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March 23, 2020

April 2020’s Resolution Can Be Done From The Comfort of Your Home!

It’s almost April, and while many of us are confined to our homes, that doesn’t mean our fitness has to suffer! As we announced in our January Resolutions blog, we will be launching monthly Capture Streak Badges centered on a year of being active. Each month’s badge will be dedicated to practicing a different exercise. Similar to how our Super Streak badges operate, you will be awarded a badge if you capture at least one munzee* each day for the entire month. This month’s badge may be tricky to get, but we believe in you!

Each month’s badge will be themed around the particular resolution goal. For April we thought that popular aerobic exercises would be a good way to maintain fitness, indoors or out! Time to rock those colorful sweatbands, arm warmers, leg warmers, and leotards!

Why are aerobic exercises important?

Aerobic exercises get your blood pumping! Good circulation is important as it means nutrients from the food you eat, the beverages you drink, and the air you breathe are more quickly delivered to your entire body, especially the extremities.

Healthline points out that, compared to exercises such as those featured in last month’s Resolution, “You perform aerobic exercises for a sustained period of time,” and additionally, “The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes or more of aerobic exercise five or more days each week. That can be broken up, though. For example, you can take three, 10-minute walks throughout the day.” The article goes on to recommend 10 aerobic exercises you can try, but here’s our own (edited and slightly Munzee-fied) version of that list:

  1. Jumping to reach those QR codes that tall players stuck on signs
  2. Circuit of:
    1. Sasquatch Yeti Squats
    2. Leprechaun Lunges
    3. Pegasus Pushups
    4. Dragon Dips
    5. Tuli Twist
  3. Running or jogging to the nearest bouncer
  4. Walking the loop of Greenies and Elementals around your house
  5. Swimming with Mermaids and Sirens
  6. Biking and blasting
  7. Picking up each piece of litter you see one by one and tossing it into a trash can (bonus points if you had to chase after several tiny square sticker backings that got blown away by the wind)
  8. Kickboxing other Munzee players so that you can be FTC
  9. ZEEumba
  10. Cutting sheet after sheet of Munzee stickers into individual pieces

Are you ready to break a sweat between scanning QR codes? Before you attempt any exercise, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor**. Good luck and Munzee on!

* In order to encourage active gameplay we will not count Social Munzees for these capture streaks. If you know you’ll be in an area without munzees, plan ahead! 

** MUNZEE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY EXERCISE-RELATED INJURIES

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February 26, 2020

March 2020’s Resolution Won’t Let You Skip Leg Day!

It’s almost March, which means we need to finish the quarter out strong! As we announced in our January Resolutions blog, we will be launching monthly Capture Streak Badges centered on a year of being active. Each month’s badge will be dedicated to practicing a different exercise. Similar to how our Super Streak badges operate, you will be awarded a badge if you capture at least one munzee* each day for the entire month. Get ready for a little March Madness of your own!

Each month’s badge will be themed around the particular resolution goal. For March we decided to kick things up a notch and shift the focus to building muscle! Say goodbye to all those creamy, chocolate-y calories from Valentine’s Day and hello to a more defined shape!

Why is building muscle important?

Let’s play a word-association game: “workout.” What was the word you thought of? Was it “weights”? At the very least, you probably pictured someone lifting some, like in the badge image above, or with a dumbbell in each hand instead.

Even though lifting weights is perhaps the most commonly thought of way to build muscle, there are other ways to do so, especially if you are not yet comfortable with using weights and fear that you may drop them on your foot (was that too much of a reveal?). You are probably already aware of body weight exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, and dips — these are a great way to strengthen your muscles until you feel ready to try using weights. If you were particularly diligent with last month’s flexibility resolution, you may have already been doing body weight exercises, such as the Downward-Facing Dog pose! In most cases you can even add weights to body weight exercises so that you are still working the same muscles and doing the same movements, just with a higher difficulty level.

Are you ready to put some muscle into your Munzee-ing? Before you attempt any exercise, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor**. Good luck and Munzee on!

* In order to encourage active gameplay we will not count Social Munzees for these capture streaks. If you know you’ll be in an area without munzees, plan ahead! 

** MUNZEE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY EXERCISE-RELATED INJURIES

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January 27, 2020

February 2020’s Resolution May Require Some Warm Ups!

