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April 21, 2015

Munzee Code of Conduct UPDATE

UPDATE: Social Munzees may use any image as long as they are not printed out and deployed in public places. Online forums are acceptable places to share socials with personalized (and perhaps copyrighted) images. 

The Munzee Player Code of Conduct has been updated to include an additional restriction. When printing and deploying your own munzees it is prohibited to include unauthorized trademarked or copyrighted images/designs/logos/information on Munzee skins.This action is taken to protect players and Munzee as a whole. The restriction will not impact the vast majority of players and will be easy to avoid moving forward from this point.

Players who have deployed Munzees past, present and future with images prohibited by this new restriction will have until May 15th to replace, undeploy, or archive any Munzee in violation. Trademark and Copyright infringement is a crime and we do not want anyone to break the law when playing Munzee. For more information on this restriction and the general Player Code of Conduct please visit the following link.

https://munzee.zendesk.com/entries/23156980-Player-Code-of-Conduct-Rules-

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April 20, 2015

Munzee Videocast Episode 22: Rob On Location

Our 22nd videocast has been converted to audio, so click the link and listen on!

http://munzeepush.munzee.netdna-cdn.com/Munzee%20Videocast%2022.mp3

You can also re-watch the videocast HERE.

This week we talked about:

  • Rob (who was streaming live from London)
  • Work on Eventzee 1.3
  • calendar.munzee.com
  • Zee
  • API updates
  • Our reddit page (munzee.reddit.com)
  • And final hints for next week’s guest

Remember to join us Fridays at 3 pm (MHQ Time) for the live videocast where you can interact with us, ask questions and see us stumble over our words! To learn more follow us on Google + and if you missed last week’s videocast click HERE.

We’ve also created a NEW WEBPAGE strictly for the Videocast. Here you can watch the past and present podcasts anytime and it also allows downloads to iTunes! If you’d like to subscribe to the Munzee Podcast on iTunes go to File > Subscribe to Podcast > enter http://www.munzeepodcast.com/feed/podcast/. If you want to interact live with the Videocasts and ask questions, you will still need to join us on our Google+ page.

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April 15, 2015

Munzee Players of the Week: Craig Williams (crawil) and Sue Williams (kj6soz)

As Munzee has grown over the years, the game has evolved in so many more ways than any of the co-founders could have imagined. We’ve certainly had our fair share of growing pains, but in its essence Munzee has tried to stick to its core goal of getting people out into the world. No one knows this better than those players who have been with us since the beginning. This week’s Players of the Week are Craig and Sue Williams (crawil and kj6soz, respectively), and they Munzee like mad.

Who are you?
CW: My name is Craig Williams, and I go by the handle “crawil”. It’s not very creative, but when I started playing the other geo game back in 2006, I needed a geonick, and since I didn’t have a “standard” nickname, I used an older computer network login – crawil. CRAig WILliams. Simple, but it works.

SW: kj6soz, Sue WilliamsIceberg

Where in the world do you live?
CW: I live in Fullerton, California, near both Munzee Madness HQ and Yorba Regional Park (home of the Munzee Madness event every March). I also lived in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Tennessee, Ohio, and Finland.

SW: I live in Southern California, about eight miles from Disneyland. I can hear the nightly fireworks from my house.

 

How long have you played Munzee?
CW: Since December 29, 2011.

SW: Just over 3 years

 

How did you find Munzee?
CW: Back when Munzee first started, my good friend and occasional caching partner, Elliot (1849), asked me my opinion of a new geolocation game that didn’t involve containers. I thought it sounded really stupid, and I blew him off. (If I had listened to and signed up then, I would have the Early Bird badge!) Sometime later, I was grabbing a few quick caches while my wife Sue (kj6soz) was doing a bit of shopping, and I met aaalady and bonkriss13 at a cache. They mentioned that there was a Munzee in the container, and it finally piqued my interest. I downloaded the app and have had fun ever since!

SW: My husband, crawil, had been playing for a month and asked me to joint he game. We had been caching under just his account for about five years, and we figured that we should start this new hobby with separate accounts.

