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Horse Isle 3 Update: Jousting and Chariots!

Can anyone say…. chariot race?  I may have to build one sometime, if I figure out a way to do it.  Spinning spikes affixed to the wheels won’t be mandatory.

Most of you are probably familiar with the Pony Cart.  The chariot is made for full sized horses and costs 10,000 Essence.  Up to 2 friends can ride in it with you!  Here’s what it looks like:

Chariot
Ben-Hur of Horse Isle

There is now also a Horse Cart, unlockable for 2,500 Essence, so you can roll in style with your larger horses.

Additionally, the strength requirement for the Pony Cart was recently reduced, so your little guys only need a .2 Pull Strength instead of .4.  This is great, since weaker minis can now pull, and those who already could will be faster.

And now, for Jousting.  For a very reasonable 1,000 Essence, you can unlock a proper lance!  In-game, the lance is made of foam and will only knock a rider off a horse if they also have the lance equipped.  A couple clubs have made arenas for jousting, TigerTon being one of them.

Jousting 1
Me on my Waaaaaar Unicorn

I anticipate lots of fun to be had with these new enhancements!

Like to join me on this awesome game?  If you would, make sure and use this link or place my ID, 1023, in the box when you join.
That way, if you ever decide to buy a subscription, even for one month, you’ll get a bonus 1000 essence, plus 10 Esroh Essence to help you get started.  A subscription costs 500 Mobia per month and you can buy Mobia from other players in-game if you don’t have cash to spend.
Boris the nutter
Goofy Pic of the Day – “Boris” in mid-yawn

Horse Isle 3: Underwater Adventures

To help everyone have something else to focus on right now, Horse Isle 3 just pushed out a pretty massive update.  They opened the oceans for exploration!  You need 2500 Essence to unlock the Diving Bell, with 500 of that being from the Savannah.  They also launched a fun form of jousting, and recently released a horse cart and a chariot, which I’ll cover soon.  By the way, Caverns are in the works too!

Right now the oceans are a bit emptier than they will eventually be, but they are still really cool to see.  The Diving Bell lets you go as deep as you want, and lets you see the ocean bottom through a slightly wavery lens that’s a bit like using the Telescope.  There is a new Lucky Find too, a Giant Clam that lets you gather a pear.  I’ll post a picture of that when I find one, so check back.

Deploying the Diving Bell is easy, just go to your equipment menu to activate.  You can stop using it by hitting X.  It’s really slow to move while wearing diving gear, so it’s best to swim, kayak or sail to where you want to dive, just like in real life.  If you put the diving bell away while using it, all that happens is you float quickly to the surface.  That can actually be handy if you just found the Horse Isle version of the Marianas Trench and went all the way to the bottom.

Under the waves are neat coral (including brain coral) and colorful water plants.  I hope you enjoy the pictures below, as much as I had making them!  I had so much fun being the “Jacques Cousteau” of Horse Isle.  Please see the bottom for a special offer.

Sea vegetation
A likely spot to dive
Diving Bell 3
On the way to a diving site
Diving Bell 4
Surveying an area before diving
diving bell 1
First dive at dusk
Diving Bell 2
Looking into deeper water
Diving Bell 9
Near Fall Forest
Diving Bell 8
Near Fall Forest
Diving Bell 7
Kelp bed near an atoll
Diving Bell 6
Plants near an atoll
Diving Bell 5
Plants near an atoll

Like to join me on this awesome game?  If you would, make sure and use this link or place my ID, 1023, in the box when you join.

That way, if you ever decide to buy a subscription, even for one month, you’ll get a bonus 1000 essence, plus 10 Esroh Essence to help you get started.  A subscription costs 500 Mobia per month and you can buy Mobia from other players in-game if you don’t have cash to spend.

 

[:en]A chance in the shadow[:] — Chronicles from Concordia

[:en]I’m writing these lines from Thessaloniki, Greece, while most of the continent – and a large part of the world – is on “lockdown”. The last few days have seen an unprecedented coordinated effort to limit the advance of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the human-to-human transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that has cost the lives…

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Magnificent desolation — Chronicles from Concordia

 

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/20jhZ58fJ7xTkTudhxrWQg

Dr. Stijn Thoolen is the ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. He facilitates a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body and mind. Find this blog post in the original Dutch below. Concordia, January 2, 2020 Sunlight: 24 hours…

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Horse Isle 3 – Balloon Adventures

As many of you know, there is a balloon you can buy in Horse Isle 3.  This article is for those of you who want to know what’s it’s like before earning and spending the massive amount of Essence needed for its use.

First of all, I would not recommend buying the Balloon if you want to use it to travel long distances.  After all, it goes at half the current speed of the wind, and in the same direction, and the only way you can control it is by pressing the up or down keys.  You can see what direction the wind is going by looking at the little blue arrow on the round map in the upper right hand corner of your screen.  However, you likely know this if you already have the Sailboat.

Note of hilarity: If you try to deploy your balloon in shallow water, you get the message “Not a water balloon.”

Basic Balloon Facts

Cost: 25,000 Essence with at least 1,000 of that being from Decay Biome

Fuel: Lantern Oil

Time to take off: 5 seconds of burn

Speed: 1/2 of current wind speed

Hotkeys: Up and Down arrows

 

Fuel Saving Tips

You will quickly find that flying the balloon takes a lot of Lantern Oil.  Rather than spamming the Up-arrow key, it’s best to space out your key strokes to find the best interval where you don’t lose altitude but keep going.

