PLAYER OF THE WEEK

November 20, 2017

Player of the Week: Connie Gunderson (cgund)

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 Connie Gunderson (cgund).

Who are you?
I’m Connie Gunderson; cgund on Munzee.

Where in the world do you live?
I live in Littleton, Colorado.

How long have you played Munzee?
I started plaing in April of 2015.

How did you find Munzee?
I saw a link on Dale and Barb’s store (Space Coast Geo Store) when I was looking for caching supplies and clicked away. Then, I was talking to a local player about caching, and they endorsed Munzee, so I ran out, upgraded my phone, and downloaded the app.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
For sure the friends I’ve made, hands down. Most of the local players have become good friends, and it’s been fun to be a part of that social circle. Munzee has also given better focus to my days. Before Munzee, I would sometimes let my days fritter away without being productive or even getting out of the house.

What is on your wish list?
How about some kind of neon outline around Clan Weapons on the app’s map? They are virtually invisible when satellite mode is in use.

I hope MHQ, with help and support from the player base, can come up with better ways to recruit and retain players, too. I do my best to welcome and assist new players when i see activity in my feed, and I think that I’ve been a pretty good ambassador to the game, but it’s not enough. I do think more focus on new ways our community can help itself grow would be time well spent.

Tell us about yourself!
I am a stay-at-home-mom these days after having had a variety of careers in the past, including VP of a nutrition bar company, discover paralegal at a toxic torts firm, court-appointed conservator for mentally ill indigent persons, and classical musical specialist and buyer at Tower Records. My husband of almost 25 years is an aerospace engineer at Lockheed, and we have one son. We lived in California for most of our lives but find that Colorado suits us very well since moving here almost exactly 10 years ago.

Other hobbies include:
I like to cache, read, do needlework, go to Rockies games, play Euro-style board games with my kid, and my son and I are pretty heavily into Pokemon Go, too. We love going to lLegendary Pokemon Raids and did a ton of them over the summer.

Any last words?
It’s been much fun helping build up the Denver suburbs, working together with friends to try and make it a Munzee destination.We are so lucky that MHQ chose the Denver area to hold its 2016 Birthday Bash, leading to the deployment of thousands of virtuals all over the metro area. We locals continue to grow, grow, grow the area for each other as well as any who might travel through.

I am very flattered to have been nominated to be Player of the Week. Thank you to those who submitted my name!

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November 15, 2017

Player of the Week: Kim Phillips (kpcrystal07)

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 Kim Phillips (kpcrystal07).

Who are you?
I am Kim Phillips, and my Munzee name is kpcrystal07.

Where in the world do you live?
I live in the very small town of Brooksville, Florida USA, but originally I am from Chicago, Illinois.

How long have you played Munzee?
Since December 2012.

How did you find Munzee?
I found Munzee while caching in December 2012.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
My favorite part of the game is attending the events. I love seeing all of my friends and meeting new players. Also, I really enjoy earning the badges and capping all of the different specials.

What is on your wish list?
After being in Texas and seeing all of the Texas Historical virtual markers, I think it would be a great idea to expand that same concept to other states and places.

Tell us about yourself!
I’m married and have 2 grown daughters and a 15 year old son which keeps me super busy. Plus, I am a first time grandma to a beautiful baby boy which gives me more excuses to go to Texas.

Other hobbies include:
My hobbies consist of all of my son’s high school activities, taking care of my two precious dogs (shitzu), and my grandchild.

Any last words?
I would like to thank everyone that helped me get through a very difficult time when my caching and Munzee best friend, Jeff Coppersmith (cusmith), passed away unexpectedly while doing what he loved best, capping munzees. R.I.P. Jeff! Thank you to all who nominated me for POTW. Keep on capping.

kpcrystal07 has also included some socials, so cap away!

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November 8, 2017

Player of the Week: Candace Harrison (Candy 32712)

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 Candace Harrison (Candy32712).

Who are you?
My name is Candace Harrison; player name is Candy 32712.

Where in the world do you live?
I am located in Apopka, Florida which is northwest of Orlando.

How long have you played Munzee?
I have been playing since June 19, 2016.

How did you find Munzee?
Someone I knew had begun to play and showed me and my husband. We tried it out for a week or so under one account, but I decided I wanted to cap, too, so I made an account along with my kids.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
I enjoy the walking, but since it’s Florida and really hot, I haven’t done too much of it since spring, so it’s been more virtuals. I can’t wait to get back to all of the walking when it cools down. The most enjoyable parts of the game are the events and the players I get to meet while participating in them.

