Blog Post #62 – February 6, 2018

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Hi Pogoians!

How are you doing today? I just realized it is February and this is the first Pogo Insider of February for 2018. Wow! We’ve already gone through one month of 2018! Did you enjoy the results of the Groundhog’s Day this year?

 

Pogo artist Tony is back this week with a look at February’s Premium Badge Album (PBA). This is PBA 128: Love Spell.

Tony says, “Every now and then you hear about a bride and groom doing something untraditional at a wedding. Well, we open up this badge with newlyweds surfing a big wave in their wedding clothes. Once they’re washed up on shore they try to recreate that famous scene from the movie, From Here to Eternity. But there’s a couple of tiny clawed lovers who end up stealing the love scene.”

  

 

As you can see under the Construction Zone, World Class Solitaire HD will be here next Tuesday. (I hear cheers from the crowd!) Here’s a bit of a sneak peek of Pogo’s newest HTML 5 game.

 

Poll

As mentioned in last week’s Pogo Insider, the Valentine’s Day Amazing Mini Show will be happening ON Valentine’s Day this year. I also asked you for theme ideas for the show and you sure did come through. I’ve arranged all of the suggestions into a poll. Now it’s time for you to vote and let us all know what the theme will be this year. And remember:

The next Amazing Mini Show will be ON Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Please note the time is at 2pm PT.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
WHAT TIME: 2 PM Pacific (5 PM Eastern, 10 PM GMT, 4PM Central)
WHERE:  Sweet Tooth 2 Caramel Rooms
Rooms: Amazing Mini 1-24

 

What theme would you like for the 2018 Valentine’s Amazing Mini Show?

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Welcome to the newest section in the Pogo Insider. Here is where you will get the latest on game updates. What is currently “under construction” on Pogo? 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.

Game Updates

Cookie Connect – 40 new levels on February 27, 2018.

Jet Set Solitaire – New levels being planned.

Poppit! Bingo – Sound fix coming February 27, 2018. (This is the sound fix that you have all requested, where you will be able to mute the sound but not the caller’s voice).

New Games

World Class Solitaire – New HTML 5 game arriving February 13, 2018

Turbo 21 – New HTML 5 game arriving February 27, 2018

Crossword Cove – The team has heard your feedback regarding the style of puzzles and know you prefer the US style. However, the US style puzzles format does not work with the current Flash Crossword Cove. As such, the Pogo team has begun the development of Crossword Cove HTML 5. There is no time-frame at this time. This is the very latest information I have on Crossword Cove.

Vanishing Trail – New Hidden Object Game (HOG) arriving February 13, 2018

Grub Crawl – New Hidden Object Game (HOG) arriving February 27, 2018

A Way with Words – New word game coming in March

Claire Hart Sequel – New Hidden Object Game (HOG) coming in late March. Click here for a recent blog article about this.

Quinn’s Aquarium – New story-based Mahjong game coming in April.

Website updates

New Pogo Sign-In Experience – New Pogo sign-in experience will be starting to roll out in March and end in August.

Chat – We’re reviewing new chat solutions. I thank you for your feedback these last few blogs on your Pogo chat experience! I’ve collected the feedback and alerted the Pogo team.

 

Every 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.)

 

A few Thursdays ago, we posted an informational article about upcoming changes to the sign in experience here on Pogo. You can read this article by clicking here. I will now answer some common questions from that blog posting.

Please understand username and screenname are the same thing in all references for Pogo. Going forward, I will use screenname when answering questions for less confusion.

Q. Will everyone get to change their screenname?  Can we change our screenname now? Will we lose our friends that are on our list?
A. We are unable to provide screenname changes prior to the transition. However, once the transition is completed, you will be able to change your screenname whenever you’d like and we’ll provide the process to guide you through that. You will not lose your friends list or any other items or settings that are currently in your account during the transition.

Q. Will logging in be complicated after the transition?
A. The new sign-in process will make logging in super easy. The transition is designed to make things simple for you! You will not have to login every time you come to Pogo if you select ‘Remember me’ when logging in.

Q. Will I be able to use my current email that I have on my pogo account?
A. Yes, you may use the email already registered to your Pogo account. If you have more than one Pogo screenname, you will have to register a different email address for each screenname.

