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August 19, 2019

Meet Munzee Munzday: Louise

Here at Munzee we’re constantly encouraging our players to meet and greet and build the personal relationships that make this game so great. Today we are going to get to know the lovely lady Lou, who some of you may recognize from the Flat Lou Munzees! Let’s learn more about our British staff member and skilled cyclist. 

With my two beautiful sons

Name and Title:

Louise Gibson, Worldwide Events Manager (geoibsons)

Where are you from?

London, England, but I have moved all over the place, and who knows where I’ll end up!

Tell us about yourself:

I’m 41 and a Mum of 2 boys, now 8 & 11. We live in a pretty town called Marlow, west of London. I juggle being a single Mum, working for Munzee, cycling for Great Britain & my InternationElles team and holding down a long distance relationship with Rob. I am truly happy on my bicycle or when I travel. Combining the two is my favourite, but only really great if Rob is there too. I am super proud to have just completed the full Tour de France in a move for equality for women’s cycling. My team gained worldwide recognition and praise for what we were doing, and the best moment was when Rob proposed on the Champs Élysées at the end of the Tour. My boys and I are currently enjoying a few weeks in Texas during their school holidays.

A very easy yes

How long have your worked for Munzee?

I’ve worked for Munzee for over 4 years. I took events over in May 2015. I had hosted my own Munzee event the month previous and had so many suggestions to how things could be done I was offered the job! Since then Munzee events have exploded. I’ve helped hosts put together over 2,200 events all over the world. My favourite aspect of the job is working with Trish. I love seeing what she puts together for the badges and icons and passing them onto the hosts.

Rob joined in for one stage with the InternationElles 

How did you find Munzee?

I found Munzee through geocaching right back when Munzee was less than 2 months old (August 2011). I resisted for a while, because I knew I would get super involved and didn’t have much free time, but when clan wars started I couldn’t resist any longer and I jumped in with both feet!

With Rob, Matt, and Dylan in our OppoSuits

What do you enjoy most about Munzee?

The Munzee community is the best thing about the game. The players are wonderful. I am lucky to have met so many all over the world and they are great. Kind, fun and competitive, it’s fabulous. I love working with them to put together their amazing events and I love that I’m helping pull people together to have a good time and get outside.

What are some of your other hobbies?

Cycling. It takes up most of my time. I train 5-6 days a week year round. My next race is in Poland on 1st September, Gran Fondo World Championships where I will be representing Great Britain. Outside of cycling, I love to travel, and I love to be with Rob⁠—  thankfully the two go hand in hand. He has completely changed my life and opened my eyes to anything being possible. You only live once, make the most of it and make changes if you aren’t happy.

Famous last words?

Think I just said them above, oops.

Stay tuned to get to know more members of the team!

With the InternationElles one day before Stage 1 of 21 Stages (photo credit: Attacus Cycling @attacuscc) 

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August 14, 2019

Time to Serve Up Pakistan Global Grub!

We recently announced that the Global Grub overall capture badges are here to allow you to earn more badges than ever for your Global Grub captures! And today we have a real treat for those who enjoy eating meat, because the Pakistan Global Grub will be joining the map at 15:00 MHQ time!

Eight Pakistan Global Grub specials will be deployed today, joining Global Grub physical specials including Italy, Korea, Greece, and more! They will bounce to Greenies every 12 hours or when captured.

Points

  • Cap: 200
  • CapOn (Host): 100

Players will earn a badge containing a dish of food unique to the flag pin country each time they capture a Global Grub special. Capturing the Pakistan Global Grub will earn you the following savory badge:

Ready for a protein packed feast? If you haven’t tried chicken tandoori yet, then you’re really missing out! This dish involves finely marinated chicken that is covered in yogurt and spices and roasted to tender perfection in a tandoor over. You can often recognize this dish by the vibrant hue of the meat, which is due to the chili power and turmeric used in the marinating process. This savory dish will fall apart in your mouth for a delicious dining experience!

The Global Grub specials will bounce around the globe for the remainder of the year before leaving the map on 12/31/2019 at 23:59 MHQ time. You will have until then to try your luck capturing these very rare specials. Don’t forget that our overall Global Grub capture line allows you more opportunities than ever to earn Global Grub badges!

Stay tuned for more Global Grub releases in the future!

Munzee on!

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August 14, 2019

8zees Best Dressed Rock the 80s!

Munzee’s 8th birthday means 8 weeks of 8zees birthday events as players turn back time to relive the 80s! We told you to show up in your best 80s attire, because the host at each event has the ability to select a winner to be awarded our Best Dressed badge. Below you can find the winning 8zees looks so far! We’ll be updating the gallery as more events happen over the next few weeks!

Group pic celebrating some of the awesome #8zees events!

Munzee on!

