Blog Post #91 – November 6, 2018

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Hello Pogoians,

Welcome to November! I cannot believe it’s already November and this year, 2018, really is just going forward at such a speed of light. November on Pogo is really gearing up to be quite fun, too. There are a few marathon events on the way, and be sure to be on the look out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday fun at the end of the month!

Oh! And did you see the turkeys have returned to Pogo Bowl?! What fun!

And now, I present to you, the long awaited Poppit! Party costumes!

As promised, and by great demand, here is the first of many previews of the new costumes in Poppit! Party. What are your guesses for the costume themes? (Please answer in a comment below).

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.

Upcoming events

Badge Collection – Another collection of MnM Badges will be available in mid- November. We had state Badges just a few months ago. What are your guesses for the next Badge collection theme?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday – More sales and events will be happening towards the end of Thanksgiving.

The 25 Days of Pogo will kick off December 1st and it really is so much bigger than ever before.

 

Game Updates

Phlinx II – A renovation of Phlinx II is slated to begin in the future. Due to this, we will not be launching year 3. More information will be provided as the date gets closer.

Jewel Academy – New levels in testing at this time.

Cookie Connect – New levels available now!

Jet Set Solitaire – New levels available now! We’re making several special updates for you in this game! First, a special limited-time Holiday Destination Pack will be available from December 18 – January 18.  We’re also changing the way locations are shown in the game to make it a little easier to navigate. Soon, we’ll be dividing releases into packs (sort of like suitcases!) so you don’t see everything in one long map screen.

 

New Games

Claire Hart Classic – Slated for December. With Claire Hart Classic, all of the episodes that you have purchased in the Flash version of Claire Hart: Soul Searcher will be owned by you in Claire Hart Classic!

Cross Country Adventure – A new Hidden Object Game by the developers of Vanishing Trail and Grub Crawl is slated for November 20th. The winner of the poll….New Orleans!

Mahjong Safari HD – Slated for December

First Class Solitaire HD – Slated for December

Slated for early 2019 – Word Search Daily HD, Rainy Day Spider Solitaire HD, Mahjong Garden HD, and more!

Known Issues

Watery Home Badge – Players reported issues with this Quinn’s Aquarium in-game badge last week. The team sent it over to the developer, Jolly Bear who identified the issue and it was fixed on Wednesday October 31, 2018.

 

Website updates

Tokens – As many Pogoians may be aware of at this point, the current token system will be replaced with a new award system. As stated in a May 2018 blog, I, and the rest of the Pogo team, know this is a point of contention with some players. For those of you for whom tokens provide a way to project status and achievement over time, we hear you and we understand your aversion to losing this status.

Tokens in the current Flash and Java games will remain and will not be removed. Thank you for your understanding. Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming system for Challenges. As I noted in the “Coming Up” section above, we’ll be showing you more information about this starting in December so that you can all get a sneak peek of exactly what the new reward system has in store!

Safari 12 and Java – Please click here to read more about Safari’s latest update.

Java 11 and Internet Explorer 11 – Please click here to read more about Java’s latest update and what that means for Internet Explorer 11.

Pogo recommendations and specifications for your computer – The specs have been updated as of August 14, 2018.  These are the recommended specifications for playing Pogo games smoothly; please click here in order to find out more about these recommendations to help ensure that Pogo games run more smoothly on your computer.

New Pogo Sign-In Experience – The new Pogo sign-in experience has started the process of the second part of the two-step process.  Click here for the latest information and videos explaining three different scenarios a player may encounter.

Chat – An Insider question was answered in a previous Pogo Insider regarding chat. To read it, please click here and then scroll down to the Insider Question section.

