Blog Post #10 – February 7, 2017


Howdy Pogonians,

Happiest of Tuesdays! Here are a few thought-starters for ya:

  • StoryQuest, StoryQuest, StoryQuest!
  • Birthdays – You love ‘em, we love ‘em, now get out there and talk about ‘em in the Forums!
  • Pogo_Llama is experiencing carpal tunnel symptoms from playing waaaaay too much Phlinx this weekend – somebody stop me. (Nah … don’t.)
  • Today’s Crossword Cove Daily Challenge has me wondering about the hardest crossword clue you’ve ever solved. Let me know in the Comments. (P.S. Check out the Poppit! Sprint Daily Challenge, too!)
  • And don’t forget to like us on Pinterest!

Let’s get things going, shall we?

Sneak Peek

It’s never too early to celebrate the luck of the Irish, as Pogo Artist, Tony, illustrates for us in the St. Patrick’s Day Limited Edition Badge (LEB).

“Even Mahjong tiles can be Irish for a day. Watch out for their float at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. St. Patrick himself will be making an appearance this year. Sláinte!”

StPaddy_screenshot StPaddy_Sketch

Thanks for sharing, Tony!


Shhhh … StoryQuest!

We’re going to let you in on a little secret … you can play StoryQuest. RIGHT NOW. Wahoo!

It’s kinda under wraps while we kick the tires a bit to make sure the game is ready for primetime, buuuuut … we wanted Club Pogo Members reading the Pogo Insider to have the inside scoop. So, let us know what you think in the Comments.

Go play StoryQuest by clicking here!

In the meantime, here are some more hints for future episodes … hmmm … what stories could they be?

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Poll Results

Community Poll
Q. “What’s your favorite genre on television?”

1. Crime
2. Comedy
3. Drama

It might come as a surprise for some of you … but! My favorite category is comedy, and of course The Golden Girls is at the top of my list!


1.25.17 Wednesday Challenge
(Find this poll on the Badges page)

  1. Which of this week’s two Challenges were more fun for you to win?
    1. 39% of you liked both Badges but for different reasons
    2. 39% had more fun winning the Fighting Chance Badge for YAHTZEE Party!
    3. 14% said these Challenges were not their cup of tea
    4. 8% had the most fun winning the Holding Too Many Badge for No Limit Texas Hold’em
  2. How long did it take you to win the Holding Too Many Badge in No Limit Texas Hold’em?
    1. 43% took between 1-2 hours
    2. 22% took less than 1 hour
    3. 17% choose not to pursue Badge
    4. 12% took between 2-4 hours
    5. 3% took between 4-6 hours
    6. 2% took more than 6 hours
  3. How long did it take you to win the Fight Chance Badge in YAHTZEE Party!?
    1. 51% took less than one hour.
    2. 35% took between 1-2 hours
    3. 8% choose not to pursue Badge
    4. 4% took between 2-4 hours
    5. 1% took more than 6 hours
    6. 1% took between 4-6 hours



Every week I answer two questions (non-technical) related to Pogo. We get lots of questions every week, so I try to focus on common themes or the same question coming from different folks. To submit your questions for the Pogo Insider, click here!

(For technical issues, please go to Pogo’s Help Page.)

Q: What happens when we reach the last rank in Solitaire Gardens? Are you going to add more?

Typically, we release new levels and gardens for Solitaire Gardens on the 15th of each month. For every garden, there are more rank Badges added. And wanna hear something cool? Phase 2 of Solitaire Gardens Fairytale Gardens is set to launch very soon.

Q: The Mini Mall is hard to navigate especially on a release day as the pay is restructured until the actual release. When will it be updated?

This is where we’d really appreciate your feedback and suggestions. What suggestions do you have on navigating the Mini Mall page so that it’s easier and more efficient? What features would you like to see specifically for the Mini Mall page? Please put your (constructive) suggestions here in the special Forum post made just for this input. Please stay on topic so we can keep track of and put your feedback to good use. If you’d like to make a Mini Item request or suggestion, please post it here in the new Mini Item Request thread. Thanks!


Random Non-Gaming Stuff: Healthy Living: Recipe

“Random Non-Gaming Stuff” is just that … random, not about gaming, and just for the heck of it. Feel free to leave some thoughts in the Comments for any RNGS articles folks might enjoy.

I’ve pinned this on our recipe board on Pinterest for easy reference. Yay! It was my fav dish as a kid; Mom would make it all the time. And I called her specifically so I could share this recipe with YOU! I Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Mom’s Tuna Noodle Casserole.
(It’s a delightful meal, hot or cold.)


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 2 cans tuna
  • 1 12oz bag egg noodles


    • Take all the ingredients and combine in a casserole (oven safe) bowl
    • Bake at 350 for 1 hour
    • Extra: Add dried onions to the top before serving. If you’re feeling especially adventurous and do not have lactose issues, sprinkle a little cheddar cheese on it. (It’s the Wisconsin in me, I can’t help it!)

