Blog Post #63 – February 13, 2018

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Hello Pogoians,

 

Can you believe that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day? Do you know what else that means? That means tomorrow is the Valentine’s Day Amazing Mini Show. I’ll share more details in the blog below, but I’m really excited!

 

 

 Pogo_Rachael has a preview of the Mini Mall for this week AND a little something from the upcoming Claire Hart Sequel! Let’s lead off with the Mini Mall preview:

“Last year, we had a travel-themed Mini release after receiving a player request for it. We had so much fun with it that we felt like we ought to add that to our regular rotation! My personal favorite item in this release is the Marie Antoinette costume, but there’s a lot of fun to be had.”

 

Rachael’s also here with a little preview from the sequel to Claire Hart! She’s been wanting to show you more about the game for a while now, so I can tell she’s excited.

“This sequel takes place a few years after the last episode of Claire Hart; so, as you can see, a few familiar characters have changed just a tiny bit. But I like to think of this sequel as taking everything we love about Claire Hart – the characters, the story, the art – and making it even better. I think you can easily recognize Claire, Troy, and Harper, but just in case you can’t tell: yes, we gave Will a haircut. Sorry, Will.”

 

 

 

Today’s the day!
World Class Solitaire HD AND Vanishing Trail are now available for Club Pogo Members to play. Have you given them a go yet? If so, please let me know what you think in the comments below. Click here for World Class Solitaire HD! Click here for Vanishing Trail!

Here’s a bit more information for you on the Flash World Class Solitaire Badges:

Unfinished Rank Badges will not be transferred over. Because this is a new version of the game, it will come with its own Rank Badges. All finished Rank Badges will be yours to keep in your Badge Collection, too.

All unfinished, activated Badges from the Flash version of World Class Solitaire will be auto-awarded to your account by February 19th, 2018.

All Badges purchased (both activated and not activated) for the Flash World Class Solitaire will be auto-awarded to your account by February 19th, 2018.

What about the Badge Magic Badge for Flash World Class Solitaire? If you received the Sky-High Love Badge from the current Badge Magic, and have not yet completed it, you have already received the World Class Solitaire HD version of the Badge.  Please note, this Badge comes with a different challenge than the Flash version. If you received the Sky-High Love Badge from the current Badge Magic and you already completed the Flash version of the challenge, you will not be getting the new HD version of the Badge as you have already completed it.

Why can this not be done with ALL badges from the Flash and Java games you are bringing over? Yes, this can be done for one badge. But what about ALL the other badges? The Pogo team is currently looking into options on how to do this. However, this takes a great deal of time and attention from the team. (A HUGE amount of time). That’s time and attention we’d like to spend on providing you all with new games. But if I have any updates from the team about this as they look into the matter further, I will let you know.

 

Valentine’s Day Badge Marathon
Thanks to all who are currently participating in the Valentine’s Day Badge Marathon! Are you all having a great time? Remember, you all have until tomorrow, February 14th at 11:59pm PST to complete the Badges and then qualify for the completion Badge. The completion Badge, named Steamy Award Badge, will be awarded to your account one to two weeks AFTER the event ends. Please understand that in this instance, it may be more along the lines of 2 weeks.

 

And the winner is….
I had sooooo many favorite picks for this year’s Valentine’s Day Amazing Mini Show themes. Seriously, I loved your creativity when coming up with ideas for the theme. Thank you for your votes on the Valentine’s Day Amazing Mini Show theme as well! This year’s theme will be…….Love Through the Ages!

The next Amazing Mini Show will be ON Valentine’s Day, which is TOMORROW, 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
Theme: Love through the Ages

 


Welcome to the newest section in the Pogo Insider. Here is where you will find 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.

Please understand that unless an announcement comes directly from EA and/or Pogo, we cannot endorse it as true. All games and updates reported here in the Construction Zone have been given the “go ahead” and are on track to come out. Anything else that is reported is speculation right now.

 

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

Jet Set Solitaire – New levels being planned.

