Horse Isle 3 Update – Hang Gliders are here!

(Also the long awaited ice skates and skis.)

But in the mean time, hang gliders!

First, here’s what it says on the site:

+ Must find a high point to launch from. Launch succeeds when open air roughly 3 meters in front of you.
+ Hang glider automatically pitches down to prevent stalls.
+ Pitch Forward (Descend) with Up Arrow (W)
+ Pitch Backward (Go Up) With Back Arrow (S)
+ Steer with mouse/Arrows
+ “Super Woman” award added. First level achieved with 1000m of total hang gliding distance.
+ Added 3 Course Air Rings 10m, 25m, 50m high
+ Added course requirement which will Auto-Start the Hang Glider equipment if owned.
+ Courses For Hang Gliding will be quite difficult. Expect to have to forfeit a lot ūüôā
+ Hint: Record a location at the top of mountain before jumping so you can quick travel back if (you) want. (GOOD TIP, JOR!)

Hang Glider Essentials

Now that you’ve read what the site has to say, here are the things I’ve discovered when hang gliding.

You will need 10,000 Essence with 1,000 of that having been earned in Fjords, to buy the hang glider.¬† Once bought, it doesn’t require fuel or anything like that.¬† ¬†You can launch from any mountaintop, mesa, cliff, fjord, et cetera.

It doesn’t seem like the most fantastic way to travel because you can only travel a few klicks at best but is great for short term exploration, finding resources or new puzzle areas.¬† It’s also just boatloads of fun and the flight controls are easy.

The wind is not a factor with speed, only descent.

There was a recent update including an altimeter on screen to the lower left.

The shortcut key is }.  Looks like a hang glider.

You cannot launch from a balloon or while falling in the air – you have to be on a solid piece of ground.

You can stretch your glide a bit by flattening it out, but do so carefully.¬† Best glide is around 20 to 21 MPH, or 32 to 33 KPH, or so I’ve found so far.

The hang glider colors are based on your profile, same as carts, kayak, etc are.

Speed:¬† You will fly faster if you are descending faster.¬† ¬†So far when I’ve been gliding best with as little sink rate as possible, I’ve been flying at between 19 and 25 MPH.¬† I saw 70 MPH one time when I was descending too fast though.¬† The trick is to handle your wing angle really carefully so you don’t accidentally dump all your lift.

Protips:  

Turn up the world sound effects and you’ll be able to hear the wind as you glide.¬† As you pitch the nose down, you will hear the wind get louder.¬† Pull the nose up and listen as the wind gets quieter – it goes silent before it stalls, just like in real life.¬† If you pitch the nose down again at that point you can glide a lot longer – play with it a bit and you’ll get the hang of it.¬† Basically if you pick up speed you can trade it for a little extra lift, and get to keep most of that if you avoid the stall recovery.¬† I was able to boost my best glide distance considerably within a few flights of doing that.

If you climb until the point just before it stalls and then drop your nose quickly to pick up speed, then begin climbing again at a slightly higher point then where you began your last climb, it’s possible to gain altitude slowly and fly pretty much until you reach terrain that’s too high or until your system lags.¬† I know someone who managed to get up to around 300 meters in altitude with a lot of patience.¬† It can be done!

Usually, using the mouse helps a lot for control.

Pulling the camera back so you can easily see yourself also helps immensely.  There is a practice area at Whistler club, called Big Air, reachable by wagon.

Successful gliding flight looks rather bouncy, not like a long smooth glide.

You can also collect Epics, pots of gold, and even chop wood if you are careful.  To collect Epics, fly next to the Epic as close as you can.  To collect a pot of gold, try to fly through the rainbow while pressing E.  To chop wood, fly as close as you can to the top of the tree and press E.

Launching Spot ideas:

Basically you want somewhere that’s high up, has sloping terrain around it, and has a fairly sharp dropoff.

Mesas

Tall Alpine mountains

Beach Spirals

Fumaroles (if you can get to the top, that is)

Tall Fall Forest or Jungle Mountains

Fjords if you don’t mind landing in the water

Ice Cliffs

Tall Redrock cliffs

Tall towers and other buildings now work for launches!  Yay!

…and let me know if you have more ideas!¬† ¬†Pictures of the hang glider are below.

Not a player yet?  Interested in joining? 

Click  HERE or go to the HI3 site and put in my user ID, 1023.   Whenever you buy your first subscription, you’ll be rewarded with 10 Esroh Essence (good for more energy) and 1000 gold dust to help you along!