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May 22, 2014

Munzee Player of the Week: Jay Piper (ThePiedPiper)

Co-creator of the Franklin Gardens in the US, a force to be reckoned with in the forums, and just a generally awesome guy with a true sense of Southern Hospitality when you visit the lovely “Munzee lands” of Tennessee!  This week’s player of the week is one of the most well-known American players, and has been in the spotlight big time this year with the Franklin Munzee Bash!  Let’s all welcome Jay Piper (ThePiedPiper) to the Player of the Week club!

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Check out his interview below:

Who are you? ThePiedPiper  AKA  Jay Piper

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 Where in the world do you live? Spring Hill, TN, USA   (15 miles from The Franklin Garden)

How long have you played Munzee?  Just hit 1,000 days on April 27, 2014. I signed up on August 1st 2011!

 How did you find Munzee?

Southpaw introduced me to Munzee on our way home from the Midwest Geobash in Wauseon Ohio. I signed up, created 10 Munzees, deployed 4 (all still active and in original laminated business card laminate) and then didn’t do much with it. One year later at MWGB 2012, I tracked down all of the deploys in the area and capped all of them.  That’s when I was truly hooked, I started capping and deploying on a daily basis after that. The game had evolved so much within that time period making it much easier to play.

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 What do you enjoy most about Munzee?

I can’t say I have one thing I enjoy most, as there are so many.  One of the best things is enjoying time with the friends, Tammy (TheRealGigi) and I now call our extended family.  We try to hang out at least once a week to deploy and cap together in order to expand the Franklin, TN Garden.  I will admit I am extremely competitive so I enjoy following their progress in scoring. The Clan Wars have also made each month more exciting, challenging and keeps the game interesting for me.  Fortunately, I belong to a clan (Phoenix Rising) willing to work hard together as a team and we have achieved Chuck every single time with very little change in personnel. (We hope to continue that streak, although we know it could get much harder if we brag too much!).  Thanks to Munzee I now have worldwide friends, which, if we were ever to meet in person we will be able to get along instantly due to the common bond of Munzee. I also must say I like how the “Vardy Man” keeps adding new and exciting things to the game and how much he has transformed it over the last year. Thanks Rob!

What is on your wish list?

Besides Mysteries being a minimum of 10pts (Thanks Scott)?

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(Editor’s Note: That’s some “monkey on your back there, Jay. May wanna lay off the Mysteries!)

I would like for the Franklin Munzee Bash to become one of the must go to events of the year and possibly a mega event.  We are already making plans for April 18th, 2015!

Tell us about yourself!

I am originally from Indiana and have lived in Tennessee since 1993 by way of Karlsruhe, West Germany (1987-1990). Professionally I am a computer consultant (Network Engineer, SQL DBA) that works with manufacturing firms all over the world. I work from home and have to travel about 25% of the time, which gives me plenty of opportunity to cap and deploy when in other areas. I am a Dad to three teenagers (a son 18, a daughter 15 and a step daughter 16) which makes life interesting every day. Was a Scout leader for many years until my son became an Eagle Scout in 2011. Am a Past Master and current secretary of Columbia Lodge #31 F & AM, Past High Priest Lafayette chapter #4 Royal Arch Masons, Past Illustrious Master Columbia Council #139 Cryptic Masons, Past Commander Columbia Commandery #35 Knights Templar and a member of the Knight York Cross of Honour (K.Y.C.H). Currently serving the Grand Lodge of TN as Director of the Hospital Hospitality House program. Current Webmaster for Grand Lodge of TN F &AM, Grand York Rite Bodies of TN and TN Knights of Pythias. I am also a member of the B.P.O.E. (Elks), a veteran of the U.S. Army and a founding member of the Middle TN Munzee club and recently became a volunteer to admin the Forums for MHQ.

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Other hobbies include;

Other Geolocation games, computers, web development, FreeMasonry, Nashville Predators/ Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey, STL Cardinals Baseball.

Jay was awesome enough to share his social with us.  Let’s show him some love and cap our appreciation for this week’s POTW!

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If you know a player that should be nominated for Munzee Player of the Week, shoot us a message at iLoveYou@Munzee.com and let us know just why this person is outstanding in the global Munzee community!

-Please note, this is a super active campaign.  We may not be able to get back to everyone, but you’re helping to grow the list of amazing people in the Munzee community!

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January 26, 2014

The Inaugural Munzee Olympics!

olympic_720It’s February! This is the month when athletes, countries, and nations join together and go for the gold. The unity and sportsmanship have inspired us to have the Inaugural Munzee Olympics!

Represent the best of the best and choose your nation. Proudly compete against fellow Munzee players and rise as a Champion!

The Munzee Olympics will be made up of various competitions, we encourage all nations to participate in all the events.

The nitty-gritty details:

Choose your nation: Begins February 1— 00:01 MHQ (GMT -6) — Ends February 6— 23:59 MHQ (GMT -6)
Choose your competition: Players are not enrolled in every competition. You must enroll in the “sport” you excel in (compete in the games you think best suit your Munzee style). Note: You can choose a maximum of 5 events.

