PLAYER OF THE WEEK

May 22, 2017

Player of the Week: Tommy Jensen (listom)

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 couple, Tommy Jensen (listom).

Who are you?
My name is Tommy Jensen, and my username is “listom”. Some of my friends call me “duracell kaninen” (Duracell rabbit); once I start, it’s not easy to stop again. I chase most mythologicals that come within a 50-60km radius of me.

Where in the world do you live?
I live near Aahurs (Denmark) in a suburb called Tilst. There are 30-40 active players in the area.

How long have you played Munzee?
I scanned my first munzee 3+ years agon on June 5th, 2013. The munzee had been deployed by jacobsedk.

How did you find Munzee?
On a GPS treasure hunt in May 2013, I found a small green sticker that said “Scan for Points”, so of course I had to see what it was about. With a little help from Google, I found Munzee. I had to figure out most of the gameplay myself as there were not many players in the area. After I discovered a Danish Facebook group, my Munzee universe got bigger.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
The Clan Wars and getting out and finding Munzees. I prefer physicals, but I will of course cap any virtuals. For me, it’s a little too easy to sit in your car and use a blast to capture 100 munzees. I enjoy the physical league and try to be in the top 3 if I can.

What is on your wish list?
I would like to see the physical league become official; there could be a personal ranking added that would run alongside Can Wars as we know it today, or course with badges for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. I think it would get more people out playing and not just sitting in the car munzeeing.

Tell us about yourself!
I’m 57 years old, and I have 3 children. I am a bus driver, and I have run in many parts of Europe and Scandinavia. In 2009, I lost my wife to cancer. She is the reason I play Munzee today. She got us into treasure hunting which led me to Munzee. I am a very competitive person. Without the competitive element of Munzee, I’m not sure I would have the desire to continue playing.

Other hobbies include:
Munzee takes a lot of my free time, but I still do some treasure hunting. I also like to spend time with my friends and family.

Any last words?
I am very grateful and honored to be nominated POTW. A big thank you to my wonderful friends. Munzee on!

listom has included some socials, so cap away!

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May 19, 2017

Player of the Week: Sofia and Paul Ward (cbbie77)

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 couple, Sofia and Paul Ward (cbbie77).

Who are you?
Sofia and Paul Ward (cbbie77)

Where in the world do you live?
Armadale, Perth, Western Australia

How long have you played Munzee?
We joined Munzee on 3 November 2012.

How did you find Munzee?
Through a friend, but she only lasted a week and gave up.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
We love Munzee, and we cap every munzee possible. We have a high greenie cap rate, and we have a desire to cap munzees that are often left uncapped. We have had some great success in clans and have met some interesting Munzee players.

What is on your wish list?
Travelling to different parts of the world to cap munzees and see new places we would not normally see if it was not for Munzee.

Tell us about yourself!
We are married and have one child left at home who is busy with her sporting endeavours. I can say Munzee has helped with keeping us active with the walking we have done over the years. Our cat, Duke, is our mascot.

Other hobbies include:
Going out and enjoying the outdoors, driving around for hours, and just being active.

Any last words?
Thank you for the nomination. We feel honoured and will keep capping!

cbbie77 has included some socials, so cap away!

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May 9, 2017

Player of the Week: Sonny Harrison (Sonny32712)

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 Sonny Harrison (sonny32712).

Who are you?
My name is sonny. My username is Sonny32712. My wife and kids call me a Munzee addict. I never leave home without them.

Where in the world do you live?
I am from Apopka, Florida. There are so many places to visit and Munzee here in our lovely state.

How long have you played Munzee?
I have been playing since June 2016. I am currently over 1.5 million points and hope to have 2 million by the time I my account is a year old.

How did you find Munzee?
A friend and his wife began to play and then told me and my wife about it. We were instantly hooked.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
I get to get out with my family and go to a lot of different places. I love that my kids get out and away from the video games and television. I also enjoy the events. We have me a lot of people through the game.

What is on your wish list?
One item on my wish list is to attend the Munzee Bash!!! What I have read and seen about it makes it seem interesting. If all goes well, I will be attending this year. (Editor’s Note: We’d love to see you at MHQ Bash 4!)

