel I have to click too many times until I am where I want to be) and that I will not get kicked out that often – logging in multiple times again is a pain, especially on mobile devices. And I sometimes have trouble when creating munzees on the website. It would be great if this could be fixed. A nice feature would be if one could browse through the detailed results of past clan wars.
In the app, I wish for an easier way to reactivate undeployed munzees that had been in maintenance mode.

Tell us about yourself!
Some of you have already been in contact for trades with me, or I sent you Social Munzees in the name of the German Gluers when you deployed Virtuals in the gardens at Schloß Charlottenburg or Tiergarten in Berlin. Apparently I am the “social“ person in our clan. I am also organizing a small event in Berlin that will take place on November 29. Feel free to drop by if you happen to be around, but register first!

-6Other hobbies include:
I am a swimmer. I used to swim a lot and still do some swimming – at the moment, i.e. in summer, mostly in the Schlachtensee, a lake nearby. I held three US National Championship titles in long distance relay swims in my age group, old ladies that is :-). Long distance means 5 or 10k, don’t mix me up with marathon swimmers who swim the English or Catalina Channel. I am not that crazy. My all time favorite swimming pool is Lake Michigan. You can find Munzees near all my swimming spots in Chicagoland.

I also bike a lot. I cycle to work almost every day and like to explore the city by bike. In winter I go X-country skiing, however I am not so sure if I can continue this activity in the Berlin climate. No snow last winter :-( You can find lots of Munzees on my biking and skiing trails too.
Apart from that I enjoy going to the movies, usually the only activity my teenage daughters like to do as a family. Is cuddling cute cats a hobby? We have two, Pippin and PB. PB’s full name is Princess Bubblegum and not peanutbutter!

halizwein was kind enough to share her social, so cap away!

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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 and let us know just why this person is outstanding in the global Munzee community!

-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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September 23, 2014

Podcast Episode 30: A Wild Work Week with Words of War, but “WE’RE #1!”

We keep it brief this week to make sure the MHQ Bash is ready to go, we hint at a Clan Wars announcement soon and talk about how awesome it is to be in McKinney.

This week’s topics:

1. Some final details about the MHQ Bash this weekend

2. McKinney being named the #1 place to live in America by Money Magazine.

3. A very quick word about the upcoming clan wars.

To check past, present and future Munzee Podcasts, visit www.munzeepodcast.com.

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David

September 18, 2014

Munzee Player of the Week: David Berenguer (xptwo)

We may limit it to Player of the WEEK, but Munzee could easily make a Player of the Day, Hour, Minute, etc. Our players show a unique combination of dedication and togetherness that makes our game so lucky. Whether it’s banding together for Clan Wars or helping out new players via social media, Munzee players continue to impress. This week’s POTW is David Berenguer (xptwo) and he is a prime example of a rookie player turned coach. When he first started his fellow players helped him figure out the game and now he has turned around and done the same. As we grow the map we also grow the experience of Munzee and it is players like David that exemplify the success of Munzee’s player camaraderie. Read on to learn more about xptwo!

DandL 20140228Who are you?
My name is David Berenguer. My Munzee user name is xptwo.

Where in the world do you live?
My wife, Lowell, and I live in Montgomery, Alabama, the capital of the state of Alabama.

How long have you played Munzee?
We signed up on August 30, 2011, using the same name as another hobby. While we did some playing for the first two years, we really got serious about Munzee in the fall of 2013. I decided to learn more about the hobby and discovered some folks on Facebook when I signed up for the “Happy Munzee” group. Ken and Tammy (KFL200 and TheRealGigi) were so gracious in providing advice. That led to the discovery of the Mustache garden in Franklin, Tennessee. While there, we met Tammy and Jay (ThePiedPiper), who helped us expand our horizons. Tammy and Jay helped us get into a clan in December, and it has been a fun ride since.

How did you find Munzee?Lowell and Tammy Nov 2013
A local friend and fellow cacher, strumminalong, told us about it. I decided to give it a try and signed up using the same joint name we used in another geolocation game. Though we had a joint account, I was the one more interested in Munzee and have been the primary user.

What do you enjoy most about Munzee?
The people. Locally we started with strumminalong and OHail. In recent months others have gotten active in the hobby, and we have had joint runs from time to time. We really had a grand time at the Munzee event in Franklin, Tennessee, in April, 2014. A lot of the fun was meeting all the folks, including the fearless leader. The Worlds Collide event in St. Charles, Missouri, was another great time to meet wonderful folks.

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I have also really enjoyed interacting with others on several Facebook pages. It seems like most of the players are great folks who are really willing to help where they can, something I experienced when I was working on creating the Eastchase Garden here in Montgomery.

What is on your wish list?
Besides trying to figure out how to find the discipline to stay on a diet? It would be nice to see smaller mystery Munzees, either mini or the new one inch size Rob showed us in Franklin. I would also like to find out how the unicorn came to play such a large role on the Facebook pages!xptwo Franklin TN Nov 2013

Tell us about yourself!
We are retired and are very active in our church. I served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. My last duty station was in Montgomery, and after I retired, we stayed here. I worked in other jobs before retiring for good a couple of years ago. I was born in New York, but finished growing up in Florida. After high school, I went to college in Tennessee and graduate school in Georgia before starting my Air Force career. Lowell and I met in graduate school. This year we celebrated our 44th anniversary.

Other hobbies include:
We still participate in other geolocation games, but I find myself preferring this one. Reading is also big for us. My most recent reads have been on history, which I enjoy.

David was kind enough to share his socials, so cap away!

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September 17, 2014

Introducing the Official Munzee Virtual Garden!

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Inspired by the beautiful virtual gardens our players have grown across the map, Team Munzee is proud to announce the first official Munzee Virtual Garden! Located approximately 5 miles from MHQ, we hope for this to be a highlight when players visit us in McKinney, Texas. Like all of the other gardens out there we want our players to be a part of this monument, so Munzee is offering a very limited amount of pins in the store until supplies last.

For $10 you can be a part of this virtual garden, which will spell the word “Munzee” on the map. No work is necessary on your part to deploy this virtual pin, it will be assigned coordinates and deployed at time of purchase. You may edit the name and notes if you choose. LIMITED TO ONE PER PLAYER ACCOUNT.

When you purchase the Munzee Virtual Pin you get:

  • Limited Edition badge, only available to those who purchase a pin.
  • Points: 10 to owner on deploy. 10 to owner as residual on each cap. 10 to capper.
  • A limited edition pin permanently deployed automatically by Munzee on your account.

These pins will be very popular especially with the Garden’s proximity to MHQ and the upcoming Oktoberfest, so what if they all sell out? No worries, Munzee has plans for additional official gardens to be deployed all over the world in the coming months. More details soon. Team Munzee was so impressed with the unofficial virtual gardens built by players that we simply wanted one of our own. Unofficial gardens are greatly appreciated and will continue to be an integral part of the overall game. This is intended as a nod to the creativity of our players in an official manner.

Oh and before we forget, this garden will also serve as the introduction of a new shimmering pin you’ll only find somewhere over the rainbow. Remember, you’re not in Kansas anymore…

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