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October 9, 2014

Munzee Player of the Week: Adam Moritz (ActMoritz)

Munzee encourages our players to get outside and explore to find Munzees. The combination of technology and exercise is perfect for anyone, but we especially love to see families join together and Munz. Whether your children play a lot or a little, or your wife encourages your Munzee fandom, the family that Munzees together stays together. Family man and Early Bird Adam Moritz (ActMoritz) may not live in the most populated Munzee area, but he works hard to get his family moving and in turn grow the map. This week’s Player of the Week is a shining example of Munzee and we’re proud to have his family as part of our community!

908718_10151879790758228_421229760_nWho are you?
ActMoritz but, most people call me Stud Muffin!!! Others people call me Adam Moritz

Where in the world do you live?   
Just past BFE on the corner of Nowheresville right next to Carman Santiago and Waldo. In the Booming town of Longview, MO with a population of 4 Munzees, 3 of witch are mine.

How long have you played Munzee?
Since the beginning of time!! All 3 years got the badge to prove it! Early bird baby…

How did you find Munzee? 
At an event “TNT” introduced me way back when the app SUCKED (:-P Rob). I capped like 5 at the event and didn’t play again till the same event a year later then I got hooked!! The app was 100X more gooder!

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What do you enjoy most about Munzee?
That they are everywhere and that it’s super easy to play. But, mostly the COMPETITION of competing with friends mostly made through Munzee. This is kids odd as I HATE sports and I am not usually competitive. My Wife finds it funny how obsessed I get if someone passes me or I get close to someone. Making friends that I am closer to than most of my family.

1900047_10152152583020067_1258173558_nWhat is on your wish list?
Number one on my list would have to be leveling up after 100!! Ability to change your username at least once. (That ones for my wife ;-) Rob)

Tell us about yourself!
I am pretty awesome, or so they tell me, and I love long walks on the beach. I love traveling as one could probably tell by looking at my Munzee account.  I am a steel building detailer and own a small sign shop on the side. I have two boys that are nothing but trouble (they might get that from their momma;-))  several of you guys have probably met them. The oldest loves Munzee the youngest not so much he would rather go hiking and hunt for one of those treasure box GPS game things. Been married to the most smoking hot, beautiful, amazing, and successful woman in the world for 12 years. She Munzees (that’s pretty hot itself) a little. But, I think just to make me happy and pretty sure she really only likes the VM’s and MVM’s.

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Other hobbies include?
I may maybe a little obsessed with my hobbies! ;-) Saltwater and Reef aquariums!! Reptiles snakes and lizards, Scuba, Custom show trucks, Hunting, fishing and I little thing called Munzee.hobbies

 ActMoritz 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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October 8, 2014

The Munzee Munch October Special!

pacghost_128 copy pacpellet_128In celebration of the popular 8-bit video game Pac-Man™ and in connection with the North American holiday of Halloween, Munzee is proud to announce the Munzee Munch specials! Starting Monday, October 13th Munzee Power Pellets will show up across the map, where they will bounce every six hours if not captured. Similar to the arcade game, once players “munch” on the the power pellet three ghastly Ghostzees will appear within a one mile radius of the capped pellet.  Each Ghostzee will haunt a different greenie (regular munzee), but be warned they could possibly haunt your own Munzees. Unfortunately you can’t cap your own Munzees though, so a different ghost hunter will have to cap those.  The Ghostzees won’t be there for long and you’ll only have two hours to cap all three. You’ll also be racing any other nearby Munzee players because once the pellet has been munched, anyone can cap the three Ghostzees that appear.

There will be 1,980 power pellets bouncing across the world (viewable on a special map) until November 1st at 00:01 CST (MHQ time). You will get 50 points for munching a power pellet as well as a special icon. Cap on points are normal for the owner of the power pellet munzee. Once a Ghostzee is captured players will get 34 points split between owner and capper (10 point minimum for each) and a ghost icon. A greenie has the chance to be a Ghostzee more than once, but power pellets will only land on a munzee once and when captured that munzee cannot become a pellet again.  *For clan players all power pellet and ghostzee caps will be 2x for clan points!*

You will also get a Munzee Munch badge if you capture a Ghostzee, whether you munched the pellet or not, but you do not need to cap all three for the badge. PacMunchBadge_720

 

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October 7, 2014

Podcast Episode 32: Ghost Gorge, Munzee Munthly and Haunted Hotels.

The Era of Vardeman has finished its first year and we’ve accomplished a lot. This week’s podcast hints at our October plans as the President looks forward.

This week’s topics:

1. October sporting events… Munzee totally counts as a professional sport.

2. Munzee’s new monthly subscription service.

3. Munz Muncher Power Pellets and Ghostzees.

4. New Munzee Videocast trial this Friday at 2 PM.

5. Haunted Hotel Announcement.

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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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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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