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 What do you enjoy most about Munzee?
CW: Playing the game first with my wife and second with the Munzee Madness Clan

SW: Munzeeing with friends. I enjoy getting a group of Munzeers together and go on a deploy run. I also like working as a team in my Clan to obtain our goals. I think my husband and I wou ld have stopped Munzeeing if it wasn’t for the Clan Wars. It keeps us going out and capping. The other think I enjoy about Munzee is that it gets me and my husband out walking. California is a wonderful place to Munzee all year round!

 

What is on your wish list?
CW: I would like to see more emphasis put on the lowly greenie through more double or triple point weekends.

SW: I would love to travel to the other areas in the world that have lots of Munzees.

 

Tell us about yourself!
CW: I have been married to Sue (kj6soz) for over 20 years and have three children: Logan, Emily, and Spencer (ilikecorndogs). I have been with the same employer Family(Chapman University) for 17 years and counting. I also speak enough Finnish to really get myself into trouble.

SW: I am a stay-at-home mother of three and this takes most of my time.

 

Other hobbies include:
CW: I have been involved with the Boy Scouts of America at the District and Council level for many years, including in positions Scoutingsuch as Unit Commissioner and Wood Badge Troop Guide. Sue, Spencer, and I all earned out Technician-level ham radio licenses a few years ago. I am active in my church and have volunteered in many different areas. I enjoy reading, especially WWII history. I like playing with technology and helping others get the most out of their tech.

SW: I lead the children’s organization at church, which also helps me deal with some of my current and past child-like fellow Munzee Madness Clan members! I do a little bit of a lot of things, but other than Munzee, not a lot of any one thing.

crawil and kj6soz also included their socials, so cap away!crawil POTWkj6soz POTW

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April 13, 2015

Munzee Videocast Episode 21: Apps and Gems and News Galore

Our 21st videocast has been converted to audio, so click the link and listen on!

http://munzeepush.munzee.netdna-cdn.com/Munzee%20Videocast%2021.mp3

You can also re-watch the videocast HERE.

This week we talked about:

  • Zee
  • Aquamarine Munzee
  • Eventzee 1.2
  • API
  • News Page
  • Special Visitor in 2 weeks

Remember to join us Fridays at 3 pm (MHQ Time) for the live videocast where you can interact with us, ask questions and see us stumble over our words! To learn more follow us on Google + and if you missed last week’s videocast click HERE.

We’ve also created a NEW WEBPAGE strictly for the Videocast. Here you can watch the past and present podcasts anytime and it also allows downloads to iTunes! If you’d like to subscribe to the Munzee Podcast on iTunes go to File > Subscribe to Podcast > enter http://www.munzeepodcast.com/feed/podcast/. If you want to interact live with the Videocasts and ask questions, you will still need to join us on our Google+ page.

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April 13, 2015

Munzee Videocast Episode 20: April Fools!

Our 20th videocast has been converted to audio, so click the link and listen on!

http://munzeepush.munzee.netdna-cdn.com/Munzee%20Videocast%2020.mp3

You can also re-watch the videocast HERE.

This week we talked about:

  • April Fools: What’s real, what’s not
  • Eventzee Update
  • Munzee API

Remember to join us Fridays at 3 pm (MHQ Time) for the live videocast where you can interact with us, ask questions and see us stumble over our words! To learn more follow us on Google + and if you missed last week’s videocast click HERE.

We’ve also created a NEW WEBPAGE strictly for the Videocast. Here you can watch the past and present podcasts anytime and it also allows downloads to iTunes! If you’d like to subscribe to the Munzee Podcast on iTunes go to File > Subscribe to Podcast > enter http://www.munzeepodcast.com/feed/podcast/. If you want to interact live with the Videocasts and ask questions, you will still need to join us on our Google+ page.

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April 10, 2015

Munzee API is now open to developers

With almost 3 million deployments and 45 million captures around the world, we have been asked many times over the years about giving developers access to that data to create their own apps using the Munzee API in different ways. Until now we haven’t had infrastructure in place to support it, but after working the past few weeks we’re proud to announce that we’ve made it a reality. We have created a streamlined, fairly easy to use method for developers to access our data to create applications from the Munzee platform.