How has 2020 been treating you so far? As we announced last month in our January Resolutions blog, we will be launching monthly Capture Streak Badges centered on a year of being active. Each month’s badge will be dedicated to practicing a different exercise. Similar to how our Super Streak badges operate, you will be awarded a badge if you capture at least one munzee* each day for the entire month. And since this month is the shortest, you have no excuse not to try!

Each month’s badge will be themed around the particular resolution goal. While our January resolution focused on jumping jacks, we decided to slow things down for the month of love. Part of loving someone is being able to accommodate them, even if it requires a slight change in plan, so we made our February resolution to become more flexible!

Why is flexibility important?

While the effort of aerobic exercise is easily measured — in pints of sweat, no doubt — flexibility exercise is much more subtle, and that likely contributes to why it’s often overlooked.

However, neglecting flexibility exercises could be reducing your effectiveness in other types of exercise as well. Improving your flexibility will improve your range of motion. A short article by Harvard Health gives the example of being better at following through with any hit on a ball, be it a forehand with your tennis racket or a swing with a golf club. Being flexible decreases the chance of future injuries, as you will be less likely to overextend yourself and pull a muscle. That same Harvard Health article does point out that “experts no longer recommend stretching before exercise,” though, so make sure your body has warmed up first! Your posture will also benefit from a flexible body, since the muscles required to maintain good posture will be stronger.

You may recall that we celebrated International Yoga Day in 2018! Part of the celebration included a photo contest with players posting their best yoga pose. Our CZeeO even provided an example! Should we take this opportunity to check in on Rob’s progress after 2 years? Would you like to show off your own progress? Keep watching us on social media — you never know what we have planned!

Are you ready to have a more limber body? Before you attempt any flexibility exercise, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor**. Good luck and Munzee on!

* In order to encourage active gameplay we will not count Social Munzees for these capture streaks. If you know you’ll be in an area without munzees, plan ahead! 

** MUNZEE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY EXERCISE-RELATED INJURIES

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January 1, 2020

2019 Yearly Leaderboard Badges!

At first glance, Munzee seems like a pretty simple game. Scan physical munzees to get points. Tap on virtual munzees to get even more points. There are different types of physical munzees and different types of virtual munzees that award you with varying numbers of points. Simple, right?

What’s not so simple is how to stay on top of all the numerous active players! While more established players do have an advantage in terms of deployed munzees (rake in those CapOn points!), they face difficulties in finding munzees to cap, especially if they are active in Clan Wars! Taking advantage of special points days, active Flat Friends days, and other strategies are necessary to maintain or improve their ranking.

For the first time in Munzee History we are happy to recognize the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place on the overall yearly leaderboard for 2019! These accomplished players are, as follows:

  1. OldSchoolSkater
  2. hunniees
  3. dt07751

Congratulations! Now the pressure’s on to keep your spot for next year!

Other Munzee players — think you have what it takes to dethrone this Triumphant Trio? We think anything’s possible!

Munzee On!

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December 29, 2019

New Year’s Resolution Streak Badges Return!

Last year we introduced our Resolution Streak Badges. Each month had a different goal for personal growth to focus on, ranging from the simple and specific (August’s “Read More”) to the more complex and broad (December’s “Give More”). We love reading the comments on these posts to learn how our players have achieved these monthly goals in different ways! To continue our journey of self-improvement, we decided to renew this badge line for 2020!

This year, we wanted to bring back the focus to one of the biggest benefits our game has — the ability to make being active fun! Each month will focus on a popular exercise. Who knows, you might be inspired to add one to your routine! Similar to the Super Streak badges all you have to do is capture at least one munzee* each day for the entire month. If you can make it through the whole month you’ll be awarded a badge themed to that month’s resolution goal!

To ease into this theme without too many sore muscles, we decided to keep this month simple and highlight the tried-and-true Jumping Jack! We hope just thinking about them won’t make you weak in the knees!

Did you know?

The American origins for this exercise can be traced back to World War I, believed to be developed by an Army Officer and inspired by a once-popular children’s toy which made a similar motion to the exercise. In the United Kingdom, this exercise is called a “Star Jump” due to the shape your body makes when doing this exercise. Perhaps we’ll try out this alternative name as we converse about our New Year’s Resolutions!