 

Coming Up in the Insider Blog:

December: Sneak Peek into new Challenge-based Reward System

January: Deeper look into Challenge-based Reward System

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 was wondering why the Club Pogo chat room names in the new games are being made all the same, such as Badge Hunters, Badge Junkies, Cool Minis, etc.? Is there a reason the old room names couldn’t stay the same?
A. Pogoians love their chat and we love that you all love to chat and enjoy being social here on Pogo. With the new HD games comes many new features and this includes new chat rooms. To get just a little technical, the new HD games come with their own naming system. The naming system is done automatically and as the Pogo team is working hard to get as many HD games out as possible, the chat rooms you see are the ones that are automatically created.
I know there are some who had a favorite chat room and I understand there’s a great deal of comfort in having something familiar, such as a chat room where you and your Pogo friend’s meetup. I totally understand this and have areas in life that comfort me as well. However, I know that, with time, you will find a new favorite chat room in the new games. Please also remember that chat is being worked on. (To read more about that, please click here then scroll down to the Insider Question section).

 

Thank you all for reading this week’s edition of the Pogo Insider. As always, please know how much you matter and that we here at Pogo appreciate each and every one of you. Have a fantastic and super fun week here in Pogo.

 

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. Please remember, I am unable to help out with any technical questions via the blog. Thank you!

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239 Comments

  • how come the last three days the daily Crossword in “crossword” (not crossword cove)is the same one?
    thanks

  • Please Pogo insiders…address the difficulty in playing Quinn’s so that we can ENJOY playing the game without be sooooooooooo frustrated. The number of games you have to play to win is very unreasonable. Please, please hear us on this.

    • Hi Care,
      I do you hear you. The team has heard you as well. We’ve relayed the feedback to Jolly Bear, the developer of Quinn’s Aquarium so they are also aware as well. Thank you.

  • hello pogoLLAMA

    while i understand lots of things are going on right now with adjustments being made to games because of browsers discontinuing things….Jet Set Sol is maddening with the newer levels…its such a chore now to play what was a great game when it started…it might be some want a challenge i certainly dont want to have to play a level over 300 times and still not get it…its a chore now…cant they make the levels somewhat easier….as things stand now with newer levels i dont stand a chance of ever completing a city…thank you

  • Two issues I have. I don’t like that I have to resign every time I want to play. Used to be, once you signed in, you could stay in. Also, when I tried to change my screen name, it accepted in my profile, but never changed it on the screen.

    • Hello mrskipjrd,
      Thanks for letting me know about the repeat sign-in issue.
      Please understand that changing your Pogo screen name is not possible at this time.
      Thank you.

  • scuba diver and lion tamer

  • Thank You Pogo for all the challenges and album this week . I enjoyed everyone of them. The only one that is giving me a problem is PHLINX II getting the 12 temples. I’ve been working on it all week and got none so far. The levels are getting harder and harder to get.I’m sorry but I like the original PHLINX better, but I’ll keep trying so I can finish my album.

    • Hi bvlady45,
      You’re welcome for the challenges and thank you for participating in them. I encourage you to ask players on the forums for tips on the Phlinx II challenge. Players can be so helpful on there and will do their best to provide you with tips.
      You can do it, I believe!

  • Good morning Pogo Llama, I’m so very happy with all the badge challenges pogo is giving out, it balances the need to buy power ups in some of the games, which I gave in and now buy gems now and then. I would like to know why there aren’t personal challenges for the HD games, I would really like to see personal challenges added to the new games, or at LEAST lower the prices of 16 gems a badge…that is a lot to pay for one badge. Have a good day dear, snow in Wisconsin coming Friday…UGH!!!

    • HI Marilyn,
      My friends and family in Wisconsin have been showing me photos of the snow. Stay warm and safe out there especially on the roads.
      I thank you for your request for the Challenges. Thank you!

  • For Poppet Party try mechanic, nurse, doctor, pilot, train engineer, boat captain, more women

  • could you bring out more board games like Life, Disney Monopoly, Sorry, and even Trouble game too.

  • Off the topic of Poppit Party, I just wanted to give a shout out to the creators of the Glow Garden in Solitaire Gardens! The colors are awesome, and very soothing. By far my most favorite!