Q. If I already have an EA account and it’s the same username I use here on Pogo. Will it stay the same?
A. Yes, if you already have an EA account with the same username, this will be the same name you will use here on Pogo.

Q. If you decide to change your screen name after the transition you said you will keep your badges etc. What happens to your friends list under your old name? How will we be able to find our friends if they change names?
A. Your old name will be replaced with the new name and your friends will still see you under their friends list, but under your new name. If you are worried your friends won’t recognize your new name, I recommend you send them a Pogo message. That way they’ll know exactly who you are!

Q. Will Pogo still be the company processing our yearly Club payment?  Also will the amount stay the same or will the price go up?
A. Pogo is still in charge of payments. EA acquired Pogo 13 years ago so we’ve been a part of EA for a long time now. At this time, there will not be an increase in Club Pogo.

Q. My wife and I both play on Pogo with different screen names but the same E-mail address does this mean one of us will have to change our e-mail address?
A. Yes, one of you will have to register their account with a different email address.

Q. I have had my password for Pogo on automatic for so long I do not remember it. In order to change my password I have to know my current one. What will happen when I have to do the new changes? I’m afraid to mess with my password now and losing everything. What should I do?
A. At this time, you can click on “Forgot password or Screen name” when signing in and you will be walked through the process of setting up a new password. You will not lose anything during this process, don’t worry!

 

Thanks for another magical Tuesday here on Pogo. Enjoy! I’m already looking forward to next week and the Amazing Mini Show in particular.  Off to lunch now! (What are you having for lunch?)

Cheers,

Pogo Llama

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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!

If you’re having troubles loading or getting into a Pogo game, please go to Pogo’s Help Page. Unfortunately, I am unable to help out with any technical questions via the blog. Thank you!

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282 Comments

  • Hi Pogo_Llama, Thanks so much for all the exciting info and updates. I am looking forward to playing all the games that got lost when JAVA went out. I would like to ask if they are going to change or redo the PHLYNX ll awards and make it more attainable. I ABSOLUTELY am addicted and I have played all the monthly games repeatedly with no advancement.

    • Thanks for the suggestion, Bugcrzy821. It is very much an addictive game. Thank you for keeping at it!

  • Just wanted to thank you Pogo Llama, for doing all the wonderful things that you and Pogo do for everyone. Happy Valentines day !! :)

    • Thank you so so much for your kind words, ljm9092! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too.

  • Oh wow this is so awesome my Mom decided it was time that I have my own Pogo account for my birthday… Seeing how I am always playing games on her Pogo account and I love it.. She paid for a month for me and said maybe it would keep me out of trouble and it is so much fun I even went ahead and paid for a year.. Trouble who need it when it is so cool playing Pogo and in deed I am staying out of trouble cause I am to busy having fun so no time for foolishness.. This blog is a great way to learn all I have been missing…Mom says it’s never to young to learn.. Pogo_Llama can you tell me now that I have my own account can I still login and play on my Mom’s big desktop after all of the new changes? Until later have a fun filled week.

    • Well hello there, justjeanie and welcome to Pogo! (And happy birthday!)
      Yes, you will absolutely be able to play your account on your mom’s computer. You will just have to sign into your account, such as you are doing now. Nothing will change there.
      What are your favorite Pogo games so far? Again, welcome to Pogo.

      • First you are so funny gonna love the way you take care of everything that is so amazing to me. Thank you for the birthday wishes. My favorite games are so far games I have to use my brain to play them.. such as Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Boggle Bash and Canasta. I love learning and since I will be teaching next year 4th grade I need to keep my mind on alert.. LOL Mom says a Idol Mind is a wasted mind so I don’t question my Mom.. She always knows what is right and best for all of her 5 children.. I will work on other games after I finish college this year.. So see you around Llama have a crazy rest of your week

  • Hooray for being able to mute the music in Poppit Bingo! :)

  • hi , just woundering why there is a time clock in suduku it bothers me to have that as I am new to suduku and when I tried it I got no score because of the time clock can it go thanks and keep up the good work

    • You can do it, cathy211. It took me awhile to score learn how to play and get higher scores as well. I’m so proud of you for trying out a new game. I know you can do this. :)

  • I havent seen pogo bowling mentioned in changes please tell me we will always have bowling here also what about everyone one wins bingo is it staying love the fights there lmao thanks for all your info enjoy reading it.

