Blog Post #75 – May 8, 2018

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Hello Pogoians!

Happy Tuesday to each and every one of you here in Pogo! Welcome to the Pogo Insider – the 75th edition to be exact.  Thanks for your understanding of the comments being closed last week. I was in Yosemite and I took this photo for you all! Please note the magical rainbow that was captured. Have you visited Yosemite before?

 This week’s Mini Mall release on Thursday will be a sale with a variety of items, some pet-themed and some Mother’s Day themed. You can see a quick preview below! We’ll also have another Mini release next week on May 17th with some items for Memorial Day, so Pogo Rachael will be here with a preview for you then, too!

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.

 

Game Updates

Jet Set Solitaire – New levels released today! Play them now!

Jewel Academy – 40 new levels coming your way in May.

Quinn’s Aquarium – Part 2 Tropical Tank Aquarium May 8th  (next 60 levels) out today! NOTE: New levels unlock every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Tile design updates are in testing right now.

 

New Games

Crossword Cove – New H5 version coming May 22 with US style layouts.

Stack’em – New H5 version coming in June.

Post Cards From Britain – Coming in June.

A Way with Words – New word game coming this summer.

 

Known Issues

Sound – Google Chrome has updated their browser to include a feature where it auto-shuts off sound. Well, don’t you worry as the Pogo team is currently working on a fix on our end for this situation. However, until that is released, please click here for a workaround.

 

Website updates

New Pogo Sign-In Experience – New Pogo sign-in experience will be starting to roll out in July and end in October. Please click here to read more.

Scrabble and Monopoly: Please click here to read more information about Scrabble and Monopoly being removed from Pogo.

Prizes – The Prize link has been temporarily removed from Guest and Free pages on Pogo.com while the team works on revamping those pages.

 

And the winner is…..

Thanks to all who participated in the naming and voting of the crab for the new Crossword Cove HD! The results are in and the name will be Cap’n Pinchers! He actually stopped by the office so we snapped a picture of him for you.

 

Badge Marathon
The Mother’s Day Badge Marathon has begun! If you’re a Club Pogo member and have not yet heard about it, please click here for all the details. Please remember If you can finish all ten Challenges before 11:59 pm PT on May 13, 2018, you’ll win an animated Completion Badge.

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. Because I can change my EA Public ID name often, will I be able to change my Pogo screen name every once in a while as I see fit to do so?

A. Based on feedback, there will be no screen name changes required for any Pogo accounts. For those of you interested in changing your screen names, that option will be added later in the year. We will provide details on that when it becomes available.

 

Thank you all for being here and reading the Pogo Insider. I hope you have a fantastic week here in Pogo. Have fun with all of your Challenges!

 

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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158 Comments

  • What happened to May’s Game of the month, don’t recall any mention of not having a Game of the month for this May. Loving Mother’s Day Badge Marathon. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there, enjoy your day!

    • Hi Probert,
      We want to make things super fun for you here in Pogo. Of course, Pogo is already fun but we want to make it even more fun! In an effort to do just that, we’re going to revamp the Game of the Month feature! As such, there will not be a Game of the Month for May. Game of the Month will be returning in its new and super-fun form at some point this summer. As always, I will keep you updated here in the blog with updates.

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Marathon! Enjoy your week. :)

  • Yes I have visited Yosemite in 1983 when my brother was in the Navy. I love the picture you took Pogo Llama. I also love the picture of the crab for crossword Cove and also glad it is the American Verision.

  • My anniversary for pogo came and went and I noticed that I didn’t get any gems for it this time. Did they stop giving them out. I don’t have money to buy them and count on them every year to get new games. I love playing the games and they helped me after my surgeries to get out of bed and do something. Thank you so much for being there for me.

    Also, I loved the photo, will you be giving that out as wallpaper? It would make me think I was there.

    • Hi Cheri,
      Yes, all players that auto-renew their Club Pogo subscription get 100 Gems added to their account. If you feel you did not get these Gems, please click here to contact customer support.

      You absolutely can use the photo of Yosemite as a computer wallpaper. I’d be honored. If you right-click on the photo, you can save it and then go into your display settings and use it as a wallpaper. Thank you. :)

  • Thank you so much for the free album. That’s a very special gift, and I’m enjoying every badge.

    One question on another topic: if Pogo memberships are ad free, why are we now getting popups on every HTML game trying to sell us a new badge?

    • Hi spend,
      You’re welcome and I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Marathon.
      Club Pogo is advertisement free. The popups are Pogo promotions, which are note the same as advertisements. Thank you.

  • I am unable to find the zodiac badge that was issued. I’ve played all of the zodiac games. Could you direct me in the right direction.
    Thank you

    • Absolutely. Congratulations, Nits! You received the Zodiac Completion Badge on April 26. It is called the Parade For Me Badge.

