Blog Post #95 – January 1, 2019

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Hello Pogoians,

Happy New Year, everyone! As we start 2019, I’m still listening to my favorite holiday-themed radio station. I’m excited for the new year and all the possibilities to come. Speaking of which, what are your 2019 Pogo Badge and game goals? Share yours in the comments below.

Raise your hand if you’re a Trizzle fan. I’m excited to share a sneak peek of something special: the HTML 5 update to Trizzle ! A new updated version is on the way and slated to arrive on Pogo in late February. If you have questions, be sure to post them in the comments below. I’ll share the best ones with Pogo John in a Q&A session to be featured in an upcoming Pogo Insider. In the meantime, here’s your first look at the new the HTML 5 update to Trizzle!

 

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:

Quinn’s Aquarium Badge Marathon – Coming January 8, this will be the first Badge Marathon of 2019!

Ten-Game Badge Marathon – Slated to begin January 23.

Winter Journey Challenge Quest – Coming in late January, this four-week event is the sequel to the Autumn Odyssey Challenge Quest.

 

Game Updates:

Jewel Academy – A new batch of levels will be added this month.

Quinn’s Aquarium – Play all-new levels while you rebuild your Nursery and Lab exhibits, starting January 8.

Phlinx II – We’re planning a big overhaul of Phlinx II. As a result, we’re not launching year 3 content as planned. More information will be provided as the date gets closer.

 

New Games:

Coming in the first half of 2019 – The HTML 5 update to Trizzle, Word Search Daily HD, Pogo Daily Sudoku, Mahjong Garden and many more are on the way!

 

Website updates:

Mini Mall – Here are when the next Mini Mall updates will be:

  • January 3, 2019 – Valentine’s Day
  • February 7, 2019 – World of Pogo
  • March 7, 2019 – St. Paddy’s Day

Please note, after March 7, 2019 there will be no new content added to the Pogo Mini Mall as we focus on bringing new content and updates to other parts of the site.

 

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 were the State Bird Badges created?

A. The State Bird Badges were launched back in November. Like many of you, I think they’re very beautiful. To give you an idea on how one of the Badges comes together, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the art process. Each one is handcrafted in a similar fashion, and we’re super delighted with the results. What’s your favorite State Bird Badge?

 

Thank you for reading the first Pogo Insider of 2019. I look forward to giving you more sneak peeks and insider information throughout 2019 and beyond. It’s going to be a big year for Pogo! May your day be happy, jolly, healthy and safe.

Be kind and remember you matter.

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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352 Comments

  • Is there a way to turn the music on Poppit Bingo? If you turn off the sound it turns off the number calling

    • Hi imjchicgal,
      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!

  • Would love to see more 2 player games added in the mix of games.

  • Hi! Happy New Year 2019 POGO Thank You So Much for improving POGO Love the extra challenges and marathons that you have been having. The 25 Days of Christmas, was really nice, too, Thank You So Much! :)

  • Happy New Year to all!

  • hoping dice city roller will find its way back to pogo hagd

  • Happy New Year POGO Team..Keep up the good work.May this year bring us Peace,Love,Laughter and more POGO Badges..

  • Just wondering if there will be new ranks added to spades? Have been ranked out for awhile now and would loves some ranks to make the game worth playing again.

    • Hi RebelRoy,
      If I have any updates on Spades 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!

  • I love Trizzle and will b happy to see the new version of that game

  • I really enjoy playing Pogo games daily helps me relax God bless you and happy new year 2019

  • I’ve been a pogo member for a long time. I have no intention of giving it up, here is a slight notation for you: there at this point are too many mahjong and solitaire style games. It would be refreshing to see other types of games and maybe bring some of the older games forward as badges. I’m loving what you all are doing to keep games up to date…Keepin it real!!

    • Thanks for keepin’ it real with me, Scorpmom. Happy 2019 to you and have a great weekend.

  • I love all Bejeweled games.

  • Request: Peggle Blast
    Reason why: to replace Pegland.

  • Happy New Year! I’m really enjoying the new graphics in the upgraded games. Will you be redoing them all? I’m a big fan of Dice City Roller.

  • Jansdream January 2, 1029 4:55 PM

    I am a Bird Watcher and Lover! I Just Loved the Beautiful Birds you showed! Especially the Cardinal, which is one of my favorites. I also love the Bluejay. Happy New Year to You and Yours Pogo Llama!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the Bird Badges so much. :) Thank you and Happy New Years!

  • Happy New Year, POGO! When are you planning to launch Costume Collection #2 on Poppit Party?

  • Happy New Year Pogo Llama. Would like to see less of Quinns Aquarium, Solitaire Garden, PhlinxII and Poppit Party and more of First Class Solitaire, World Class Solitaire, Mahjong Garden and some of the older ones.

  • my girlfriend and I have all the state bird badges done now all we need is the state capitals

  • Thank-you for all the xmas goodies !! I would like to know thou when Poppit Party gets the 2nd release? I love this game so much !!

