Blog Post #60 – January 23, 2018

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Hello Pogoians!

It’s really great to be here. Welcome to Tuesday, the day before Wednesday Challenge day!

 

Sneak Peek

Pogo Artist Tony is back with Scrapbook Badge #2. This badge is called the “Hop Around Kid” Badge and is for First Class Solitaire. I love the jump roping; I did a lot of jump roping as a kid at recess.

Tony says, “For our second Scrapbook Badge, our main character is a little older. She’s playing Double Dutch with her friends on a summer’s day. We tried to inject some Norman Rockwell into the art by using some white space to highlight the characters. It gives the badge a nice classic look. “

   

 

Game Status Update

Reminder: In a recent poll I ran, I learned the number one thing you all wanted to know more about were upcoming game announcements. So, I’m going to make that happen. As often as I can, I’ll sit down with the Pogo team and get the latest info on which games are being worked on and what’s coming. I will always post more details when I have them available. Please understand updates are subject to change.

Jewel Academy – 40 new levels end of January

Cookie Connect – 40 new levels in February

Jet Set Solitaire – New levels being planned but not yet started

 

World Class Solitaire – New HTML 5 game February

Turbo 21 – New HTML 5 game coming soon

Crossword Cove – Just starting to think about the transfer of it from Flash to H5. No date or other information at this time.

Poppit! Party – No Update

Vanishing Trail –  New HOG coming soon

Grub Crawl – New HOG coming soon

A Way with Words – New game coming soon

Solitaire Gardens – New content released 15th of each month

Mahjong Escape – New content released 1st of each month

 

Question

I have a question for you all. In our last conversation regarding in-game chat, quite a number of you stated that you used chat to chart your badge progression. My question for you all is this: In the new HTML 5 games, challenge progress is displayed at the end of each round. Do you like that feature or do you enjoy using chat to see badge progression?

 

Zodiac Badges

Sound the trumpets! The new Zodiac Badges are on their way! You may have read about them in last week’s blog article. The first Zodiac Badge will be released tomorrow. I can’t wait!

questions_headerEvery week I answer a non-technical question 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. Please ask your non-technical related question in the comments section of the blog.

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

Q. Why can we not keep ranks and badges when transferring over games from Java and Flash to HTML 5

A. Many of you have expressed concern over ranks not transferring over to the new H5 version of the games. Thank you for asking and I hope to help answer for you. The reasons the ranks are unable to transfer over is because it’s technically not possible. To get a little technical here, the backend code of the Flash and Java games are the same, but when moving over to HTML 5, that code is very different. But, this also means you get to start over with the new version of the game and work the new ranks. It’s a new game with new beginnings which includes new rank badges.

As for the badges, we’re investigating options with the new technology. I will keep you posted with any developments that we might have.

 

Thank you for reading this Pogo Insider. I can’t wait to read your thoughts and comments below. Have an excellent week and stay warm and safe.

Cheers,

Pogo Llama

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252 Comments

  • i like seeing my progress after each round. i don’t use the chat, and this makes it so much easier to keep track.

  • I have a question about the Zodiac badge. Do we HAVE to do the 3 challenges set to get it or will any of the two extra challenges count? I ask because there are some games I`m no good at.

    Re the display – I`m with the majority. Chat doesn`t always load so it`s nice to see the progress after each round.

    • Hi Oldrider123,
      To qualify for the Zodiac badge, you must finish the Zodiac Challenge Badge. So this week, that particular Zodiac Challenge is for Mahjong Gardens. Thank you.

  • I like seeing my badge progress at the end of each round.

  • I just want to say the Pogo Team Rocks!!!! I love the new Jewel Academy game. I also love the way you keep me here with all the free badges. I don’t care where I see my update whether it be chat or at the end of the game. I have made tons of friends with the chat so would be sad if it went. But hey you all do a great job thanks for hours of entertainment

  • Hi Pogo Llama, As far as showing our badge progress. Either way is fine with me. I don’t see it as a big deal. People get used to things done in a certain way and I understand that some people don’t like change. But hey, that’s life. At least we get to see out progress and that is all that really matters. Thank you all at Pogo for all that you do, I really appreciate it.

  • I like both ways of seeing progress. Even with the progress shown to me on the html5 games, I still habitually look at chat :)
    Also, just wanted to say thank for the Zodiac badge challenge! It’s a really neat idea to stretch it out so far, and you can never go wrong with extra badges!

  • please keep chat on side of game for new turbo21 html game.we use chat in our tournaments and would not be able to have tournaments if chat was on the bottom

  • Another great blog 8)

    I love the game news…I don’t love I’ll be scrambling to rank up and maybe out in WCS before next month…and AGAIN we get hit with a marathon that takes time….still have some personals to finish but can do the last tomorrow then play like crazy…

    Thanks for answering that H5 question…but it still stinks….especially if you can’t rank out and get those final badges

    On the flip side the next scrapbook badge looks BEAUTIFUL….and I so can’t wait for the zodiac challenge…I’m a horse of course of course LOL….but that’s all I’m saying ;)

    I’m still wondering though…will we get the 90’s and 2000’s for the decade badges or have they ended with the 80’s?

    Can’t wait to see those new games…and like a few others hope Poppit Party gets an upgrade before too long…I still have a ways to go to rank out and upgrade everything but getting some new costumes to play for would be awesome too…that Coming Soon has been there since the launch and it would be fun to see Spike or even Needles dressed up in something crazy (that would be a fun twist…if they do make another 20 outfits maybe have Needles dressed up instead of Spike…bring that cousin aspect to an awesome game)

    I’m also curious when Crossword Cove will be changed back to the US style…I’ve barely played since the UK 6 month experiment and really want the old style back

    • Howdy doglvr2010!
      I would personally LOVE to see the 90’s decade badges. It would seriously make my week. (I’m a big fan of the 90’s). I asked the team and as of right now, we are staying in the 80’s for the decade badges. They could always come back to them and start going up to the 90’s and 2000’s, but right now, it’s the 80’s. Thanks for asking.

  • I like the badge progress at the end of each round. What I don’t like is the pop-down boxes displaying tokens won and progress toward the next rank. These could be included on the badge progress page.

  • I just wanted to let you know that I’m really enjoying the Badge Marathon. I had been dragging my feet on trying Jewel Academy and Sudoku (not sure why), but I decided to give them a whirl so that I could complete the Marathon. Well, it turns out that I LOVE both of the games! They’re both so much fun. I’m especially addicted to Sudoku. I was almost late to work this morning because I kept saying “just one more round. Just one more for real this time. Just one more, I promise.” It didn’t take me very long to get the hang of it, and now I’m itching to play it every chance I get. Thank you so much for luring me out of my comfort zone by dangling free badges in front of me, haha! Have a good week!

    • Haha this is awesome! Thank you for commenting and letting me know this! I have to tell you, I felt exactly the same way about Pogo Sudoku! I’m always trying to find some extra time to play a round or two, as well. Thank you thank you thank you and have a great week, too!

  • What does scrapbook badge mean?? how do you get it and does it cost many gems?? i enjoyed the last marathon badges even taught my self to play Sudoku sothank you Pogo you can teach an old dog new tricks

    • Hello mydeenie9,
      The Scrapebook Badge is our newest Mix-n-Match Badges. You can find them in Badge Central and there is one available at this time. That is called Baby Nap Badge.
      Congratulations on finishing the last Badge Marathon AND teaching yourself a new game. I am so happy you did that! Thanks for letting me know and have a great week.