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August 12, 2019

Meet Munzee Munzday: Dylan

Here at Munzee we’re constantly encouraging our players to meet and greet and build the personal relationships that make this game so great. Today we have the chance to get to know Dylan, the behind the scenes man who makes many fantastic aspects of Munzee possible. If you’ve been following us for a while, you might remember his 2014 Meet Dylan! Let’s see how things have changed since then! 

Striking a pose with Wylie at a friend’s wedding

Name and Title:

Dylan Derryberry, Creative Director (dderryberry60)

Where are you from?

I grew up in McKinney, TX as part of Munzee’s farm team long before they knew they’d need me.

Tell us about yourself:

Looks like a lot has changed since the last time I did this. I’m only slightly more humble than my previous Meet Munzee Munzday would suggest, but alongside my two corgis, the family has also grown to include a loving pibble named Dean, and my five year old daughter Etta. With the help of my wife and FT teammate Wylie, I try and juggle the family at home as well as at the one at office.

A very Derryberry Christmas card

I grew up in North Texas playing hockey, and then I took my talents to Glenwood Springs, CO followed by Lawrence, KS to get a little bit o’ learning under my belt before jumping into the working world. I studied Journalism at the University of Kansas, and I was pretty dead set on pursuing a career in that field. Life had other plans, but luckily my skills as a writer alongside a stellar cover letter led me to an opportunity with Munzee. Now five years later I’m doing a bit less writing, but working with a great team to take location-based gaming to the next level.

Another successful McKinney Ice Hockey Club alumni game back in 2016 with my biggest fan

How long have your worked for Munzee?

I’ve worked for Munzee for five years, the last two of which have been with Freeze Tag. As Creative Director I bridge the gap between gameplay and development. So more or less I help Rob’s crazy ideas come to fruition and hopefully keep Daniel Fischer from getting too overworked.

How did you find Munzee?

After college I moved back home to write for a local news organization as a sports reporter focused on the city’s high school teams. Unfortunately that publication shut down a few months into my time there, which left me looking for work with a kid on the way. Upon picking up my last paycheck, I asked my editor for a letter of recommendation and she let me know that a gaming company in town was looking for a writer. As it turns out they weren’t, and I never got that letter of recommendation, but after a coffee meeting led to a lunch meeting, I was welcomed in as the sixth member of the Munzee team. Five years later and I’m still learning new things about this game and industry every day.

College crafting

What do you enjoy most about Munzee?

My favorite aspect of Munzee is the versatility of gameplay options. Whether you strictly stick to Greenies, or focus on completing your Bouncer collection, Munzee gets players moving in one way or another. As part of the gameplay team we’re always trying to come up with new, exciting, and sometimes weird, aspects we can bring into our game. Location-based games have become much more popular in recent years so we’re constantly learning what works (and what doesn’t) for our worldwide community.

Family Halloween with Wylie and Etta

What are some of your other hobbies?

In what little free time I have I like to watch movies, work on craft projects, read (not nearly as much as I should), and prepare for the family’s annual Christmas card. I think it’s in poor taste to ask what someone’s favorite movie is (how do you pick just one?) but I float between campy horrors, indie rom coms, and comic book movies.

Famous last words?

There are wood ships, there are steel ships, but the best ships are friendships.” – Ghandi, probably

Check back next week to get to know another member of the team!

Average sleep schedule these days

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August 7, 2019

Guess Who’s Getting Married?! Engagement Specials!

Impending nuptials mean one thing in the the world of Munzee! Okay, maybe two things— a joyous celebration of love AND, more importantly (😉), new Munzee specials!! After witnessing Louise and the InternationElles accomplish amazing feats for females in sports, Rob popped the question, and now we’re popping some specials onto the map today at 15:00 MHQ time time to celebrate Rob and Louise!

The She Said YES Munzee is a special physical and virtual Munzee Owned Bouncer that will bounce to Flat Robs, Flat Lous, Diamonds, Greenies, and Pink Virtuals every 8 hours or when capped. There will be 2,019 of these special Munzees on the map to celebrate a very historic year for Rob and Louise! The specials will remain on the map until August 23 at 23:59 MHQ time.

Points

  • Capture: 42
  • Host: 25

Landing Pads

This special is NOT blastable, because you have to travel the distance to find love! 🥰 The capture radius will be 500 feet from all Virtuals. You can find this special by turning on your “All Expiring Specials” and “All Limited Edition Specials” filters. All activity on Flat Lou, Flat Rob, and Diamonds will be worth DOUBLE POINTS during the duration of this special!

Badges

As an added bonus, there will be one badge to earn for capturing the She Said YES special. The badge will appear as follows:

A big congratulations to Rob and Louise! We wonder what specials we’ll have to come up with when they officially tie the knot…

Munzee on!

