Blog Post #109 – July 16, 2019

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Hello Pogoians! 

Welcome to the biweekly Pogo Insider blog! 

Next Tuesday, July 23, marks the 16th anniversary of Club Pogo. To think that Club Pogo began 16 years ago on that day is amazing! The team here at Pogo appreciates each and every one of you. You’re the reason we’re still going strong, after all. Thanks again to all you Club Pogo members!

There’s so much fun going on in Pogo (as always!). We launched a brand-new event at the beginning of July called Treasure Chase. The third round of Challenges will be released tomorrow in this fun-filled quest! I ask that you please refrain from posting the answers to the clues so all players have a chance to solve them if they so choose. If you have a tip or trick, please click here to share it on the forum.

Welcome to the Construction Zone! 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.

Events

  • A new Badge Marathon begins soon. This “Mini-Marathon” will feature Challenges for two of our favorite Flash games and last for the usual duration of one week.
  • It is the 16th Anniversary of Club Pogo on July 23!
  • A 10-game Badge Marathon begins near the end of July.
  • Get ready to embark on the Summer Vacation Challenge Quest, coming in August.
  • On top of all that, Pogo turns 20 on September 1! Two whole decades of Pogo, can you believe it?

Game Updates

New Games

  • Four new games are on the way! Keep your eyes peeled for Mahjong Sanctuary, a new hidden object miniseries called From France with Love, plus Pogo Addiction Solitaire HD and Bookworm HD. Stay tuned for more info!

Website updates:

  • Gem limit update -The limit to how many Pogo Gems you can have in your account has been raised from 4,167 to 20,000. Thank you for all your feedback and requests.

  • In the near future,  we’re going to increase the number of Wednesday and Daily Challenges! Keep an eye out for more details.
  • Chrome Flash update – An upcoming Chrome browser update is bringing big changes to how Flash works. Click here for more information if you play Pogo Flash games using the Chrome browser.

  • Internet Explorer 11  is no longer supported for HTML 5 games. Please note the messaging on the HTML 5 games. It reads like this:
  • Flash and Java Retirements – Java and Flash, two technologies that have powered Pogo games for many years, are being phased out across the internet. Support for Java has already been dropped from most web browsers, and Flash support will be discontinued by 2020. Pogo and EA have no control over this change in web technology. Because of this, Pogo is retiring some of the older Flash-based games from Pogo on October 31. 
    • For the full list of games and additional information, please click here
    • For games that retired on June 4, please click here.
    • For games that retired on July 2 please click here.
    • To see what games are retiring on July 30, please click here.

We know some of you purchased Challenges for these games you have not had the opportunity to complete. If you don’t get them done before they retire, the Badges will be automatically awarded to you shortly after the games retire.
Please note that while these games are going away, there is always the possibility some will be updated and brought back later. Keep your eyes on the Pogo Insider for more game news!

 

A great reminder!

  • For the best possible gaming experience, please follow the Pogo recommendations and specifications. Having a compatible computer will help ensure games run smoothly. If you are experiencing loading issues, I strongly encourage you to check out the computer specifications listed. 

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, How do I check my Badge progress in the Treasure Chase?

A. I’ve been seeing this question come up quite a bit in the Treasure Chase Tips ‘n’ Tricks forum thread. You can view progress by clicking the “B” shield icon on the menu on the right side of the game. You can also see progress after you finish a level in each of the games. You can find answers to many Treasure Chase questions over here.

 

Do you have any questions you’d like to ask Pogo_Terry about the newest game about to arrive in Pogo called Mahjong Sanctuary?! If so, please leave your comment below and it may be answered in an upcoming Pogo Q&A!

Thank you all for reading the Pogo Insider this week! I look forward to July 30th when we meet again! 

 

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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133 Comments

  • Thanks for sharing so much info Pogo Llama. Excited to see what the new games are going to be like. Mahjohn games are probably my favorites, besides the Sudoku games. Interesting to see what’s being added/changes to Pogo Daily Sudoku. As always, thank you and the Pogo Team for keeping things interesting.

