October 25, 2016

Player of the Week: Peter Lovell (Knightwood)

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 Peter Lovell (Knightwood).

Who are you?

I’m Peter Lovell, known as Knightwood. I wanted a name connected with the area where I live, The New Forest, England. My wife cam up with this name, as The Knightwood Oak is the oldest tree in the New Forest, and she says it’s like me — getting old, rather large, and not much on top. Say no more! — So the name stuck.


Where in the world do you live?
We live in New Milton, a town in Hampshire on the south coast of England very near the New Forest National Park where ponies and deer are often seen roaming around the forest. They have the freedom to go through the villages and cross over roads, so drivers have to take special care when out and about in the area.

Also pleased to say that our former #1 Player in the World, Iain Grant (Pilseyguy), also lives in the area.



How long have you played Munzee?
I started playing the game in June 2013, but before that I had been a letterbox hunter for around 25 years here in the New Forest and on Dartmoor in Devon. I also have around a dozen caches hidden around the area.

How did you find Munzee?
This was through my newphew, Adrian Pitkin (The Machman), who now lives with his family in Perth, Western Australia. When they were staying here with his parents in Poole, we did a big cache walk up new Sixpenny Handley in Dorset in an attempt to get 100 in a day. We spotted a munzee on the way round. Adrian knew what these were and told me about it, so I got a new phone, downloaded the app, and was hooked.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
Well, it has taken me to places that I have never visited before, and I have gotten to meet many knew friends who play the game. Since I started playing, I have found munzees on a holiday in Adelaide, Melbourne, and Perth, and I went on a very wet, long weekend with The Machman in Cologne where I was able to get my First Loser, Lucky 7, and Unlucky 13 badges, so now I still have the big one to get one day. I’ve also taken many trips to London, and one of my last visits got the 100k Day badge.

I have also gotten to meet President Rob along with Louise at the event sin London and Christchurch when he visited the United Kingdom. This photo of me with them plus Matt was taken in front of the road to the Prime Minister’s home at 10 Downing Street before our London “Big Ben” May Meet this year, the day before they did their Rave and Ride Charity Event.


I am a member of a clan — Solentcoasters. We all enjoy the game, but with no pressure. I often meet up with some of the clan members, Dicky and Jilly — TwoHoots and NewTwo — on their visits up to the New Forest from Sussex where they live.

I enjoy deploying munzees as well. Most of mine start with the name “Knightwood”. I also have many Topaz Munzees in the forest village of Brockenhurst which now had the world’s biggest Topaz cluster.

What is on your wish list?
Well I’ve passed my 1000 days and am a member of the Millionaire Club, so next target must be to double those numbers. I enjoy the way Rob and his team keep coming up with new ideas to keep the game fresh, so I’m always looking out for their new challenges.

I would like to re-visit Australia with family and friends in Perth and scan all those Mystery Blues at Burns Beach, north of the city. All of my virtuals out there are called “Knightwood’s – Wishing I was Downunder”.


See the Saints win the F.A. Cup at Wembley next May. It’s been 40 years since they beat Manchester United 1-0 to win the Cup.

Tell us about yourself!
I am married to Sheila, and have been retired for 4 years now. I was always told that I would wonder how I had time to go to work, well it’s true. During my working days, I was a chef in hotels around the New Forest area.

Sheila has her horse, Risky, and I help out with any heavy jobs around the stable year, but I prefer to keep my feet firmly on the ground, so a good walk finding munzees helps.

Other hobbies include:
So besides Munzee, I try to play a round of golf once a week with friends, go swimming on the weekends, and a bit of gardening. These all keep me busy.

Big footy fan, too. Got my season ticket at St. Mary’s — home of the SAINTS — SOUTHAMPTON football club. They are doing well, and last season they finished 6th in the Premier League and will have matches in Europe next season, too.
blueprintI do have my own “Pathtag”. If any other players also have their own and would like to swap, please contact me via Munzee messages.

Any last words?
A big thank you to my friends who put my name forward to be POTW, and of course to Rob and his great team over in the USA for giving so much pleasure to so many around the world. Finally, a thank you to all players that put out their munzees for me to find.