    • Please keep reading the Construction Zone section of the blog for all game updates. I’ll be keeping that up to date on all upcoming game happenings in Pogo. As of right now, I do not have any updates on Pogo Bowl.

  • I so enjoy playing Aces Up again. Thanks for converting the game. Jigsaw Detective and Qwerty are very much missed by me. Hope they will be playable again. Thanks for your very informative news letter on so many subjects. Hugs to the team.

  • I would love to see a plain old Bingo game. Can they please try that? I really miss that.

  • Another blog post well done! I look forward to it every Tuesday. So informative! Great job Pogo_llama and to all involved keeping us entertained!

  • So glad to hear that when we change our screen name we will keep our friends, gems, etc.

  • Pogo Llama, (Love your name-how did you get it?) Your name reminds me of llama drama llamas on the loose a few years ago in Phoenix, AZ when a couple of llamas escaped and was running around on the roads. The story went viral throughout the world! what a scene that was. Anyway, I just want to tell you I am EXCITED about the new hog games that are in the works. Can’t wait to play them. Have a BLESSED day.

    • Hi susanh623!
      I LOVE llamas. I appreciate them a lot. I like both llamas and alpacas, actually. I’ve never had one, but I do like to visit them and pet them. Those sure do sound like some major drama llamas that were running around AZ!
      You have a great day and thanks for dropping by. :)

  • Will POGO also be updating First Class Solitaire to HTML5?

    • Hi tweetymonkey,
      Please keep reading the Construction Zone section of the blog for all game updates. I’ll be keeping that up to date on all upcoming game happenings in Pogo. As of right now, I do not have any updates on First Class Solitaire.

  • Punxsutawney Phil should spend a bit of time in Vegas. Could do w/ his prediction of 8 more wks. of Winter (out here, anyway). It was almost up to 80* yesterday, not looking forward to what’s coming! Love Poppit Bingo, and SO looking forward to muting the music. Have a wonderful week!

  • Man, you sure pack in a lot of helpful information as to game updates! Thank you for that. I may have asked this before, thought about it quite often, but with the new HOGs, is the artwork all going to be similar to the style of Storyquest? I’ve been hoarding my gems due to preferring the artwork style of Clue, Big City, etc. If it’s going to be like Storyquest, I’m going to spend, spend, spend on the old faves.
    Thanks again for your help and great column.

    • Hi Rmij,
      I do try my best to keep all Pogoians informed. :)
      I just checked with the team and the artwork will be a mix of both. Some of the new games will have StoryQuest-type of art and some will have the older art. I hope this helps and thank you for being a HOG lover.

  • Looking forward to all the new games and site changes. Really enjoy reading the insider to stay up to date on all the happenings. Great work and Thanks.

  • LOVED the 40 new levels of Jewel Academy! Way to go Team Pogo! …. Just a little appreciation note for the development team (hint, hint, hint for the future!).

  • even if you dont play Mah Jong ( i dont really know anyone who doesnt ) if you
    look at the chat & game layout, i think its the best on Pogo.
    you can go full screen if needed & still see the chat area. this way you can keep
    track of any friends dropping by to say “GM ‘ & never lose sight of your game .
    plus theres always a conversation to get in on .
    with the new H5 games , you cant see anyone’s rank or other stats

    is there any way to allow players to post stats @ to see the highest number
    of tokens or most badges etc
    tks for all you do

  • Cold we have ” back to top” when we reach the bottom of page?? Thanks

  • I was wondering why there are no difficulty levels in PhlinxII like the are in the original Phlinx game.

    Thanks

    • Hi GammawCindy,
      Thanks for your question. While there’s not a difficulty selector in Phlinx II, it does get increasingly more difficult as you progress through the various structures.
      Do you enjoy both Phlinx and Phlinx II?
      Thank you.

