PLAYER OF THE WEEK

March 25, 2019

March GOTM Winners Revealed!

Our Garden of the Month nominations have been steadily streaming in since we announced the start of the program earlier this year, as our February GOTM nominations allowed us to award two more players for their Virtual Garden organizing skills. The GOTM recognition is meant to honor a number of our exceptional Virtual Garden builders who have aided in creating some of our favorite gardens in the game. Winning organizers, as well as all players who deployed in the winning gardens, will receive a special GOTM badge.

This month, we’re happy to award the QR Code Map, organized by c-bn, and the Huntfield Heights Dog Park Garden, organized by WiseOldWizard, as our Gardens of the Month March winners! The March GOTM gardens appear as follows:

The QR Code Map organized by c-bn in Bonn, Germany:

What’s Munzee all about? QR codes! It’s only fitting to award the garden that represents the pith of the game. 

The Huntfield Heights Dog Park Garden organized by WiseOldWizard in Huntfield Heights, Australia:

This Garden doesn’t need an explanation, as dogs truly are man’s best friend. Plus, Rover insisted we select it!

All players who deployed in the respective winning gardens will receive the following special badges!

Rules and Regulations 

Do you know a garden deserving of the title of April GOTM? We’re asking for players to submit already created gardens for the chance to win any of our upcoming Garden(s) of the Month! Just be sure to follow the rules!

Rules for GOTM nominations:

  1. Garden must feature non-licensed character designs.
  2. The garden must feature a Garden Places Pin.
  3. The garden must be built using a publicly available spreadsheet which we will ask to be locked after being 100% deployed.
  4. We’re asking for ongoing nominations and we will release the winners throughout the year.

E-mail us at iloveyou@munzee.com to nominate yourself or another qualified player for GOTM! We take all former nominations into consideration for upcoming months. Just be sure your garden follows the nomination rules in order to be considered eligible!

If you need help deploying in a Virtual Garden, you can check out this step-by-step tutorial that will making deploying in a garden easy no matter how long you’ve been playing. To fill in the gardens, make sure to stock up on Virtuals and Color Credits in the Freeze Tag Online Store. Our Virtual collection includes Temporary Virtuals, Virtual Trail Munzee Credits (multiple), and the Virtual Trail Munzee Credit (single).

Congrats to c-bn and WiseOldWizard and all players who deployed in their winning gardens for earning March GOTM! Thank you to all who take the time and patience to organize gardens and to all who deploy! We love reviewing the virtual landscapes everyone creates!

Munzee on!

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February 21, 2019

February GOTM Winners! Featuring Community Stories

Last month we were happy to announce our first ever Garden(s) of the Month winners. We also had the pleasure of recognizing an additional 35 players as Players of the Month for their Virtual Garden buildings skills, as it was our January POTM criteria. This left us with lots of excellent choices to pick from for our February GOTM!

This recognition is meant to honor a variety of our outstanding Virtual Garden builders who have helped to create some of our most memorable gardens. As many of you might recall, GOTM is an extra special award, because all players who deployed in the winning gardens will receive badges as well! Our winning February Virtual Gardens are the Richard Petty Garden, organized by markcase, and the Greer Train Garden, organized by Dlovegrove!

The February Gardens of the Month appear as follows:

The Richard Petty Garden organized by markcase in Greensboro, North Carolina

The Greer Train Garden organized by Dlovegrove in Greer, South Carolina.

All players who deployed in these respective winning gardens will receive the following special badges!

Player Stories 

Not only did we enjoy the design and execution of these gardens, but we also selected this month’s winners based off the stories behind the Virtual Gardens. Munzee is a social game, and we love hearing about how gameplay impacts the community in positive ways!

Richard Petty Garden

The Richard Petty Garden earns the distinction of being one of the oldest Munzee Virtual Gardens in North Carolina. It also earns some major bonus points for being blessed by former NASCAR Driver Richard Petty himself!

Mark Case has been a dedicated Munzee player for rounding seven years, a period of which he has spent designing gardens for a variety of players. According to Case, several years ago he received permission to place a geocache on the property of Petty Enterprise. However, he was later asked to remove it due to property violations from overeager players. Case decided that a Munzee Virtual Garden would be the perfect way to honor Petty without disrupting his land.