2 or 3 Lantern Oils are required to get off the ground and to a decent altitude,  then let off the up button, then wait about twenty seconds, then hold the up button till you see that another Oil has been used.  After a while you’ll get the feel for how often you need to use oil, but basically it’s best to hold then button down till you see that an Oil has been used then let up for a while.  The higher you go, the harder it is to see.

I would suggest saving up between 30 and 50 lantern oils before your first flight.

Another thing you can do to save oil is to deploy your balloon from a place that’s already high, like a Beach Spiral, the top of a Mesa, or even one of those conveniently located tall towers.

Note: it can be a lot of fun to hit X at the top of the balloon’s flight, putting it away and giving you a chance to skydive!

 

How to get Lantern Oil

You can buy it, often very cheaply, from player stores.  Check the Shopping Board for prices.

There are basically three ways to make Lantern Oil.

You will need a Ranch House and a Furnace for all three methods.

Recipe 1:  Melt shovels of Tar at your Furnace.

Tar is found in Tar Pits in Decay Biome.  Be careful not to walk on the wet sticky part or you can get stuck, you can still dig from black ground near the wet tar surface.  Some clubs are in Decay Biome and have tar pits nearby, so that is a cheap way to get there.  It costs 1 shovel of tar per 1 Lantern Oil.

Recipe 2: Make Cooking Oil from Olives then use Furnace.

Olives are found in the dark green portions of Mediterranean Biome, growing on trees.  It takes 4 olives to make a bottle of cooking oil, then 2 bottles of cooking oil can be combined at the Furnace to make 1 bottle of Lantern Oil.

Recipe 3: Make Cooking Oil from Coconuts then use Furnace.

Coconuts can be found on coconut trees all over beaches, and it takes one coconut to make a bottle of Cooking Oil.  2 of those can be combined at the Furnace to make 1 bottle of Lantern Oil.

See below for pictures!

 

Like to join me on this awesome game?  If you would, make sure and use this link or place my ID, 1023, in the box when you join.
That way, if you ever decide to buy a subscription, even for one month, you’ll get a bonus 1000 essence, plus 10 Esroh Essence to help you get started.  A subscription costs 500 Mobia per month and you can buy Mobia from other players in-game if you don’t have cash to spend.
Balloon in Flight
Skydiving is a fun sport, too
Tower to launch from
Balloon on tower-top
Tower-top

Journey to the end of the world — Chronicles from Concordia

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Dr. Stijn Thoolen is the ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. He facilitates a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body and mind. Find this blog post in the original Dutch below. The end of our world is full…

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Horse Isle 3 – the Essence Anomaly – Updated

A recent update introduced something called an Essence Anomaly.  Anyone who plays Horse Isle will know that Essence buys equipment and various account perks like the kayak, the pony cart, the chariot, the ability to sense wild horses, the sailboat, the hot air balloon and even musical instruments.  You can run around all over the map and gather Essence that way but it’s nice to get a boost at times.

Enter the Essence Anomaly.  Basically it’s a big ball of essence floating in the sky, and it’s at a random place.  You have 30 minutes to travel to it, or find someone else to help you travel to it.  If you are within 200 meters of it when the time is up, you get 150-250 Essence all at once.  Information about these are announced as Server Events, like Mane Event, water balloon throwing parties, etc.  It’ll show up as a green button on the right side of your screen so you can find out the heading – that way you’ll know how far away it is, and in what direction.

You will also probably see plenty of talk about it in Global Chat.  Most of the time if it’s attainable, someone will set up an Adventuring Party, which I would highly recommend joining.

Here is what the relevant news post has to say about it:

+ A random spot (up to 750 km from center, may be ocean) spawns an Essence Anomaly.
+ Every player who gets there in the allotted time will receive bonus at end.
+ Bonus is 150 to 250 essence.
+ New ‘Anomaly Researcher’ Award tracks completions.
+ Hint: SoundFX is silent as you get near the heart of the anomaly.

(There have been updates since that news posting, in distance from center, and in duration, but I’ve fixed them here.)

Tips if you have a slow computer:

You can be up to 200 meters away from the Anomaly so it’s better to stand near the edge.

Try turning your quality down temporarily.

Look at the ground or away from the group if you start lagging really badly.

Essence Anomaly Etiquette:

Since some of our computers lag terribly at these Anomaly gatherings, especially since a couple hundred players might show up, here are some general hints.

It’s nice to dismount, just to reduce the polygon count.

Don’t light any fires or carry torches.

Put away extra equipment like carts or chariots.

If you’re part of a party, and you’re on the way to the Anomaly, try and grab some Essence.  It benefits the group.

It’s nice to help invite new players who are late to the party.

 

Wondering what that cool Essence Anomaly actually looks like?

I have pictures!  I’m the guy on the black WAR UNICORN at center, with the red saddle blanket.  He’s got big hooves and I’m dressed all in black with a black hat.

Like to join me on this awesome game?  If you would, make sure and use this link or place my ID, 1023, in the box when you join.
That way, if you ever decide to buy a subscription, even for one month, you’ll get a bonus 1000 essence, plus 10 Esroh Essence to help you get started.  A subscription costs 500 Mobia per month and you can buy Mobia from other players in-game if you don’t have cash to spend.

 

anomaly madness
The wackiness as everyone gathers (note stars in sky)
Essence Anomaly
The anomaly itself, taken at night