(que grand trumpet noise) And now to announce the Munzee Olympic game events! Here are the sport categories you can compete in:

Freestyle: Overall points for all activity during the Munzee Olympics
Greenies: # of Greenies capped
Academic: # of Quiz and Quiz virts capped
Social: # of Socials capped
Badge: # of Badges earned during the Munzee Olympics (includes ALL badges)
Visitor: # of Motels capped (sum of Motels and Motel Rooms)
Virtual Olympian: # of Virts and Mystery Virts capped (sum of both)
Ice: # of Diamonds capped
Grow the Map: # of Greenies deployed (may not be converted during Olympics)
Unicorn: # of Business caps
Level Up: # of Levels gained
Triathlon: # of times you cap a complete cycle of 1 green, 1 virtual, 1 mystery
Webbed: # of Virts and Mystery Virts deployed (sum of both)
Perfect 100: # of days with exactly 100 points
Go For the Gold: # of premium caps (goldies)

Points System:  Each event will be scored by the actions necessary divided by the number of players for the nation.  Example: Ice, 42 Diamonds capped by a total of 7 players = 6 points for the nation.   Triathlon: 72 green, 56 virtual, 25 mystery capped by 5 players = 25 / 5 = 5 points for nation.

The games begin February 7 at 00:01 MHQ (GMT -6) and end February 23 at 23:59 MHQ (GMT -6)!   More details about EVERYTHING will be posted throughout the week, so watch this blog.

Olympic Awards will be announced during the Opening Ceremonies.

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December 12, 2013

Munzee Player of the Week: Rob Verstappen!

If you’re a Munzee player and you’re ever lost in Europe, there’s only one person you need to meet: Rob Verstappen.  Lovingly referred to as “Dutch Rob”, “The Rob V overseas” and even “Rob’s other Brother”, Robje64 is the friendly “face” of our European Munzee community.  Always helpful, he’s a proactive Munzee player that’s strengthened the Munzee community worldwide, even volunteering to help us with translations for the Munzee app!  Now tip your hat to the other Mr. V. and check out this interview below!

Who are you?  Robje64

Where in the world do you live?  Venlo, Netherlands

How long have you played Munzee?  Since Feb 23, 2012

How did you find Munzee?

I was at a Stammtisch ‘caching Event.  When I was there I saw the QR code in the well-known green colors.  It got my attention right away! Since I always explore new things on my iPhone, I immediately downloaded the app and signed in.  I scanned it, and there it was: my first 5 points!  From the first day I started playing Munzee, I liked to looked at the map and check out all the Munzee pins out there to capture!  In the beginning, there weren’t that many in my area.  So I started to look further. Planned a trip to Germany, which included a small “hike”.  That hike had many Munzee, and every time I heard “PING” it drove me further, to capture one after another! (Editors note: sounds like Munzee “Madness” to us!)

What do you enjoy most about Munzee?

As I played, my passion for Munzee grew and grew. I started to contact people. First Germans, Dutch people and some Belgians.  Then it took off rapidly all over the world, contacting Munzee players, networking, and making friends.  Time and Friendships swept me up in the moment, before this game, I never thought it possible to meet and befriend so many people.

After a while i got in contact with the wonderful people from MHQ.  And not to put too many words on paper, nowadays i try to arrange as much as possible on Munzee stuff as i possibly can.  Setting up Facebook groups, connecting with other players, and volunteering Munzee help for new players.

And just another thing i want to point out what i really liked:
Last Friday was my 49th Birthday. I had a 2 days of training at a garrison in the middle of the Netherlands.  When I arrived at the garrison in the morning, I was surprised with many Virtual Munzees and Mustache Munzees to congratulate me!  How cool is that? 😉

Nowadays, I am fortunate to volunteer testing various projects for Munzee.  How involved can one get in the game? It’s super, and I love it!  So the most I enjoy about Munzee, is getting connected with lovely people all over the world and being part of this wonderful community.

What is on your wish list?

On my wishlist… hmm… that’s something to think about for a while…

Some suggestions that immediately come to mind:
– Seeing at least 1 Munzee being deployed in every Country around the world.
– Events being well organized, so more people can meet in real life.
– The whats-next-on-the-surprise list from Munzee coming out.
– The possibility to link broken Munzee via the app.

Oh! and visiting Munzee headquarters one day!

Tell us about yourself!

For the ones who don’t know me, my real name is Rob.  I am in the Royal Dutch Military at Oirschot, Netherlands (near Eindhoven).  I am married to the most lovely wife on this planet, Monique.  Here she is below!

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Normally when I go out to deploy/capture Munzee, she’s always by my side. Being very supportive, helping out, and just walking together having fun with the game.  We joined the lovely people in the Clan Cologne. Going on streaks together and, as most people know me, eating and drinking with all who wants to join! We can all say that Munzee has taken a very important game in our lives. And when you are that addicted you better make sure to have fun as we do!

At home, you can usually find me on my iMac. Creating graphics to share with the Munzee community (Mostly for the Facebook groups)! And of course planning the next trip, discussing with Monique what we want to see or where we want to get most points out of a day.

I’d like to thank all players around the world for being in our lives.  No matter if we have met you or not. Every munzee is a feast!
Thanks to Munzee HQ for letting us (not only me, Monique as well) be player of the week.  If you meet me in person i have a special Munzee gift for you!

And for this special occasion i also created a new Social munzee. 😉

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*President Rob Note* “Dutch” Rob is a really important part of our European player base, noted by his honorary title, European Ambassador. It was a pleasure to meet my “brother” in person on my recent trip to Cologne. I can’t imagine anyone taking more care of the details and organizing a great opportunity to meet so many of our amazing European players. I’m happy to honor Rob for his impact on Munzee today!

If you know a player that should be nominated for Munzee Player of the Week, shoot us a message at iLoveYou@Munzee.com.  Please note, this is a super active campaign.  We may not be able to get back to everyone, but you’re helping to grow the list of amazing people in the Munzee community! 

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