  • Happy 2019 Pogo_Llama & staff!
    Thank you for all the “goodies” last month ..
    25 Days of Christmas :)
    POGO ROCKS!!

  • Happy New Year, Llama! My Pogo goal for 2018 was to get to 5,000 badges, which I almost did — I made it to 4,950. So, my Pogo goal for 2019 is to get up to 6,000 badges. I think I can do it, especially with the multitude of free badges and challenges Pogo keeps gifting us! (The 25 Days of Pogo promotion was amazing, by the way.)

    I also wanted to say that I love the new HD Mahjong Safari. The graphics are clean and crisp, and the game feels like a fresh version of the old one. My one question is whether the programmers might at some point consider adding back the feature of getting credit for animal combos (I think that’s what it’s called when you match one pair of animals, then immediately match the other pair of the same animal.) I had gotten really, really good at that in the original game, and I’d love to have that be a feature again. I know the team is hard at work getting games converted, though, so obviously this request is more of a “back burner” type of thing. I just wanted to get it out there. :)

    Thanks for everything, and have a great new year!

    • Thank you for sharing your Pogo 2019 goals with me and I KNOW you will be able to hit 6K Badges!
      I’ve relayed the request for the animal combos to the team and I thank you for that. Thanks for playing Mahjong Safari HD, and being a part of Pogo. Happy New Year!

  • I have been enjoying the State and State birds badges. I found it interesting reading the “making of” article for the State birds. Just a thought, maybe State flags next? That sounds like fun to me.

  • Hello everyone. I hope you all had a good holiday season, and a Happy Healthy New Year. Thanks Llama for being our Pogo spokesperson, keeping us informed, plus your Pogo knowledge. I do hope you will be able to tell us soon when tokens will be back. I know there’s no information yet. Earning tokens is like having my own bank account…lol
    Again, all the best in 2019

  • What happened to Monkey Gems? I am not seeing it and I miss it….

  • I have been a member of pogo for along time I do have to agree they are putting the same games up all the time such as solitare gardens quinns aquar majohong escape jet solitare. I think quinns aquar should have easy nedium and hard levels like majong gardens. I enjoy all the games but would like them put up a variety instead of the same things over and over.It takes alot of gems sometimes to win some of these games and people on fixed incomes that are retired cannot afford the luxury of buying them all the time. I like the new updates to hd but some of the games were just as good before such as word whomp and tri peaks. Happy New year and I like being of member just wanted to express my feelings I enjoy the blog and finding out what is coming next.
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  • Happy New Year. I love playing most of the games on Pogo. The HOG are hard for older eyes because they are so dark in color. Do you think there will be a chance of not making the black so black?

    • Thank you for your suggestion on the dark colors in the HOGS. I will pass that along. Happy New Year to you, too, wmae!

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR POGO & TO ALL THE POGO PLAYERS TOO :-) My “Pogo goal” for 2019 is to try to complete all my badges from previous years. I was always able to complete the years badges up until 2016, then I had a couple of tough ones for the next 2 yrs. that I was never able to achieve. So, with that said, wish me luck, and back to the games!

    • Thank you and Happy New Year to you! I would wish you luck, but I know you will complete your goal without it. ;)

  • Will you be updating any of the jigsaw puzzle games?

    • Hi MFFlower,
      If I have any updates on jigsaws 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!

  • Happy New Year to you and your team! I just want to say that I dearly love Trizzle and my only concern is that you please keep the original music! The updated graphics still look pretty much the same and I’m happy about that. :) Also, I’m happy to hear that Word Search Daily will be updated, I ranked out in that years ago and will enjoy playing again. :) Take care…

    • Thank you! I can’t wait for you to play the new Trizzle. Happy New Year to you!

    • Dejfrompa, I believe that we will be keeping the original music but I’ll check on that for you!

  • Hello everyone and Happy New Year. Have been a member of POGO now for five years and loved every minute of it. All the games are fun and challenging and my favourite challenges are the BADGE MARATHONS. Like to state that the BIRD ALBUMS were beyond magnificent, Really beautiful and well designed. Favourite bird, THE ROBIN since I am an ex resident of Michigan. {Now Canadian}. Keep up the wonderful work POGO and thanks for the fun challenges. Are there any plans sometime down the pike for any updates to WORD JONG? {My favourite game}? Each game is well designed and makes playing them fun. Thanks for everything.

    • Samuel, thank you so much for your comment. Your thoughts on Pogo are really good to know and I’ll pass them along to the team. I’m so happy you’re enjoying so much of it. No word on Word Jong but if I get any update, I’ll let you all know in the blog. Thanks for being a part of Pogo. Happy New year.

  • i would like to know if there are any plans to do the jigsaw puzzle game again? I miss it. Also, I am glad that you are bringing back word search.

    • Hi Bobbie,
      If I have any updates on jigsaws 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!

