Horse Isle 3: Money Making Guide

Many of these suggestions are scattered around my other posts and guides.  Here they are all in one place, plus a few more!  Soon you’ll be making plenty of Gold Dust, the currency of Infinite Wilds.

First of all, what is money good for?

A little Gold Dust is needed when you build things, but really not a lot.  You also need it to buy things other players are selling, to identify the breed of the wild horses you have caught, to train your own horses so they can be better, and do other things like pay club dues.  You also need it to buy ranch land, though it’s cheap to do that for your first hectare.  Needless to say, money is good to have.

Ways of making money

Pick things up as you travel.  Logs, berries, stones, flowers, what have you.  You can then make things out of them, sell them to other players, or sell them to the Exporter.  Check the Sales board to see who is buying.

You can make big money if you keep an eye out for Pots of Gold, Meteorites, Pirate Treasures, and Mother Horse Stones.  They can give you anywhere from a few hundred to a couple thousand gold.

When you catch wild horses, read Global chat to see what kinds of horses are in demand at what club traders.  For example, the basic price to sell a plain horse is 200 gold, but if you have the right size, age, breed or level of moodiness, sometimes you can make a couple thousand on the sale.  So ask around.

Join a club and get a store.  Then you can craft things, or sell raw materials that are in demand.  You can also put your horses up for stud and sell them.  You can make a lot that way.  Again, use the Sales Board to make sure your prices are competitive.

Pan for gold.  If you save up enough Essence, you can get a gold pan and use it to get varying amounts of gold dust out of rivers and streams.

Join server contests.  There are Star Hunts, where you ride around trying to be the first to find a big glowing star.  There are card trading games where you try to get one each of four types of card  There are also water balloon fights, which are a lot of fun.  And they give you money if you win.  They are announced in chat and you can usually travel to them for free.

Achievements are a fun way to get gold too, and also Essence.  For example, if you sell ten horses to the Trader, when you sell the tenth one you’ll get a little reward.  Same for traveling, building things, making dyes, and various other feats.  There are multiple levels for each award.

Riddle Posts will test your wits and sometimes your patience.  There are several different kinds of questions, anything from riddles to math, with varying difficulty levels.  They are scattered all over the landscape, and they all pay!

Minigames are fun and diverting.  You can find Word Scrambles in Fall Forest, a stone sliding game in Swampland, rock stacking in Badlands, color sorting in Snow, music games in Stone Forest, snake charming in the Desert, a matching game in the Rainforest, and several other varieties of minigame.  They pay you when you win them.

There are other ways than this to make money.  I’ve found that selling dyes and bolts of cloth is pretty popular, as well as rare flowers and berries.  See if you can find something I haven’t mentioned!

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Ways of saving money

Keep a record of training prices at different Club Villages.  Those costs can vary widely.

Try to gather your own materials to make things, when possible.

If you need to buy something, always use the Sales Board so you can see who has what, and for how much.  It’ll save you a lot!

Groom and feed your horses yourself.  It’s more convenient to have someone else do it but it’s free if you pick your own food, and it increases your bond with the horse as well.

If you have a ranch, get the hay shed, hay fields, and water tower.  Then it’ll be nearly free, and also very easy, to feed and water your horses at once.

Be careful of where you put your buildings so you don’t have to tear them down and redo them.

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Horse Isle 3 Hints – Update on Ranches

With the game getting close to Live, I wanted to share more updates about ranches and things you can do with them, as well as give tips on finding gatherables to do all that building.

One of my favorite parts about Horse Isle 3 is the ability to go out into the great wilderness, find pretty much any kind of land, and stake a claim then build a ranch in almost any configuration you want.  Yesterday I was thinking about going into the foggy Spooky Forest biome and making a mysterious home among one of their creepy areas – like one of the new Ancient Graveyards – to surprise unsuspecting passerby.  I could even write a short and spooky story on a series of signs for people to read.   I’m still torn, though, between a ranch in a fertile valley on top of a mesa, or maybe a ranch near red rock cliffs by a saguaro forest.  Now that the desert plants have been vastly expanded, both are pretty tempting.  Or I could go nuts and find a sunny atoll and claim that…

This runthrough of Beta, though, I decided to have my ranch spread out on a small chain of islands, close enough to a Fall Forest biome that there are pretty red leaves drifting through.  Now that we have Planters to place plants and trees of our liking, I added some red maples to to go with the drifting leaves.  I also made a bridge over a waterway that was on one of the islands, and with the new Shedrow style of barns, I built a nice unified looking little barn near my stand of maples.  Here are some pictures:

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Here are some of the maples, the bridge, my house, hay barn, water tower, and beyond that you can get a glimpse of my storage barns.