Poppit! Party – I have relayed your many awesome requests for more costumes in Poppit! Party to the Pogo team. As of right now, however, I do not have an update for you on this request.

Jewel Academy – 40 new levels in March

Phlinx II – 2nd Dynasty coming soon!

 

New Games
World Class Solitaire HD – Available today!

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 (still) the very latest information I have on Crossword Cove.

Vanishing Trail –  Available today! New Hidden Object Game available today! Game has 12 episodes. This is a Mini-Series sort of Hidden Object Game; the first episode will be free, and the additional 11 episodes will be available for purchase all at once!

Grub Crawl – New Hidden Object Game (HOG) arriving February 27, 2018. Like Vanishing Trail, this game is also a Mini-Series that will have twelve total episodes.

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 blog article about this.

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

 

Known Issues
Space Hunt –  rank fix pushed out Feb 6.

Aces Up HD – Challenge progress now displayed at end of every round (instead of every 3 rounds).

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).

 

Website Updates
New Pogo Sign-In Experience – (No new update). New Pogo sign-in experience will be starting to roll out in March and end in August.

Chat – (No new update). 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.)

Q. I have 5 Pogo accounts and they are all under my only email address. Does this mean I will lose 4 of my accounts if I cannot have the same email address?
A. You will need to register each of your accounts to a separate email address in order to keep your other four accounts. There are many services that offer email addresses, and we’ll include instructions on how to go about doing that as the time nears.

Q. I want to change my name now.
A. You will be able to change your name during the transition. We are unable to provide name transfers at this time.

Q. If we have someone blocked, and they change their usernames, will we have to block them again and again?
A. Players you have blocked will remain blocked even under their new username or if they change it in the future.

Q. Can one Pogo acct have 2 user names with the same e-mail?
A. No. Each Pogo account needs its own email address.

Q. Will my email remain private I don’t want ads in my email?
A. You will have the option to opt out of all Pogo and EA emails about products, news, and promotions during the transition. You can also opt out at any time after the transition from your account settings. If you would like to know more about EAs privacy policy please click here to read.

Q. Will my email address show up in Chat?
A. No, your screenname will be what players see in Pogo, just like now.

If you have a question about the upcoming new sign-in experience, please click here and leave your question in the Forum. I will not be answering questions in the Forum thread. I am only collecting the questions here and then I will answer selected questions on the Pogo Insider each week.

 

Alrighty folks!

I believe I have shared before that I really enjoy reading blog comments. It’s also very important for me to read and comment on the blog comments. It’s also an important way for me to hear what you have to say and relay it to the rest of the Pogo team. However, I wanted to give you all a heads up that next week’s blog comments (February 20th) will not be open, as I am going to be away next week. As such, I will not be available to read and reply to them.  I will return for the following blog on Tuesday, February 27th where the comments will be turned back on. Thanks for understanding and I hope you have a terrific next few weeks. I’m still here to comment on this blog, though!

I’m jumping off to play some World Class Solitaire HD followed up by Vanishing Trail!

 

Cheers,

Pogo Lllama

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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!

331 Comments

  • I am enjoying playing the new games. However, I am not receiving any tokens. Is this the new normal? I will not be playing the games that do not give out the tokens.
    Thank you for finding the answer to this.

    • You are correct that the new World Class Solitaire HD does not award tokens. The team is looking into other options right now and I’ll keep you posted when I know more.

  • Thanks for adding the Construction Zone to the blog. I love the advance notice on which games will be getting the HTML5 transfer, so I have time to work on old badges and ranks. Seriously, THANK YOU!
    Also, Happy Valentine’s Day :) <3

  • I want to say Thank You Lllama and all of the pogo team. For reading and addressing our unhappiness with the crossword cove. I want to say I am sorry the way I acted. Thank You for the feeling of my comments are being seen . Great Job. Tiffany

    • Thank you, Tiffany. I understand. And, we’re doing what we can to make you all happy with Crossword Cove in the future.

