TJ

September 8, 2014

Meet Munzee Munday: TJ Ogroske

Here at Munzee we’re constantly encouraging our players to meet and greet and build the personal relationships that make this game so great. Over the next few weeks we’ll be showcasing members of Team Munzee so our players can get to know us a bit better. So each Munday (see what we did there?) check in to see a new member of Team Munzee and you decide if you trust the game in our hands. This week we highlight a man of few words who keeps the cogs of the Munzee machine moving. It’s Munzee VP of Operations TJ Ogroske!

photo(1)Name and Title:
TJ Ogroske
VP of Operations and Marketing

Where are you from?
Perham, MN

How did you find Munzee?
The one and only… Rob Vardeman.

photo(2)How long have you worked for Munzee?
1 Year

What do you enjoy most about Munzee?
How Munzee brings people together.  It promotes such a great sense of community, the people are great.  Also the Munzee virtual gardens and the virtual art, it is so cool opening up the map to see all the art!  I really wish there was one that we could do here at MHQ! (Editor’s Note: Interesting idea… more on that soon!)

 

Famous last words?
I try not to talk too much (Editor’s Note: We can tell) however I am so very impressed by the outreach of our player community.  It absolutely amazes me how much effort is given to the charity events and the amount of money that is given.  One day we will raise over $100,000 and even $1 million dollars, even though every dollar amazes me!  A big thank you to all the players from the bottom of my heart!

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POTW

September 4, 2014

Munzee Player of the Week: Rusty Padgett (RustyFurnace)

Although we often describe Munzee as an Urban Scavenger Hunt and much of our game is hidden throughout cityscapes, the outdoors hold many Mysteries as well. This is the ultimate draw for this week’s POTW Rusty Padgett (RustyFurnace). The outdoor enthusiast’s first (attempted) capture was at Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains and his love for Munzee has only spread. Learn more about RustyFurnace!

Untitled-5Who are you?
Rusty Padgett and my username is RustyFurnace

Where in the world do you live?   
Madisonville, KY USA

How long have you played Munzee?
I captured my first Munzee on June 18, 2012. It was a blue metal tag deployed by kodiak62 and hidden very well. I was so excited when I found it. I got 20 points for that first capture. I was hooked.

How did you find Munzee?  
In March of 2012 Jerry Padgett “kodiak62” my long lost cousin introduced me to Munzee at a BSA orienteering competition. I wanted my first capture to be at the top of Clingmans Dome during my backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail. When we reached the top I was going to cap my first Munzee. I was disappointed when I had no cell service up there. On July 5th, 2014 I got back to Clingmans Dome. This time I was ready and captured three virtuals.

Untitled-6What do you enjoy most about Munzee?
Getting outdoors, spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy meeting new people and making friends for all over the world. I enjoy all the different ways to play the game. I love that you can tailor it for scouting competitions or church youth events.

What is on your wish list?
Individual competitions and rewards similar to clan wars. I would like to be able to challenge a specific player to a battle.

Tell us about yourself!
I am married and have 2 teenagers. I work in the heating and air conditioning field. I am an admin for the Kentucky Munzee Group on Facebook. I enjoy working with youth, both at church and through scouting. I am an avid outdoorsman. My favorite place to be is in a hammock, relaxing after a long day on the trail.

Other hobbies include:
Backpacking, hammock camping, kayaking, hunting, and fishing.

Rusty was kind enough to share his 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 4, 2014

Podcast Episode 27: Ice, Ice Baby, Broken Records and Upcoming Events

In this episode of the podcast, we hear some new voices, try to keep warm in a frozen McKinney and talk about how excited we are for the MHQ Bash.

This week on the Munzee podcast we talk about:

  1. The continued success of the Ice Virtuals and ALS Challenge
  2. We announce a new Addition to the MHQ family
  3. Broken records for both clan and players
  4. A look at upcoming events
  5. A reminder to sign up for the MHQ Oktoberfest Bash

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

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August 29, 2014

September Clan War Requirements

As Labor Day weekend approaches you should all take advantage of the long weekend to prepare mentally for this month’s Clan Wars. Although the battle won’t begin until September 3rd, the map continues to freeze over as the ALS Ice Cubes cover the map. Below you’ll find next month’s requirements, so get your clans together and prepare for war.