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Here’s one of those epic barns – consisting of 2 straight sections and 2 corner pieces.

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At night, so you can see the lights working

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My crafting sheds – crafting, textiles, and my furnace – and two storage sheds.  On the left you can see a planter with a maple in it, on the right, you can see a naturally occurring coconut tree.  You can collect a coconut from it every couple of days, or cut it down for wood, and it’ll eventually regrow.  Beyond is a beach.

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One of my favorite new features is the Pastures.  They are like the Show Pens, except the horse can be petted and such while standing in them.  I like how they keep the horse fed and watered while in them.  I typically use them for displaying my foals while they are growing up and I can’t do much for them.

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Garden plots near yet another tree.  I wanted to create the effect of having sparse trees all over the island, to explain why there are red leaves floating in the air, and to add some color.

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Here I am on my horse, and you can see roughly how spread out this ranch is.  It actually takes a while to cross, just as it would in real life.  According to game size, I have four hectares in a rough L shape, but there is a hectare of protected land between each plot where only I can gather things, so if I had this in a forest for example I wouldn’t have to worry about my surroundings being denuded.

New Updates and enhancements:

Storage sheds that increase your inventory by 100 each

Pastures so you can now display horses out in the open on your ranch

Planters for putting trees and plants

Barns that come in shedrow versions so you can make courtyards and rows

Lamp posts to light up areas, that can be turned on and off

The game devs say that more ranch and club decorations and features are going to be coming out for quite a while.  In Horse Isle 2 you can have everything from castles to tipis, so I’m confident that there will be some great options in the future.

Time Update:

There was recently a big update to the way horses grow up.  Because of the fact that a horse takes so long to grow up in game, it was decided that they would grow two times as fast until they reached the age of 4, which is breeding age, then slow down after that.  So a favorite horse, even without having their age slowed or anything like that, should have a natural lifespan of at least a year real time.  There are also amulets you can get that will slow down, speed up, or even stop the aging of a a horse.  The only caveat is, if you stop the aging of a horse with an amulet, it can never breed again.  But you don’t have to lose that favorite horse, you can keep training them, competing with them, traveling with them, and doing everything else.

Horse Injuries:

There has also been an update that allows you get a preventive check at the vet, that will prevent one injury while out in the field.  This is helpful if you only have one fast horse (or one horse for that matter) because that way you can ride longer before having to go back. Injuries don’t happen all that often but are more common when riding on lava rock, ice crusts, or near cacti.

Biomes:

There are some more neat sub biomes now, like Winter Wonderland near Snow, Spooky Graveyards in Dark Forest, Beaver Chewed Trees in Bamboo Forest, and others.  You can also now collect driftwood on beaches to add to your stock of wood.  So it’s entirely possible to build a ranch without cutting down any trees at all.  Trees grow back pretty fast, but it’s a nice addition.

There are lots of new plants to discover too, like tea and coffee plants, sugar cane, different flowers, mushrooms, and much more.  I hope you decide to check out the game and see just how awesome this is.  Soon, little critters will also start populating the land, and not just rabbits.

If you are new and want a hand, feel free to contact me in or out of game.  My username is SandTiger and I’ll be maintaining a club in one of the new Jungle Biomes, so if you want some in game help, I’m there.

See you in the Infinite Wilds!

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Horse Isle 3 Guide to Ranches

For fans of the Horse Isle series of online games, building ranches is a lot of fun and can be quite profitable as well.  In Horse Isle 1, you could get a small plot and put building icons on it in a predetermined pattern.  In Horse Isle 2, you could get your own island and set up buildings in specific slots, but had more control over their placement and a lot more variety to choose from.   In Horse Isle 3, you can buy land a hectare at a time and build pretty much anywhere the land is flat and stable.  In another important development, you no longer have to be a subscriber to have a ranch.

Since this game is still in Beta testing (open Beta, thankfully) there are a lot of features that have yet to be released.  However, it’s pretty awesome right now!  Here are some of the highlights of Horse Isle 3 Ranches.