Munzee is a small team and we can’t build everything we want, so it’s time to incorporate you, the developer. We think this is a great opportunity to help grow our game and give our talented players the chance to make something great. Below you’ll find the links to get started and if you have any questions, suggestions, comments – please email api@munzee.com.

The links to get started:

http://www.munzee.com/api/

http://www.munzee.com/api/bearer/

http://www.munzee.com/api-docs/

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April 8, 2015

Munzee Player of the Week: Tim Hunniecutt (DT07751)

As Munzee has grown over the years, the game has evolved in so many more ways than any of the co-founders could have imagined. We’ve certainly had our fair share of growing pains, but in its essence Munzee has tried to stick to its core goal of getting people out into the world. No one knows this better than those players who have been with us since the beginning. This week’s Player of the Week is Tim Hunniecutt, and a family experience led to a Munzee obsession.

Who are you?
My name is Tim Hunniecutt, and my Munzee name is DT07751.ocean

Where in the world do you live?
I live in Lithia, Florida which is outside of Tampa on the Florida Suncoast.

How long have you played Munzee?
I started playing with a family account in July 2012 and created my own personal account on January 1, 2013.

How did you find Munzee?
I was on vacation with my wife and our youngest son in the Midwest, and we were walking around the lake shore at Duluth when my wife saw of of the green Munzee stickers. She scanned it and saw it was a game and decided it might be fun for our son to play this as we traveled around. We did not do much at first with it as there were few Munzees to capture. As a New Year’s resolution to get more exercise, we decided Munzee was a fun was to do that, and that was when I created my own account. I still did not really catch the “bug” until I started chasing the Oktoberfest specials in fall of 2013. I have been hooked ever since.

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What do you enjoy most about Munzee?
I love many things about Munzee, but the top five would be:

  1. It is an outdoor activity I can do with my family. I can always be found out Munzeeing with my lovely wife, Marie (Hunniees), and our son, Evan (Rekars).
  2. I am an avid traveler, and Munzee always takes me to new places and shows me new locations I would have never discovered on my own. Due to Munzee, we stopped by Cologne on a European vacation and found ourselves exploring many parts of the city tourists normally never enter. It was a beautiful and eye opening experience.
  3. The complex parts of the game that involve cooperation with other players, competing with them, and devising a strategy to accomplish your goals.
  4. Meeting so many other players – I have made a lot of new friends all over the world.
  5. Points! Points! Points!

 

wdw201406952498121_6946812234_18What is on your wish list?
I am a big fan of the badges and would love to see more added. I especially like the badges linked to game play like those earned by placing or capturing hotels. New badges I would like to see include those for Fitbit steps linked to Munzee activity, badges for Rover owners as their Rovers attain certain levels, and badges for capturing greenies (500, 2500, 5000, 10000) as a way to encourage the walking parts of the game.

Tell us about yourself!
I am retired after working many years in software development. I played many roles in my career from programmer, tester, systems management, implementation, to architecture. Most of my career was at Verizon, and I spent the last ten years there as a Director at Verizon of Engineering systems development. One of those systems actually had to do with scanning bar codes on equipment for managing inventory. We even built a phone app to do the scanning!

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Other hobbies include:
I am an active guy and enjoy working out, running, biking, hiking, anything that gets me moving. I have to keep moving because my other hobbies involve eating and drinking. I also love to travel and always enjoy exploring new places.

DT07751 also included his social, so cap away!

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April 6, 2015

Zee app Tutorial

Our helpful intern Matt McCann has put together a quick video to help you understand how our new Munzee companion app Zee works. The following video goes through the app, shows you how to change dates and convert both physical and virtual munzees.

TRANSCRIPT:

Hey guys, This is Matt and I’ll be walking you through how to use the new Zee companion app. This app is great for following your day to day progress and will take your Munzee experience to the next level. So let’s get started.