Knightwood also included some socials, so cap away!

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October 24, 2016

UPDATE: BCA Garden Pins

We’re very proud to see the support you have given to the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the BCA charity specials. It’s been wonderful to watch the garden by their headquarters fill up and see the community create their own gardens around the world. We couldn’t ask for a better community of players.

We still have a limited number of spots left in the official garden, so we’ve decided to open them up to allow for a player to have a maximum of 2 in the garden instead of only one. Remember, these will only be available for purchase until October 31st at 23:59 MHQ time. If you haven’t purchased one already, don’t miss out! If you already have a pin in the garden and would like another, here’s your chance!

Let’s fill it up and help out even more!

Thanks for your support, and Munzee on!

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October 21, 2016

Potential Outages or Interruptions

This morning, a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on a major DNS host occurred. It seems there is also another attack in progress. While Munzee itself is not being affected, some of the third-party services we use are. You may experience issues with images in the app or online not showing correctly, but the game is still functioning properly.

Shopify, the ecommerce platform that the Munzee Online Store runs on, is also being affected.

While this attack seems to be isolated to a single DNS host, we will be monitoring the situation and keep you up to date if our services become affected directly. You can also check the status of Munzee services on our status page.

Thanks for your understanding, and Munzee on!

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October 20, 2016

Flat Rob Surprise Appearance

We mentioned in a post earlier this month the dates that Flat Robs will be live and said that there may be some surprise appearances as well. Well Rob is heading out of town this weekend, and that means Flat Robs are coming! From tomorrow (October 21st) at 00:01 MHQ time through Sunday (October 23rd) at 23:59 MHQ time, Flat Robs will be live on the map.

As a reminder, Flat Robs are also going to be live the following dates:

  • Thursday October 27 at 00:01 (MHQ) until Monday October 31 at 23:59 (MHQ) for One year Flat Rob Anniversary and an event Rob is attending in Missouri
  • Wednesday November 23 at 00:01 (MHQ) until Sunday November 27 at 23:59 (MHQ) for American Thanksgiving Holiday – MHQ offices closed
  • Saturday December 24 at 00:01 (MHQ) until Sunday January 1 at 23:59 (MHQ) for Christmas – MHQ offices closed

If you’ve got some to deploy or have an area you want to cap, here’s your chance!

Munzee on!

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October 19, 2016

Grow the Game!

Dearest Munzee community,

I hope this blog post finds you well, in your respective corners of the world. Team Munzee knows that this game is driven forward by the community. You grow the map, grow the game, and care for one another deeply. We share the responsibility in growing the game worldwide, so we are excited to formally announce a partnership. This partnership will spread the name of Munzee and grow the player base worldwide. We would like to introduce you to Freeze Tag, a leading creator of social mobile games.

Our partnership with Freeze Tag will utilize a portion of our Munzee locations as a base map for AR games being built by Freeze Tag. These AR games will be built in the same genre as Pokemon Go, resulting in additional players visiting our locations and learning about Munzee. We will lend our geolocation gaming expertise in the projects to help create the best games available! We see this as a very positive step in spreading the word about Munzee and hope you will take a moment to visit our partner’s websites and check out their current apps. There is no information on launch dates available at this time for future partnership projects.

Please see the press release for more information! Stay tuned for exciting things in the future!


Rob Vardeman – President Munzee Inc.

Munzee On!

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October 19, 2016

Scheduled Maintenance on Monday, October 24th

We are constantly looking for ways to improve the Munzee game and the services associated with it to better your experience as a player. While much of it is behind-the-scenes, sometimes it affects the availability of these services. Though we don’t like to have these instances, it’s all for the betterment of the game.

On Monday, October 24th, we will be conducting maintenance on the Munzee database. This will affect both Munzee and Eventzee services. The maintenance will begin at 10:00 MHQ time and will last anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour. During this time, updates will be provided through our social media channels. Once completed, a post will be made through our Announcements page and social media. You can also see and subscribe to status updates any time on our status page.

Thank you for understanding, and Munzee on!