You can pick any biome to build in.

If you wanted to have a ranch on an ice sheet, you could do that.  It might be a pain doing everything but you could.  If you want one in a beautiful forest, that’s fine too.  Same for plains, badlands, Mesa country, volcanic terrain, bamboo forests, creepy woods, mushroom-filled Wonderland, beaches, savannah, giant redwood forests, and more.  Once you buy your hectare it’s yours to do with as you will.  Of course, it’s probably a good idea to pick a place with grass so you can have hay fields and free grazing, and a place with water is also nice, but again you don’t have to.  I love that flexibility.

There is a buffer zone around each ranch.

Around each ranch plot, there is a buffer zone so nobody can move in right next to you and be an annoying neighbor.  There is an exception for people on your buddy list, so if you wanted to recreate suburbia you could do that.  You can also do things like bridge rivers if they run across your land.

The first plot is affordable.

It’s nice that you don’t have to work too hard to get your first plot of land, that makes having a home attainable for almost everyone.  Also, the first and simplest ranch house is pretty easy to build, not taking that much wood and stone.  Prices tend to increase the more luxurious the items are.  Manufacturing sheds cost more than a ranch house for example, but hay fields to feed your horses are cheap.  Planters to plant exotic trees, though, are more expensive.  As in the real world, greater luxury equals greater cost.

Things you can do at your ranch:

Crafting

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Crafting Shed

 

If you build a house, you can use it to craft horse treats and do a few other things.  In the future there are plans to develop home interiors but for right now it’s just a building you can see on the outside.  More styles of house are planned for the future as well.  These could become really cool, as Horse Isle 2 has everything from castles to huts.  The dev team is small but inspired.

Currently it’s possible to also build a shed for making textiles, one for crafting, and a furnace

Crafting SHed
Textile Shed

for smelting.  You use the furnace to make iron out of ore, or potash out of kelp.  For example, if you wanted to oil for your oil lamp, you have a

couple of options.  You could go and dig some tar out of a tar pit and then heat it in your furnace to make lamp oil, or you could gather olives or avocados and make cooking oil from them then convert that to lamp oil.  I love the thought that goes into this!  Try making bottles sometime.  It involves burning kelp for potash, burning seashells for calcium carbonate, and melting sand for silica.  Very cool.

Breeding

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Furnace

You can build a breeding barn and also housing barns for space to have more

horses.  If you like you can also fence your land and even put a gate on it that can be locked!   Breeding happens instantly but it takes time for the foal to grow, of course.  Once born, foals grow normally and the creators even remembered that it can take an extra year or two for really tall horses to fully mature. 

Horse Care

If you build a hay shed, you can store bales in it, and feed all your horses at once by using a bale.  You can either buy bales from other players or grow them yourself.  A hay field produces a bale in about four days real time, and looks like a pitchfork sticking into the ground.  If you build a well, you can fill your buckets.  Buckets are used for watering horses and gardens.  A water tower allows you to water all your horses at once.

Gardening

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Garden, Hay Shed, and Water Tower

Garden plots allow you to grow various crops, but one of the things I really like about them is that if you allow the crop to wither in the field, you can then gather more seeds for future planting.  You usually get more seeds than you planted so it generally is profitable.  It also is a nice nod to heirloom crops and seed-savers.

Foraging

Since no one else can gather anything in your land, you could use a ranch or ranch plot to secure a supply of something.  Your plots don’t have to be connected either, so you could have one as a “tree farm” or maybe a place to collect fruit or maple sap.  As I write this, I have two plots of land, with a ranch house, at a picturesque place near a desert oasis, and two other plots up in a high valley atop a mesa.  I do all my gardening and such at my ranch house, but go up to the valley when I need hay or alfalfa plants.

Decorating

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House with planter and outbuildings

There are many ways to decorate and customize your ranch and they are coming out with more options all the time.  You can have planters with bushes, flowers, or trees in them, you can build fences of various types, you can also have docks or bridges if there is water on your property.  There is also an option for a show pen where you can put a favorite horse so they can be seen for others.  Also, every building can be customized as far as main color of paint and trim, and the same with fences.

The creators of the Horse Isle series have really put a lot of effort into creating deep, entertaining and thoughtful games that give you a range of options for fun.  I like that they aren’t a huge development company and I’m going to support Horse Isle 3 for the long term.

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