  • Llama that is a BEAUTIFUL picture!!!…we were there a few years ago and will be in other parks this Fall on our bus tour through several National Parks…seeing that makes me even more excited to get back out there 8)

    Getting SO excited about CC HD….not thrilled I will probably miss ranking out AGAIN (don’t think I’ll have enough letters to reach 60) but it will be soooooo nice to have the US version back again and at least I had originally ranked out at 50…I guess I’ll just have to meet up with Cap’n Pinchers (ADORABLE) and see about ranking out in the HD version ;)

    Just a quick question though…I got some help from CS but does EA have any plans to bring over the Crossword Cove weekly from a few weeks ago?…I ask because I had missed it (again CS helped me BIG time so a HUGE thanks to you guys) and that’s normally not a problem since badges are released to play as personals…what about 5 weeks later?…and the message on the badge in our 2018 album says “Available for activation after May 29” which is a week after the upgrade…

    I know timing can be off but the release of this weekly badge was WAY off…while I can understand all other weeklies that have been here for YEARS simply being grayed out this badge was just given to us as a challenge in April when the team should have known the next release date would fall after the upgrade date…sorry but if it was missed that was a HUGE oversight

    Also badges in the mall for the Scrabble and Mono games still have the Available Until dates set after the games are due to be removed (it’s too bad but I understand the licensing thing limits how long some games can be on some sites…happened with Family Feud a few years ago too)…it makes sense since everyone has a year to buy a badge but if anyone didn’t hear the news or doesn’t come here or the forum they might wait a little too long to try and buy them…

    Looking forward to the sale on Thursday….sales are always fun and are a great way to find items I never got a chance to get the first time if they came and went before I joined

    Also excited about the new PBA…I like this twist to the normal marathon and will get to those badges before Sunday

    Well I have to go see a crab about a crossword and some animals about a farm…after I get some sleep that is lol

    Have a great week!

    • Hiya Doglvr,
      Wow, okay I’m so excited for your trip to the National Parks! The fall will be the best time to go with the weather and crowds. Enjoy and let me know what you think. :)
      Thank you for your great questions. So the Crossword Cove Weekly from April is being worked on for transfer for HD. I’ll keep you all posted on that. And yes, the Scrabble and Monopoly badges should absolutely have a different Available Until date. I’ll make sure this happens.
      Thank you for stopping by and have a terrific week after stopping by the farm and talking to a crab.

  • How come there is no sound on Jewel Academy????

    • Hi mama,
      I referenced the sound issue under the Construction Zone area in the blog. Here is what it says and I do hope this helps clarify things for now:
      Sound – Google Chrome has updated their browser to include a feature where it auto-shuts off sound. Well, don’t you worry as the Pogo team is currently working on a fix on our end for this situation. However, until that is released, please click here for a workaround.

  • I have a question…why are some of the new HD games not giving us tokens?

    • 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.

  • how about a hidden object marathon

  • How will I know if I’m getting a Zodiac badge? Will a list of winners come out? Thanks

    • Hi vwh55,
      Congratulations! On April 26, you were awarded the Parade for Me Badge which was the award badge for the Zodiac Challenge. You can find this badge by looking in your 2018 weekly album. Thank you!

  • how do i make the golden balloons? I feel stupid but I cant figure it out.

    • Hi Grambeth49,
      I want you to please never ever call yourself stupid. There are things that we may not completely understand and it is always good to ask a question about them, as you did. So with that said, here is how you get the golden balloons:

      The golden balloon is a Power Up in Poppit! Bingo. You do not have to pay for this Power Up. To get the most amount of golden balloons possible, trash all power ups except for the golden balloon power up. I’ve attached the image of it below. This will give you the most chances at popping the golden balloons. My advice is to keep playing for the most chances as it is random as to which power ups come up and which numbers are called.

  • I like the new name for the crab! Good job!

  • Have to say that Poppit Bingo is the most frustrating game to put on marathons. I have talked to so many people who feel the same way. Most of the time, we have only a few spots popped when the bingos start and then go like crazy. It doesn’t tell how to win this latest one, with the “golden balloons”. People keep asking the room. No one answers. Only thing I can think is it’s when you use the guy on the right that has the >. Am I right about that? If so, it rarely comes up. Thanks for letting me vent! Love your picture and blog.

    • Hiya Jett,
      I’m always here for you all to vent to. I’m glad you’re participating in the Marathon and hope you find the rest of the challenges to be fun.

      Here’s an explanation on the golden balloons. The golden balloon is a Power Up in Poppit! Bingo. You do not have to pay for this Power Up. To get the most amount of golden balloons possible, trash all power ups except for the golden balloon power up. I’ve attached the image of it below. This will give you the most chances at popping the golden balloons. My advice is to keep playing for the most chances as it is random as to which power ups come up and which numbers are called.