Tell us about yourself!
I am a husband to my lovely wife, Candace (candy32712). We have been married for almost 15 years. I am a father to two sons and a daughter. I do maintenance for a living.

Other hobbies include:
Are you kidding? What other hobbies? Lol.

Besides Munzee, I love to be with my family, fish, and hunt.

Any last words?
Have fun, and Munzee on!

Sonny32712 has included a social, so cap away!

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May 1, 2017

Player of the Week: Sally Hopkins (nuttynan)

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 Sally Hopkins (nuttynan).

Who are you?
Username – nuttynan, Real Name – Sally Hopkins

Where in the world do you live?
Malvem, UK which is in the middle of the country, and until recently, had very few munzees or active players. That has now changed. ;P

How long have you played Munzee?
Since November 2015.

How did you find Munzee?
Babydane (Sophie Simpson) is an old friend of mine who has played Munzee for many years. When she heard I was giving lectures in Tampa, Florida and various cities in Australia in November and December 2015, she recognised the amazing opportunity I would have to do some serious Munzeeing. So, she introduced me to the basic principles of the game, and off I went as a complete novice to these amazing Munzee locations. What an amazing start I had!

I was truly blessed to meet some very inspirational role models while I was capping those first few weeks. Hunnies and dt07751 very kindly introduced themselves to me while I was capping near the Brandon shopping mall, and we have kept in touch ever since. Hunnies then put me in touch with CrazyLadyLisa in Perth so that when I arrived she traveled 6 hours round trip to meet me and teach me about deploying. Then, she invited me to their Christmas event, and I learned about running an event and Eventzee as well. That was it…. I was totally hooked!

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
Oh, no question — deploying. I just can’t stop myself! I have always been fascinated with maps and exploring new locations. I look at maps to see loops and patterns that I can use for effective deploying. For instance, the “Rings of Fire” I designed in Pershore, UK which enclose a limited number of easily accessible greenies for the Fire scatters. I just love offering Munzee players great capping experiences and holding events and growing the map. I also love chasing Mythologicals as there are few Munzees for me to capture without traveling 2-3 hours. I have a family of hand puppets and soft toys that I leave a photo on each Myth I cap.

What is on your wish list?
I desperately want to capture and travel more often, buy family commitments mean at present that is difficult to do. Hopefully, this year I can fulfill this wish.

I would really like to see more badges for capping and deploying, particularly capping Greenies and Clan Weapons.

I would also love to have Virtual Fairies flitting around the world, landing on virtuals of the colour of each type of Fairy, Rather than being owned or moving on after being captured, it would be great if they remained to be capped by local players (one cap per player) for say 6-12 hours so that those working could have the time and opportunity to cap them as well. The host of the virtual which the Fairy landed on would get plenty of CapOn points as well.

Tell us about yourself!
I have worked in the dog industry for over 20 years, teaching and lecturing dog trainers and behaviourists around the world. I also invented a world renowned design of dog harness which my company makes and sells worldwide. I am now retired and Munzee almost every day instead.

Other hobbies include:
Walking, chasing Myths, and caring for my dog, husband, and grandkids (in that order lol). I have just been given for my birthday an amazing adult scooter with suspension for added comfort which I plan to use for capping scatters and at events.

Any last words?
I want to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone in the worldwide Munzee family for their kindness, generosity, and friendship that I have experiences on a daily basis. Whether it be capping one of my deploys or deploying for me to cap, this game brings us closer together wherever we are in the world. And, by the way… yes, I truly am “nutty nan” — my children and grandchildren lovingly call me that on a regular basis <3

nuttynan has included some socials, so cap away!

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April 21, 2017

Player of the Week: Anu Sundell (anski)

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 Anu Sundell (anski).


Who are you?

Hi, my name is Anu, and my player name is anski.

I am a photographer with my own studio. My clientele is mostly children and families. I love my job and have been fortunate to make a dear hobby into a profession.

Where in the world do you live?
I live in Kokkola which is a small town in Finland. Even though our town isn’t big, it is one of the most active towns in Finland where Munzee is played. We have a good number of active players.

How long have you played Munzee?
I have been playing since August 2013.