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October 18, 2016

Lone Star Bash Gallery

It’s hard to believe that Lone Star Bash was over a week ago! Once again, thank you to all those who participated in one way or another. It was an amazing weekend, and we couldn’t do it without you.

Also, thank you to everyone who submitted pictures for the Lone Star Bash gallery. We’ve chosen some of the best, and put them below. If you still have pictures you want to submit, feel free to upload them to the Google Drive folder. We’ll update it once more at the end of the week.

Enjoy, and Munzee on!

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October 17, 2016

Player of the Week: Attila and Csaba Fodor (Attis)

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 a father and son duo of Attila and Csaba Fodor (Attis).

20160725_125444_resizedWho are you?
We are Attila and Csaba, son and father, and we play Munzee under the name “Attis” which is a nickname for Attila. (Note: For the remainder of the interview, they are using the designators: CS for Csaba and A for Attila.)

Where in the world do you live?
CS: We live in a residential area of Budapest, Hungary.
A: Look on the map for the Surprise Car Garden made by us. It is near our house.

How long have you played Munzee?
CS: The account was made for Attila in November 2013.

How did you find Munzee?
A: My mom – she is theacher – was at seminary where she found out about Munzee and a few other applications. So, in our family, she has the oldest Munzee account. A few days later, she registered my 20160723_163625_resizedaccount with the username “Attis”.
CS: At the beginning, my wife and son were playing together, and I was laughing from a distance. It was so funny watching them search for munzees and seeing people look at them awkwardly. After a while, when Attila wanted to play more and more and my wife didn’t have much time for playing, I had to go with him as he was only 10 years old at the time and I couldn’t let him go alone. Slowly, I got used to it and then started liking it, too. Seeking Munzees wasn’t strange to me anymore.
A: I was searching the map all the time, and when something new appeared (for example, the Aquamarines), I called my dad and asked him to cap them when he drove home from his office.
CS: Now, we play every day. We have a capture streak of over 580 days. We’re addicted to the game.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
A: I mostly like the food feeling when I cap a new special munzee or when we earn new badges.
CS: I like Munzee for many reasons. Spending a lot of time with my son, moving, walking a lot, meeting new people from all around the world. We like to travel (of course, not only for Munzee). We have captured and deployed in about 20 countries. And also, however Munzee is a game, and like in most games, there is a competition side to it. I like to compete.

What is on your wish list?
A: To visit MHQ, have as many badges as possible, visit as many Virtual Gardens as we can, and to be in the Top 100 players in the world.
CS: Yes, to visit MHQ is a dream which will become a reality soon. We already have airplane tickets to Dallas for Lone Star Bash. Then, to achieve the Top 10 players in the Globetrotters section (with the most physical deploys by country). It’s a pity that, while we were playing Munzee already in 2013, we were not as active at the time. We were in the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Island, Saint Marrten and Malta, England, and Bulgaria. We don’t have physical deploys in those countries (just 1-2 captures), so we have to go back eventually.

Staff Note: It was wonderful to meet you both at Lone Star Bash!


Tell us about yourself!
A: I’m almost 13 now, so I still have a long way in school. I like football (or soccer as you call in the US), racing go-karts, music, and traveling. And I like learning 😉 (This interview will probably be read by my teachers, too, so… you know.) I started high school in September at one of the best schools in Hungary (ranked at 5th in the country).
CS: I’m 45, a husband (I’ve loved my wife, Erika, since ’88 when we were 16), and a father of two. Besides my sone, Attis, we have a daughter named Csenge who, unfortunately, doesn’t like to munzee, but she does help us with Eventzee as a model. I work in the meat business as a salesman, and I travel a lot. I like soccer. I played for 12 years when I was a kid, and I like rock music.


Any last words?
Munzee – Building bridges between people.

Attis also included some socials, so cap away!


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October 14, 2016

2016 Munzee Christmas Parties!

Hello my lovely hosts, it’s that time of year again – time to plan your Munzee Christmas Parties! Last year was fantastic, there were so many great events all over the world. Let’s do it again!