With Petty’s permission, Case was permitted by Petty Enterprises to use the “43” logo modeled in the garden. With assistance from Craig Williams, Case was able to finish the coding needed to get the garden structured. On January 12, 2016, the Richard Petty Garden was successfully filled in thanks to player contributions. Case currently keeps a lookout for player holes caused by inactivity in order to preserve the garden. He is happy to share that Petty has officially blessed his titular garden, and the two have met in person!

Munzee player and February GOTM winner Mark Case (left) meets former NASCAR driver and voice actor Richard Petty, who he designed a Virtual Garden in honor of.

Greer Train Garden

Our second February GOTM win goes to David Lovegrove, who did the tricky work of putting the spreadsheets together for the Greer Train Garden. This set of mini-gardens runs on the real world Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. The master plan for the design was devised by David’s 12-year-old son, Jonathan, and his best friend Henry. These creative young men also came up with their own logo design for the Virtual Garden.

The group’s first Garden in the Greenville area was the Clemson Tiger Paw. However, as the Garden neared completion, the boys begged David to make a garden for Greer, South Carolina where they were concentrating their growth efforts. David desired to design a manageable size so that it could be more easily filled in. The team came up with the perfect solution: a train garden, where everyone fills up the engine one car at a time! The boys designed a logo and brainstormed ideas for the train garden at school every day as they strove to bring their dreams to fruition.

The young friends came up with the master plan for the Garden, while David worked the technicalities of their vision. The idea behind the design was to fill up the locomotive design and tender before adding on cars one-by-one. This layout allows for continual expansion, while allowing the Garden to appear “finished” even as it continues to grow!

This isn’t the only time David has joined forces with his son in relations to Munzee. The father and son duo enjoy collaborating on fun and funny designs, such as “Skunky” based off of Jonathan’s favorite stuffed animal. Now 14-years-old, Jonathan has discovered his passion and possible career route through his love of Munzee.

Jonathan has a huge desire to “Grow Greer,” his local community, in Munzee. This passion led him to researching websites about the city, cementing his lasting love for Greer. This resulted in the mayor of Greer presenting him with a key to the city. Jonathan has built a small media empire centered around positive things about and happenings in Greer via Facebook, Instagram, and  www.GreerTidbits.com. He even gives tours!

Jonathan Lovegrove, a young Munzee enthusiast. Lovegrove focuses on building the game in his hometown of Greer, South Carolina and spreading positivity.

Rules and Regulations 

Do you know a garden deserving of the title of March GOTM? We’re asking for players to submit already created gardens for the chance to win any of our upcoming Garden(s) of the Month! Just be sure to follow the rules!

Rules for GOTM nominations:

  1. Garden must feature non-licensed character designs.
  2. The garden must feature a Garden Places Pin.
  3. The garden must be built using a publicly available spreadsheet which we will ask to be locked after being 100% deployed.
  4. We’re asking for ongoing nominations and we will release the winners throughout the year.

E-mail us at iloveyou@munzee.com to nominate yourself or another qualified player for GOTM! If you don’t see your name on the February winner’s list, fear not! We take all former nominations into consideration for upcoming months.

Do you need help deploying in a Virtual Garden? Check out this step-by-step tutorial to help build a Garden today. Remember, Munzee is a social game, and there are many Virtual Garden builders who are happy to design Gardens for fellow players. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook in order to reach out to fellow players!

Don’t forget to stock up on Virtuals and Color Credits in the Freeze Tag store so you can fill in those Gardens! Our Virtual collection now includes Temporary Virtuals, Virtual Trail Munzee Credits (multiple), and the Virtual Trail Munzee Credit (single). All three of these items will be 19 percent off through Monday, February 25 at 10:00 MHQ time!

Congrats to all of our winning players this month! Thank you for sharing your stories, and thanks to everyone who nominated themselves or a fellow player and all who deployed. Stay tuned to see more winning Gardens!

Munzee On!

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May 14, 2018

Player of the Week: Becky Forsythe (rgforsythe)

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 Becky Forsythe (rgforsythe).

Who are you?
My player name is rgforsythe. My real name is Becky Forsythe.