What is on your wish list?
Well MHQ Bash was on my list, and I was able to attend the ALL IN event in September, and I can’t wait until next year’s! (It was also my first, but not my last, plane ride. 🙂 )

Tell us about yourself!
I have been married for 16 years to a wonderful man named Sonny (Sonny32712). I have three wonderful kinds that all enjoy playing the game and attending the events. I love trying new things and meeting new people.

Other hobbies include:
I love watching movies and reading books. I honestly love all the time I get to spend with my family: watching my sons play high school football and having mother-daughter time with my meatball, Kyndall.

Any last words?
If I haven’t met you yet at an event, I hope to some day do so. Happy Munzeeing!

Candy 32712 has also included some socials, so cap away!

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November 3, 2017

Player of the Week: Daniel Ferland (XeresDan)

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 Daniel Ferland (XeresDan).

Who are you?
Daniel Ferland, also known as XeresDan for 20 years.

Where in the world do you live?
I live in Levis, south shore of Quebec City, in the province of Quebec in Canada.

How long have you played Munzee?
Yesterday was my 2222nd day (now 2,248 days), so I began in September 2011.

How did you find Munzee?
In some forums. I was really curious, and I immediately liked the description.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
1. The communication with MHQ. The best communication with players. They are really open to suggestions, so the game just grows.

2. The clans. Every month, I push myself outside to fulfill my part as 9 others are counting on me. With my own company and projects ahead, it’s always a great challenge.

What is on your wish list?
Travel some day to capture and deploy worldwide.

Tell us about yourself!
I work in the movie industry as a unit manager and a location manager. I work with people coming in from around the world to shoot movies and travel shows in my region. I work hard on a project to bring more movies here, a regional film and television commission. It should open in 2018, and yes, it will have a munzee at the front door!

Other hobbies include:
Watching movies, making movies, posting about movies…

Any last words?
Please come visit my region. I will be your personal tourism guide.

It really is an honor for me to be POTW! Thanks to my nominators!

XeresDan has also included a social, so cap away!

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October 23, 2017

Player of the Week: Eddy Visser (BigLion)

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 Eddy Visser (BigLion).

Who are you?
I’m Eddy Visser, and my Munzee username is “BigLion”.

Where in the world do you live?
I’m living in a very little town call Azelo, and it’s located in the east of The Netherlands.

How long have you played Munzee?
I activated my Munzee account on May 26th, 2013, and it is now over 1600 days old.

How did you find Munzee?
I was playing another GPS game and saw a small sticker near by the location where I found the box. It made me curious because it said “Scan me for points” (it was one of the old fashioned types). Score points? Hmmm. That’s fun, and yes, a new addiction was born.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
Going outside for a long distance walk or taking my bike. I recently bought an E-Bike, so I can go further away. It’s the tactical and strategic gameplay of Munzee with so many variations that gives me so much enjoyment.

Often we go for a long day with more Munzee friends to a city where big virtual fields are deployed such as Cologne or Paderborn in Germany or Amsterdam (Netherlands) and we have a great time there. But nost of all, it is the joy of meeting so many players from other countries.

What is on your wish list?
There are some things on my wishlist. Munzee visits to Prague, Berlin, Budapest, and London. I have an idea of making an arrangement to travel with a touring car with a big group of plyers for several days to Prague or Budapest. Maybe sometime…

Another personal wish is to score 100 Myths in one day. Doing that in The Netherlands is not easy.

Tell us about yourself!
Well I was born in 1960 and married in the late 80’s. I’ve got two great daughters who are grown up now and living on their own. I divorced 15 years ago. After that, I had some short relationships, and now I’ve had Anita in my life for more than 6 years. In June this year, I moved into her house. My daily profession is corking in the ICT as System & Application Administrator. Seconded to a customer for more than 10 years now. The alias “BigLion” is a combination of my “2m-length” and “zodiac sign lion”. I’ve used that avatar for many years.

Other hobbies include:
Searching for caches since early 2008. Every Thursday I go out with a good friend of mine to find several caches. I’ve found over 6,000 at this time.

Listening to good much and collecting, specifically the sound of Pink Floyd and, of course, our Ilse DeLange. You should really listen to her beautiful voice and her own written lyrics are very touching.