  • I do not like the new World Solitaire, believe it is geared toward a younger crowd that likes a lot of graphics.Just my opinion, will have to find another game to play.Not easy as my game play is limited unless I go to the trouble of getting Internet Explorer 11, and that is complicated.

  • I LOVE LOVE The New World Class. Keep up the good work POGO. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO THE POGO TEAM

  • Hi Pogo Lllama

    My question is why in the HTML5 games their is no jackpot spins? World class solitaire isn’t the same as it once was no payouts?

    • You are correct that the some of the new games do not award tokens. The team is looking into other options right now and I’ll keep you posted when I know more.

  • I have a big problem seeing the objects in “Vanishing Trail”. I have to wear my reading glasses which I normally don’t need when I play HOGs. The pictures are not sharp!

  • The new game Vanishing Trail is horribly small, any chance we can get enlarged screens on these games?

    • There is a way to make Vanishing Trail full screen. I hope the following steps help.

      1. click on the icon with the 3 lines located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      2. Click on the icon with the 4-way arrows located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      3. To return to your game with a full screen, click the arrow pointing left located on the top left hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      4. To exit out of full screen, push the ESC button on your keyboard.

      Please let me know if you need more clarification. Thank you.

  • I played over 10 games of the new World Class Solitaire cuz I wanted to give it a shot before I posted. I will not play this game unless there’s a badge and I “need to”

    Because, the first game, I said, “oh, here we go again with all the unnecessary flashing lights”. Have you never heard that just because you can do something doesn’t mean you have to do it? To a lesser extent, Solitaire Gardens has this problem as well with the excessive flipping cards. First Class Solitaire is worse. It actually makes me nauseous/sick to my stomach to play. I felt this to a lesser extent with WCS. Why is it necessary to have a long row of lights flash on both sides of the screen, as well as the score at the top EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU PLACE A CARD? This is especially unsettling and annoying when clicking a bunch of cards towards the end of the game when trying to uncover still face down cards

    Further, WCS is not a HOG. Precision is not required. I tried moving cards (up to 4 times) to place them, and the card jumped back because I didn’t place it EXACTLY. I’m talking the left edge of the card was between the number and the suit of the left edge of the card I was trying to put it on

    On a positive note, I loved the 20s style pictures on the cards, which seemed to along with the old-timey airplane (tho I think that type of plane was well after the 20s). Along with that time-line incongruity, when I saw the Sydney Opera House (granted, an Icon of Australia), I thought “was that around in the 20s?” and looked it up. It didn’t open until the early 70s

    Do you beta testing before launching games? Because I would have thought someone would have pointed these things out. I know I got a questionnaire about Cookie Connect (probably because I play it a lot) but have never noticed anything asking about any other games prior to launch

    While it would be nice to see this get posted, and see what others have to say about these issues, I expect that won’t happen. Just wanted to put my two cents in. There are a lot of very unhappy Pogo subscribers out there; I see a lot of comments about refusing to renew and frustration with Pogo/EA’s appreciation of their paying customers and concomitant slide in customer service. My guide is the number of users at any given time. It is way, way down over the last few years. I would often see over 100K (or even 200K) people on at a time. Nowadays it is usually around 50K

    • Howdy AuntJo811,
      Thank you very very much for your feedback. I appreciate that you played 10 games of WCS HD and giving me your honest thoughts on it.
      I hope you have a really good week.

  • I am hoping you will add games like stellar sweeper, mini golf madness, hangman hijinks, jigsaw detective, jigsaw treasure hunter to the construction zone some time. Those are still favorites of mine.

  • Thank u for the valentines marathon badges and I love the new world class solitaire

  • Well I tried World Class and the cards are way different then the older version. they look too bright and seem a tad blurry the older version the cards were great, dont like this game , wont be playing it..as for the other new game Vanishing Trail..why is it you dont have the option to make the screen bigger its hard to find objects that are super small..anyway.I dont like either game World Class is now ruined for me.thanks

    • Hi Babydollblonde7,

      There is a way to make Vanishing Trail full screen. I hope the following steps help.

