August is typically a slower month for us, as we’re coming off of a very busy birthday month and are usually heads-down planning for all the usual stuff, plus MHQ Bash. However, as you know, this year instead of celebrating MHQ Bash as we usually do, we are postponing it to next year (fingers crossed), so we are hoping to keep the excitement and anticipation building with the Time Capzule, which was released earlier in the month.
We are now happy to announce the winners of the August Gardens of the Month (GOTM)! The badges will be awarded by early September, but we couldn’t wait to share the winners we’ve chosen!
Our picks for this month may have been influenced by back-to-school time, since they are definitely linked to the sciences! Remember that all winning GOTM organizers and all players who deployed in the winning gardens will be awarded special badges for their contribution to growing the map. This month we’re happy to award the Charles Darwin Garden, designed by paupau and the Cape Canaveral Hummingbird Garden, designed by SpaceCoastGeoStore as our winning August GOTM! The gardens appear as follows:
Charles Darwin Garden by paupau in Bielefeld, Germany
We were seriously impressed by this portrait-style garden! A lot of thought was put into its planning — its spreadsheet encourages players to deploy Evolutions in the area south of the garden, and it is fittingly located near Bielefeld University.
Cape Canaveral Hummingbird by SpaceCoastGeoStore in Cape Canaveral, FL
Here’s a note from a player who nominated this garden:
I think the design is straightforward, but the use of the various contrasting types of Munzees really make it pop. It goes to show you that you don’t need a 1,000 pin behemoth to have an effective garden.
We also enjoy that it makes use of Jellyfish Evolutions, which make it the perfect mate to the Charles Darwin garden!
All players who deployed in the respective winning gardens will receive the following special badges:
Rules for GOTM nominations:
- Garden must feature non-licensed character designs.
- The garden must feature a Garden Places Pin.
- The garden must be built using a publicly available spreadsheet which we will ask to be locked after being 100% deployed.
- We’re asking for ongoing nominations and we will release the winners throughout the year.
Based on your feedback, we’ve created a Google Form where you can submit GOTM nominations — here’s the link: https://forms.gle/SjUQeRxdi5FT81pCA
We’ll still check the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox for stragglers, but please try to send your submissions to this new Google Form instead. Keep in mind that 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 from the Freeze Tag Online Store.
P.S. Are you looking for POTM requirements? Remember that last year, we announced that we were holding off on POTM for now as we develop a new way to highlight our unique player base!