Have a great day and hope your dinner is fantastic! I know mine will be tuna noodle-riffic!

NOTE: Comments may take some time to be approved. Those which are off-topic or counterproductive to fostering a positive environment will not be posted. Thanks for reading the Pogo Insider!


  • more sexier out fits more bikinis lol

  • I did play Story Quest. I love it. Have been waiting for this to come out, since HOG games are some of my favorites.
    One of the thing I really liked about this is how clear and bright the pages are. The artist did a great job on this. Beautiful art work……I’m ready for more (LOL)

    • Thank you for the feedback, Diva. Love that you’re enjoying it! :)

      • Llama, how often will new episodes come out? I’m ready for more (LOL)

        • So happy to hear your StoryQuest enthusiasm! It’s looking like about a book a month and the episodes will be released within that month. There may be a week or so between books. (This is subject to change at anytime)

    • I also enjoyed Story Quest. Other hidden objects games are hard especially if the picture is dark. Objects are very difficult to find. Story Quest is bright, not easy but definitely easier to see. Thanks for the new game.

      • Thank you so much for playing Pogo games and StoryQuest! I like the brightness of it, as well. :)

  • Nice blog this week Pogo Llama.

  • The “sort by” tabs could be relabeled and/or expanded to 5 that could improve the fine sorting dramatically When I’m hunting for something I have that to go with something new I get exhausted searching, then I give up shopping. I’m an old member and I have large closets, I have stuff that’s been re-released twice so sorting by release date becomes useless. Sorting by color or style could help.
    Example – clothes separating western inspired from asian inspired, same for backgrounds. The large tabs still work but tinkering with fine sort would really help.

  • I liked story quest but couldn’t enlarge the picture can you tell me how I do it. Thank for your help

    • Indeed! I’m happy to help. Please click here for a step by step how-to on enlarging the StoryQuest game screen. Thank you!

  • I’ve asked this before, but I would love to see a pinball machine game.

    • I love pinball, but most of the online ones I’ve seen are pretty…well, bad. I’d love to see game that lives up to my expectations.

      I don’t expect this post is very helpful lol. So, I guess, bottom line…I’d love to see a pinball game!

  • On topic of mini mall navigation I would love love love to be able to type in a search, for example red dress or summer outdoor background, or tub. Here not to long ago I was searching for a tub background. I felt like it should be under indoor tab, wasn’t there. Eventually found it under seasonal, nearly to the very end cuz it was titled “two person tub”…. doh! The last update they did for our mini closets certainly was an improvement but it sure would be great to type in cat & have all cat items pop up without having to search so many tabs. I sure hope this makes sense…. lol Thank you so much for listening. p.s. I like Phlinx too!


  • Loved Story Quest! Can’t wait for future episodes. Keep up the good work, Pogo!

  • Is Poppit ever going to be fixed on the iPhone app? I (and many others judging from the Forum thread) have seen nothing but red balloons since upgrading to iOS 10 in September. There is nothing in the Forums but “we’re working on it”. Any time frame for a fix?

    • The team is aware of it and is working on it. I am sorry to say I am not aware of a timeline on it quite yet.

  • Mahjong Escape. Why don’t I get the new episodes when it announces “NEW”? Last time there was a new one it was several months before it came up where I could play it. Please help!

    • Hi Trishidi, Have you unlocked the previous episodes? The new episodes will only be available if the previous levels are completed.

  • I love Story Quest!!! Thank-you for a great new game!!! I bought the second episode, and I will continue to buy them.

  • I enjoy and appreciate all the feedback regarding StoryQuest. I’m getting ready to try it, and it’s good to know what issues other Pogonians have. Thanks!

    I think it was last week when you were discussing Minis. I find it a bit unnerving that I’ve ended up with at least 5 repeat items (mostly gifts) because POGO just renames and re-releases them. They cost gems (money) to buy, so I would greatly appreciate it if the staff would address this. I caught this when I listed my items by name. Kinda sneaky, POGO. :-D

  • I played the first episode of Beauty and the Beast. Really like the game.

  • Pogo_Llama
    i would like to know why we are not allowed to totally remove a player from friends list. i have over 300 blocked players that i dont know or havent played in years and i would like them gone for good.

    • Hi Judy, I actually covered that question in a previous Pogo Insider that you can read right here. This provides step by step instructions on how to remove someone from your Friends List. I hope this helps. Thank you.

      • llama
        i know how to remove a player from friends list. i would like to see a option where we can remove a player for good if we dont see them or play them any longer.

  • we need more tops and bottoms in the mini mall. there are hardly any there now.

  • Hi,I’m just wondering why can’t I play jungle gin.I used to be able to play it as it used to be my favorite game.Now nothing :(

    • What is happening when you try to play Jungle Gin?