How did you find Munzee?
I found my first QR code in a cache and was very curious to find out what it was. I scanned it with a QR reader and found my answer! Excited as ever, I rushed home to a computer to find out more. In no time, I had my own Munzee profile set up.

At that time, there were only a few greenies on the map, and 100 points in a day was definitely something else! I am one of the first players in the area. Nowadays, there is a good sized group of active players in the area whcih I am super excited about.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
Along with my husband (Tomppa71), I am really into Clan Wars. We both are members of the NorthernWestCoast clan. Due to the number of active players in the area, there are other active clans as well which we like to cooperate with. Reaching common goals and getting to know the other players are aspects of the game that I really like. Being in a clan has given me the opportunity to meet numerous new players. Munzee takes you to new places and encourages you to get out and about.

What is on your wish list?
I enjoy the various themed specials that luckily appear on the map rather often. They give added spice to Clan Wars. So, my wish is for Munzee to keep that up. The downside to having multiple active players in a small town is that just about all the poles are taken already. Hence, it would be nice to have a virtual that acted like a greenie. In other words, you would have to be at the location to deploy. With “virtual greenies”, it would be possible to build new trails, e.g. on nature trails. Having the same filters on the website map as in the app would help when planning where to go and what to cap.

Tell us about yourself!
As a Munzee players, I am more into tactics than capping the most possible points. I set up my goals according to Clan War requirements. I mostly play in the vicinity of my hometown, but I do have plans to visit some point heavy areas in the future. Maybe the next vacation destination will be chosen with the help of the Munzee map 😉

Other hobbies include:
During summers, I spend a lot of time in our vacation spot at a camping site in Kalajoki, Finland. As it happens, it is also an active Munzee area. It is also a fantastic site for walking by the sea, admiring gorgeous sunsets. I actually spend most of my free with my dear hobby, Munzee.

Any last words?
I would like to thank those whom nominated me. I am really surprised and excited about this. A great, big thank you to Team Munzee for a great game. Munzee on!

anski has included some socials, so cap away!

 

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April 11, 2017

Player of the Week: Sandra Corbin (humbird7)

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 Sandra Corbin (humbird7).


Who are you?

Hi! My name is Sandra Corbin, and my Munzee name is humbird7. I love hummingbirds, and it just seemed too long of a name, so I shortened it. The 7 is because I was born on the 7th; the best day ever.

Where in the world do you live?
I live about 30 miles north of Montgomery, Alabama in a very small community; don’t blink or you may just miss it. I was born in Missouri and moved to Alabama when I was 7. I have been here ever since (except for 2 years spent in college in Tennessee).

How long have you played Munzee?
I started playing Munzee on November 17, 2013, but it doesn’t seem that long.

How did you find Munzee?
I was at a caching event and overheard some other players talking about Munzee. I didn’t think that much of it, but then a few days later I was looking for a cache while traveling. It was missing, but in its place, I found a munzee. I sat on the nearby bench, created an account, and scanned my first munzee. I have been hooked ever since. I picked up my cousin for the rest of the trip and was always on the search for a munzee. There weren’t many along our route to rural Missouri from Tennessee, but I did find a few. When I got back home, I was so happy to see quite a few in the area, and I haven’t slowed down since.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
I love getting out and seeing places that I would not have found unless there was a munzee there. Also, I love meeting people from all over the world who are as I am about the game. I cherish the friendships I have made.

What is on your wish list?
My top wish is that the virtuals would not block physical placement; that there would be 2 layers to the game. Say, you visit Celebration Park and want to leave a physical, you can’t because of all of the virtuals in the area.

I would also like the option of upgrading old Mystery Virtuals for a small fee so that the owner would receive more than 3 CapOn points.

I would like a 250K Day badge as well as some myth badges for 250, 500, 1000, and the king of capping 1500 unique myths. I know this may be hard for some people, including myself, but it’s always good to have a goal.

Tell us about yourself!
I am a nurse, and I work in all kinds of areas. My favorite is the Neonatal Intensive Care; you can make a difference for the rest of a person’s life. I also work adult ICE and surgery. In the past, I have done Home Health, Case Management, Utilization Review, and a little in the ER. I feel like this makes me a more rounded nurse so I can take better care of my patients be they big or small. I have an amazing husband of 35 years, Rodney. He lets me go all over the country to play this crazy game. He did go with me to the first MHQ bash, but it wasn’t his cup of tea, so he says at home and keeps it going and feeds the pups.