Jumping jacks are a great cardio exercise. If the standard jumping jack is actually tough on your knees, there are a few ways to reduce the pain — make sure you are on a level surface, wear good shock-absorbing shoes, keep your knees slightly bent, and try to keep your jumps gentle as well. If shoulder pain is a concern, try half jacks, which are the same as regular jumping jacks except that you bring your arms up halfway. Of course, please exercise (pun intended) extreme caution when trying this out. Consult your doctor before starting a new exercise routine, and always listen to your body. Stop when you feel too much pain. A little pain is okay — no pain, no gain, right? But don’t push yourself way past what your body is capable of**. All exercises have modifications to accommodate all body types.

We know capping a munzee each day won’t magically make you more fit, but we hope as you work towards this capture streak you think about squeezing in a few reps! Any movement is better than none at all! We’re all in this together and if nothing else it will help you get one step closer to the yearlong capture and deploy streak badges. We’ll have a different resolution badge design each month, but try and keep up with your resolutions throughout the year! We believe in you!

We hope you’ll tune in each month for a new exercise program! Munzee on!

* In order to encourage active gameplay we will not count Social Munzees for these capture streaks. If you know you’ll be in an area without munzees plan ahead! 

** MUNZEE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY EXERCISE-RELATED INJURIES

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December 6, 2019

Ornament Design Contest Winner!

We received some beautiful entries for our Ornament Design Contest.

As promised, we closed the submissions on 15:00 MHQ time on December 3 and chose our top 4 for players to vote on via our Facebook post.

We checked the votes on 15:00 MHQ time on December 6.

The winner, by a landslide, was dizzamel!

Her clever use of cute Pouch Creature art appealed to both Munzee and WallaBee players! Many who voted also mentioned that although all the designs were well done, this design in particular embodied the spirit of Christmas the best!

Congratulations to dizzamel! She will be receiving her own ornament pressed by MHQ staff, and munzees from the CZeeO himself!

If you’d like to purchase dizzamel’s design, click HERE!

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November 26, 2019

Ornament Design Contest!

Last week we saw how creative and crafty our players are with our mini origami contest on Facebook! The winning origami sculptures stood out to us because they had a nice Christmas theme going on… so we thought, why not double the fun by having players design us a Christmas ornament?

Please submit the following to iloveyou@munzee.com by 15:00 MHQ time on December 3 to be eligible to win:

  • 1 submission per person
  • Must provide a .PNG, .PDF, or .AI file using this PDF Ornament Template, with your original design on it.
  • Can be any 2D medium (pencil, paint, graphic design, etc) but it does have to be sent to us in a finalized digital version for us to make it into an ornament.
  • Cannot feature any licensed character designs, but you can use Munzee artwork.

Once we reach the deadline, we’ll choose the finalists — then we’ll open it up to votes from the community! We’ll check the votes at 15:00 MHQ time on December 6 and see who won!

The winner will receive their own ornament crafted by MHQ, some munzees, and the knowledge that their design will be available to all in the Freeze Tag Store!

Ready to get in the holiday spirit and do some crafting?!

Munzee on!

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October 2, 2019

Unveiling the All New Clan Wars System Changes!

NOTE: There are currently Clans created for testing purposes listed on the leaderboard in the app. These test clans will be removed at 00:01 on 10/3/2019. Please do not join these clans as they will not be active for the next Clan War battle. 

We’ve been hinting at our Clan Wars system update for a while, with the launch of our Beta testing, the revelation of new badges, and the unveiling of our new Clan Wars logo. But the day has finally arrived that our Clan Wars update is ready to officially launch! While there are many exciting changes to explore, we’d like to warn players that there is a lot to process. So before you feel overwhelmed, know that we have extensively mapped out all aspects of Clan Wars on our Help Guide for comprehensive reference!

These updates are all implemented to support our goal of making Clan Wars more accessible and flexible to a wider variety of players. Our aim is to create a Clan Wars experience that is in line with our Munzee mission to “Play Your Way!” These Clan Wars updates now make it easier for more players to join in on the fun and participate, while current Clan Wars players can still compete at their own pace.

That means that low level and elite clans alike both have the opportunity to reap the benefits of our updates, with the ability to earn all new badges and customize the way you play! Ready to get started?