Where in the world do you live?
I live in Battle Ground, Washington USA.

How long have you played Munzee?
My sister downloaded the app on my phone in January 2013 because she was playing, but he phone went dead. In the process, she made me an account, but I didn’t start playing for nearly two years. I stated playing January 13, 2015. I think my cap streak goes from that day, also. I get hooked so easily.

How did you find Munzee?
I injured my Achilles tendon and couldn’t do anything but sit around, so I started cleaning up my phone and saw the app that my sister had downloaded nearly two years earlier. I opened it and started capping things. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, and of course it was on my sister and brother-in-law’s account, so I immediately got them banned for playing on two devices that were 4,000 miles apart. Once we got everything straightened out, I started to play. It took a long time for my leg to heal, so walking short distances to cap was a perfect recovery and gave me a reward when I actually found a munzee to cap. It is much better now.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
I like hand capping because that way I continue to walk with purpose. If I have time, I will even hand cap a virtual garden just because I like to. Other things I like a whole lot are the new people I have met from around the world and the good times I spend with family and friends on Munzee expeditions. I recently got to attend a Go Green Event in Budapest, Hungary. Everyone there was so great, and it really didn’t matter that I didn’t speak an Hungarian. Players helped anyway they could — some by pointing, other by speaking English to us. I also like that the game moves at a god pace and that it keeps changing and growing.

What is on your wish list?
I would like to see a way to help long-time players feel like they can still play in Clan Wars without traveling. It seems like more and more I hear long time players concerned about cap points because they have capped everything within 20 miles of their home. This month (April 2018) is great because of all of the recycles. And as long as I am wishing, I would also like to see an Emerald Garden in Delta Park, Portland, Oregon.

Tell us about yourself!
My husband (amadoreugen) and I play Munzee together. We are both very competitive people, so this has been a friendly source of rivalry for us both. We also love to travel and are fortunate to have played in over 25 countries. We have a lifestyle of long distance walking and have documented more distance than the distance around the world at the equator. We particularly enjoy one of our personal goals: to walk all of the National Trails of Great Britain. I think we have completed 8 so far, so we might run out of energy before we get done.

Other Hobbies Include:
Besides my love for walking, I love glass and beads. I have a tiny lampwork studio that doubles as a work shop for other jewelry component making, particularly glass fusing and metal work that I sell to local jewelry makers. Nothing valuable, but a nice creative outlet for me.

I own a small business selling ceramic beads that are imported from Kenya. This supports a project that was started by an amazing woman 40 years ago to provide salaried employment for women in Nairobi so they do not need to live in the slums any longer. The beads are beautiful, and I usually sell them at trade shows, but as any business person knows, I am always willing to sell to anyone at any time. I make custom jewelry orders for customers out of these beads too.

Any last words?
I want to thank the person who nominated me as Player of the Week and also all of the players for continuing to cap my deploys. I also want to thank the hard workers at MHQ for everything they do to make my day a little happier and a lot more fun. Please keep up the good work; you are all such creative thinkers. Jibby!

rgforsythe also included some socials, so cap away!

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March 26, 2018

Player of the Week: Claudia Patterson (geomsp)

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 Claudia Patterson (geomsp).

Who are you?
Claudia Patterson, aka geomsp.

Where in the world do you live?
Largo, Florida

How long have you played Munzee?
I downloaded the app on May 24, 2012 and over the next couple years dabbled in the game. I became obsessed in 2014!

How did you find Munzee?
I saw a tree hanger hanging from a tree, and as they say, the rest is history.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
I LOVE the people! I have met so many terrific new friends through this game. Most everyone is super friendly. I love heading out in the morning and discovering where I end up at the end of the day. I especially love that you can play the game your way. While we were younger, we enjoyed the physical munzees, but now it seems the majority of the captures are virtuals. It still takes us to some wonderful new places. Events are a plus!! So much fun!

What is on your wish list?
I would love to be in the top 100 players! I have been as close as 111, but I can’t seem to break into this elusive group.

Tell us about yourself!
My husband (geopepi) and I live in Largo, FL, and we munzee together. I took early retirement in 2008 so I would have time to munzee.