      • I don’t know what issue IRISHDAISY is having, but for me the game freezes, or won’t deal the cards after I win a hand. This makes it impossible for me to win the badges that need, for example, a win of ten 300 point matches etc. Any help would be appreciated by many many pogo players. Thanks. :)

  • All of them, but especially: World Class Solitaire, Pinochle, Pogo Addiction Solitaire, Aces Up

  • Is it possible to get rid of the music from pogo bingo and just have the callers voice please

    • Hi Tellboy46. That is been a popular suggestion for Poppit! Bingo and the team is aware of it. I’ll continue to pass along the feedback. Thank you!

  • I just played Story Quest and it is awesome. Thank you for another fantastic hidden object game!

  • I love Story Quest. Hope we will be able to play in full screen as I am 70 years old and eye sight not so good anymore.

    • Hi there, thank you so much for playing and I’m happy you love StoryQuest. Good news, you can actually play in full screen. Please click here for a short how-to on that. Let me know if you have further questions. Thank you, prvann1.

  • Thank you for the recipe. I have another version that is just as easy. Use cheddar cheese soup with the noodles and tuna. Mix together and bake just long enough to heat it through. Very tasty and very easy. Used to make it often when funds were tight.

  • mini mall suggestions: 1. create a delete option so we can clean out items not using. 2. create a ‘premium’ items only section so that all gem related items go there. it could have subheadings to help categorize, like clothing, goodies, backgrounds. it would be nice to finally have all gem/premium purchases in one location instead of trying to find them within the tokens. i have tried to use the search by price/amount option but it doesn’t always list all token items first and then gems items.
    thanks for listening. :)

  • Strangest crossword puzzle answer I have had was PHLEGM where the clue was “The ability to stay calm”

  • Just tried Story Quest…like the game but, I couldn’t find a spot to convert to “full screen”. Am I just not seeing it, or is there not one?

  • I LOVE Story Quest………cannot wait for the next episode!!!!!

  • I agree with it being more of a game for a child with the cartoon type items. I like search games to a point but will not be playing this one because paying with gems is getting to be too much. We used to be able to change our Pogo Mini with tokens too and now it is just getting too expensive.


    • Thanks for your question and for your passion to Pogo Bowl. I will talk to the team and let them know added ranks have been requested. Question, do you like the elves or turkey pins better? Thank you!

  • Thanks for response Llama. Guess I would have to say the Turkey pins because the peppermint ball with the elves make me dizzy. I’m ranked out in bowling and so are some friends, we would like to see new ranks.
    One other question PLEASE…why do Pogo players here since the beginning or 2000 only have 12 year Club rewards ?

    • Haha, I never thought of that with the peppermint ball! Good point. I like the turkey sounds, myself. I’ve forwarded on your request for more ranks in the game, thank you.

      The reason that beginning-of-time-Pogo-players have a 12 year Club is because Club Pogo hasn’t existed for the entire duration of Pogo’s lifespan, it was started several years after Pogo started. I hope that helps! Thanks again :)

      • i signed up with pogo in the beginning with AOL and played there – did not join club right away – wish i had so have been on longer than pogo gives me credit for – i would like to say thru all the years when i barely had enough to live on i have never dropped my club member ship – a friend paid for it for 3 years for me

        • It’s quite an honor to have you here, jster14347. It really is. Thank you for being a part of Pogo now and during this entire time. Which are your favorite games?

  • Thanks for response Llama. Look forward to more ranks in bowling.

  • I just tried Storyquest. I really like it. I love hidden object games so I am glad to see a new one. Thanks Pogo.

    • Thanks so much for playing StoryQuest, allyann08! Enjoy it and have a great time playing. :)

  • I too enjoy the search games and played Story Quest, however I did not see any tokens added to my account after playing. Is this right or is there a problem

    • Hi topgunret, Thanks for the StoryQuest question. Tokens that you win in StoryQuest should definitely be added to your account. If you’re seeing this happen, please write into support and let them know what’s going on. You can reach them by going here. Thanks so much and I’m really sorry to hear about this.

  • I played the available episodes of StoryQuest,, and I really enjoyed it! I hope all who were having trouble have been able to play in Full Screen, thanks to Llama’s direction and posting it on our home pages.

    I have to say, not only was this Blog a great idea, but choosing Llama to be our go-to is a Perfect choice. You are a real Treat, Llama.
    Good Job, Pogo staff!

    • Hi Songstress250! Thank you so much for the feedback on StoryQuest and the blog! I love writing this blog for you all and keeping the community connected. Thank you and have a great weekend. :)

  • Hi Llama! Missed reading Blog #9 when it came out. Strange, but a sort of ‘jonesing’ went on until I could read all the comments lol. It’s that good! Makes a member feel more connected with our pogo family . Also, enjoyed playing Story Quest. Finding the ‘2’ hidden bonuses was a fun addition. Looking forward to Blog #11! Stay well! :)

    • Well thank you, WolfnPoker! I love hearing that you were jonesing for the blog! Blog 11 is in the works right now and I can’t wait for you all to read it. Anything you’re looking for as far as content in the blog? Thanks and happy weekend to you.