First step is to get your event on the calendar and think about what you’d like to have included. Prices are as normal but various packages are available which unlock certain host badges. Christmas Parties are for the whole of December and every package includes a Christmas Party Attendee Badge and some surprises.

Just like the unicorns helped us celebrate the birthday events, the reindeer will be getting involved in the Christmas parties.  Here are the packages:

  • The Prancer – Basic event and no proximity restrictions – $30
  • The Dancer – The Prancer plus 5 mystery virtuals – $35
  • The Vixen – The Dancer plus badge and icon – $135
  • The Rudolph – The Vixen plus Eventzee – $185

Father Christmas is bound to make another visit… if you’d like to have a rummage in his bag please request the Santa’s Sack option for $20, this gives every attendee a free credit item.

Don’t forget to dig out your Dodgy Jumpers again too, a badge and a spot in the gallery is up for grabs at each event. The host just needs to email me with the winner!

Don’t forget to leave plenty of time for artwork, get those requests in ASAP please. We will move to generic art options when the Trish’s diary is full and we will communicate that nearer the time. Really looking forward to hearing from you and having some fun!

For further details please drop me an email at [email protected].

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October 13, 2016

Player of the Week: David Smith (djsmith)

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 David Smith (djsmith).

20160717_134024Who are you?

My name is David Smith, Munzee name djsmith (a lot of thought went into that).

Where in the world do you live?
I come from Lake Macquarie, North of Sydney and South of Newcastle AUSTRALIA. It has good weather all year round which is great for munzeeing.

How long have you played Munzee?
I have just completed my first year of munzeeing, and it has gone from capping one or two to being in a clan (Hunter Munzee Hunters). It is a group of local players who aim to push ourselves further each month to achieve higher levels. By having local players, we have helped grow our area quickly, making it more fun.

How did you find Munzee?
A year ago, my son’s cub scouts group had a father day (night) at Rathmines, and we were all instructed to load this funny named “Munzee” app on our phones before arriving. The leader, who had only played Munzee for a week or so, had put out 10 munzees and instructed us (SORT OF) on what to do. We went out into the dark to find them, and two hours later, we had won, and I was very interested. A couple of weeks later, I was in Sydney and decided to cap a couple, and “bisygisy” tracked me down and showed me a few things like turning on the filters. Wow, did Sydney look a whole lot different! (Thanks for your help!) A couple of months later, I was in Sydney again and was tracked down by “GD”. This time, he talked me into joining the clan he was in, and from there on out, I was hooked. I would also like to thank “czechroo” for his help and guidance in the game.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
I love meeting other players, listening to their stories, and hopefully learning new things. I love playing the game and working out strategies with the clan. I go out of my way to help other Munzee players when I can, especially new players, as others have done for me. We have a great clan in Newcastle with terrific people in it. We are trying new things all the time. For example, we held a Birthday Event which turned out to be an interesting one with players coming from Victoria. Unfortunately, with the time difference between the USA and Australia, I got the date wrong, so we had a real find the munzee without a map. All went down well and everyone had a good time. We have also tried creating a garden which was fun. You can check that out here.

What is on your wish list?

  1. All filters on by default. I have helped a lot of new players, and not one of them has had them on or know about them. Their eyes just popped out of their heads when they see the area with them on.
  2. I would like to see a new leaderboard with badges, of course. The leaderboard would be for capping and deploying, but no CapOns. Badges for daily, month, and maybe yearly, but not overall. The idea is not to take away from the top players who have acheived a lot in the game but to allow new players to try competing with the top players in capping/deploying on a daily to monthly basis. As people would try to catch the top players, the game would grow.


Tell us about yourself!
I am an office fitout contractor, and I do a lot of traveling around the state for work (and Munzee). I have a wonderful family with two boys that also play Munzee.

Other hobbies include:
Hmmm Eventzee.

Any last words?
I am working on how to get the Victorian Australia Day event next year. There is a big rumour that Rob is coming down under, so it will be the biggest event Australia has ever had. Rob, are you really coming down under????

Thank you for nominating me for POTW. I was very shocked and humbled by the nomination. Looking forward to meeting other players on my Munzee journey!

djsmith also included some socials, so cap away!

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