      1. click on the icon with the 3 lines located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      2. Click on the icon with the 4-way arrows located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      3. To return to your game with a full screen, click the arrow pointing left located on the top left hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      4. To exit out of full screen, push the ESC button on your keyboard.

      Please let me know if you need more clarification. Thank you.

  • Pogo Llama,
    I always love the badge marathons, but I must say I was disappointed that we had a Valentine’s Day themed marathon without Valentine’s themed games (Perfect pair sol, Flower daze, Wonderland memories, for example.)
    Also just wondering if the team has any plans recode past Wednesday Challenge badges. I now have alot of grey in my challenge archives! Would love to know if it’s possible to allow us to complete past badges in the new HD versions (NOT rank badges – Wednesday Challenges)
    Thank you.

    • Howdy hello to you, Amaranth0711.
      Great suggestions for Valentine’s Day themed games. Unfortunately, they are Java games and Pogo no longer uses Java games in Challenges.
      I appreciate your idea to recode past Wed Challenges and I will send that along to the team. Thank you very much.

  • Is the original Claire Hart being discontinued? Looking forward to the sequel though.

  • my membership was renewed automatically but I didn’t receive the gems

  • I really, really miss the JACKPOT SPIN – it’s one of the reasons I love playing pogo; kinda like going to Vegas without leaving my chair :). Please put the JPS back in every game, lower the token payout if you wish cause I love the wallpaper (unlike others) and even better is just the thrill of getting to get the JPS when I win!

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

  • Hi Pogo_Llama,
    Thank You for the New Badges in WC Solitaire & Vanishing Trails
    Love The New WC Solitaire Pick up all three
    as for the Vanishing Trails I need to learn how to enlarge screen
    It seem a little to small for me even with my readers.
    But I do love all the new html5 games.Thank You.

    Donna ♥

    • There is a way to make Vanishing Trail full screen. I hope the following steps help.

      1. click on the icon with the 3 lines located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      2. Click on the icon with the 4-way arrows located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      3. To return to your game with a full screen, click the arrow pointing left located on the top left hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      4. To exit out of full screen, push the ESC button on your keyboard.

      Please let me know if you need more clarification. Thank you.

  • I hate games that have the chat window below the game. Not so very “Social” if you can’t talk to the room. Either put it side by side like before or make it have it’s own window like in Jungle Gin. Is that a possibility? An answer would be so nice. Pleaseeee

  • The new graphics in World Class are great, but once again a new format on an old favorite, where friends can no longer play and chat. Keep wondering why Pogo is doing this. Do they not realize people will start leaving? Pogo has always advertised as a place to make friends while you play, and over the years I have made a lot of very good friends, but now pogo is taking that away. It is almost like they don’t want people to be friendly any longer? And if you like being in a league, that is also becoming a way of the past…so sad

    • Hiya KedraShay,
      I love love love that Pogo is a place where players gather and chat and make friends. I think it’s a beautiful thing and the rest of the team here feels the same. Please know we are looking into better chat options right now. As in, it’s being looked into at this very time. I’ll always keep you posted here on the blog when I have updates. Please don’t be sad. Turn that frown upside down! :)

  • I have 2 comments on challenges this week. I love the Marathon Challenges however, as someone above posted a lot of these HOG’s (even full screen) are impossible for some of us with sight problems. I have a suggestion. For instance this Marathon required X amount of Clue be played with no hints. Doing/seeing the game is hard enough let alone not using clues.. so my suggestion is when HOG’s are the challenge, maybe for us older or sight impaired people could have another option to still be involved and have an equal chance to win the race.

    The 2nd issue is that as much as I love M J Escape, getting 26 timed levels seems not only excessive and time consuming, but again, think of us seniors whose eyesight and reflexes are slower that they were maybe 5 years ago. maybe instead of timed level (since I believe the timed ones put dded pressure onto people who are here to have fun and relax. Maybe just to do 26 levels.. ( or less!) would be better.. just saying… Hope you have a great Valentines Day Llama :-)

    • Hi MableRocker,
      Thank you for pointing out those issues. I will relay your suggestions to the team for upcoming Challenges.
      I very much appreciate you being a part of the Pogo community. All the best.

