Archive for January, 2016

January 29, 2016

Get Ready for Easter Celebrations!

Following the fun of the Christmas parties we would like to offer you the opportunity to celebrate Easter with your Munzee friends and families too!

We are inviting you to add your Easter Celebrations to the calendar for 3 weeks between Thursday 17th March – Sunday 10th April inclusive at https://calendar.munzee.com/submit/.

There will be a badge for all attendees and a surprise from the Easter Bunny. We’d love to see you getting involved and taking part in our Easter Bonnet Parade, with a badge to be won at each event for the best effort. There will be 4 different packages for the hosts, each one with a badge too:
Baby Chick – Basic event with no proximity ($30)
Family Gathering – Baby Chick plus some temporary specials ($35 and up)
Decorated Egg – Family Gathering plus Badge & Icon ($135 and up)
The Easter Parade – Decorated Egg plus Eventzee ($185 and up)

There is also the option of a Magic Egg for $20 per event where every attendee wins a credit item when they capture it.

We will accept requests for customised badges and icons until Friday 19th Feb, after that we will move to generic artwork choices.

Any questions contact [email protected] and we look forward to seeing the calendar fill up!

January 28, 2016

New Virtual and Virtual Emerald Gardens

We’ve received a lot of questions and suggestions regarding gardens recently, so we want to address some and make a few announcements.

Emerald Gardens

Because Emerald Gardens are special release, we realize that not everyone is within close proximity to them. We are adding 5 Emerald Gardens to the map starting today at 15:00 CST. These pins are available for purchase at http://store.munzee.com/products/emerald-garden-pin and are limited in number. These locations, which are listed in the store description, have been suggested to us as hotspots for activity. We’ve added them to give more people the ability to take advantage of them for Double Point Weekend.

NOTE: There are a limited number of pins available. There is NO limit on the number of Virtual Emeralds you can buy, so please be courteous of other players.

Virtual Gardens

As we’ve said before, growing and maintaining our community is our focus for this year. A large part of this initiative is helping and encouraging the expansion of smaller and new areas. One of the ways we will be doing this will be placing virtual gardens in these areas. Over the course of the year, we will be deploying gardens all over the world. If you’d like to submit a location for a possible garden, you can go here.

If you have suggestions of new ways for us to help and get involved, please email [email protected] We’d love to hear from you!

January 28, 2016

Introducing the Virtual Resort!

We’re happy to introduce the Virtual Resort to the Destination line of Munzees! It will be joining the Motel and Hotel in this line, following a similar structure of points and rules.Resort_128

The Virtual Resort will be deployed via the Munzee app (not the website), just like the other members of the Destination line. It is virtual game piece.

Proximity: A Virtual Resort must be at least 3500 feet (~1065 meters) away any other resort.

Rooms: There are 15 rooms available in the Virtual Resort.

Deploy: 50 points

Capture: Ranges from 15 points (no rooms filled yet) to 90 (all 15 rooms filled).

CapOn: Ranges from 3 points to 50/42/39/…/6/3 when all 15 rooms are filled.

Release: The Virtual Resort will be a MunzPak exclusive for the month of February. Each MunzPak subscriber will receive five (5) Virtual Resorts with their MunzPak. It will be available for purchase on March 1st.

Full information about the Virtual Resort will be available on www.munzee.com/types upon initial release.

NOTE: If you’re not currently a MunzPak subscriber, you still have time to get in this month! You can subscribe now to receive this month’s MunzPak and change your billing date on February 1st to be one of the first to get the new Virtual Resort! Don’t miss out! If you want to change your billing date, please email [email protected] on February 1st!