Any last words?
Keep up the good work! I love the new munzees that are introduced. Keep them coming! A special thanks to whoever nominated me. What an honor.

geomsp also included a social, so cap away!

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March 15, 2018

Player of the Week: Ron Anderson (GrandpaArvada)

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 Ron Anderson (GrandpaArvada).

Who are you?
Most people know me as Ron Anderson. Many of my friends in Texas know me an tamiuron. For nineteen years in Texas, I worked at a university with the initials TAMIU. In Colorado, my identity is more about being a grandpa.

Where in the world do you live?
Now retired, we moved to Arvada, Colorado just outside of Denver two years ago.

How long have you played Munzee?
I signed up for my Munzee account on May 29, 2017, so I am still in my rookie year, learning something new almost every day.

How did you find Munzee?
SCHMITZFAMILY4 introduced me to Munzee in Corpus Christi when Munzee was new, but I was not ready yet. memfis mafia introduced me to Munzee here in Colorado, and I was hooked immediately.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
The other players are great! Locally cgund, Rookies2001, and MeanderingMonkeys got me off to a good start. war1man, rosieree, and hunniees in Florida have been a great encouragement. Being retired, I am addicted to ZeeOps, and I have a hard time waiting for the next Clan War to start. I especially love the events and meeting other Munzers. My typical day is to leave the house by 5:00 a.m., chase mythologicals for two hours, spend the next two hours capturing and deploying physicals when the weather is not too cold, and then capture a few mythologicals on the way home. Once a month I like to travel to events and virtual gardens outside of Colorado.

What is on your wish list?
I wish that I could capture Nomads sitting on the munzees I deploy.

I wish that the Ultra Ops were less expensive. When I do the cost/reward analysis between three Mega Ops and two Ultra Ops, the Mega Ops win every time.

It would be nice if there were badges for capturing 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 25,000 greenies.

Tell us about yourself!
I was born in Minnesota, grew up in California, worked 17 years in the Amazon region of Peru, and worked 19 years in Laredo, Texas as a teacher education professor. I met my wife when we both worked at Disneyland fifty years ago. We have two children who were born in Peru, and have two teenage grandsons here in Colorado. I am not one to sit and read or watch television when I can be outside looking for something. As a boy I rode my bicycle along the then rural roads of southern California looking for discarded pop bottles that I could redeem for cash. Now I drive and walk to find munzees for points.

Other hobbies include:
Grandchildren and volunteer work.

Any last words?
It is a great honor to be nominated as Player of the Week. Now I want to help grow the game and give encouragement to other players. The Munzee messaging feature and the various Facebook groups really help to keep players connected.

GrandpaArvada also included some socials, so cap away!

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March 6, 2018

Player(s) of the Week: Karin LeBlanc and Heather Bailey (GoofyButterfly)

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 duo that plays together, Karin LeBlanc and Heather Bailey (GoofyButterfly).

Who are you?
Our names are Karin LeBlanc and Heather Bailey. We are GoofyButterfly. Heather is Goofy and Karin is Butterfly. Our team name was formed back when we started caching. Heather’s nickname as a child was Goofy, and Karin loves Butterflies, so we put the two things together and made a team name. It was a quick put together name to try a game we thought we had little interest in, but our daughter was harassing us to try it out. So we created the name, and that is what we have been ever since.

Where in the world do you live?
We now live in Punta Gorda, Florida. Karin is originally from Calgary, AB Canada and has lived in Florida for 15 years. I am originally from IL and have now lived in Florida for 18 years.

How long have you played Munzee?
We captured our first munzee on June 8, 2014.

How did you find Munzee?
Well, Heather was sitting reading a blog one day, and Munzee was mentioned. After being addicted to caching for years, we looked up Munzee to see what it was all about. It looked like something we might be interested in, so we loaded the app on the phone. Off we went to try it out. There were 26 munzees in our little town, and we found 22 of the 26 that afternoon. The other 4 we weren’t able to find and later came to understand that they were just missing. That was our first day, and we haven’t stopped since.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
What don’t we enjoy?! Because we play as a team, there are things that we both like and things that aren’t our favorites, but there is nothing to not like about the game. It gets us out in the fresh air, and since we usually Munzee as a family (our mom and our daughter both play), we have great times together. It has taken us to places we would never have gone otherwise. We recently traveled to Georgia for an event and discovered an area that we never would have otherwise gone. We enjoy the events, spending time with old friends and making new ones. We are addicted to badges and icons and truly enjoy searching out as many as we can get. We also enjoy the fact that most of Munzee is urban play which better fits both of our personalities. Munzee makes the world a little smaller and friendlier, and this is one of our greatest pleasures we receive from Munzee.