  • Hi,pogo Llama! I can’t wait to read your biweekly posts! You are great! I notice in the construction zone that the new games are NOT multiplayer. What about bringing back some of the multiplayer games which had such a huge audience? (like bridge!)

    • Hi splishsplash7193,
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your enthusiasm! It’s catchy and I love it. :)
      Scrabble was our first multiplayer HD game and we are looking forward to more in the future.
      Of course, stay tuned for more info as it becomes available. Have a great week!

  • Wow!! Pogo just keeps the marathons coming. With all this heat we are having, I get to stay in the house with the AC on and have lot of fun playing all the challenges we get. Wishing Pogo an early 16 Anniversary Like I said before you all rock!!

    • That sounds like a really great way to beat the heat, BarryandLinda! I hope you have a nice cool iced tea or water to go with it. :) You rock, too!

  • I like all your Mahjong games except Majong express and it is hard for a person that hands shake to get thru the time machines.Thank you for all the free badges you have given us.

  • Hi, I was just wondering about sudoku. Some people, like me are not good at this game. so I guess we will not get the badge. Maybe there should be a choice on a different game. Thank you I enjoy playing the games.

    • Hi Smokey,
      Thanks for your message and I totally hear you about not wanting to play a game you do not enjoy. I do suggest giving it a try and keeping an open mind to see if you warm up to it. I wasn’t a big fan of Sudoku myself but with the release of Sudoku games here on Pogo, I have actually come to enjoy them. Thanks again for writing in and have a good week here in Pogo!

  • We were just remembering that if it had not been for our long-ago AOL membership, we would have never noticed Pogo. At that time, Pogo came with our aol accounts and the first time I played was in 2003, I think. We had no interest in playing games on the computer – we had regular card and trivia games with friends, but aol introduced us to something that has lasted for a very long time! We made some great friends, camped with some, traveled with others, visited many. Hope the wonder of Pogo can thrill the next generation as much.

    • Hi Rmij,
      What a great memory to share of how you found Pogo. Here’s to many many MANY more years!

    • i think i started with POGO in 1999 or so when i first got online with AOL –

      • jster – you’re right! I think 2003 was when we became Club Pogo folks. We actually started playing Poppit in 2001. Didn’t make many friendships there, but when we started Tri-Peaks, the fun began!

  • I play Poker and spades both games is the reason I,m a paid member. I hope these two games remain

  • Is an expansion coming anytime soon for Poppit bingo? many of us are ranked out and would love to go further.

    • HI MEFIRELT,
      Thank you for your suggestion about Poppit! Bingo. If I have any updates, I’ll let you all know in the Construction Zone section of the Pogo Insider. Thank you!

  • Hi Pogo Llama, You say Flash will be phased out in 2020. My question is this – Does that mean that on Jan 1, 2020 that Flash will no longer exist OR does that mean that at some point in the year 2020 Flash will phase out? Hope i get an answer, thank you if i do.

    • Hello elaineginny,
      The end date of Flash is up to Adobe so we will have to watch for them to finalize a deprecation date. As of right now, I do not see a firm date listed. Thank you for asking.

  • Pogo Llama, Just wanted to pass along a tip for playing Jewel Academy, Cookie Connect and Quinn’s Aquarium on a laptop, which I do. You can elevate the laptop so there is additional air flowing or you can place it it on a metal tray. It seems that the laptop have a tendency to heat up due to the amount of memory required. Hope this is helpful. Thanks for all that you do.

    • Hiya SKIP2647,
      Thank you so much for writing in with your tip!

    • Thanks for this info! You made my day…I could never understand why I couldn’t play these games without my laptop overheating and sometimes shutting down. I thought it was just me…lol. I had given up on completing challenges for these games. I appreciate you sharing…have a good day! “)

      • i thought everyone who has a laptop has a cooling tray – this is item that keeps your laptop cool while online or even just using it – they usually run in price around $20 or so – belko i think is one of the main brands – you can also buy a small table that goes on your lap and its a cooling tray – the fan in cooling tray has a hook up for a usb port on your laptop so that is how it runs – walmart and other stores carrying them but they m ay be cheaper online at walmart or ebay

        • Thank you for your input. I will check into these as I didn’t know they existed. What you find in the most unexpected places. It was worthwhile to read through these comments. Thank you again to everyone on this thread who has educated me. It will help make my Pogo experience better. Have a good day, jster! “)

  • What is going to happen to Poppit Bingo ??? That is a Flash game, right ??? As that game is my favorite on Pogo, will it be converted to something else ???? Thanks…

    • Hi Mysticalj1,
      I am happy to inform you that Poppit! Bingo is an HTML 5 game and NOT a Flash game. Yay!