  • I was able to try the other new game, Vanishing Trails and I think it was pretty cool. I like the last screen, finding the difference between the two pages. I am looking forward to the new word game coming also! Happy Valentine’s Day and enjoy your week away.

  • hi pogo katy79138 here i have gotten may stamps on world class no tokens no jack pot spins chat is on the bottem i hate that please change the chat and plase give me my tokens played for over a few hours thanks katy79138

    • You are correct that the some of the new games do not award tokens. The team is looking into other options right now and I’ll keep you posted when I know more.

  • I thought this might be the easiest way to let the team know that there is a sort of “bug” that if you play Oklahoma Gin, when doing a “Go Gin X times” badge, that all hand wins end up counting as Gins, even when they aren’t. It counts them properly in “regular” Jungle Gin games. (Non Oklahoma).

    This has been around for a while. At least since 2016 anyway. That is when I noticed it and mentioned it in forums. (Of course that is not a way to let Pogo know, lol) I guess I should probably be “happy” for a way to make a challenge quicker, but I honestly prefer them to work correctly.

    • Thank you very much, NhRodney. I will notify the team. I appreciate you looking out for Pogo and catching that bug.

  • hate the new world class solitaire….no tokens…and no stats to show…not even close to the old one.
    thadrows…hate it

    • Hello,
      Stats are shown after each game. Also, you can select stats in the menu section of the game. You are correct that the some of the new games do not award tokens. The team is looking into other options right now and I’ll keep you posted when I know more.

  • I love the new World Class Solitaire! The graphics are sleek and the artwork is beautiful. It looks like a lot of hard work went into it. Thanks for yet another awesome game!

  • The new World Class Solitaire…
    The light bars on both sides of the game board are distracting and annoying!! They don’t seem to have any purpose, except to add clutter. Can they please be removed?

  • Well, it doesn’t take long to see that pogo members want their tokens!!! Unfortunately I was not very smart and bought a badge in Vanishing Trails trying to be a good sport and all!! Well, I now know you can enlarge it, but with no tokens or so few you might as well play on some of the “newer or refurbished” games, I think I will pass. I probably will force myself to finish the badge but very reluctantly. I love Pogo and encourage my friends to get started with it, but the way things are changing, I doubt I will do that anymore either. TOKENS, TOKENS, TOKENS — PRETTY PLEASE!!!??? On another subject, I have really enjoyed your blogs — normally, and don’t blame you for the canned reply about tokens, but some of us are getting by on very little and losing rewards won’t cut it for me for long. Keep up the good work on the blogs, though!! Enjoy your time off.

  • Under the construction zone (past the THREE entries about hidden object games) I noticed this entry:

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

    My immediate response was disappointment at yet ANOTHER Mahjong game, which compounded my disappointment on the slew of hidden object games. It seems that Hidden Object Games and Mahjong games are all Pogo seems to focus on anymore. We already get far too many weekly challenges that are either an HOG or a Mahjong, along with the countless marathons that request these types of games ad nauseum. Tellingly, the number of Mahjong and Hidden Object Games is only three less than the total number of board games options Pogo offers.

    Please remember the card, word, and board game players, like myself. I’m beginning to feel forgotten, as I suspect others are as well. Thank you.

    • Hiya knightwing1622,
      Pogo has sooooooo many different styles of games being worked on right now. I do appreciate your concern and I can tell you that you will not be disappointed. :)

  • hi Pogo_Llama,
    could you tell us what the Zodiac challenges are going to be? this week’s is Mahjong Escape. as much as I HATE the Mahjong games, it would be nice to know if I pass on this one and something worse, or more difficult is coming up.

    • Hi rain_fire,
      Unfortunately, I’m unable to list each of the Zodiac Challenges in advance. Thank you for asking, though.