Blog Post #68 – March 20, 2018

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Hello my fellow Pogoians!

Here it is, Taco Tuesday and such a delightful one at that. Plus, it’s the first day of spring! Two wonderful things rolled into one. Spike was watching the first rain of spring come down this morning.

 

 For the month of April, Mix-n-Match Badges will be just a wee bit different than usual. As many of you Pogoians may already know, 3 MnMs are released each Monday. For the month of April you will receive 2 MnMs each Monday and on April 1, we’re releasing a themed MnM pack! The MnM Pack theme for April is “Best Speller.” (Can you guess which games that will include?) The packs will include 4 MnM badges.

The Pogo team asked me to ask you for your help with upcoming themes. Do you have any MnM pack themes you’d like to see? Please leave your suggestion in a comment below. I’ll collect my favorite suggestions and we’ll have a poll in the next Pogo Insider!
Site Wide Challenge
The latest Site Wide Challenge started yesterday and I want to know how much fun you’re having. Which games have you played? Do you think we’ll get to our goal of 11,000,000 games played by Friday, March 23? Need more info? That’s cool, just click here and you’ll be directed to the Site Wide Challenge informational article.

 

Jet Set Victory Badge

Many thanks to all those who participated in the recent Jet Set Solitaire Badge Marathon. If you completed all five gifted Jet Set Marathon Badges before 11:59 pm PT last Thursday, March 15, you have been awarded the Jet Set Victory Badge! You can find this badge in your Special Edition Badge Album.

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

Jewel Academy – 40 new levels coming very soon at the end of March.

Phlinx II – 2nd Dynasty coming in April.

Jet Set Solitaire – New levels being planned to be released in May.

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.

New Games

Crossword Cove – New H5 version coming in May.

A Way with Words – New word game coming in April.

Claire Hart Sequel – New Hidden Object Game (HOG) coming in early April.

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

Known Issues

Phlinx II – Game freezing when using Bomb, Team is actively working on this and a fix will be available by the end of March.

Vanishing Trail and Grub Crawl – Visual updates being worked on. As things move forward, I’ll have a better date of release for you all.

Website Updates

New Pogo Sign-In Experience – Facebook Connect will be disconnected April 10, 2018. The date of March 27 was previously announced but due to technically issues, April 10 is the new date. It will end on the mobile app in April. See article here for more information. Please note this only affects those who login to Pogo using Facebook at this time.

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. There are several abusive players in Pogo, who have been muted, but they change their screen name and continue their abuse. How will the new sign in experience change this problem if a player can change their screen name at will?
A. Players you have blocked, muted, and reported will remain blocked, muted, and reported even under their new username or if they change it in the future.

Q. Can you make Vanishing Trail and Grub Call full screen?
A. Yes, you certainly can make Vanishing Trail and Grub Call full screen and here are the steps:

  1. Click on the icon with the 3 lines located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen.
  2. Click on the icon with the 4-way arrows located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen.
  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.
  4. To exit out of full screen, push the ESC button on your keyboard.

 

I am drinking the most enjoyable cup of tea. Are you a tea person or a coffee person? Just curious. I don’t drink caffeine so I usually drink herbal tea or squeeze lemon into hot water. Good times.

I’m heading out now to warm up my tea. You all have a fantastic week and go get that Site Wide Challenge goal! I totally believe in you and know you can all do it.

Cheers,

Pogo Llama

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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!

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302 Comments

  • Why are some games restricted to only USA/Canada? We’d love to have access to all your games as well. We know it’s a USA site but we love Pogo so can you help please? Any chance we can have alternative trivial pursuit back, I’m afraid we know nothing about your team sports or tv programmes so always start from a disadvantage in what is really a general kowledge quiz. Thanks.
    Mines strong black coffee, 3 sugars in a huge mug, gets the eyes open and body moving in the morning.

    • Hiya JckTan,
      Any of the games that are restricted to US only are restricted due to licensing legalities. I understand what you’re saying about Trivial Pursuit, as well. Thanks for writing in. I think a giant mug of coffee with 3 sugars would wake me up, too. :)

  • Please put more badges For Canasta, Qwerty,Pinnocle,and Maj. Safari Ty

  • Hello Pogo_Llama,

    Any chance that some of the games in the tournaments can be swapped or changed?
    Thanks for all you do.
    PS: I pick coffee, but in moderation.

    • Hiya Tinott,
      Moderation is good! :)
      There are no plans to change up tournaments at this time. But, never say never. Anything is possible.

  • Hi Pogo_Llama,
    I love Green Tea every afternoon and Black Coffee in the morning.

  • Good Afternoon Llama,
    Coffee drinker here.
    Have you heard anything about Dice City Rollers being turned into a HTML5 game? Can I put in a request for a discussion for the game for you to pass along?
    Thank You
    bkpticecutter

    • Hi bk,
      I do not have an update on Dice City Rollers for you. If I ever hear anything, I’ll update you all in this blog. Thank you for asking.

  • Hi Pogo_Llama,

    I enjoy drinking both coffee AND tea!

    A theme I would like to see are card games: Randy Day Spider, Spades, Turbo 21, Aces Up HD, Canasta would be the real deal ;)

    One suggestion, can we please see less of Solitaire Gardens and Hog games in Wednesday and daily challenges. There are so many other fun games avail at Pogo and I do enjoy playing a variety of games.

    I am enjoying playing World Class Solitaire HD as part of the Site Wide Challenge. I prefer Site Wide Challenges over Badge Marathons.

    Have a great week :)

    • Agreed – only I’d like to see them go further – like new ranks in Spades and Hearts and Pinochle. I love card games and if anybody needs to know how to play, all you have to do is ask in the forum or my friend and I could leave our table open so others could join – maybe leave a note in the lobby, if you’d like to learn how to play, come to this table. My friend and I have BEGGED for new ranks in Pinochle and Spades. Have a good one!