  • I would like more word games and badges for the ones we have……..TY

  • What ate Scrapbook Badges?

    • 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.

  • Love lots of the games, some i do not play as much

  • So glad to hear Pogo will be going back to the US format for Crossword Cove! TYVM!! I am looking forward to the HTML5 game. Also I think the new games Pogo is adding look very promising. Looks like I’ll be having lots of fun in my near future! :-D

  • How about some earmuffs or a few more winter hats that cover the ears for our minis? We are set to win the Winter Snowglobe Contest here (awarded to medium sized cities in the snowbelt) this year for the most snowfall, and we always cover our heads, including our ears. when we go outside. I don’t want my mini to get an earache!

  • Hi Pogo_Llama,

    Thank you so much for addressing the issue a few of us were facing in Space Hunt! Please thank all the folks involved in fixing this issue. It has to be hard to find something that is not affecting everyone, but I am happy your engineers figured it out.

    I am not looking forward to the change in Login procedures, but I don’t want to change my screen name. I can see why it is important to others.

    Wishing you a grand Lunch…it used to be my favorite time of the day, before I retired!

  • I love the new versions of games in the HTML5 universe. what are the chances of Penguin Blocks ever becoming one of them? I really like that game, but since I mostly play on the chrome browser it’s kind of annoying to have to switch browsers to play penguin blocks when I want to. Please how about Penguin Blocks?

    • HI Xanthlover57,
      Please keep reading the Construction Zone section of the blog for all game updates. I’ll be keeping that up to date on all upcoming game happenings in Pogo. As of right now, I do not have any updates on Penguin Blocks.

  • Duh! How dumb am I? Don’t answer that. HaHa. Well, I see the second Scrapbook Badge is out. Well, when the first one came out. I was looking in the Albums for it & couldn’t find it. So I missed it.(Can’t even remember what it was.) By mistake or luck I clicked on the mix-n-match bar & guess what? Yep, I discovered it there. Maybe because it said “Book” is why I kept thinking it was an Album. Duh!

  • i just love pogo Sudoku. master level is a real challenge. i do hope you will add more ranks – i am midway through level 49 and it is always more fun to be working on rank badges. so many of us have ranked out in word womp – that one would be great to have more ranks in also.

  • Lottso! is the most addicting game ever created on any game site. How about some new and different cards.

  • Are you ever going to come up with new games that are not either HOGs or remakes of old ones? I really don’t like HOG games and avoid them when possible.
    Thanx, Suz

    • Hi Suz,
      Yup! The Pogo team is working on lots of different games. Stay tuned to the blog for more info as I receive it.

  • The entire Pogo team needs to take a bow for all the fun we enjoy daily. Thank you for all the upgrades that have already taken place and the ones scheduled for the future. Please give the powers to be a nudge in the direction of upgrading Canasta, Jungle Gin, Spades, Hearts and finally giving ranks to High Stakes Pool.

  • Please, new levels for Poppit Party!

  • I have a question about Jewel Academy that perhaps you could pass on to the team: As it stands now, there isn’t any way to see your previous score on any given level and when you win there isn’t anything to tell you if you have “set a new record”. I’ve finished all levels with 3 stars but I LOVE the game and keep playing just for fun (and also to increase rank) but it would be even more fun to be able to challenge myself to set new records.

    In Solitaire Gardens you can pass your cursor over previously played levels and see your high score for each level, and it also tells you with each win if you’ve set a new record. I don’t know if it’s possible but it would be great if these features could be added to Jewel Academy.

    Also will “player stats” be added to the HTML5 format games where you can see other players stats and high scores etc? Thanks so much for all you do, and for hosting this blog. You do an awesome job!

    • Hi OneHappyJoy155,
      I’m so happy you brought this up. It’s something we do know about and are looking into as we agree with what you said. Thanks!

  • Are Jigsaw Detective and Jigsaw Treasure Hunter going to be updated to Html5

    • Hi chmn1a,
      Please keep reading the Construction Zone section of the blog for all game updates. I’ll be keeping that up to date on all upcoming game happenings in Pogo. As of right now, I do not have any updates on Jigsaw.