January 28, 2016

February 2016 Clan Requirements

A bit back to the roots…

#1:
1,000 total points per player
500 capture points per player
Clan total deploys min. 30
Clan total points min. 12,000
Rewards: 1 virtual

#2:
2,000 total points per player
1,000 capture points per player
Clan total deploys min. 60
Clan total points min. 30,000
Rewards: 1 virtual, 2 maces, 1 virtual color

#3:
4,000 total points per player
2,000 capture points per player
Clan total deploys min. 120
Clan total points min. 70,000
Rewards: 1 mace, 1 longsword, 1 aquamarine

#4:
12,000 total points per player
7,000 capture points per player
Clan total deploys min. 250
Clan total points min. 180,000
Rewards: 1 battle axe, 3 longswords, 1 motel, 2 diamonds

#5:
25,000 total points per player
15,000 capture points per player
Clan total deploys min. 350
Clan total points min. 350,000
Rewards: 1 THE HAMMER, 2 battle axe, 3 mace, 1 motel, 2 virtuals, 2 ruby, 2 virtual color

January 27, 2016

The New Munzee Store is Live!

Despite a few hiccups, the soft opening for the new Munzee online store was a success. After bug fixes and product additions, we’re pleased to announce that the new store is online! Moving forward, this will be the full-time Munzee online store. There are a few things to take notice of:

  1. The new store URL is munzeestore.myshopify.com. The old URL (store.munzee.com) will redirect you to the new store, and the old store is no longer active.
  2. The new store also includes Eventzee, Runzee, and WallaBee merchandise. When you check out, you are asked for you Munzee/WallaBee username. If you are buying products for both games and have different usernames for them, we suggest you make two separate orders to make sure that the items are awarded to the correct accounts.
  3. If you have a discount code or gift certificate for the old store, please email [email protected] to get a replacement for use in the new store. Gift certificates and discount codes awarded before today WILL NOT work in the new store.
  4. If you have an issue or question about your orders in the new store, please use the contact form located on the store website or email [email protected]

Our goal with the new Munzee store is to provide you with new, exciting products (both gameplay and merchandise). If you have suggestions or want to see something new in the store, email [email protected], and we’ll see what we can do!

Thank you for your support, and Munzee on!

January 27, 2016

Munzee Fitness Challenge Winners

Last week we announced the Munzee Fitness Challenge in conjunction with the release of Munzee 3.1 and the introduction of Munzee Fitness. All you had to do was deploy a minimum of 60 greenies over the weekend, and you were entered to win a Fitbit Flex or gift cards to the Munzee Store.

We had over 80 people complete the challenge, totaling over 5000 greenie deploys. The usernames of the players who completed the challenge were put in a pot, and the three winners were chosen at random. They will be contacted shortly regarding their prizes.

1st Place – Nasabebbel
2nd Place – KatzRule712
3rd Place – monrose

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you everyone for participating!

January 26, 2016

Team Munzee Tuezday: Austin Scott

Here at Munzee we’re constantly encouraging our players to meet and greet and build the personal relationships that make this game so great. Our team continues to grow and we’re excited with the addition of Austin Scott. 

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Name and Title:

Austin Scott, App Developer… Specifically WallaBee Developer

Where are you from?

I grew up in Richardson, Texas and went to college at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia where I received a bachelors in Interactive Design and Game Development.

Tell us about yourself:
If I had to describe myself in 4 words, they would be “Complex, Simplistic, Optimistic and Pessimistic”. Nothing is as it seems when it comes to me. I’m always up for something new, whether that’s food, music, or a new experience. I’m always interested in discovering or learning something new. I try to enjoy the small things in life and love playing games of all types. Hockey and Baseball are my favorite sports to watch. I enjoy various types of music ranging from classical, to death metal all the way to house music and enjoy just about everything in between. I am always trying to learn something new or get inspired by the smallest things.

How long have you worked for Munzee?
As of today, January 5th, 2016, I’ve worked for Munzee for 57 days. (Editor’s note: It was like pulling teeth getting a picture of Austin, so his post got delayed a bit.)

