PLAYER OF THE WEEK

September 11, 2017

Player of the Week: Marko Lehtonen (matanome)

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 Marko Lehtonen (matanome).

Who are you?
My name is Marko Lehtonen. In the Munzee world, I’m known as matanome. I’m married with two children. At first, our whole family played with the same account, but nowadays, my daughters have their own accounts. My wife, Tarja, still sometimes plays with me on the same account.

Where in the world do you live?
I live in Turku, Finland. To those of you who have never heard of Finland, it is a land of a thousand lakes situated in northern Europe. Turku is a beautiful city on the southwest coast of Finland. In Turku, we have a great amount of different types of munzees, so each and every one of you is most welcome here to play with us! Feel free to contact me if you need any kind of help while playing and staying here. 🙂

How long have you played Munzee?
We have played for almost three and a half years now.

How did you find Munzee?
The very first time I heard about the game was from my work mate, but we didn’t create an account and try the game until after my wife had mentioned it to me a bit later. At first, I didn’t like the same as much as my wife and daughters did, but after a knee surgery, I needed to find a reason to walk a lot. Then it really hit me!

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
The main reason I like the game is that it keeps me going. I have lost over 30 kgs just by walking and capturing munzees! I also like meeting new people and making new friends. By playing, I can be outside and enjoy the beautiful nature here in Finland and also get to know many places we have never been to before (even in our hometown!). In the game at the moment, I mostly like capturing free rooms and the Mythological Munzees, and collecting badges, of course.

What is on your wish list?
I have so many wishes! 😀 More badges, of course, and it would be nice to get ZeeOps credits and blast captures as clan rewards every once in a while. I have already met Rob (he was a nice fellow), but I would like to meet other Munzee staff, too, so please visit Turku soon… I would also like to have more clan war months where you actually have to move and collect the points by capturing greenies and other physical munzees. I also dream about virtuals that every Premium Member would get every once in a while. They would look like the national flag of the player’s home country, so, for instance, I could deploy Finnish flag munzees at places I have been and I could see which countries other players who have visited our town are from.

Tell us about yourself!
I am a 38-year-old young man who works as a warehouse worker at a distribution center in Kaarina. I’m a hockey enthusiast and support the local ice hockey club Turun palloseura (TPS)

Other hobbies include:
My other hobbies include being a floorball referee, playing video games, and Pokemon Go, and watching movies and good TV series.

Any last words?
Thanks to those who nominated me! You are all very welcome in Turku. Munzee on!

matanome has also included some socials, so cap away!

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August 25, 2017

Player of the Week: Jeen Huisman (J1Huisman)

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 Jeen Huisman (J1Huisman).

Who are you?
I’m Jeen Huisman, playing the game as J1Huisman.

Where in the world do you live?
I’m living in Zwolle, the Netherlands.

How long have you played Munzee?
Since October 2013.

How did you find Munzee?
I didn’t find Munzee, Munzee found me. Some members of the team I was working with in those days, including me, we caching. We wanted to introduce the game to another coworkers, but that coworker went googling and found Munzee as a new GPS-based game and said, “Why don’t we try this?” So we did, and bit by bit we got hooked on Munzee. So, thanks to “BaDo”, the game was introduced in the Apeldoorn region.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
Teaming up with other players and travelling to Munzee fields together; visiting events and hunting down Mythologicals. Munzee brought me back on my bike and made me more fit again by lowering my weight by several kilos. Most captured of Mythologicals in the Zwolle region have been made biking around.

What is on your wish list?
Visiting the United States, especially MHQ in McKinney and capping exclusive local munzees.

Tell us about yourself!
I’m an IT Systems and Application Administrator, happily married for over 30 years (hint, hint, did you already capture that social>>) with Hettie. She joined the Munzee community as “Pinkeltje” in July of this year. We have a daughter (Inge) and a son (Niels). I think most players will have recognized my love for the Frisian Cow in my avatar.

I’m a part of the Munzee clan “Elmbridge Hundred Clan of 1086” with English, American, Swiss, and Dutch players.

Other hobbies include:
Biking, solving puzzles (e.g. sudoku)

Any last words?
Many thanks to the players who wrote to Munzee for my nomination.

J1Huisman has also included some socials, so cap away!

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August 11, 2017

Player of the Week: Hanna Turunen (Jesnou)

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, Hanna Turunen (Jesnou).

Who are you?
My name is Hanna, and my Munzee name is Jesnou.

Where in the world do you live?
I live in Siilinjärvi, Finland just about 10 kilometers north of Kuopio.

How long have you played Munzee?
I’ve been playing Munzee since May 2014.

How did you find Munzee?
One day, my hubby (FlexPete) showed me a picture of a QR code and asked if I knew what it was. Of course I knew about QR codes, but his question got me thinking that it would be pretty cool if there was a game that is based on finding and/or scanning QR codes. He got excited and started to tell me about Munzee! He had seen his co-worker trying to find a munzee (He found it!). I installed the Munzee app right away, and we headed to the town to find some munzees. After a couple of days, he created his own account.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
I really like that Munzee gets me outside and exploring new places. I also like chasing Mythological Munzees and other temporary specials. But what I really enjoy the most about Munzee is meeting other players and going munzeeing with friends. I try to attend every event in Finland and love to host events as well. Munzee really brings people together and a lot of lifelong friendships can be made.