  • In a future post, would you please explain why some of the new games don’t offer tokens? Is the plan to eventually phase out tokens from Pogo?

    • 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.

  • Just wondering if there will be any new animals in the Mini Mall. I have several of them now, but what about adding more Yorkies or Great Pyranees? Just a suggestion. Have a great week! Thanks.

    • Thank you for the suggestion, Missippymud. I know the Mini Mall team is always looking for ways to add more animals. We know Pogoians love their animals. :)

  • What are golden Baloons?

    • Hiya ResiLily,
      The golden balloon is a Power Up in Poppit! Bingo. You do not have to pay for this Power Up. To get the most amount of golden balloons possible, trash all power ups except for the golden balloon power up. I’ve attached the image of it below. This will give you the most chances at popping the golden balloons. My advice is to keep playing for the most chances as it is random as to which power ups come up and which numbers are called.

  • Hello Pogo_Llama. I was in hopes that you could tell the tech crew that I want to give them a very huge thank you and they are doing a wonderful job. Thank You also for all the great games and Challenges you all create to keep everyone happy . Happy Mothers day.

    • Thank you so very much, Tiffany. Your comment means a lot and I shall forward your words on to the team.

  • Yes,I have been to Yosemite. It is very beautiful, as most of western U.S. In 2016, we went on a road trip for about a month and covered the western states. Glad to hear you had a good time.

    I am curious as to why (even if we don’t have a jps anymore) Pogo can’t give tokens for some of the new games after each segment of the game like in Sphinx II and Aces Up. It seems to me that if they could do it for these games, they would be able to do it for all the new games. I have quit playing one of my favorite games (World Class Solitaire), unless it is for a challenge, just for this reason.

    • Hi Bingomama,
      A road trip out west must have been beautiful. :)

      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.

  • Very nice picture, hubby and I visited Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. I love the mountains, and cried the 2nd time we left to go home. Thank you pogo for Mother’s day album, much appreciated!!!

    • Awww! Yes, these national parks of ours sure a cry-worthy from the pure beauty!
      So glad you’re enjoying this the marathon.

  • i cant get sound in poppit bingo i always could but now its not

    • Hi Kelly,
      I referenced the sound issue under the Construction Zone area in the blog. Here is what it says and I do hope this helps clarify things for now:
      Sound – Google Chrome has updated their browser to include a feature where it auto-shuts off sound. Well, don’t you worry as the Pogo team is currently working on a fix on our end for this situation. However, until that is released, please click here for a workaround.

  • Wow, what a cool rainbow! Thats a great reminder of how beautiful the earth can be. Glad you had a good time! That makes me want to take a road trip!

    • Road trip, marie999563! Do it! :)
      And thank you. We do live on such a beautiful planet.

  • I have been playing Mahjong Garden for the Mother’s Day Badge. The first day I got credit for one game but since then I have played about 7 games and am not getting any credit. There is nothing that says what level to play on so I am on Easy.

    • Hiya Chrissy,
      For Mahjong Garden’s Mother’s Day Badge you have to finish the game in the Spring Season. So you must make sure that the last 2 tiles you match are the Spring tiles. The difficulty level does not matter on this challenge. Thank you for asking.

  • Why do some of the new hd games not give any tokens for a win, like world clas solitaire or aces up and more?

    • 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.

  • so many of the new games do not give tokens. Will the release of the new crossword cove include tokens? And, is there any chance the new games will eventually be updated to give tokens?

    • 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 hurt my hand and made to hard to do it mothers day so sorry

    • I’m so sorry you hurt your hand, Bingo. I hope you feel better.

  • again, sry…. PLEASE bring *word whomp whack down* back! new HD formate??…. PLEASE!

  • Yosemite is gorgeous. The first time we went, we were not prepared for the view that hits you when you come out of the tunnel. It totally blew us away. Glad you got to go and were able to enjoy one of America’s treasures.

    • What you described is so true. The beauty of it all is so striking. :)

  • Kudos to all of you at Pogo for coming up with a badge album as the new form to deliver the Badge Marathon. Think of all the complaints we don’t have to read in the blog. You can’t please everyone for sure, but it’s nicer to read a blog without all the complaining. After all , it’s voluntary to participate in the marathons and they are actually free. So what’s the problem? LOL

    A Happy Pogo Mother’s Day to All!!!

    • Thank you, bwaymama14! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Marathon and liking the new format.

  • P.S. JUST LOVE THE PIX OF THE CAP’N PINCHERS AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW VERSION OF CROSSWORD COVE. SADDENED HOWEVER, FOR THE LOSS OF TOKENS WE USUALLY RECEIVE FROM THE COMPLETION OF A PUZLLE.

  • All tokens be awarded in World Class Solitaire? Hopeful, and thanks.

    • Hi database,
      World Class Solitaire HD does not give Tokens. This is as intended and will not be getting Tokens in the future. Thank you for asking.