  • I wish some new ranks or badges for Crazy Cakes. I ranked out years ago :(

  • What’s the secret to winning the Badge Badge in Boggle Bash?

    • Players? Tips?!

      • when I got that badge word I came into the game late when it was in the red zone, saw the word bad and then badge and got it in the last second of the game…so if you see the word bad look for badge word ;-)

  • any chance Hearts could get a face lift? I love Hearts but on Pogo its boring

  • I became addicted to Jewel Academy and Jet Set Solitaire! Awesome games. Just as im wondering when new levels are coming out,here is my answer! Thanks for chaining me to my laptop! Although my housework is getting behind. THANKS pogo

  • Am looking “forward” to the game A way with Words.
    “If” it’s like the game that I “researched” through Google, it’s Word Search going backwards, it looks “awesome.” Love Word Search games. Have oodles and oodles of Word Search books in my computer/hobby/library room. SMILEY SMILEY SMILEY.

  • Is there any way they can make the bar longer at the top in Poppit Bingo or move the cash sign and the ticket sign, so you can read how much you have? After a certain amount, you can’t read them anymore. Thanks. And thanks for the super job you do keeping us informed.

    • Hi felinelover2008,
      Thank you for your suggestion on Poppit! Bingo. I’ll pass it along. Thank you for reading the Pogo Insider, as well.

  • Thank you for the new HOG games coming………….my favorite

    Barb

  • OK, I was always taught that the only dumb question is the one not asked. Sooooo…

    You dropped the info on the Claire Hart…uh, sequel?…last week. Nothing was mentioned about this then, and nothing this week. So, will the game be H5?

    • You’re sooooo right, Marko. Please always feel free to ask away. There are no dumb questions.
      Yup, so we have a Claire Hart sequel coming in late March. Have you read this article about it?

  • will you ever make 6th street omaha HTML game so we can play. Java doesn’t cut it Thnks

    • Hi ErthlinkP,
      Please keep reading the Construction Zone section of the blog for all game updates. I’ll be keeping that up to date on all upcoming game happenings in Pogo. As of right now, I do not have any updates on 6th Street Omaha.

  • I was wondering if you could convert one of the monopoly games to HTML5 and possibly also convert jungle gin or spades to HTML5. Thank you very much in advance.

  • Hi Pogo Llama, I believe I have asked this before but with no reply or I don’t know how to find the reply by the time it gets posted :) I am missing playing my old two favorites Crazy Cakes and Makeover Magic because I don’t utilize Java, please tell me you can think of a way to get them to HTML or whatever it is. I so appreciate the time and the games

    • Hello bpcmanager,
      Crazy Cakes and Makeover Magic are not currently available in HTML 5 format. Please keep reading the Construction Zone section of the blog for all game updates. I’ll be keeping that up to date on all upcoming game happenings in Pogo. As of right now, I do not have any updates on those two games.

  • I would like to know why Pogo is not a secure site.With all the money that is paid for membership among other things why has it not been made into a secure site ? When I log in with firefox it always tells me this is not a secure site and my password & credit information can be seen by anyone.Why is there no https:// before the Pogo address ?
    “Your connection is not secure” information you submit can be seen by others (like messages passwords credit card info)
    that is the message I get from firefox about this site everytime I log in

    • Hi DeathrowAngel,
      I have the same situation when I use Chrome. I asked the team engineers about this and they said there is actually nothing to worry about with Pogo. Thank you for asking.

  • pogo/liama can u help me I got a badge swashbucks in book 4 it wont count the spin when I get iti try help support no answer reply please thank

    • Hello there,
      What is the confirmation number you received from customer support when you submitted a support ticket?

  • Please make Shuffle Bump a HTML game. Java doesn’t “jive” with my computer and it’s a game many of my friends and I love. Thanks!

  • I’m not positive about this but I think Monopoly the World Edition had a PBA many years ago. I really like that game and ranked out years ago so only play it for challenges which are few and far between lol I would be really happy to see that changed to H5!

    Thanks to you and the team!

  • When will they be free member passes any time soon

    • Hello thisfoxylady,
      Club members can give 5-day passes away at any time. As for if Pogo will have them available, there are not any plans on that right now. Thank you.