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August 6, 2019

Team Munzee Tuezday: Rob

Here at Munzee we’re constantly encouraging our players to meet and greet and build the personal relationships that make this game so great. To bring back this fun way to introduce team members, here is the bossman himself, Rob! Of course many players are familiar with this face, but here’s an introduction to Freeze Tag’s President if you are new! Who doesn’t want to know more about coachV? 

Getting lunch with Trey (and the team) between MunzStock 2019 events

Name and Title:

Rob Vardeman, President of Freeze Tag (coachV)

Where are you from?

Born in West Texas (Odessa) but jumped around the state several times and had a 4-year stay in California before finally landing in Allen, Texas. I’ve lived in Allen for 27 years, about 5 miles from our amazing location for Munzee HeadQuarters.

Tell us about yourself:

I’m a nerd. A former math teacher who enjoyed teaching through the use of games. My love of GPS-based adventures led me to Munzee. Munzee opened a world of possibilities to me including meeting the love of my life. I’ve recently become engaged to Louise, our Worldwide Events Manager, with plans to marry in the future. I have a 17 year old son, Trey, who enjoys attending Munzee events with me when possible and sharing his very unique badge with players. In the not too distant future I’ll add 8 and 11 year old stepsons to my family. We all enjoy playing different location-based games and spending time together wherever that may be.

Repping Munzee and WallaBee with Robbie (L) and Matt

How long have your worked for Munzee?

Since June of 2012, when I started as a volunteer working with the player community and some business development. I was the first full time employee in January 2013, then became President in October 2014 when our team had grown to 4 full time team members.

Visiting Australia for Australia Day in 2015

How did you find Munzee?

August 13, 2011, just over a month after Munzee launched I was out playing two other location games. I was headed for a long trail, but stopped at a windmill to find a container. As I approached GZ, I noticed a tag zip tied to the structure flapping in the breeze. Odd but unimportant in my current search. I found the container a few feet away, took care of business, and turned to leave. Then I noticed the tag had a QR code on it and said “Scan for points.” Being a gamer, and having just installed a QR code reader on my phone a few weeks earlier, I scanned it and was taken to the Munzee website. I found out I needed to create an account to play this game, so I did. It was love at first cap. I spent the next 5 hours, and over 100 miles, driving to all the nearby munzees collecting my 5 points. Over the next few weeks I started to interact with “snicker” via email because I was unable to find some of his daughter’s deployments. He basically made fun of me (sarcastically) and said I needed to improve my “geo-senses” if I couldn’t find something hidden by his little daughter. LOL. It kicked my Munzee hunting into high gear when I figured out I was interacting with a co-founder and the president. Eventually capping Munzees in his neighborhood led to meeting him, so I took my shot and told him I would work for Munzee one day. I had a vision for what it could be used for and where it could go! I became addicted to chasing special icons and points. I was a fanatical player and made it all the way to #7 on the global leaderboard before I finally got added to the team. The rest of the story is history.

Supporting Lou and the InternationElles as they biked the entire Tour de France this summer to champion women’s equality in cycling (photo via Mona Pantel)

What do you enjoy most about Munzee?

The Munzee community. Meeting and spending time with new players and friends I’ve known over the years. I also enjoy building special contests for the players and continuing to evolve the game in new ways. Keeping everyone guessing each month with new clan requirements and bouncing specials adds an element of fun to my workload.

What are some of your other hobbies?

I’m into ALL location-based games. Seriously, if a new one comes out I will download it and start playing as soon as I find out. Sometimes for research, other times because I just enjoy getting out and moving and being “rewarded” for it. I’m also a fair weather cyclist. I enjoy riding my bike. I don’t do it to race, only to get from one place to another and get some exercise along the way. I enjoy soccer, specifically English Premier League football. Manchester United is my team and thanks to Louise I’ve been able to visit Old Trafford several times.

Famous last words?

NOPE.

Check back next week to get to know another member of the team!

Crashed the Butte event with Dylan to surprise the Montana Munzers back in 2014. Thanks for all the memories!

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August 2, 2019

Get Your Tickets for MedZEEval Times!

A spectacular birthday month has concluded (though birthday events will continue until August 11), which means it’s officially time to look forward to our next major Munzee extravaganza. MHQ Bash 6 is rapidly approaching, as we plan to trade in our #8zees attire for MedZEEval Times fun! Now we’re really going to be turning back time!

Though there are still a number of weeks before MHQ Bash 6, which will take place from September 27-29, the deadline for ordering your packages is rapidly approaching. Players will have until August 23 at 15:00 MHQ time to register online, so be sure to act fast for a weekend you won’t want to miss!

Players will have the opportunity to choose between two package options, as well as an additional add-on. Add “A Night With Knights” option to join the Freeze Tag Team at Medieval Times for a dinner and show with unique icon and badge options for all attendees! There will also be a special WallaBash celebration, with more details coming early next week!