Other hobbies include:
What? There is a life outside of Munzee? Caching, fishing, reading, machine embroidery, and gardening. I love to camp, but the arthritis now make it hard to get off the ground.

Any last words?
I would like to thank whomever nominated me for this honor. I was so excited and thrilled to get the notification! Thanks to my Munzee partner OHail for all the impromptu trips we go on. You never know where we will turn up next.

humbird7 also include some socials, so cap away!

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April 4, 2017

Player of the Week: Warren Crossman (war1man)

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 Warren Crossman (war1man).


Who are you?

I am Warren Crossman. I got my Munzee username from the first three letters of my first name, a “1”, and the last three letters of my last name. I do not like war — unless it’s Clan Wars! LOL. I munzee with my lifelong partner, Rosieree, and we have tons of fun with the game and all the players in it.

Where in the world do you live?
I live in Longwood, Florida, just north of Orlando, in the hear of Munzee-rich Florida. We had a fun time developing the area with the other Florida Munzee players.

How long have you played Munzee?
I started Munzee when it first came out but found it pretty boring as it was only greenies. They were very sparse, and the only ones showing were usually either way off with their coordinates or missing. I stopped playing, and then, in early 2013 while off with some friends doing that other location based game, I spotted a munzee on a lamppost at a McDonald’s we had stopped at. I downloaded the app, signed in , and scanned a few in the area. The rest is history…

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
I like to walk, but I need a purpose — which Munzee provides. I like the way MHQ keeps the game changing and is constantly challenging us. Sometimes I think they do too much too fast, but that’s better than not enough, right? I also like the other players involved in Munzee, so Clan Wars really appeal to me. I think that by working with other players and developing a big clan group, we have become a fun family. I now have friends all over the world that I have met through Munzee.

What is on your wish list?
I enjoy events, but I wish they would limit the amount of events in a given area. Too much of a good thing is sometimes not good. I wish that MHQ members would limit the events they put on in areas like outs that have events more frequently.

Tell us about yourself!
I have been married to Marie for almost 47 years, and we have 5 beautiful children, who are now adults, and an amazing 6 year old grandson who loves to munzee with Grandma and Papa. I own a flooring business that specializes in retail stores. I am thinking about retiring, but I’m just not ready yet. I was born in Massachusetts, but my mother moved us to Florida when I was 5, so I am Floridian 100%. I love my Florida Gators and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but I also pull for the Patriots since they were my first NFL team. I love Nascar.


Other hobbies include:

Other?? Munzee takes a lot of my free time, and I love to run into people who don’t have a clue as to what I am doing while Munzeeing and try to introduce them. I also love it when new people start capping in the area. We try to introduce ourselves to them and explain the game.

Any last words?
Thanks, MHQ, for keeping the game changing and making it fun. I think that change can be good. I just hope we don’t lose the basic physical gameplay by making it obsolete.

war1man also include a social, so cap away!

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March 7, 2017

Player of the Week: Deb Carter (Debolicious)

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 Deb Carter (Debolicious).

Who are you?
Hi, my name is Deb, and my player name is Debolicious. I’m a truck driver, and I am Munzee crazy. My long-suffering husband and I travel around Australia, so Munzee is the best for finding new places and exploring. I would have never seen the things I’ve seen if it wasn’t for #Munzee.

Where in the world do you live?
I live in Mackay. It’s in the beautiful tropical north of Queensland, Australia. I have only just returned from 3 years away, and I am trying my best to get more players. I am growing the map here quite quickly.

How long have you played Munzee?
I have been playing for about 3 years.

How did you find Munzee?
My best friend of 35 years Jody (nomadicjp) got me into it when Nicki (nicdchick), a lay she worked with, showed it to her. At the time, I was living in Mackay. I then moved to Perth, Western Australia and got to meet Nicki. I am now very good friends with her and a lot of Perth Munzee people. I got crazy about Munzee in Perth. That is where I learned a lot about Munzee, including the rules. Who would have thought there was a code of conduct?

