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 🙂
+ 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.

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!

(Update as of 5/21/20)

…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!

Horse Isle 3 – Animal Shapeshifting!

There are so many fun updates right now and this is actually one of my favorites.  Okay, I really love deep sea diving and photography too, but this one is just cute and fun.

Basically it’s a new server event that allows you to shapeshift into a random member of the wildlife population.  It pops up on the right side of your screen, and will ask you if you want to transform.  If you click the button you get to be a wild creature for five minutes.

There are limitations to what you can do.  You can walk, swim, collect items including lucky finds and teleport, but you can’t use tools or ride your horse.  That said, it’s a lot of fun to run around as a random critter!  You “de-animalize” automatically at the end of the time.  Also, what you become doesn’t have anything to do with what biome you’re in, it’s completely random.

Here are some of the creatures I’ve transformed into:

Baby Rabbit
Baby bunny tries to figure out how to catch a horse
black raccoon
A black raccoon discovers a meteor crater
Doe a deer a female deer
Doe… a deer… a female deer…
Gray Wolf
Wolf is lookin’ fine
grey wolf running
Players Who Run With The Wolves
Irony
I do my best impression of Prongs

 

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.

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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Interested in joining? 

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