SIGN IN, POINT COUNTER and MHQ CLOCK:
After downloading the app just sign in with your Munzee account info. Once you sign in you’ll be brought to the real time daily point counter. This will show you how many points you have for the days, how many caps, deploys and cap ons you have and let you know how much time is left in the official MHQ day. This is based on MHQ time so no matter where in the world you are you’ll know how much time is left in the day.

If you want to look back on a past day in the week just click in the top right corner to the hamburger menu. Here you will see your profile image, current level and overall points. By clicking on any day you can look back on your progress.

CONVERTING PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL MUNZEES:
Next up we’ll look at converting a munzee. Just go back to that hamburger menu and scroll to the bottom where it says “CONVERT.” Just click here to start the process. Here you’ll be able to convert your deployed Munzees into any of the special credits you may have. This list is in order of most recent deployed, but you can also search by Munzee name as well. So I’m going to convert a Greenie I deployed recently into a diamond. Just click on the Munzee you want, click which credit you would like to convert and confirm and you’re good to go.

Next we’ll convert a virtual into a color. This is very similar to converting a physical. Just click which one you want to convert, pick the credit- in this case I’m picking a red color conversion. Click, confirm and you’re good to go.

So that’s it, it’s pretty easy. I just click this menu to go back. As you can see this is also where you would leave feedback or log out.

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April 6, 2015

Zee- A Munzee Companion App is now available for download!

icon1024UPDATE: It may take up to 24 hours for the app to propagate worldwide, so if it doesn’t first appear, check back over time. 

We’re proud to announce that our new app Zee is now available for download for iOS and Android devices! This new Munzee companion app has been designed as a handy tool to take your Munzee experience to the next level. Taking key points from Munzee, the Zee app adds new depths to your real world scavenger hunt. Check out your daily points, convert munzees in the field and more!

It’s easy to use, just download Zee- A Munzee Companion App in the Apple or Google Play store, login with your Munzee account info and start. The Zee app will showcase a realtime point counter so you can keep track of your daily progress. Looking at conquering the 10K badge? Preparing for the precise Pi badge? Then Zee is the tool for you. 

You can also finally convert munzees in the field using the Zee app. Whether you’re deploying a diamond, coloring a virtual or sharpening a battle axe, Zee makes it easy to convert on the fly. Don’t take our word for it though, download Zee and convert NOW. Just what will you convert though? Well funny you should ask…

GemAquamarine_128In connection to Zee’s release we are also releasing the new Aquamarine Jewel pin! This is our 218th unique munzee pin and to commemorate Zee’s birth month of March it is the light blue semi-precious stone. Like other members of the jewel collection this is a conversion munzee and can be attached to any greenie. This special icon earns 25 points for deployment. The owner receives 10 points for each capture on the munzee and the capper earns 10 points. Yes, we realize that Zee and the Aquamarine pins are actually being released in April and not March, but it took a little longer to mature than we expected. We stand by our decision. 

Premium members have received one free Aquamarine credit (which you can see at munzee.com/credits), but those who download the Zee app from April 6th-12th will also receive another free credit. Accounts that have signed into Zee by the deadline will receive the free credit on April 13 at 10:00 a.m. MHQ time. Aquamarine credits will also be on sale in the Munzee online store for a limited amount of time.

You do NOT have to be a premium member to download Zee or receive the free aquamarine credit upon download.  We suggest you become a premium member so you don’t miss out on more freebies in the future though. You can learn more about becoming a premium player at http://store.munzee.com/Premium-Member-Subscription.html.

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April 4, 2015

Munzee Player of the Week: Ole Primdahl (Primdahl)

As Munzee has grown over the years, the game has evolved in so many more ways than any of the co-founders could have imagined. We’ve certainly had our fair share of growing pains, but in its essence Munzee has tried to stick to its core goal of getting people out into the world. No one knows this better than those players who have been with us since the beginning. This week’s Player of the Week is Ole Primdahl who uses Munzee for family fun and scouting!

Who are you?
My name is Ole Primdahl or just “Primdahl” when Munzee’ing. I’m a proud member of the “Klan Fyrkat” clan, and before that, I was part of the “RosendalKFUMunzee” clan (a Scouts only clan).