Get ready for some QRazy awesome days (and knights)! Be sure to order your tickets before the deadline!

Munzee on!

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August 2, 2019

Chitchat with Rob and Matt August 2 Videocast Notes!

Rob and Matt have both concluded a busy July full of travels, and they’re sitting down to catch up! If you didn’t have the chance to tune in, you can watch the entire video HERE!

The following timestamped guide can help you skip to points of interest:

  • 00:00- Awesome music by Felix Bongers!
  • 00:44- Catching up with the Munz Men! Rob discusses his July
  • 4:55- Matt Shares his July travels to celebrate Munzee’s 8th Birthday
    • Includes some special photos from his trips!
  • 12:53- Play Q+A: Rob and Matt address submitted player questions
  • 17:58- Recent Munzee changes, updates
  • 23:25- Conclusion- Support the InternationElles, a big thanks to our GR8 community!
    • There are some future teases if you’re listening!

Stay tuned for our next broadcast!

Munzee on!

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August 1, 2019

August MunzPak Includes NEW Frog Evolution!

Though birthday month may have ended, day 1 of August already promises to be fun with the availability of the brand new Frog Evolution Munzees through the MunzPak subscriptions! Who doesn’t want to pick up one of these toad-ally awesome new munzees!?

MunzPak is a monthly subscription service that delivers munzees directly to your door! Each of our three MunzPak options contain a variety of munzees, including some new items that you won’t be able to find anywhere else! The three different types of MunzPaks that you can subscribe to each month are as follows:

  • Physical MunzPak features blocks of generic stickers and pre-coded stickers including brand new munzees which can only be purchased through the subscription service. $~25 value for $15 each month.
  • Virtual MunzPak features a variety of virtual munzees that are automatically added to your account each month including Destination Munzees, Jewels, and more. $~40 value for $25 each month.
  • Hybrid MunzPak is the best of both worlds! Get both physical and virtual munzees including Places Munzees, Magnets, and more. $~30 value for $20.01 each month.

Never subscribed to MunzPak before? If this is your first month subscribing, you’ll have the chance to earn one-time badges for each type of pack! All you have to do is stop by the Freeze Tag Online Store and subscribe today!

The August MunzPaks will contain the following:

August Physical MunzPak 

Purchase HERE!

  • 10 Frog Evos
  • 40 Generics

August Virtual MunzPak 

Purchase HERE!

  • 2 Carnation Munzees
  • 2 Virtual Amethyst Munzees
  • 2 Virtual Sapphire Munzees
  • 1 Carrot Evolution
  • 1 Eggs Evolution
  • 1 Family Evolution
  • 1 Safari Bus Evolution
  • 2 Virtual Magnets

August Hybrid MunzPak 

Purchase HERE!

  • 1 Carnation Munzee
  • 1 Lily Munzee Credit
  • 1 Butterfly Munzee Credit
  • 1 Diamond Munzee Credit
  • 1 Ruby Munzee Credit
  • 2 Topaz Munzee Credits
  • 1 Virtual Magnet
  • 1 Physical Magnet

What are you waiting for? Hop to it and pick up your August MunzPak today!

Munzee on!

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August 1, 2019

QRazy Update! Permanent 8 Ball Marks Munzee Milestone

Things got pretty QRazy when we challenged the Munzee community to help us reach 8,888,888 deploys by the end of July. Since everyone joined forces to complete this record feat with time to spare, we decided to add a little something special to the map to mark this monumental accomplishment! Please welcome the Permanent Magic 8 Ball Munzee to the map!

Challenge Completed!

We gave players the entire month of July to knock out the QRazy 8’s Deploy Challenge, but the 8,888,888th munzee was officially deployed on July 21 at 01:37:31. This very special munzee was a Crossbow deployed by Tomppa71 to officially complete the community challenge. This Munzee will now forever be a permanent Magic 8 Ball Munzee, which will work just like the specials*! You can view its location HERE!

To view this QRazy awesome special munzee, you will need to turn on your Tourism filter.

QRazy 8’s Prizes

In addition to the permanent 8 Ball, all players who deployed at least 8 munzees through the month of July have been awarded 1 Virtual, 1 Virtual Color Credit, 1 Urban Fit credit, 1 Physical Capture 2x Booster, and the limited edition QRazy 8’s badge today! This special badge appears as follows:

Thank you for all who helped make our QRzy 8’s challenge possible! There’s no community quite like ours, and we can’t wait to see what awesome things we accomplish together in the future!

Munzee on!

*Magic 8 Ball Specials originally awarded 19 CapOn points, but Crossbows award 20 CapOn points. To make this permanent 8 Ball really special, the CapOn points for this munzee have been increased to 40 points! Congrats Tomppa17! 

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