How to Play #1
If you’re new, you have come to the right place. My name is Kwan and I’m here to get you ready for Glideon, a land filled with purposeful adventures! Glideon is where Lightglider Academy is located. To get there, you’ll need a computer.
Here is what to do:
1. Download the Lightgliders desktop app on a PC or Mac computer by clicking here.
2. Log in to the Lightgliders desktop app using your username and password.
PLEASE remember your username and password! Perhaps you should write it down and put it in a safe place. Once you log in to the desktop app on your computer, you should see a frontpage just like the one on your mobile device!
3. Watch the video below to learn more about why we need you in Glideon!
You’ve come this far, Lightglider. I really hope you make it to the Academy. You’ll find me in the Innovation Lab. I look forward to meeting you. If you can't make it to Glideon right now, I hope you enjoy all the games and weekly activities on the front page and in the categories below. There will always be a lot to do here in Lightgliders.
You’ll meet Bryce in How to Play #2. He’ll guide you on your first visit to Glideon.
How to Play #2
Did you download the desktop app onto a computer and login from it, or are you on a mobile device? My name is Bryce and I’m going to guide all you first-timers to Lightglider Academy! Here’s what you need to do:
1. Click on the button at the top of your screen that says “Enter Lightglider Academy.”
This is your portal into Glideon!
2. Glide around by clicking your mouse on the computer or by tapping the screen on your mobile device with your finger.
The Yonders is what we call the land surrounding Lightglider Academy. If you’re new on your desktop app, you’ll be transported into a forest in the Yonders. Be careful because there may be some Machines waiting to attack. Don’t panic. I will be alerted as soon as you are dropped in, and I will find you out there. While we’re there, I’ll show you a few things about battling Machines, rescuing Gliddles, and collecting materials. These are skills you’ll need to learn if you are going to help Glideon.
If your first time exploring the Academy is on your mobile device, you will be in the Academy Courtyard. You won't be able to go on official Yonders missions unless you are in the desktop app on your computer. There are a lot of Yonders mission training games you can play now when you first open the Lightgliders app in the category "Game Missions to Resuce and Restore." These will help you know what to do when you do go on official Yonders missions.
By the way, the tutorial below will teach you how to glide. It might be helpful to you, or you can just wing it like I usually do!
3. Find Tambika in the Courtyard!
Once you make it through the Yonders, you’ll be in the Lightglider Academy Courtyard. This is a great place to socialize, hang out with friends, play games, and begin exploring. BUT, first you need to learn the ropes of what it means to rescue and restore. The best way to do that is to let Tambika give you a mission. If you are in the desktop app, look for her in the Courtyard. She’ll have a question mark above her head. Click on her and see what happens. If you are on a mobile device, look for the minigame called "Mission: Waterfall Meadow." It will give you a taste of what your first official Yonders mission will be like.
You’ll also hear from Tambika in How to Play #3. She’ll send you on your first mission to the Yonders!
How to Play #3
Hello New Lightglider! My name is Tambika, and I cannot wait to meet you in the Courtyard. I’ll be waiting for you there. If you are playing from the desktop app, click on me to accept your first mission to Waterfall Meadow. If you are playing from the mobile app, check out the minigame called "Mission: Waterfall Meadow." Remember, you'll only be able to go on official missions to the Yonders from your desktop app! This is your opportunity to do what we Lightgliders do. Just click on “Let’s Glide” to begin.
You’ll put on armor, battle Machines, rescue Gliddles, and clear blight. Here are a few things for you to know on this first mission to the Yonders:
• Rescue as many Gliddles as possible! They give you different powers based upon their color that will help you battle the Machines!
• Avoid or attack Machines. They are patrolling the land looking for Gliddles to capture.
• Restore the land’s beauty. Blight is a dark substance that is destroying Glideon. You have a light resource surrounding you that will clear the blight. Glide up close to blight patches and click on them to clear them.
• Collect all the materials you find, whether they be coins, gems, or fruit. You’ll use them later. Trust me on this!
This is Important! To successfully complete a mission that could unlock another mission, you have to fulfill your primary objective. Each mission has three objectives located at the top right of your screen. Your first objective is the primary objective. We want you to complete all the objectives, rescue all the Gliddles, and clear all the blight, but sometimes that is not possible. So, make sure you focus on the first objective of Waterfall Meadow. Once you complete that and exit the Yonders, come find me again.
In How to Play #4, Nisha will help you decorate your Treehouse!
How to Play #4
Hi friend! I’m Nisha. Thank you for being here. You have joined a large community of unique and special people. And you will make a major impact as a Lightglider. One way you do this is by building and decorating a treehouse where rescued Gliddles can live. Just outside the Academy campus are beautiful trees. Go there and you can decorate your very own treehouse with decorations you've bought. To decorate, drag and drop decorations from your inventory. You can purchase more decorations at Tree Mart in Lightglider Academy. Watch the tutorial below to learn more.
If you are playing on the desktop app, you can rescue Gliddles to upgrade your treehouse! To upgrade one of your treehouse decks, choose a color upgrade and purchase it using gems from your inventory. THe color of the flooring you choose will determine what kind of boosts will grow. Boosts are like power ups that you can collect from your Treehouse and give out to other Lightgliders.
The last thing I want you to know about your Treehouse is that RES grows there. RES is the light resource that is used to clear blight. The more upgraded decks and Gliddles that are in your Treehouse, the more RES will be able to grow. You want as much RES as you can get. It is our only solution for the blight problem right now. And remember, you need to rescue Gliddles on official Yonders missions from the desktop app!
In How to Play #5, Santiago will teach you how to unlock all the rooms in the Academy!