  • I have to admit I was wrong Pogo. And I am happy to say so! I did not believe that there would ever be a Part 2 to Poppit Party after the very long lapse. It is my all time favorite game, and I was seriously bummed about it being over. Well, this news today has made my week and then some. Thank you so much for listening to us and following through. I cannot wait!

  • Circus Ring Master is one of them

  • I was wondering if Beaker Creatures is going to come out in HD?

    • Hi Secrets603,
      If I have any updates on Beaker Creatures being converted to HD, I will let you all know in the Construction Zone here in the blog. Thanks for the question and request. Have a great weekend!

  • My guesses are #1 is a deep sea fishermen and the other one is a ring master.

  • SCUBA SPEAR FISHING AND RING MASTER TRAINER

  • Love Pogo and really love all the new challenges available to us I do have one issue regarding Boggle Bash. Have you forgotten us?? There are so few challenges/badges for those of us who love this game. Can you PLEASE ASK the team to address this? Challenges make the gaming experience just that must more … well, challenging. lol Don’t forget this old favorite – PLEASE!!

  • 1 diver
    2 ringmaster

  • What happened to turning off the music in Poppit Bingo? I muted but I could no longer hear the numbers.

    • Hi alf4evr_
      I have some really good news for you as there is a way to turn off the music and keep the caller’s voice.

      If you go into the sound options in Poppit! Bingo, you will have the option to turn off the music and keep the caller’s voice. Thank you!

  • Reef Explorer and Circus Equestrian Trainer

  • Diver and Circus Ring Master

  • I knew that Rainy Day Spider Solitaire HD is going to come in 2019.

  • I SAY IT IS- #1..SNORKELER and #2.. RINGMASTER…

  • lion tamer & scuba diver

  • Dear Pogo_Lama:
    I want to heartily thank and commend whoever was in charge of the latest episode of Claire Hart-for mentioning and validating those of us with fibromyalgia. I am sure I am not the only one with fibromyalgia, or for that matter any other painful disorder, that uses Pogo for alleviation and distraction from pain. Thank you!

    • Hello Ecila,
      Thank YOU for writing in and letting me know your story so I can send it onward to the team. It means a lot that you shared this with me and I really am happy you have found fun here in Pogo. I hope it takes away at least some of the pain you experience with fibromyalgia. All the best to you.

  • Poppit party themes look like scuba diver and circus ring master, I hope they get the next costumes going soon!!!

  • Ice Skater and skier.

    Also been wondering when Clue is coming back.. missing it….

  • I have 3 challenges left for pop it bingo. No matter how long I play it each day the bingos just don’t appear. Any suggestions? I’ve in the chat rooms inquiring about the game but to no avail. Thanks

    • Hi Trandmac,
      It really does come down to playing the game and getting those bingos. Also make sure to play the maximum amount of cards (4) so that you have the most changes to win. I encourage you to ask players on the forums for their tips as well. Players can be so helpful on there and will do their best to provide you with tips.

  • scuba diver circus ring master

  • postal worker and plumber

  • When will we be able to get brand new items in the mini mall…backgrounds clothing food items etc?

    Fluffy

  • Love Pogo, have for many years!!! Was wondering though, will Lottso Express HD be made to be like the java version where you won at the third goal? The new HD LE plays great, BUT, so hard to win now that you have to get through the 5th goal, there’s way to many repeating numbers as well. the algorithm needs adjusting or something. I’m rank 12 or 13 and I’ve won four times, discouraging to say the least. Other than that, love my pogo!!!