  • HI I want to Thank Pogo for all you do, the creativity and trying to make things great for Pogo players. I know there can be issues, but I love playing Pogo. I am looking forward to checking out the new game Mahjong Sanctuary and how Pogo will be increase the number of Daily and Weekly Challenges. I did notice in this weeks Blog that you didn’t mention about the TOKENS. For over a year now we have been told “the current token system will be replaced with a new awards system” and that Pogo update on what the new awards system would be. Can you explain? Much appreciated, thanks!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, dolphingirl20064. I appreciate you being here and enjoying Pogo.
      I understand that you are curious about the new reward system and I’m excited to share more with you all when I am able. Thank you very much for your patience. :)

  • Will there be ADA tiles with Mahjong Sanctuary when it arrives?

  • More Wednesday and Daily Challenges? Awesome! Pogo, you are doing so many great things. I’m really excited for the future of this site!

  • awesome

  • Please post more info and pictures on the new upcoming game: From France With Love. Thank you.

    • Hi Belinda,
      Thanks for your request. I’ll have some more information to share with you all about this game soon! I’m so happy you’re excited for it. Have a great week!

  • Will there ever be another bingo game, like the Fortune Bingo was? A lot of the Cases leagues had played that game in their tournaments. Thank you again.

  • I can hardly wait I LOVE Pogo Addiction Solitaire, I hope you kept the characters and the VOLCANO! More card games! PLEASE!, LESS HOGS & Mahjong game

    • Hi Freluis75,
      Yay! I’m glad you’re so excited for Pogo Addiction Solitaire and more games are on the way. Enjoy your week here in Pogo.

  • Microsoft Edge dose not support Flash up Date your system!

    • Hi Rob,
      Unfortunately we do not have control over which browsers support Flash. We’re working hard to update popular Pogo games to HTML 5, a newer technology widely supported in all modern browsers.

      • Microsoft Edge DOES support Flash. You just have to click on the puzzle piece to allow it.

        Suz

  • Please think of HDing Backgammon, BUT this make it where you can play against bots THANKS

  • Please bring back high stakes poker.

  • Probably off-topic, but worth the read as related to feedback for the “Construction Zone”.

    I played World of Warcraft for years, and there was a section on the forums that you could communicate with customer service, technical support, bug support, etc. I know POGO is working hard and have worked hard to make an awesome game, but while playing I come up with suggestions. Some good, others not. I can’t be the only one who has suggestions. And some of the suggestions might be worth looking into.

    EA Customer Service told me to post suggestions to the forums. The forum mods informed me that it was a “members helping members” forum only. That there was no real way to post suggestions, but to keep an eye out on this blog.

    It would be nice to test out a “SUGGESTION SECTION” on the forums to see whether or not it’s worth your while. The mods have full discretion as to whether or not the suggestions are deleted or not, as usual. And no one official has to respond to the suggestions. That the POGO “powers that be” can quickly peruse that section of the forums if they want. I’m sure a lot of regular forum posters have excellent ideas.

    Here’s an example of some ideas I had. It would be cool if badges earned could be sorted in different ways other than “date earned”; that badges had a url link that could create a “pop out window” with all the details about the badge; and that you could compare your badges with others easier so when you estalk someone’s badge album you can see if they have the same badge. :)

    • Hi Eric,
      I’m always here to read player suggestions. Feel free to pass them along, as you did. Thank you! :)

  • I actually joined pogo in 1998 why does pogo claim to be only 16 years old?

    • Hi Whitehorse,
      Good question!
      Club Pogo has been around 16 years as of July 23. Pogo itself has been around for 20 years as of Sept 1.

