Meet Munzee MunzDays: Mari

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 one invaluable member of the Freeze Tag’s team! 

L-R Tamara, Craig, and Mari

Name and Title:

Mari Rann, Product Manager (Kirikat)

Where are you from?

I was born in Orange County and have spent most of my life growing up in sunny California. When I was younger I’d travel to Tokyo, Japan frequently to visit family and also attended university there while I was studying abroad.

Tell us about yourself:

Proud cat mom to two of the most precious kitties, Benji and Burr! As an animal lover, I’ve grown up with pets all my life and love to spoil them. I believe that all life is precious – and yes, I’m one of those people who brings spiders outside instead of killing them. Following my passion for games, I attended the University of California, Irvine and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Game Science. At the time, Craig was teaching a Game Design course and after bugging him incessantly, he finally decided to hire me as an intern. After graduating, I joined the team full-time, and the rest is history!

How long have you worked for Freeze Tag?

I have worked for Freeze Tag for almost five years and Munzee coming up on one and a half years. Time flies when you’re having fun!

How did you find Munzee?

I originally downloaded Munzee as part of an R&D assignment while working at Freeze Tag, but ended up getting sucked into the game quite quickly, especially after meeting Rob and some of the local players at a nearby event!

Mari and Tamara

What do you enjoy most about Munzee?

Munzee has led me to find some pretty unique and scenic locations to visit, that I may not have found otherwise! I love how Munzee encourages me to explore new areas I haven’t been before. In the past I had tried geocaching and really enjoyed the hide’n’seek aspect of finding caches, except when they were missing or too difficult to find. That’s why I enjoy Munzee quite a bit more. They are easier to hide and find, especially in urban areas, and there are usually way more nearby Munzees deployed than caches.I also have a blast attending events and dressing up as different Munzee creatures with my cosplay duo partner, Tamara!

What are some of your other hobbies?

Video gaming has been a huge influence and part of my life from a young age. Starting with the original Doom on MS-DOS, to Super Mario Bros on NES, Final Fantasy VII on PS1 and World of Warcraft on PC. I’ve grown into a major Blizzard fan and try to attend Blizzcon each year, if I’m lucky enough to get tickets! Recently I’ve enjoyed playing Overwatch competitively on PC and have ranked within the top 3% of players in the US.

Famous last words?

“Is there fall damage in this game?”

Stay tuned to get to know more members of Team Munzee and Freeze Tag!