How to Play #5
Hola! I’m Santiago. I am excited that you have joined us at Lightgliders! Tambika runs the Academy these days, and she has asked me to welcome you and tell you about it.
Soooooooo…..here are a few things you need to know!
1. You can unlock new rooms in the Academy!
When you enter the Academy, you’ll be in the Courtyard. Glide around and look for Mission Control, the Innovation Lab, and the Library. These are the four main rooms where Lightgliders hang out and where we hold events and parties. There are other spots you may find while gliding, but I’ll let you find those for yourself!
Also, you can see a map of the whole Academy by clicking the Lightgliders crest in the lower left hand corner of your screen. From there you can just click onto the rooms that you wish to visit, but I think gliding is more fun! You’ll notice if you click the Lightgliders crest once, the button itself will turn into another button -- the map of the Yonders. This is where you can see the missions that await you on the desktop app!
2. You can chat with and have fun with other Lightgliders!
There are many ways to have fun with others. You can add friends, send postcards, visit treehouses, give boosts, and chat safely. The first goal of a Lightglider is RESPECT. So be respectful when you connect with others. If you are not, we will have to turn off your chat capabilities or suspend you from the Academy.
By the way, did you know that you can use emotes and dance moves in the Academy? I am a big fan of the Air Punch!
3. You can visit the stores and go shopping!
Tambika told you to collect as many materials as possible on your missions. She said this because there are two stores at the Academy. They are Glider Gear and Tree Mart. At Glider Gear, you can buy new outfits, hats, gliders, and sticker packages. Tree Mart is where you can find decorations for your Treehouse.
Did you know that you can decorate in your Treehouse both above and below the ground? You just need to rescue enough Gliddles and collect enough gems!
Anddddddddd…...finally, here is my official welcome video to you!
You’ll hear from Tova in How to Play #6. She’ll teach you how to customize your character!
How to Play #6
Well, hello there, new Lightglider! I’m Tova and I am here to tell you that YOU and EVERY Lightglider were uniquely MADE TO SHINE.
You are unique. That means that there is no one like you!
You were made. That means that you were not an accident!
You are able to shine. That means that you can positively impact others!
In honor of being unique, I want to tell you that you can change your outfits in Lightgliders at a moment’s notice. If you are in the Academy on a computer or if you are on a mobile device, just click on your profile picture to change outfits, hats, gliders, and even your look.
Also, if you ever receive a mystery code, you’ll want to enter it into your Academy profile to get a helpful prize. You may want to ask your parent or group leader if any new mystery codes have been sent out this week. They'll find them in our weekly emails. Also, for every month that you're a Lightglider, you receive a special glider! Ask your parent or group leader for the code that comes in the monthly milestone emails!
Santiago already told you about Glider Gear, but let me remind you that you can buy new outfits there. Keep collecting materials on your missions, so that you can buy the stuff you want. Keep collecting gold coins on your missions so that you can buy the hats and outfits you want. You can also play games and watch videos outside of the Academy to earn gold coins! Marlon will talk about that later.
Sometimes moderators will give out free gear at parties, which is always fun!
Remember, you were made to shine. The way we do that in Lightgliders is by pursuing three goals -- RESPECT, RESCUE, and RESTORE. Watch these videos to learn ways to pursue each one in Glideon.
In How to Play #7, Marlon will share the difference between being in Lightgliders and being in Glideon!
How to Play #7
Ok, New Lightglider! It’s time to put it all together. You may have noticed that all of these “How to Play” messages have been about what you will do in Lightglider Academy in the land of Glideon. Remember, you can be transported to Glideon through your desktop app and mobile device, but you'll only be able to go on official missions to the Yonders if you go through the portal in the desktop app.
My name is Marlon, and I’m here to explain what you will find inside of Lightgliders but outside of Glideon. You’ll find games, videos, sticker pages, and other fun activities. You will also encounter the Far Greater Story. This is the story of God’s love for you. God’s love is something to know, grow in, and show. It is the foundation for understanding that you were made to shine.
We want you to know this story, to talk about it with your family and friends, and to understand how it affects your life and decisions. That is why there is a new theme and Bible verse each week to learn about and discuss.
If you are in Lightgliders but not in Lightglider Academy, you can explore all the different types of content -- the Games, the Sparks, the Prayers, the Sticker Pages, and the fun LGTV videos. As you do these, your light bar will fill up and you will be rewarded with coins to spend in the Academy!
If you are in the Academy in the desktop app, you have access to Glidebook. This is a place where you can journal, keep track of prayers, and send encouraging postcards. There are always three daily challenges for you in Glidebook. Watch the video below to learn more.
PLEASE check out the Lightgliders calendar in the footer of the Lightgliders website as well as the community announcements that pop up, so that you know what’s going each week.
See you there. Glide on!
PS - one of our Gliddle friends has one last thing to fill you in on in How to Play #8!
How to Play #8
Hey there Lightglider!
Aren't the Lightglider leaders AWESOME?!
All of us Gliddles love having Lightglider friends! We get to follow along as you clear blight, battle Machines, restore the land of Glideon, and decorate beautiful places for us to live in the Treehouses!
I want to let you know that the longer you are a Lightglider the better! Not only will you be part of an incredible community, but the longer you stay and play, the better the rewards!
As you play games, get high scores, watch videos, and more, you'll earn light and level up! And for every month that you are a Lightglider, a moderator will send you an exclusive glider to celebrate! Each month the gliders get better and better!
Stick around for a whole year and you get a GOLDEN GLIDER. Two year, and it's a DIAMOND GLIDER! How cool is that?!
I think that is it for now. If you have any other questions or want to take a tour of the Academy, please find a moderator in the Courtyard. They have a purple nameplate and they will show you around. They are usually around each weekday at 5pm EST!