      Thank you!

  • please the scroll in Jewel Academy . i scrolled with mouse and does not scroll down correctly
    and i had take my mouse pull down to get the level one of the game. Please fix the scroll
    thanks

  • Please add new exhibit to Quinn’s Aquarium

  • Bring back Dice City Rollers please

  • Good afternoon!

    I was looking around for Pinochle and realized it was gone. It was such a beautiful rendition and fun to play. I think this is one of the hardest parts for bringing Pogo into the modern decade…..losing these favorites.

    thanks!

    • Hi Pam,
      I agree it is hard when our favorites go away but please know that the team is working on transferring over the older games as well as making brand new ones. :)

  • When are you going to update the triple bonus tokens on Thursday and Sunday token social? The same games have been on for a long time, we used to get a different one on Thursday and Sunday.

    • Hi Marmisevich,

      Thanks for your question about Triple Bonus Token and Sunday Token Social games. This was not an oversight – it’s an intentional choice as we phase out older Java- and Flash-based titles.

      Thanks and enjoy your tokens!

  • I can’t wait for Addiction to return and am looking forward to Bookworm too…ever play Bookworm Adventures? you battle your way through levels guiding Lex the bookworm through all kinds of crazy worlds

    I’m sorry to see Sherlock is no longer getting episodes…I hope the game maker goes for the H5 shift because it’s my favorite HOG….I’m such a Sherlockian and know almost every case…I haven’t played every case yet but plan to before it’s too late…and since CH came over I sincerely hope Clue will make the HD jump before too long….even if we don’t get new episodes for a while that game is one of the best HOG on the site

    I can’t wait to see what happens for the celebration and hope I don’t miss too much…will be out of the country late Aug to Sep 23 and my iPad doesn’t have Flash (not even sure what app I’d have to download or it it’s even possible anymore) so hoping I don’t miss too much while I’m traveling

    My question about the new game is will the sanctuary be like the aquariums in Quin or will players be able to change things around once they pick what they want? (I’d love to be able to go back and change a few things in past aquariums like the color of the sand in the Tropical tank but as far as I know once you pick you’re stuck with it)

    • doglvr2010,
      Thanks for your comment this week!
      I’ll see that your Mahjong Sanctuary question gets seen. :) Have a great weekend and take care.

  • raise the ranks on bowling to 100 ranks

  • I went on the blog some time ago to ask when the price for POGO went up from 30+ dollars to over 60 but never received and answer. could I please get an answer.

    • Hello Kennedy,

      The current USD price for a year of Club Pogo is $39.99. For pricing information please click here. Thank you for asking.

    • Hey, Kennedyyyxox, Pogo raised the prices is $39.99 like Pogo Llama said about 10 years ago. It hasn’t increased since….which makes me on happy Club Pogo Member.

  • I really hope you bring one of the jigsaw games to HD. I loved playing them.

    • I also really liked Sudoku Puzzle Blast. It had a great twist on the game.

  • Are there any new plans to add more Costumes to Poppit Party? I know this was asked before, but maybe someone has been working on ideas?

    • Hi Dejavu,
      There is not an update on Poppit! Party costumes at this time but I thank you for your feedback.

  • any update re the upcoming anniversary collage project? ty.

  • Hello Pogo! Thank you for all the Great things you are doing for everyone. I have a Question. Are you going to be doing any updates for the game Canasta. I would love to play that game in HD.

  • I really liked the idea of the Treasure Chase, and I started to do it, but the challenge criteria in most of the games was just far too time consuming to complete. I felt like I was doing endless QuickQuack badges and soon gave up. Maybe if you do this again the requirements could be more like some of the easier weekly badges instead of a marathon in each game?

  • Hi, I am reposting this in hopes of being answered instead of being deleted.
    Is there a way to get the recipes from Crazy Cakes?

    • Hiya DoobageDetour,

      Thank you for your question. Currently, I am unable to provide the recipes from Crazy Cakes for you, but I appreciate you asking! Are you a baker?

  • How long before we can play and chat again?