What is on your wish list?
I hope that I can travel more in the future; attend events abroad and meet more players and makes. Maybe Munzee could add a Munzee piggy bank to their merchandise. I could use it to save for a trip to the US. A Coexist Host badge and more fitness badges would be great. You cannot have too many badges, right?

It might also be time for a new nomad, maybe a “Fortune Teller” nomad that bounces on Zodiac Munzees. I would also like to have a “NEW” filter option in the app that would show all new deploys from the last 7 days.

Tell us about yourself!
I’m a postal worker in a mail sorting centre in Kuopio. I’m married, and we have a 2 year old Coton de Tulear, Jasper. He doesn’t always understand why “mommy” has to stop by every light pole. I enjoy walking in nature and loooove to bake. I listen to music when I’m doing something, so almost all of the time. My friend has inspired me to take more photos, and it’s really fun. I think I might have an eye for photography *grin*.

Other hobbies include:
In addition to Munzee, I love postcards. I’m a semi-active postcrosser. Postcards always make people smile.

Any last words?
thank you to all who nominated me! I’m very surprised and honored to be nominated. Best early birthday gift ever!

Remember to cap it if you can!

Jesnou has included some socials, so cap away!

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July 27, 2017

Player of the Week: Dieter (paupau)

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, Dieter (paupau).

Who are you?
My name is Dieter, and my user name is “paupau”.

Where in the world do you live?
I live in a little town next to my munzee homezone Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

How long have you played Munzee?
My account is now more than 750 days old. My first capture was on June 30, 2015. My first deploy was on the next day. I’m a beginner. 🙂

How did you find Munzee?
During her sumer vacation in 2015, my daughter participated in the holidays games at a Munzee-Taster course that was organized by freddus.

At first, my daughter and I went out together in our home zone to find munzees. Even when on trips, we searched for them. I found it to be more and more fun as I gained more experience. My daughter continues to play but not as intensely as I do. 🙂

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
Through my office work, I sit a lot at a desk. Munzee creates the ideal balance for more movement and my need for fresh air. 🙂

Over time, I’ve met a lot of wonderful people. If there are players from other places in my neighborhood, I try to contact them and have a little chat. Especially during our recent mega birthday events (“Munzee Meets OWL” — OWL = East Westphalia-Lippe) in Bielefeld and Paderborn with more than 250 participants, which I helped organize, I was able to meet a lot of new people — and even Rob, personally!

What is on your wish list?
Besides many places in Germany, I have visited Prague and Amsterdam. If time permits, I would like to go to Budapest, London, and the USA.

I hope that through the game, I will still get to know many nice lampposts… oh… people in the future. 🙂

On my long term to-do list, there is also the badge for the Top 50 waiting for me. But that will probably still take a while…

And, of course, I want to find out how to get the badge “???\u00bf//” 😉

Editor’s Note: We have no idea what badge you’re talking about. 😉

Tell us about yourself!
I am just over 40-years-old, married, and have 2 children.

Both children occasionally play Munzee. I have not been able to persuade my wife yet, but I am working on it…

Other hobbies include:
Other hobbies?!? Besides my family and Munzee, time is too short for other hobbies. Munzee has practically my undivided attention. 🙂

 

Any last words?
I would like to thank all those helpful people who

 

supported me right from the beginning with advice and deeds, with which I was allowed to play in the clan, and everybody I have met in the course of my short Munzee history. And, of course, all those who nominated me for POTW.

paupau has included some socials, so cap away!

 

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June 12, 2017

Player of the Week: Brian Glaski (cachewhisperer)

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, Brian Glaski (cachewhisperer).

Who are you?
Brian G. aka cachewhisperer

Where in the world do you live?
Currently Orlando, FL

How long have you played Munzee?
I have been a member since 2012

How did you find Munzee?
I was on a road trip with War1man and Rosieree to WV for a Hatfield and McCoy Tour hosted by some great friends. Every now and then along the way, Warren would find a munzee nearby and run back to the car to grab his phone. That night, at dinner in a local restaurant, there was a QR code on a ketchup bottle. Making a joke to YankaBucs about scanning the ketchup munzee, it turned out to be worth 1 point. I was shocked and downloaded the app. That ketchup bottle was my second munzee scanned after a regular virtual.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
I enjoy the walking aspect of the game. I’m very competitive with points, but I will never let the original intention of the game to get people out walking for exercise to escape me.

What is on your wish list?
One day, I would like to get over to Europe and see where their Munzee trails bring me. Or maybe even a clan war month with no virtual captures/CapOns. Just physicals. I like a challenge.

Tell us about yourself!
I am a paramedic working my way up with training and experience and eventually have a goal of becoming a firefighter/paramedic in NH.

Other hobbies include:
From time to time I do enjoy taking out the golf clubs and smacking a few around. My game has improved quite a bit lately, so if MHQ is up for a challenge… Haha.

Any last words?
Isn’t this what they ask you before pulling the switch on the electric chair? I’d like to say thanks to the MHQ staff for all that they do. It’s not an easy job pleasing everyone, but there are many that appreciate what you do.

cachewhisperer has included a social, so cap away!

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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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