Level 1 Mace — All 10 members of your clan must deploy at least ten Munzees of any type. All 10 members of your clan must also reach a minimum of 500 points.  Rewards: 1 Mace, 3 ALS Virtual Ice

Level 2 Longsword — All 10 members of your clan must deploy at least 25 Munzees of any type.  In addition to the deploy requirement each member must capture at least 75 munzees (socials excluded).  All 10 members of your clan must also reach a minimum of 2000 points.  Rewards: 1 Longsword, 2 Mystery Virtuals, 2 Virtual Colors, 2 ALS Virtual Ice, & 1 Blast Cap

Level 3 Battle Axe — All 10 members of your clan must deploy at least 40 Munzees of any type.  In addition to the deploy requirement each member must capture at least 150 munzees (socials excluded).  All 10 members of your clan must also reach a minimum of 4500 points.  Rewards: 1 Battle Axe, 2 Mystery Virtuals, 2 Virtual Colors, 1 ruby, & 1 Blast Cap

Level 4 The Chuck — All 10 members of your clan must deploy at least 60 Munzees of any type.  In addition to the deploy requirement each member must capture at least 500 munzees (socials excluded).  All 10 members of your clan must also reach a minimum of 9000 points.  Rewards: 1 Mace, 1 Longsword, 1 Battle Axe, 3 Mystery Virtuals, 3 Virtual Colors, 1 ruby, 1 diamond, & 1 blast cap

Level 5 #SuperChuck — All 10 members of your clan must deploy at least 150 Munzees of any type.  In addition to the deploy requirement each member must capture at least 1350 munzees (socials excluded).  All 10 members of your clan must also reach a minimum of 15000 points.  Rewards: 2 Battle Axes, 5 Mystery Virtuals, 5 Virtual Colors, 5 Virtuals, 2 motel, 2 ruby, 2 diamond, & 2 blast caps

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August 28, 2014

Podcast Episode 26: Open For Business, 2 Million Deploys ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and MHQ Bash

In this episode of the podcast, we talk the opening of the Munzee Marketplace, celebrate our 2 millionth deploy and Rob gets a bit frozen.

This week on the Munzee podcast we talk about:

  1. The Munzee Marketplace Opening and how the first week has gone.
  2. We’ve hit our 2 Millionth deploy. Congrats patnanz!
  3. The ALS Ice Munzees have frozen over Downtown McKinney!
  4. Don’t forget that the MHQ Bash is the last weekend of September.

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

 

 

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August 28, 2014

Munzee Player of the Week: Dan (iamfull)

Munzee is what you make it. Whether you’re scouting the urban streets for hidden QR codes or following an outdoor trail, Munzee has something for everyone. This versatility is what we love about the game and as we continue to grow, our players find more ways to play. This is what this week’s player of the week, Dan, loves most about Munzee. Since his first cap at the Noodles and Company in Charlottesville, he’s been hooked and as the game expands so does his experience. Learn more about Dan (iamfull) below!

cupolaWho are you?
Dan aka iamfull

Where in the world do you live?
Charlottesville, VA the home of Thomas Jefferson & The University of Virginia.

How long have you played Munzee?
Since April 22, 2013

How did you find Munzee?
I came across Munzee while browsing a category on Wikipedia called outdoor locating games. This was two weeks prior to my first find. I looked at the map & saw there were a handful at a new shopping centers in town. I had dinner with a friend at the new place & mentioned the game to her. We found a Munzee on a bike rack & then downloaded the app & got our first caps. Many thanks to Mooky for placing that Munzee!

grn boxWhat do you enjoy most about Munzee?
I like that Munzee can support many different styles of play. If you want to drive around the mall & cap LPM’s all day you can do that. Maybe you want to hike to the top of the hill overlooking town to enjoy the view & get the FTC on a virtual placed a year ago. I think just about anyone can find their own way to enjoy Munzee. I have been a member of the Maryland Munzee Mitlia since the first chuck level battle. It’s nice to have folks that support & encourage each other to reach our goals. The Munzee clan structure makes for some good-natured competition each month.

frozen niagaraWhat is on your wish list?
I’d love to have clusters back in STATzee. I think Daniel Fischer does a wonderful job with that site & I am happy to see it integrated into munzee.com. I’d also like to propose a badge for setting off 100 blast captures. It could be called the iamfull badge (just a little vanity on my part). The next step up could be for 100 blast captures each with 100 virtuals/mvm’s captured (the iamreallyfull badge).

Tell us about yourself!
I am a 41 year old male human. I occasionally have to work, but I try not to let that get in the way of my munzee habit.

Other hobbies include:
I was a cacher a decade ago, but eventually moved on to other things. After that I spent too many years sitting behind a keyboard playing video games & I’m glad to have a hobby that takes me outside again.

Dan was kind enough to share his 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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August 26, 2014

Announcing the ALS Ice Cube Special Virtual

ALSBadge_720The Texas heat may be sweltering, but Team Munzee has caught the cold! This morning at the Munzee Marketplace Team Munzee took part in the ever growing ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and we’re happy to announce we’re taking it a step further. Based on our previous charity fundraisers (See: RMH) we know the impact that our players can make and now we want to help the ALS Association. New special virtual icons featuring ice cubes are now for sale in the Munzee store and proceeds will be donated to ALS research.