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
Being outside. I love trails in the bush the most, but sadly, I have found that most players are after quick points and tend to just UTL the well hidden ones. I love how Munzee takes you places that you would never have found it it wasn’t for the game. Now, i try to deploy in areas that I find enjoyable, places where visitors would like to see, and especially hidden spots that the average traveler would not generally find.

What is on your wish list?
I wish not to live in a places that had very few munzees and not many players (told you I am Munzee crazy). I also wish the most for an easy way to get the word out to new players in my area. Because Munzee is a business, I am finding it hard to get people to help me advertise it. I would also love for MHQ to create an all use flyer we could print off that would have all the details about the game on it since some of us don’t know how to use Photoshop. Maybe even a Zombie evolution series.

Tell us about yourself!
I would have to say the most exciting thing about my life are my awesome friends whom spoil me to no end. The highlight of my life was not only meeting Rob and Louise in real life but having some of my friends surprise me at the recent Australia Day event in Melbourne. I would like to think I’m pretty awesome, and my theory is I have lots of awesome people in my life, so if like attracts like, I too my be pretty dang awesome. 🙂

Other hobbies include:
Munzee, Munzee, Munzee. I used to dabble in photography, but now all of my time goes to Munzee and #GrowTheMap. I do love a good hike, and if I’m hiking, I;m usually struggling to breathe, so I don’t munzee on those trips. Ha ha. My other interests I guess are trying to be healthy and living a good, clean life. I have recently discovered I love cycling. Did I mention Munzee?

 

Any last words?
A shout out to my Munzee faves Brenda (Bewrightback), Julie (julesbeus), and Nicki (nicdchick). All from Perth and all whom I miss dearly living on the wrong side of the country. I’m pretty sure these are the ladies who nominated me. I am so super excited to be nominated and have a title. Thank you so very much, Munzeeland. I don’t know what I would be doing without you. xx #E1EW

PS: A link to my garden if you would like to throw a Virtual at me 🙂

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13VR33_x8Fz-pzh4ezWCKfMepQ41Td7HPGZw99obW7Dw/edit#gid=1863627778

Debolicious also include some socials, so cap away!

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February 24, 2017

Player of the Week: Rebecca Wilken (denali0407)

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 Rebecca Wilken (denali0407).


Who are you?

My Munzee name is denali0407. Yes, 0407 denotes my April 7th birthday. Not terribly original, but it turns out it’s quite the happy little subtle reminder of the day for one & all, so, hey. I’ll keep it. (Oh, the year? Move along. There’s nothing to see there.) Denali National Park is a place I’d very much like to visit one day. (Maybe after someone plants a virtual garden there? [Because if there are no Munzees there, why go, amiright?])

Where in the world do you live?
In a small town west of Fort Worth, Texas. I’ve been in Texas for a number of years now, but I still claim both Iowa as home (though I’ve never technically lived there [oodles & oodles of family there]) and the Pacific Northwest as home (my favorite of all the places I’ve lived, including Hawaii [Navy brat]). I might could even claim to be a native Texan, since technically I was born here, though I left before my first birthday [that Navy brat thing].

How long have you played Munzee?
The better question might be how deeply do I play Munzee. But I probably don’t want to admit to that, so I’ll go with my start date of May 30, 2013. I was sitting in my car in the middle of nowhere, waiting for the interminable (and wretched) train to pass, and on a whim downloaded the app. As it happens, in that tiny little speck on the map (look for Cresson, Texas on the map. There’s nothing there but a train changing station that stops traffic for a criminal amount of time during rush hour [not rushing to that speck on the map, but rushing between Fort Worth and Granbury]), there were actually TWO Munzees. Right there in the middle of nowhere. Naturally, I had to cap one after that blasted train finally abandoned its attempt at suicide-by-angry-commuters. The next day my favorite aunts arrived for their first annual visit so I didn’t touch it again for two weeks, but after that? Oh, it was ON. But it was on in large part because my mother (Pippin) got interested and it was quite lovely spending time wandering the countryside with her. The woman is a workaholic so it’s a joy to drag her off to do things for the pure FUN of it. And FUN is something Munzee has in spades. (Preaching to the choir here, I know.)