Clan Wars Changes

In our mission to create a Clan Wars experience that our players can customize to suit their gameplay goals, clans with less than 10 members can now earn rewards in battle! This is one of our biggest gameplay changes that allows for a wider variety of clans to enter the battle and receive rewards. Requirements for smaller clans will be the same as 10 person clans, so smaller clans will need to do more work to complete each level.

Another significant change is that players can now join a clan at anytime during the battle. As  part of our newly updated system, all aspects of gameplay will move to mobile devices, and only the Clan Leaderboard will be available online. Though players can now join a clan at any time, players are still unable to leave a clan once the battle starts.

Any activity a player has done during the battle period will count towards the clan challenges once a player joins a clan, so any previous efforts were not in vain. However, if a player joins a clan that is at a higher level than they are, the clan will not be able to level up again until the new player has achieved all individual challenges to catch up.

Another exciting update is that rewards can now be collected immediately after your clan reaches the next level, instead of waiting until midnight for them to be sent. So, if a player joins a clan mid-battle, they will receive rewards for any levels achieved through their previous activity during the battle period. If the new player is at a lower level than their fellow clan mates, then the rest of the clan will still retain their rewards and simply have to wait for the newest clan member to catch up before leveling up.

In-App Updates

As we mentioned, the Clan Wars experience is now moving in-app, where clan members will have comprehensive access to the Clan Wars experience. This is an over-the-air update, meaning that players will not have to download any newer version of the app to gain access to the Clan Wars features. However, players might have to force quit and restart the app if they do not see the new Clan Wars features. It is also essential to make sure that you are playing on the latest version of the Munzee app.

The following features are now available in-app for Clan Wars in the new Clan Wars Hub:

The Roster Tab, which contains the following:

  • View total points for current clan battle across all members
  • Ability for clan leaders to manage their clan by editing the clan information, inviting players to join, approving/rejecting requests to join, promoting/demoting other members as leaders
  • Ability for clan leaders to edit the clan name, photo, tagline, level goal and privacy settings at anytime

The Challenges Tab, which contains the following:

  • Requirements and rewards displayed for each level of the clan battle
  • Progress is tracked and updated approximately every 10 minutes
  • View the entire clan’s progress on both individual and group challenges

The Clan Chat Tab, which contains the following:

  • The ability to coordinate with clan members using the new integrated clan chat area

The Leaderboard Tab, which contains the following:

  • See where your clan ranks against the top 100 clans

New Clan Settings

Another aspect on the in-app Clan Wars update is the new clan settings. Clans can now set a publicly visible goal to indicate what level their clan is aiming for each month. In general we believe there are two different types of clans:

  • Casual Clan – These clans may not have a specific level goal and may focus on just having fun, learning the game together and playing with family and friends
  • Level 1 to 5 – These clans are aiming for a specific level

Clans can also now choose a privacy level that will make their clan public, private, or hidden for those who are using the app to search for a clan they want to join. These different settings are as follows:

  • Public – Anyone can find and join your clan at anytime
  • Private – Anyone can find your clan, but can only request to join and must be approved by a clan leader from the Roster tab
  • Hidden – These clans will not appear in the search list, but clan leaders can still invite players to join from the Roster tab

When joining a clan, players can browse for clans to join using the app and can sort them by which level they are aiming for that month. They can use the search option to find specific clans by name or tagline or use the randomizer to browse through clans to join. If you want to recruit more local players to join your clan, putting the city/state/country in your tagline will help them find you when searching. For more information about this process, you can access our article for How to Join a Clan.

Additionally we have updated the Clan Leader System. Moving forward with the new system, the player who creates the clan will be assigned as the Leader. Leaders can then promote other members to help manage the clan. Note that anyone can be promoted to Leader, even players who don’t have a Premium Membership.

This also means that all existing clans have been transferred to the new system. Since the old system made any Premium Member an admin, and did not track when players joined, all current admins will be assigned as Leaders in the new system. Clans can then decide who to keep as leaders and demote the others to members.

New Badges & Clan Borders

In addition to these new updates, there is now the opportunity to earn badges for achieving certain ranks on the Clan Leaderboard. As we revealed in our October 2019 Clan Requirements blog, there are also badges you can earn each month for every level you reach with your clan. Additionally, new themed borders will now appear around your clan image, with a number of stars to indicate and show off the current level of your clan. They appear as follows:

Help Guide Access

Once again, we know that these updates might seem overwhelming at first, but our new Clan Wars section of the Help Guide contains comprehensive information expanding upon each aspect of Clan Wars gameplay. In the Help Guide, you can access articles on Clan Wars FAQs, Intro to Clan Wars, How to Join a Clan, How to Complete Challenges, How to Create a Clan, How to Manage Your Clan, and Clan Wars Hub.