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Where in the world do you live?
I live in Hobro, Denmark (smallest of the scandinavian contries), most famous for its viking ring fortress “Fyrkat”, from the 10th century (and now you know how we chose the name for our clan) and more recently our soccer team, who qualified for the primary national league only last year and played far better than anyone expected.

How long have you played Munzee?
I captured my first Munzee in April 2012 and deployed my first in October 2012. Since then, a lot has happened.

How did you find Munzee?
I read about Munzee in a national forum for “the other GPS-game” and almost forgot about it again, but by coincidence I noticed there was a green dot on the map, close to where my Mother-in-Law lives. BANG, that was it – Point of no return.

Next big experience, was introducing my Scouts to Munzee on at nocturnal exhaustion hike with different tasks and competitions. The kids had fun and I had a lot of cap-on points – highly addictive 😉

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What do you enjoy most about Munzee?
First of all, it is funny and it keeps me off the streets (well, actually it doesn’t, but you know what I mean). Doing something together as a family is great. We do not share ambitions equally, but Munzeeing together, is just so much funnier, than going alone. I enjoy to find out how the new initiatives from Munzee HQ functions and test them on my local Munzee friends.

The clan wars added so much extra to the game. Our clan only consists of local gamers, who all (more or less) know each other. I think the personal touch gives us much more than just Munzee. The only problem is, that outsiders think that Munzee strategy is the only thing we talk about  –  They are probably right, but then again, they are free to join the game 😉

As a scout leader, I have plenty of good experiences with using Munzee in scouting. From personal
experience, I can give you these 3 free tips:

1. Quiz Munzees are great for following a route and checking up on last months theme.
2. One hour in an area with plenty of Munzees. Which team gets the highest score?
3. Don’t do it too often.

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Oh yes! And designing urban camouflage Munzees 😉

What is on your wish list?
1. Lots of specials. There is always something to celebrate or remember – this year I would like to see hats all over the map in the month of June to celebrate 200 years of the Battle of Waterloo (and please, not badges for every special – they become devalued in that manner).
2. Badges for capturing NFC and Business Munzees.
3. Fewer points for the deployer on temporary virtual specials – I know this is a delicate subject, but in my opinion, it ruins the game.

Tell us about yourself!
I’m married to Olivia (Olivia) and we have 3 children: Karl 14 (KarlP), Marie 11 (MarieP) and Anne 8 (AnneP). As you see, we didn’t spend to much time and creativity on our usernames 😉
I am 51 years old and works as a manager and lifeguard in a public swimming pool.
I used to spend a lot of my spare time as an officer and instructor in the the Air Branch of the Danish Homeguard (paramilitary service), called ”Luftmeldekorpset”. Our primary task, was to observe and report aircraft at low level, below radar coverage, or in case of our radars being knocked out, to support and guide our defending fighter aircraft. Our organisation was much like the British equivalent ”Royal Observer Corps”, known from the Battle of Britain.
In addition to Danish, I speak English, some German, a little Swedish and a tiny little bit French.

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Other hobbies include:
Scouting (if you haven’t guessed it by now). I started as a cub, when I was 6 years old and apart from a few short breaks, I’ve been scouting on, ever since.
Aircraft Recognition and Photography (and everything else aviation). I might be one of those anoraks in the spotters area or by the end of the runway. I don’t spend as much time on this, as I used too, but I still loves going to Airshows and Aircraft Museums with my family.

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History has always been one of my favorite subjects in school, so most books I read, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, has a historical theme. I do not have a favorite period, but combined with my interest in planes, WWII naturally fills a large part of my library. When the family is on vacation, my poor children will be dragged around the battlefields, museums, churches, ancient monuments and the like. Fortunately, this kind of places is obvious for Munzeeing.

Occasionally we do “the other GPS-game”, but it’s becoming rarer and rarer and most of the ”boxes with logbooks” we found lately, was by accident, looking for munzees 😉

Primdahl also included his social, so cap away!

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