How did you find Munzee?
I belong to a perfectly delightful, fundamentally life-sustaining, and certainly life-enhancing online community of essential friends who initially met in the forums of a wearable exercise tracking device (read: a new sort of pedometer). This was a dozen years before Fitbit, mind you. All these years we have hosted amongst ourselves monthly step challenges to entertain us and keep us moving. Our challenge in the month of May, 2013 was themed around geolocation games. One of those discovered that month was Munzee. Fun fact: The host that month, who introduced the game of Munzee to us, didn’t have a smart phone and couldn’t play it herself. But still, she’s responsible for tipping several of us down into the Munzee rabbit hole. (I’m undecided. Should I send her flowers? Or an invoice?)

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?

Let me think about that. Is it my updated tetanus shot (thanks to some rusty rebar)? Is it Pippin’s broken bones and possible torn rotator cuff (thanks to an uneven sidewalk on an unlit street)? Perhaps my terrifying credit card bill? Is it missing out on a mythological by 12 seconds – repeatedly – to the same local Munzeer? My shattered phone screen? Yeah, no. Probably not. It’s the adventure of it all – we all know that, right?! YES! The adventure. The thrill. The challenge. The triumphs. The badges. THE SPECIALS. The 3:30 AM trek down a trail in the dark with (the extremely happy) dog as a bodyguard to capture Frankenstein’s arm. It’s dragging Pippin 30 miles out of town at 10:00 PM for a cupcake (“It’s a HUNDRED POINTS! You can have it, let’s just go!”) It’s being accosted in a park by some random guy jumping out of a truck to yell, “Hey, are you looking for bacon?!” It’s questioning our sanity and our good judgment wondering if we should call search & rescue from the face of a mountain, certain we’ll not survive the trek back down. It’s battling impending heat exhaustion and flagging down passing cyclists begging for water because there was ‘just one more Munzee’ to chase down. It’s tramping through the snow and 2nd degree sunburn. It’s the strategy behind deploys and the delicious anticipation of planning events and the excitement of scoping out new Munzee types. It’s the travel. It’s the people. Ohhh, THE PEOPLE. How I do love the people. [Usually.]

Also, admittedly, I may be ever-so-very-slightly addicted to creating event tags for Munzee events. Just a teensy bit. Or a lot a bit. Whichever.

What is on your wish list?
…brace yourself…

The ability to upgrade an old virtual to a new kind of virtual – that can then be capped again by anyone who capped it in the previous iteration. I’d love to refresh some old virtuals this way. It would be a win/win for both deployer & local capper, and would keep the map fresh. (I’m thinking of you, Köln, Germany, and you, Franklin, TN.)

The ability to click on any deploy on our deployed lists and see how many cap-on points it has racked up for us. Oh, how I would love this! Also, clicking on any category of deployed Munzees to see how many cap-on points have accumulated from said category. This would be especially fascinating for Personal Munzees. Which reminds me:

Badges for owning a Personal Munzee with x number of cap-ons. Maybe 50, 150, 300? (Fiendish Friends, Convivial Cohorts, Sociable Stalkers?)

A Joker’s Wild Munzee. Double the points of the last two physical Munzees captured. (Ditto for the cap-on points.)

A virtual Prize Wheel (not blastable).

The choice to dismiss a Munzee private message when it pops up in app instead of ‘OK’ opening the message (still smarting over the virtual resort I didn’t get to deploy because of that).

An “accept all” option for coinz. Also, the ability to change my answer if I accidentally decline a request (basically a “Whoops! I didn’t mean it! button.) Maybe that would require a list of those requests that I’ve declined?

Hopelessly O.C.D. (Obsessed w/Caps & Deploys) badge. I’ll talk about this the day it happens 😉

Tell us about yourself!
I am stubbornly optimistic. Can’t hold a grudge to save my life (though I had a cat for 19 years who could hold a grudge like nobody’s business.) I am a painfully shy introvert. One on one, or in twos & threes, I’m pretty much okay. Put me in a group and I’ll immediately bolt to a corner or an edge somewhere. I thoroughly enjoy people. But sometimes I just need to curl up in a comfy chair with a good book and a purring cat. I love to travel, and I love coming home afterward. I am fiercely loyal to family. To friends. To the idea that chocolate is the breakfast of champions. I have 50 first cousins, and I’ve lost track of how many children they’ve produced so far (first cousins, once removed). Second cousins number in the hundreds. Myself, I was born to be an aunt and I enjoy it very much. And I have the best niblings ever grown, so yay me!