  • I enjoy the Bingo games.
    I’ve often wondered why just plain ol Bingo is not offered?
    Just straight bingo and 4 corners. Fast game.
    Am I alone here? Or do most people enjoy all the different ways to win??

  • Hey Pogo_Llama…. Might I make a suggestion? Could your programmers please arrange marathons to include weekends? Many players are complaining there are “freeloaders” that sign up and never play. I suppose I could be considered one because I sign up, then, because of work hours, kids after school activities, dinner, tidy up & some family time I have very little time left for Pogo. I love all you do for us and thank you for considering this.

    • I sure will pass this along. Thank you ibjeanius!

    • Likely, I’m completely off your main topic. ibjean – I think it’s great that you’re putting your kids and family time at top of the list! And, the week-end idea is a perfect solution.

  • Love herbal yeas..mnmb hope poppit bingo will be 1 of them….I play that everyday….im still trying to get all 3 stars in all the jet solitaire but at least i got syndny done wee 300 tries…….how about also the turbo 21 for mnmb ? Scrabble would be fun too, Thanks for all you folks do for us.

  • Have always liked Turbo21…with the ‘new’ version, (new game) I understand losing all my ranks (was ranked out)But I don’t understand NOT getting any tokens now for playing the game. Can you tell me why that is?

    • Hello Suziny2,
      Thank you for your question about tokens. On February 16, I posted this article referencing the Jackpot Spinner. Please understand that we are aware of the communities desire for tokens. As the Pogo team is working to replace the Jackpot Spinner, this also goes hand-in-hand with tokens. Why is this, you may ask? As stated in the article, our #1 focus is to make the Pogo experience better for everyone. I will be keeping you posted on the latest developments here in the Pogo Insider.

  • i got it llama i went into firefox and it works yeah

  • Ia it possible on the new HTLM games to put the private chat back in? That is one of the perks that we pay for by being club members. Also, please move the chat to the right side – too hard to play and chat with it at the bottom of the games and, again, chat rooms are the reason we belong to POGO.

  • I have a suggestion, that I think many will also like the idea of. Tech support may not like it as well though. ;-).
    You have it so that our mini’s and backgrounds are set in Seasonal tabs. How about making all of our badges also in Seasonal tabs. Took me some time, to locate the mix and match badge that I purchased from 2010. My adorable animated bunny. Would you please throw that idea to the tech team please & thank you.

  • The theme packs I would like to see are bingo and card games like pinochle, spades, hearts, canasta.

  • Hello Pogo_Llama; thanks much for this column. I think I figured out my biggest problem with HTML games. I noticed my favorites list is filled with quick-moving games. After playing several HTML games, I also noticed I have to run to Word Whomp or some other game where I can hit ‘new game’ and be there immediately. I think it’s for some release even though I ranked out in those eons ago. I don’t know if this is helpful to the tech folks, but it sure has explained to me why I didn’t do the Jet challenge. This is supposed to be constructive feedback, not criticism. Thanks again.

    • Thank you very much for your constructive feedback, Rmij. We’ll look into it. Take care and happy spring to you!

  • When I play World Solitaire HD, I cannot use the “finish” button. If I do, the whole screen turns black, I have to go back to home, re-enter the game and it comes back to what it was before I hit the “finish” button. So when the “finish” comes on, I don’t use it. Instead I have to go through the painstaking process of manually placing all the cards when I have won a game. Can you please fix this–it is very irritating to say the least. Thank you.

    • Hi Conn,
      When you experience that issue in WCS, can you tell me if your zoom is set to 100%?

  • Absolutely love Spike looking for Spring.
    Our inside cat, Oreo has a “window seat” 2, and sits in it “most” of the day. It’s in my computer/hobby/library room.
    Straight up black hot tea plz. Year round 24/7 tea drinker here, going on 61 yrs. now. I was 5. Hubby is a “coke alcoholic” for going on 60 yrs. now. He was 10.
    As far as suggestions for marathons, solitaire plzzz. Aces, Addiction, 1st class, 1,00 Island, Golf, Payday, Perfect Pair and Tri-Peaks.
    They are the “reason” I joined Pogo. Was raised on solitaire in keeping us 6 kids “educated” in our colors, numbers, and shapes.
    GBU and yours.

  • I bought the 50 states albums, but cant find them. Let me know how I can find them so I can get the badges?

    • Oh how fun! You are about to have soooo much fun playing for those badges, dawnmob60. Thanks for purchasing them.
      To find them, go to Badge Central and click on My Collection.
      Go to your latest MnM badge album and you will see them listed in there.
      Have a great time!

  • As for what I drink…. TEA ….. that is the only thing I like and drink hot tea and iced tea and have no desire for coffee

    I love the Hidden Object Games so would like some Mix and Match packs is HO games..

    • I’m drinking some tea right now. Cheers to you! Enjoy your HOG games today.

  • How do I check my Zodiac progress?

    • If you go to your Pogo profile and click on the “badges” tab, you can take a look at all the badges you have earned. Count up the Zodiac Challenge badges and then you will know for sure.

  • Oh, how I love coffee! I have a Keurig but unfortunately coffee and energy drinks interfere with my anxiety medicine so I don’t do them often. Also I have been having trouble tonight getting into lottso. I keep getting kicked out. Other players are complaining of the same.

  • Is Swashbucks working? I have a badge to complete to finish my album but I can’t get it to work.

  • I am definitely a tea person. I drink it like my friends drink coffee–all day!

  • again… PLEASE bring word whomp whack down an updated version we can play!!