  • I love playing pogo, I am trying to catch up all the badges but need the update on flower daze, I can’t get into need to finish my book. Thank you for your time and happy new year!!!

  • I would like to see more jungle gins

  • happy new year to you and the team. i can sign in easy but for some reason cant buy gems any more. please help me,thank you so much

    • Hi MaybesMama,
      Unfortunately I’m unable to troubleshoot from the blog. Please click here to contact customer support.
      Happy New Year.

  • Any more suggestions on this week’s badge for slingo? The most I’ve been able to get 12-13 and can’t get 16. Also any plans to make Lottso HD? I read somewhere that the group games are more difficult to upgrade.

  • Hi Liama, will there be anything new with Lottso?

    Happy new year

  • you should put the 10 provinces and the terriories on the games

  • Love Trizzle, just make it better, not worse.. Also LOVE Quinn,s, but would appreciate yall making it , in tourney form, and NOT weekly badges, I’m a senior on fixed income and can’t afford buying gems, to get badge in 1 week.. Also been a member for like 17 yrs, and POGO, is my life support,

    XXOO Have a gr8 2019

    Nanaduke 6

    • Thank you for your suggestion, nanaduke6. And thank you for being a part of Pogo for the last 17 years. Happy 2019 to you. May it be beautiful.

  • I’m long time member and the game I miss the most is Squelchies. I maxed out on all the badges for that game way long before this site started having problems with the java platform. Please consider making that game playable on Pogo again.

  • Happy New Year and big thank you to all the staff that have worked hard over the last 15 years to keep Pogo up and running especially with all the changes made by Windows etc.
    I hope that some of the older games such as Flower Daze, Penguin Blocks, etc. get updated
    Cheers and happy gaming to all :)

  • Happy New Year! hope this year will be wonderful in pogo land!
    Saw few address the side chat, people with bad or failing eyes have issues with chat when in full screen as you all know chat goes away. Do hope you all will help us out.
    Birds are lovely!

  • Please Please give poor old Dottie a make over. You have done most of the rooms and here sits poor Dottie all dusty and dirty. Please take 25 million of my tokins and shop at the mall for her,

  • Is there a pause button on timed games. I am unable to find one on Mahjong Safari? And I love the new format. Maybe because I am on a desk PC, windows 10, a cable provider and use Chrome. . Plus,I am on a 23 inch widescreen, so the new graphics really pop. I have had no problems so far with any of the new games loading or playing. Saying that my PC might crash tomorrow. I still hope that some of the new rewards will be power ups for the different games. Thanks POGO for walking us through all of the changes.

    • Hi Tiredbones,
      Thank you for writing in and I’m super happy to hear you’re enjoying Mahjong Safari. The game does not have a pause button, but there are a few tips on other ways to pause the game here in the forum.
      Have a good rest of the weekend.

    • I have a 48″ screen (it is of course a TV with HJDMI connection), and the HD graphics are even more stunning on that! :)

  • I would like to see an actual Mahjong game (you know, the original Chinese four-player game, as opposed to the American solitaire game which is what the name is usually used to refer to). Perhaps Pogo could licence Bernie Bloem’s “Game of Four Winds” (which has some ogood AI players) or the like.

    I would also like to see Jigsaw Treasure Hunter HD. I can’t play the original any more as my copy of IE 11 is playing up. Does anyone know of another browser which will run Java?

  • I would also like to see dice city roller updated as well as casino island blackjack (or an addition of a new multi shoe casino style blackjack game). also, are there any plans to make a new challenge set for a way with words?

    • Thank you for your game requests, longhaji. New Challenges are always in the works! :)

  • Will the Trizzle update create a new game and re-start rank progress?

    • Hello Reb,
      Yes, just like all the other Flash and Java Pogo game conversions, the HTML 5 version of Trizzle will be a new game with a brand new ranking system.

  • Are the rumors true that pogo will be deleting chat rooms? I sure hope not, I love playing at pogo, the games, the people, making friends & more friends. I don’t have outside friends, I have pogo friends & most of them are dear to me, we love playing & chatting at the same time.
    When I first joined club pogo back in 2001, I remember pogo’s slogan “Welcome to Pogo, the best place for games, fun & friends.” I hope that will not change due to the merge with EA?

    • Hello Samantha,
      The rumors are just that…rumors. Pogo is NOT getting rid of chat.
      I, and the Pogo team, understand that Pogoians utilize and enjoy the chat feature of Pogo. And I guarantee that we are aware of the many requests for chat to be updated and to be returned to the side of the game screen. Meanwhile, over here at Pogo, the team is looking into it and when I do have an update, I will most definitely provide one.
      Thank you for your concern.

  • The updates said Pogo Daily Sodoku is being upgraded. I’ve been trying to get all my purchased and gift badges before these upgrades occur. I don’t see Pogo Daily Sodoku in the games list. Am I missing it somewhere? Thanks for all the upgrades and all the free badges.