Any last words?
Thanks to the players who nominated me for POTW. Great! And thanks fo MHQ for making this special game. One little wish from me: Give the scatered specials free for capturing on your own munzees. In areas where few players live, these specials are almost never captured.

BigLion has also included a social, so cap away!

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October 9, 2017

Player of the Week: Alex Williams (Squonk)

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 Alex Williams (Squonk).

Who are you?
I’m Alex Williams aka Squonk in the Munzee world — player #89015.

Where in the world do you live?
I live in Big Sky country… Montana, USA. More specifically, Bozeman.

How long have you played Munzee?
I have been playing since March 2013. It would have been a bit earlier, but I didn’t have a phone that was compatible back then (i.e. a smart phone).

How did you find Munzee?
I was at a caching evening 12.5.2012, and another player, tdouthitt, was telling us about a game her co-worker (1 members of theirishduo) was playing. At that time, I didn’t have a phone that would work, but as soon as I upgraded phones a few months later, it was one of the first apps I downloaded.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
All of it — the myths, the specials , that the game keeps evolving, but especially the community of players. I appreciate how there is always another player willing to help someone grow their map. I have  avirtual garden that is a bit more than 1/2 full with nearly 600 virtuals mostly because of the player community.

What is on your wish list?
For the app — moving the notification numbers to some other part of the screen so I won’t accidentally hit it because I like it when that number gets high.

For the game, I’d like Evolutions to continually evolve, e.g. after the third stage they start over again.

For the website, I’d like the map to have filters similar to the app.

And personally, I’d like to travel more to places that I haven’t capped before.

Tell us about yourself!
I’m 40-something, married for 22 years, have a couple of kids and a couple of pets. We all enjoy getting outdoors, and I especially enjoy getting out to walk and cap.

Other hobbies include:
Photography, listening to music, and reading.

Any last words?
Thank you, and Munzee on!

Squonk has also included some socials, so cap away!

 

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October 4, 2017

Player of the Week: Rob Collins (coastingcollins)

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 Rob Collins (coastingcollins).

Who are you?
My name is Rob, Munzee username “coastingcollins”. Some of my friends call me “RoBbY bObBy”.

Where in the world do you live?
I live in the Beautiful Heart of the Ozarks in Springfield, Missouri, USA.

How long have you played Munzee?
I have been playing Munzee for 520 days, with a streak to match. My first capture was on May 1st, 2016, and my first deploy was on May 4th, 2016. (I didn’t have any munzees to deploy until a fellow player offered to help me out — Thanks, Semipaw!!!)

How did you find Munzee?
After a long previous day of playing another geo-location based game, I was scrolling through Facebook right before church, and I saw a one-minute video. I told my wife. “rollermama”, that the game looked pretty fun and interesting. Little did I know, I was hooked.

What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
Well, this is a tough question, so I have to go with 2 answers…

First, I would have to say FAMILY TIME. I’m a proud dad of 5 amazing kids and the husband to my amazing, beautiful wife, Cindy aka “rollermama”. The time we go out and play Munzee is priceless. Just sitting back and reflecting on all of the memories the game has brought my family kinda makes me teary eyed.

Secondly, I would have to say events. I really enjoy seeing the community of players get together and enjoy everyone’s company. From the smiles I see from all ages at the events to the stories of other players about their munzing days, they are friends I would be proud to call family. It’s all very special to me.

What is on your wish list?
Traveling the ole roads of the United States and capping and deploying munzees at every amusement park. Oh, and the infamous Glitch Badge.

Tell us about yourself!
Well, like I stated before, I’m a proud dad of 5 amazing kids and the husband to my amazing, beautiful wife, Cindy. We also have three dogs (Jet, Chloe, and Charleigh), two cats (Gadget and KitKat), and tons of fish. I’m a family man and love spending time outdoors with my family.

Other hobbies include:
I’m a big roller coaster geek (hence my name “coastingcollins”). I love riding coasters with friends and family. Again, the smiles you see on people’s faces while they enjoy good times are very rewarding

Any last words?
I would like to thank the local Munzee community, GAD64 and Semipaw. Without them, we couldn’t have grown the map and make Springfield, MO a Munzee stop. I would also like to thank the online Munzee community for helping me fill my local gardens (4 of them so far with 2 more already planned). Lastly, I would like to thank my fellow Munzee players and friends who nominated me for POTW. This is an HONOR, and I’m very thankful. So, until next time, my friends… Munzee on!

coastingcollins has also included a social, so cap away!

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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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