Packs of 4 ALS virtual ice cube munzees are for sale until the early September. The owner of the ice cube virtual gets 32 points when they deploy and 32 points will be split between owner and capper when it is captured. An in-game badge will also be earned for any player who captures or deploys an ALS ice virtual.  These virtual munzees are available for purchase through early September with no limit in quantity. Although we’re proud to be a part of such a big movement, be warned that this ice will melt. The ALS virtual ice will melt into your archived list at the end of September. 

ALS_icon_128pxTeam Munzee is proud of the impact our players can make and we look forward to all the good we can do.Below you can watch Team Munzee participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We challenge our players to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge as well as the Gurus of Geocaching and fellow Downtown McKinney businesses. #StrikeOutALS

  To learn more about ALS and how you can help please visit www.alsa.org.

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MarketplacEE

August 25, 2014

Meet Munzee Munday: Video of the Munzee Marketplace

The Munzee Marketplace is up and running and we couldn’t be more proud of it! We promise we’ll get back to showcasing members of Team Munzee soon, but for today’s Meet Munzee Munday take a look at this video of the Marketplace. THe video highlights what the area looks like and showcases some of our products, so check it out!

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Czech

August 21, 2014

Munzee Player of the Week: Petr Stary (Czechroo)

Much like our game pieces, Munzee players come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes even all species? Whether you’re short or tall, or a marsupial, Munzee is the game for you. This week’s Player of the Week is Petr Stary AKA Czechroo and although he may not be an actual Kangaroo, his ability to bounce around the Munzee map has impressed MHQ. Read on to learn more about this Czech born player who currently calls Australia home!

Deploying mysteries at Sydney Olympic Park May 2013 20130505_155816eWho are you?
My name is Petr Stary, AKA Czechroo. “Czech” is short for my home country “the Czech Republic” and “roo” is short for kangaroo.

Where in the world do you live?
I am originally from a picturesque tiny town Úštěk in the northern part of the Czech Republic, but I have been living in Sydney, Australia for almost 10 years.

How long have you played Munzee?
I signed up for an account and capped my first munzee in January 2012, but knew about Munzee 4 month before that. It took me a while to register as I was busy with my university studies. Four months later in May 2012, I went premium.

How did you find Munzee?
To be honest I do not really remember, but I think I discovered Munzee while googling some caching relating stuff.

Melbourne - Clan War End January 2014 IMG_20140201_171016eWhat do you enjoy most about Munzee?
I enjoy the opportunity to get outside and discover new places while riding and sharing my scooter with other Munzers (BlueBearyk). I also enjoy Munzeeing because I can place munzees pretty much anywhere and they do not need to be reviewed.

What is on your wish list?
There are quite a few things on my wish list.
1. Clusters on STATzee – probably the most asked wish.
2. An alternative scanner button on the map in the app – I change scanners quite often. It involves 6 steps to change it if one is on the main screen. If one is in a hurry or there are muggles around a quick access to this feature would appreciate many Munzers.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA3. I would like to see my own munzees that are in maintenance mode on the map in the app.
4. Proximity circles on/off in the Android app like the iOS app has.
5. A rover filter in the app and notifications so I know that someone picks it up, drops it off, or to be notified when my rover meets it goal.
6. To test scan NFC tags in the app.

Tell us about yourself!
I’m in my mid 30′s, BMI 21 :-) and quite tall – 193 cm (6ft 4). That’s why are some of my early munzees deployed very high and they are not “kid friendly” and sometimes even adults cannot reach them. Lesson learned and now are most of my munzees deployed down low, waist and shoulder high. I moved to Sydney in 2005 to study English, but decided to stay longer and study more. I finished my Bachelor Degree in Information Technology (Networking, Systems Administration) in 2012. Unfortunately I have had no luck finding sponsorship which would help me to get permanent residency in Australia. Beside munzeeing I spend a lot of time outside enjoying the sun and Australian flora and fauna because it differs a lot from what you can experience in Central Europe. If you ever come to Sydney you can meet me in Kirribilli or Milson’s Point where the diamond mine is.

Other hobbies include?
Apart from munzeeing I occasionally play Ingress and search for geocaches. I also like traveling and visiting different places. When the weather is stunning I enjoy photographing.

Petr was kind enough to share his social, so cap away! SM Czechroo's Official Social Munzee

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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MarketplacEE

August 18, 2014

Meet Munzee Munday: The Munzee Marketplace (cont.)

Team Munzee has been hard at work getting the Munzee Marketplace up and running so for this Meet Munzee Munday, check out our progress. It’s all starting to come together and we hope to open very soon. So get to Downtown McKinney and visit the Marketplace!

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