We also like the challenge. We find someone on the daily leaderboard or the overall leaderboard, and we set our own goals of beating that score or player. We also set monthly goals for what we want to acheive. It is all in fun, and it helps Goofy’s competitive side.

What is on your wish list?

  • Badges for capturing greenies. (Because we are addicted to getting badges as we know many others are as well, this will possible help get people out capping the greens again.) For example, badges for 100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000, 50,000, and 100,000.
  • More badges for different types of Munzees. We love that the mystery badges just came out and would like to see more and higher badges like this for each type of Munzee. Again, it will keep folks capping those particular Munzees.
  • A routing feature in the map that will help when traveling. So if we are driving from Florida to Alberta, Canada, which route would be best to pass the most Munzees.
  • Website map filters to be able to filter specific types of Munzees.
  • A feature in the app to show if you have previously captured a Places Munzee.

Tell us about yourself!
We have been married for 4 years. We have two beautiful daughters and 3 amazing granddaughters. We bother work for Emergency Medical Services. Karin works in Patient Financial Services and Heather is a Paramedic and Dispatch Manager. Our mom enjoys Munzee and our Aunt enjoys traveling with us while we Munzee. We recruited our daughter from another game, and now she Munzees with us when we get to visit with her. We live on a small acreage on the West coast of Florida.

We have friends and family all over North America and enjoy traveling to see them. As we said earlier, we are both transplants, so our roots are elsewhere. Our family and animals are our life, and we enjoy each and every day we get to spend together.

Other hobbies include:
Who has time for other hobbies! No, really we work and also have a small farm where we raise goats and dogs. We also have an African Gray Parrot. We enjoy puzzles and travel. Karin enjoys sewing when we slow down from Munzee and life to allow her the time to sew. We both love munzee and can sit for hours just listening to great music. Heather enjoys dabbling in the auction business more for pleasure than for work. Our first favorite hobby is time with our family, then comes Munzee.

Any last words?
We have made some amazing friends and continued friendships through this game, and for that, we are so grateful. We are thankful for what Munzee does for us players and also for our communities. We would like to thank those who nominated us for Player of the Week. Munzee players we have met from around the world are kind and compassionate people, and we are so glad that . this game has brought us together.

GoofyButterfly also included some socials, so cap away!

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February 19, 2018

Player of the Week: Frank Profitt (munzeeprof)

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 Frank Profitt (munzeeprof).

Who are you?
I am Frank Profitt; I have several player names depending on the game I play: munzeeprof, WallaBeeprof, geoprof123, and strutprof. As so you can, I love geolocation games. <3

Where in the world do you live?
I live in Georgetown, Kentucky along I75 just north of Lexington.

How long have you played Munzee?
I started on 26 July 2011 🙂

How did you find Munzee?
I heard about Munzee on the GeoGearheads podcast, so I have DarrylW4 to thank for this madness. ;P

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
Traveling to big events and meeting other players. 🙂 Also, having the virtuals so that I have something to do on bad weather days. 🙂

What is on your wish list?
I would love to see the historical ones expanded into other states besides Texas, but in a more ordered way. I think a great way to do this would be to us the historical markers that are along the roads. Here in Kentucky, there are over 2500 of these markers in the states, and they are managed by the Kentucky Historical Society which has a detail list of them by county.

Tell us about yourself!
I retired this spring from Toyota where I was a maintenance person for 25 years. I also served in the Navy as an electrician for 6 years and got to go around the world. I was stationed in several states and visited a lot of others. I guess this has fueled my desire to travel and to see what’s around the next corner.

Other hobbies include:
Besides playing geolocation games, I collect Hard Rock Cafe pins and have visited over 50 cafes. I also collect Hot Wheels and attend national events with other local collectors.