Other hobbies include:
There is meant to be life outside of Munzee? Oh. Yes. I took up digital scrapbooking after being sidelined over a marathon training injury. I took up Munzee after a back injury left me unable to sit at a desk long enough to really indulge in digi-scrap. (Apparently, I’m prone to injury. Thank you, genetics.) In the last year I worked back up to an easy 5k distance (although a recent tweak has set me back a bit). I’m a long way from my next marathon, but I’ll get there again one day (there’s that stubborn optimism thing). I live to read and I can’t go too long without creating something, even if it’s just a greeting card. I was once published in Paper Crafts Magazine for a birthday card I created out of aluminum flashing, cage wire, and leather. Go figure.

Any last words?
Somehow I suspect I’ve already more than exceeded my fair share of words sooooo I think I’ll just leave off now. Right after I thank whoever the blessed soul was who nominated me. So. THANK YOU. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you. I’m delighted to know you. Even if I don’t know who you are…

OH! I’d also very much like to thank everyone who contributed to the Mile High MHQ garden in Denver )(AKA the Denver, Texas garden) last summer. Thanks to your help we filled that garden in just a few days, and the cap-ons were lovely (and haven’t stopped). You’re the best, guys!

denali0407 also included some socials, so cap away!

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February 16, 2017

Player of the Week: Carol VandenBrock (Jafo43)

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 Carol VandenBrock (Jafo43).


Who are you?

Hi, I’m Carol VandenBrock, and my player name is Jafo43. That comes from an old movie called Blue Thunder and my love of Richard Petty. January 2017 was the first month of Sunshine State clan and it is local to me, so I switched clans so I could Munzee with local clan members. Before that, I was in the Munzee Meatballs clan. They are also all my friends, and I have met almost all past and present members.

Where in the world do you live?
I’m originally from the Camden/Lincolnville area in Maine, but I’ve lived in Brandon, FL, USA since 1977. Brandon is in the Munzee Belt which goes from the west coast of Florida, through central Florida to the east coast of Florida. We have become part of Munzee destination trips.

How long have you played Munzee?
My husband, Mike, and I started playing in mid-January 2013.

How did you find Munzee?
We both retired on October 11, 2012 and started to take daily walks. One day, we saw a tag hanging in a tree, and it was one of the original game pieces (which I miss). We looked it up when we go home and decided to give it a try. We were once concerned we would run out of munzees to capture, and now, the concern is where else around here can we deploy and if I will ever clear the map.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?

I like to munzee with my friends. I like the exercise and meeting new people and friends at events and while traveling. Also, I really like Eventzee!!

What is on your wish list?
I wish Munzee would expand the greenie deploy badge line; that’s a big gap from 1000 deploys to 5000. Maybe add one for 2000, 3000, and 4000 deploys. I’d also like to see the fitness badge line expand to encourage people to get out and exercise. I’d like to see lifetime miles badges for 250, 500, 1500, 2500, and add 20K day badge. Also, maybe include the miles and metric equivalent under each badge.

Tell us about yourself!
I married my soulmate, Mike VandenBrock, in 1980 right out of HS. I’ve worked several jobs, but my last job was working at a hot dip galvanizing play for 31 years as a customer coordinator doing quotes, etc. We were happily married for 35 years and retired for 3 years until I lost my hubby in October of 2015. He died from pneumonia and multiple myeloma. I was, and still am, devastated by his loss. My munzee friends were there for me in many, many ways. I am thankful for all of them for their support, sympathy, and friendships. We started playing Munzee together as Jafo43. Then, the Munzee Meatballs clan we were in was in need of another player, so I started playing as Jafo44. After Mike dies, I went back to our original account to play.

Other hobbies include:
Who has time for other hobbies? You should see my reading backlog!!

Any last words?
Yes, I would like to thank those who nominated me. I am honored, excited, proud, and downright tickled pink!!!

Jafo43 also included some socials, so cap away!

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