  • Army Navy Air Force and Marines would be great

  • Please share my thanks and level of excitement with the staff working on Poppit Party 2. I’ve been anticipating the release of the promised second leevel of outfits. I’ve ranked out in that game (as it is addicive) for some time. Pogo has finally come through!!! My guesses are a shark (deep sea_diver and ringmaster/tamer. Could it be your Pogo Llama cheering on the conswtruction zone to keep moving> LOL

    Is there any update for December for the mini releases and perhaps a holiday mini HOF contest? Any information would be appreciated. Have a great day Pogo Llama

    • Hello bwaymama14,
      I did share your excitement with the team and thank you for sending it over. I love the energy of the Pogo Community, it’s inspiring and catchy.
      The next Mini Mall release will be in December. I’ll have Pogo Rachael update us all in the next Insider with a preview. Have a nice weekend!

  • 1 ?
    2 ringmaster

  • the Lion tamer and scuba diver

  • hi ? is all your games going 2 hd ? when I go 2 play a game I like the chat room on the side like bolwing can u make all the hd game like that ? when I play a game I like 2 see what e1 is saing on the side I do not like 2 go down and see what e1 see saying I like it on the side ty

  • Wondering if you could make some changes in jet set solitaire. I love playing it but I am older and my fingers don’t move so fast anymore. I am stuck on San Francisco and need 2 more stars to move on. Have played games over and over and over. No luck…even if you had skip option it would be great as I would like to move on to new levels. Any help out there? Thanks

  • scuba diver and ring master

  • I really enjoy POGO. I would like to be able to play Eucher and Hangman Highjinks again though. please let me know if these will ever be able for me to get into again. It shows just a few people in the rooms but I can never get them to load. I am able to get into the rest of the games I love but cannot get these two games to load. Please help !!!

    Thanks You Very Much

    • Hi RatsMousey,
      Eucher and Hangman Highjinks are Java games. If you’d like to play Java games, the only browser Pogo supports for that is Internet Explorer 11. Thank you for asking.

  • same here – scuba diver & circus master. And…I didn’t like cookie connect before, but love it now! Kudos to EA – no problems this past months with games! And I agree with Hellga – at times the aim to get 3 stars is completely unrealistic (Jewel Academy has one that no one has been able to get without buying gems).
    Looking forward to the new reward system & trust we will love it as much as we love our tokens!

  • hi, are you ever going to add more ranks for majhong safari? I hope so!!! -bearly57

  • When will there be part 2 of Glowing Gardens in Solitare gardens?

  • grannyzoo5″s suggestion of Army,Navy,Air Force and Marines, brought up an idea. Is it too late to
    honor veteran’s day, and other special calendar days with a day’s “themed” challenge? Only one for
    those dates would be a new fun “reminder”.

    • Hi Dappy,
      I will pass this suggestion along for the future. I would also like to thank all Veteran’s for their dedication and service.
      Have a good weekend, Dappy.

  • Hi Pogo Llama, I have a few ???, What is the best option to play games on a tablet, I use Puffin, and most of the games I can play, except Jewel Academy, Phinx 2, before I upgraded to Puffin Pro , I couldn’t play Jewel Academy, or Cookie Connect, but I was able to play Phinx 2, is there something else that I need, The tablet doesn’t support java, flash, or internet explorer, only Puffin, CAN YOU OR ANYONE HELP ME, PLEASE AND THANK YOU,

    • Hi Chipawea9,
      Pogo supports the following browsers: Edge, IFirefox, and Chrome so we recommend those. We do not support the Puffin browser so I am unable to answer any questions about it. Please click here to read more about Pogo’s recommended specifications. Tank you and have a very nice weekend.

  • hi llama got a question for you hope to receive answer im in the UK THE HOME CITY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES .. WHY CANT WE PLAY THE GAME ALSO SCRABBLE SEEMS ITS ONLY AVAILABLE IN USA AND CANADA HELP PLEASE .. WHOOPS SORRY FOR CAPS

  • Looks like a Scuba Diver and a lion tamer or 3 ring circus master.

  • Hi POGO_Llama..For Poppit Party I would like to see Spike as a Pharmacist..cool white jacket, with his name badge on left chest pocket, mortar and Pestle and a Prescription vial.Laughing as I see it in my head…LOL

    Fluffy

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