Any last words?
I have been building up my area and now have over 600 virtuals surrounding the Toyota plant. You are welcome to drop virtuals in between an of mine and to make a slight detour when you are traveling on I-75 to capture some of them. With GeoWoodstock coming up in Cincinnati this summer, there are sure to be lots of Munzee players coming through here. 🙂 Hope to see many of you at the Munzee events held then and other places. 🙂 Thanks to all the people who nominated me!!

munzeeprof also included some socials, so cap away!

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February 9, 2018

Player of the Week: Ian Graves (Belboz)

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 Ian Graves (Belboz).

Who are you?
I’m Ian Graves, aka Belboz. In case you are wondering, Belboz is a character in a couple of interactive fiction games I played when I was a teenager.

Where in the world do you live?
Adelaide, South Australia, about a 10 minute drive north of the CBD and Adelaide Oval.

How long have you played Munzee?
Since October 23, 2015.

How did you find Munzee?
I saw a post on Facebook in a Fitbit group, downloaded the app, and walked to a local park to find my first munzee. That’s me in the photo lying on the ground about to capture my first munzee!

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
Chasing myths, deploying physical munzees, Clan Wars, events, badges, Munzee Physical League (MPL). And more generally, the fact that there are so many ways to play Munzee, so there is a scope for all players from beginners to high level players to pick a goal and chase it.

What is on your wish list?
Aside from visiting some of the big Munzee cities, I have heaps of things on my wish list — the top 3 are:

  1. More Nomads and the ability to capture them on your own munzee.
  2. The ability to link a generic to a damaged or missing munzee IF it is hosting a bouncing special and IF the owner is dormant or inactive.
  3. More badges for deploying physical munzees, and make them challenging, say around 10% of the corresponding capture badges (i.e. deploy 1250 non-blastable Jewels).

Tell us about yourself!
I’ve been married for 20 years (yay!), and have a 15-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter. Most of our family is in Tasmania, and I’ve been in Adelaide for just over half of my life. I work in Defence R&D which sees me frequently in Canberra. I have an honours degree in Maths and have worked in a number of fields, including operations analysis, biometrics, and risk management.

Other hobbies include:
Interactive fiction, model trains, watching sport.

Any last words?
Thank you to whoever nominated me; it is appreciated. Also, a big thank you MHQ for continuing to evolve the game. And, finally, to everyone reading, I encourage you all to play your own way (an join the MPL)!

Belboz also included some socials, so cap away!

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January 30, 2018

Player of the Week: Leslie Burg (MrsHB31)

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 Leslie Burg (MrsHB31).

Who are you?
I’m Leslie Burg. My Munzee name is MrsHB31.

Where in the world do you live?
I live in the United States in the town of Wesley Chapel, North Carolina which is located just outside of the city of Charlotte.

How long have you played Munzee?
I’ve been playing Munzee for about 5 1/2 years. I capped my first munzee in August 2012.

How did you find Munzee?
I discovered Munzee through a contest held by our local caching club. The contest involved alternative location-based games which introduced me to a few interesting games. The only one that stuck was Munzee!

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
I enjoy chasing Mythologicals and other expiring specials. I also enjoy meeting other players at events. I have met some really great people through Munzee.

What is on your wish list?
I would like to see a feature in the app that would allow me to see areas that are blocked by existing Destination Munzees to help locate areas where new Destination Munzees can be added to the map.

Tell us about yourself!
I am an elementary school teacher, mother of two teenagers, and wife of 20 years to another Munzee fan (can you guess his username?). While my kids have not been bitten by the Munzee bug, my husband and I enjoy travelling to events and munzee-heavy areas with our camper and even deployed on a few Caribbean islands this summer.

Other hobbies include:
My other hobbies include boating, traveling, and following NASCAR.

Any last words?
I’m looking forward to seeing whatever new twists Munzee plans to throw into the game in the future. I also want to thank whoever nominated me — I am very honored to be Player of the Week!

MrsHB31 also included some socials, so cap away!

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January 22, 2018

Player of the Week: Kala Brooks (OHail)

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 Kala Brooks (OHail).

Who are you?
My given name is Kala Brooks. My player name is OHail.