    • Hi karen040960,
      Thank you for your comment and question. Chat is available in all games. Please make sure to enable Flash so you are able to chat. Thanks again.

  • I was wondering why you have to click next and open a new game to get your earned sun on Rainy Day Solitaire.I lost a lot of suns,not realizing that I was not collecting if I did not click next.It seems odd not to collect during the scoring for the game.

  • I love all the challenges & marathons. However, I am completely overwhelmed by how many there are and the high goal levels for each. You’re doing a great job Pogo Techs, but please ease up a little. :)

  • I can’t wait for the new Pogo Addiction Solitaire when it comes out as it was one of my favorites that I could only access via internet explorer (which had gotten really slow). Now I’m really hoping you can find a way to bring an undated version of Penguin Blocks to us since I really love that one and I never got to finish it. I don’t know why but it just really made me happy. Thanks for many years of enjoyment from a loyal fan.

  • Please tell EA GAMES/ POGO to keep BOWL. There are a lot of players who love to bowl and chat.

  • I am a senior and I really appreciated being able to just click on a flash button and then okay. I no longer have Java and it is very confusing to me at this age of life. I can’t really to have it done by a maintenance person. Just mentioning it but I would imagine you have to make it possible for you to do it this way. This is a positive comment for you and very negative for me. Just Saying thank you.

    • Hi ruby7dnj,
      Thank you for your comment. I appreciate you being a part of Pogo.

  • Pogo Llama I love all the challenges you are giving us but getting a little tired of solitaire garden, trizzle,sweet tooth town. It seems like I’m just playing those games every day.maybe can the team give us some new card games like gin ,canasta, spades,or even bingo games? Don’t get me wrong I love playing those games but it just seems too much of them. Thank You for listening. You guys are great and you do a fantastic job. Pogo is my retirement entertainment and I wouldn’t have it any other way. You Are The Greatest Group Of People.

    • Hi bvlady45,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and reading the Pogo Insider this week. I appreciate your suggestions on different games you’d like to see in Challenges. I’m always here to listen. Have a great rest of the week.

  • Pogo Addiction Solitaire HD! Yea!!! :-)

  • I have noticed that the badge marathrons lately have been where you
    have choice wither to do or not. I am so happy on. I do like doing
    the marathrons. But hubby has had a stroke so been by his side.
    Thank You Pogo for letting it be more of a choice.

    • Hi DC10Baby46,
      Thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear about your husband, I do hope he is getting better and better. All the best to both of you.

  • Hi Poo_Llama,
    HAPPY 16TH ANNIVERSARY POGO!!! And thank you Pogo Team for 16 years of fun!
    I am so excited to hear that two old favorites are returning: Addiction Solitaire and Bookworm–YAY!!! Not so thrilled about another Hidden Object and Mahjong Game….:( Any chance for Canasta and Jungle Gin to become part of the HTML offerings? Have a great day!

  • What browser works best for playing Pogo games?

    • Great question! I suggest using the latest versions of Google Chrome or Firefox. Please click here for the most up to date system specifications.

      Thank you!

  • Im so excited to see Addiction Solitaire is coming back and to check out the others when they arrive! Im really hoping they finda way to bring Penguin Blocks and several others back.I have been a Pogo member since before Club Pogo began and have loved it for 18 years! I have one game suggestion – I would LOVE to see an Undo button added to Trizzle! Its a bummer when my mouse sticks or a misclick counts as a move. Thanks for all the great info and have a great weekend!!

    • Hi dakirk574,
      I did have a great weekend, thank you!
      Thank you for your suggestion for Trizzle! I hope you have a fun week here in Pogo.

  • OK, so no big deal, Sherlock Holmes is leaving. I will miss it, but it is only fair because so many people can’t play it. My question is: Does that mean that Big City Adventure and Undiscovered World won’t be far behind? Will they go to H2? So many hidden object games are now being released which are only 12 episodes.

    • Hi LKdale3_,
      Thank you for your question and I want to let you know the Sherlock Holmes is not leaving. There will, however, be no NEW content made for the game. I hope that clears up any confusion. Thank you!