Welcome to a brand new era of Clan Wars! We’re excited to see a wider variety of clans compete, and as always, feel free to play YOUR way!

Munzee on!

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September 19, 2019

Knight’s Armor Specials Prepare for Map Invasion!

What did medieval postmen wear? Chain mail! If that terrible joke didn’t get a smile out of you, then we have something that sure will! In celebration of our upcoming MedZEEval Times themed MHQ Bash 6, we’ll be releasing our SIX new Knight’s Armor specials on September 20 at 00:01 MHQ time for over two weeks of exciting days and knights of adventure!

Knight’s Armor Specials

That’s right, we will be offering SIX bouncing MOB specials (3 virtual, 3 physical) from September 20 at 00:01 MHQ time all the way until October 6 at 23:59 MHQ time! They will land on Greenies, Virtuals, and Clan Weapon munzees every 6 hours or when captured. We will release 1,938 of these specials (divided into an even 323 of each type) for plenty of capping opportunities!

The physical specials will be attracted to Munzee Magnets on Greenies, while the virtual specials will be attracted to Virtual Magnets on Virts. To access these specials, please turn on your “All Expiring Specials” and “All Limited Edition Specials” filters.

Physical Specials

The physical specials include the Knight’s Breastplate, the Knight’s Left Boot, and the Knight’s Right Boot. These physical bouncers will land on the following:

  • Greenies
  • Mace
  • Longsword
  • Battle Axe
  • The Hammer

The physical bouncing specials will all be worth 100 points for both the Capture and Host.

Virtual Specials 

The virtual specials include the Knight’s Helmet, the Knight’s Left Gauntlet, and the Knight’s Right Gauntlet. These virtual bouncers will land on the following:

  • Virtual Munzees
  • Crossbow
  • Catapult

The virtual bouncing specials will all be worth 50 points for both the Capture and Host.

Personals and Badges

If you really want to get into the MedZEEval spirit of the knight, then we have some news you’ll enjoy! We’ll be releasing our newest Personal Munzee tag in the Freeze Tag Online Store along with the publication of this post! Check out the valiant design:

Lastly, what’s a special without a badge?! We’re happy to announce that in addition to these six new specials, there will be SEVEN new badges that players can battle their way to earning! Knights aren’t known for their mercy, so we won’t be revealing all of the badges just yet. However, we will provide you with a sneak peak!

Hand Of The King– Capture one Knight’s Right Gauntlet special.

Want to discover the other 6 badges?! You’ll just have to start capping tomorrow morning! But you can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for sneak peaks of what badges you can earn with these awesome new specials!

Munzee on!

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September 11, 2019

Say Hello to the Prize Wheel… In Real Life!

This announcement will be short and quite sweet, as we are happy to introduce the IRL Prize Wheel to the Munzee community! While many are familiar with trying their luck with the Prize Wheel Munzee, this brand new Prize Wheel exists in the real world! Yes, we’re talking about an actual Prize Wheel that lucky Bash attendees will have the opportunity to spin at upcoming events. But you’ll also have the opportunity to see the wheel in action from the comfort of your home!

Sale and Contest!

Before we discuss more about how you can earn a spin on the IRL Prize Wheel, we’re happy to announce that we’ll be celebrating its introduction by putting the Prize Wheel credits on sale in the Freeze Tag Online Store! Enjoy a 10 percent discount on all Prize Wheel Credits starting at 12:00 MHQ time today until Monday at 10:00 MHQ time!

Over the last few weeks we have been hosting a number of Facebook mini contests that have been offering a variety of prizes to players. Our next contest will award the winning player with none other than a spin on the IRL Prize Wheel! How will that work? We’ll be hosting a Facebook livestream for the winner of our next contest, where we’ll be spinning the wheel in real time to reveal the winner’s prize!

Do you want to earn yourself a spin on the IRL Prize Wheel?! Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more information regarding the contest! And if you plan to join us for Bash weekend, now you have one more activity to look forward to! Don’t forget to RSVP as attending if you plan to join us for some MedZEEval Times fun!

Munzee on!

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