Where in the world do you live?
Montgomery, Alabama in the southeastern part of the United States.

How long have you played Munzee?
I celebrated my 6th Munzee birthday in August 2017.

How did you find Munzee?
I am a member of the Houston Forum for another game. One of the members mentioned a new game named Munzee that was just starting up in July 2011. My first thought was, “No, no, no! I am not getting involved in another geolocation game.” (I was already participating in several others at the time.) I managed to resist until August when one of the local cachers deployed a munzee.

Back then, the game was more labor intensive than it is now. We printed and laminated the green munzees in preparation for deployment. We usually attached them to the host with clear packing tape. (My last one of that type was replaced a few months ago.) Phone GPS was not too accurate, either. Most times, we would have to adjust the position once we got home to the computer. Consequently, I only played when I happened to think about Munzee. That was not very often for the first year or two. Once I started playing semi-regularly, and because there were just a handful of players in the area, we also had to plan the best way to use our few, but growing, munzee deployments in the most advantageous way for clan requirements each month. Boy, have things changed since those days!

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
I enjoy many aspects of the game. I like the strategy in playing the game. On bad weather days, I can spend hours in the sandbox determining where to place accommodation or other type munzees for maximum deployments in an area. I love finding the little holes that are left when quick deploys are not concentrated as much as they could be.

I like earning badges and playing with rovers.

Most of all, I have been quite fortunate to meet some really wonderful people from all over the world by attending events or swapping munzee placements.

What is on your wish list?
There are some places that have been on my vacation wishlist long before I hunted containers and munzees. Since I have visited all 50 US states, it is time to think about traveling abroad. There is so much I want to see and do in Australia (Harbour Bridge Climb in Sydney, for one), New Zealand, Prague and Budapest, to name a few. (I might even be able to find a munzee or two in those places to keep my capture and deploy streaks going. 😀 )

Munzee related wish list:

  1. I would like to see more done with Rovers. Some ideas are a drop down menu or radio buttons with an ability to make multiple Rover selections so that one can set more than one rover on a trip at once instead of one at a time. It would be helpful for lone travellers if one could move Rovers without an intermediate player after a certain time and/or distance has passed (48 hours, 100 miles?). Intermediate badges for moving Rovers and badges for owners with rovers that have attained certain levels and traveled particular distance levels.
  2. The Glitch Badge
  3. Filters:
    1. On for all types in the app by default.
    2. Filters for the web site map similar to those in the app.
    3. A way to set a filter for a blast to capture only certain types like everything except Flats, or only Flats, only MVMs, or any combination chosen by the player.
  4. Intermediate badges for greenie deploys. Badges for having a variety of deploys like the Specials Hunter badges are for captures.
  5. A different or variation of the yellow color icon for a munzee one puts into soft maintenance so that one can tell whether the munzee is in soft maintenance or full maintenance mode when looking at the map.
  6. Did I say I would like to get the Glitch badge?
  7. Allow Myths and Specials to land on Accessibility Munzees.
  8. Most of us probably did not expect the creative and beautiful gardens that have been produced using the various types of munzees. Just think what we could see with more color options for the MVMs like a true light blue, gray, pale yellow, and others.
  9. A name or some other change to an accommodation munzee flows through to the rooms.

Tell us about yourself!
I am a retired corporate tax auditor who used to travel all of the United States for business. That experience has come in handy now that I travel for fun from time to time. I hope to visit some places I have never been. It is delightful seeing and learning about new areas and cultures.

I am part of the local player group with started the annual Alabama River Region Easter events. We were privileged to have so many great players from all over the United States for our 2017 events. We look forward to seeing them again the weekend of April 5th, 2018 and invite all players to come see what Alabama has to offer.

Other hobbies include:
I have fun cooking all types of food and trying new recipes. Fishing is very relaxing to me whether I catch anything or not. Being near/on the water while listening to the sounds of nature is soothing. I like bird watching and attempting to identify nearby birds from their calls. Occasionally, I get lucky and can combine fishing and bird watching. For the last decade, it has also been possible to see me hunting for hidden containers for hidden containers using my GPSr.

Any last words?
Thank you to those who nominated me for this honor.

OHail also included some socials, so cap away!

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