What do you enjoy most about Munzee?
Munzee is awesome for so many reasons, but the coolest part about working here is definitely the people I get to work with, and the opportunity for me to grow as a developer.286752_1679226310723_1603235964_o

What are some of your other hobbies?
My hobbies are simple. They consist of eating, sleeping, listening to people, talking to people, watching cool things. I consider walking and typing as two hobbies that I’ve mastered. I am very versed in the art of writing, coloring, and reading. I am striving to master the art of drawing and painting, though I consider myself quite talented in both departments. I also dabble in video games and poker. I sometimes attempt to shred the guitar, and I enjoy fine crafting wood into usable objects. I have always found creating something from nothing to be quite rewarding. I prefer my Cigars from Cuba and my whiskey from Ireland, my BBQ from Texas and my tacos in abundance… God Bless the USA

Any last words?
“The art is not only in the final product hanging on the wall, but it also lies within the process that it took to create what lays before you.” – Austin Scott

January 25, 2016

Server Migrations

As we move forward and grow the game, we want to provide you with the best experience possible. We all found out at the beginning of the year how frustrating server downtime is, and we want to prevent that from happening in the future. We’ve mentioned before that we would be looking into alternative ways of hosting our game and services, and the time has come to take action.

Tomorrow, January 26th, we will be moving our Munzee services to Amazon Web Services (AWS). This move will begin at 18:00 MHQ time and will last roughly 3 hours (until 21:00 MHQ time). Though we don’t expect any downtime during this transition, sporadic outages are possible. If there are issues and you are unable to continue streaks or other achievements, please email [email protected] and we will ensure that those are taken care of.

This move will consist of Munzee and Eventzee gameplay services. The blog website has already been moved over, so updates regarding the move tomorrow will be posted here and on social media.

Thank you for your continued support, and Munzee on!

January 22, 2016

Munzee with Team Munzee

As part of our mission statement and theme for this year, we’re introducing a new activity. On the last Friday of every month, Team Munzee is going to get back to our roots and community. We will be going out and playing MunzeeTree3 (1)Munzee as a team. We invite players in the area to come join us on our adventures.

Our first Munzee with Team Munzee day will be next Friday, January 29th. We will be in Frisco, Texas from 9:15-11:15 MHQ time. You can find all of the information on the calendar and can let us know if you’ll be joining us!

Each month we will add the event to the Munzee Calendar and promote it on the blog an social media. We hope you can join us!

January 21, 2016

Munzee Fitness FAQs (Updated)

We’ve had some questions regarding Munzee Fitness, so we wanted to answer some of the most asked ones.

How do I link a fitness tracker to Munzee?
We’ve posted a video that you can watch here.

I earned a badge (e.g. 5K Day) on Fitbit. Why haven’t I earned the equivalent Munzee badge?
Munzee needs to retrieve the data from Fitbit in order to award a Munzee badge. If you earned those steps prior to January 1st, we won’t have that data in our database.

I’ve completed the requirements for a badge already, will these be retroactive?
These are only going to be retroactive since January 1st. You probably won’t see those badges until all of your data is loaded for January which will occur on February 2nd.

We Munzee as a couple (or family). Can we use Munzee Fitness together or do we need to create a second account?
Munzee Fitness will only link to ONE Fitbit account. If you want a separate tracking of players, you’ll need 2 Munzee accounts and 2 Fitbit accounts.

Can I use Google Fit or S Health the same way as Apple Health?
Unfortunately, no. Right now, S Health is NOT supported by Fitbit.

What devices will be supported?
At this time, Apple Health (without needing to sync through Fitbit) is on our radar. Any other devices with a public web API (not a development kit) could easily be supported, but we are researching it. We will continue to update you as new devices are added.

Is there a link to buy a Fitbit through affiliation?
Yes! The banner on the Munzee Blog and Fitness Leaderboard are through Munzee’s affiliation with Fitbit. You can also follow this link.

Will there be more badges available?
We do have plans to expand the badge lines in the future.

How do I remove the Fitbit authorization for Munzee?
There is a link under the users profile (https://www.fitbit.com/user/profile/edit) called Applications. You will see Munzee listed there. Simply click the “Revoke Access” button. It will require the user to reauthorize Munzee if they want to earn badges or be visible on the leaderboard.

If you have questions or need clarification on Munzee Fitness, please contact us at [email protected]

Thanks and Munzee on!