April 2020 Newsletter
April 2020 Newsletter

Hey, CoMmunity! Firstly, hope you’re all staying safe and healthy wherever in the world you are. The Molecules send you all our love and best wishes, and are thinking of you during these surreal times.

Secondly, it’s been absolutely heartwarming to see all the community driven projects connecting dreamers together throughout April. They’ve been inspiring us and hopefully inspiring many of you as well - we’ll talk about a handful of them further down in the newsletter!

We’ve been working from our temporary home/Mm Towers for over 6 weeks now and adapting to all the changes distributed development entails (''are you muted? I think your mic is muted'')! We have Molecules working on VR (which is progressing nicely and inching ever closer to release), on upcoming improvements to indreams.me, on fixes and updates based on your feedback and on the community side, we’re looking at ways to surface more of the cool stuff you’ve been making and make Dreams feel even more connected - you’ll see some updates the banners in DreamShaping and DreamSurfing soon and more to come.

We also have a trial of Dreams coming (this week?!) so we’re excited to get that out as well. Anyway, thank you for all your kindness and patience during this time - just being able to bring back streams and connect with some friendly community faces (er..handles?) has been a highlight each week.

Wargarble

Guest Artist: Wargarble

At the start of April, we kicked off the first ever DreamWalk, a plan to create virtual hike through the Dreamiverse. We invited everyone to remix our DreamWalk or create their own to be included in the hike - and the response has been amazing (and we’re still accepting submissions!). We’ve chosen wargarble’s to top this month’s newsletter, and asked them about the inspiration behind their idea:

So there wasn’t really a specific inspiration for my DreamWalk. I have a particular way that I go about making anything whether it be a still, an animation, or a game. That particular way is very stream of consciousness! Very in the moment! I actually struggle to make stuff that is in my head, so much so that I just don’t do it. Instead I just start to create something and let the image tell me what it should be! (I know that sounds pretentious but it’s hard to explain haha) This way of creating in the moment is very free feeling and a bit chaotic at times, and Dreams is perfect for this method! So the DreamWalk was just an in the moment thing!


What's New at Mm HQ?

Streams Return!

Streams Return!

We’ve been working on bringing our weekly streams back in the best way we can, and we started Tuesday streams again with an amazing talk from our Art Director, Kareem Ettouney. His presentation, which he’s delivered at conferences across the world, is titled ‘The Timelessness of Dreams’, and discusses the philosophy and history of the art tools found in Dreams.

You can check out his talk here, and tune in to our streams every Tuesday and Thursday at 5PM BST on Twitch.

Dreams’ Latest Updates

Dreams’ Latest Updates

You’re probably aware we’ve been releasing regular updates for Dreams since launch, containing new content, feature improvements and additions to the Dreamiverse. Our next patch will introduce a Gameplay Pack for our Welcome Garden kit, as well as an ‘irrelevant’ button to be used when you encounter Community Jam entries that don’t match the theme. We hope this will start to make browsing entries easier and more pleasant.

Keep up to date with everything we’re working on for Dreams via our Dreams Roadmap.


CoMmunity Happenings

#DreamsTogether

#DreamsTogether

With everything going on in the world, our hearts have been well and truly filled by all the amazing collaborations we’ve seen brought to life in Dreams. We started #DreamsTogether (thanks for the hashtag, EnochRoot!) in order to pull all these projects together to help promote them to wider audiences, and hopefully get more Dreams involved!

The projects range from podcasts in Dreams, to song contests (filling that Eurovision void we’re all feeling this year!) to art contests - and our DreamWalk we mentioned earlier!

There’s a couple of places you can keep up to date with the #DreamsTogether activities. First, you can check out our Community News page on docs.indreams.me, or follow the #DreamsTogether bulletin board in Dreams!

Meet the CoMmunity - Hemlawk

Meet the CoMmunity - Hemlawk

Last month, Bella_Iris suggested we chat to Hemlawk for this newsletter, and we’re so glad she did! Hemlawk joined the Dreamiverse earlier this year, and has been doing some amazing work - including a whole batch of awesome neon signs recently! Get to know Hemlawk a little bit better with this interview:

What do you like to do in the Dreamiverse?
I enjoy creating something that will make people smile. Whether it's creating assets for someones game or making my own goofy Dream. It's a nice feeling when someone appreciates your efforts. The most fun I've had in Dreams was creating my Garden Jam game. It was a blast searching the Dreamiverse for assets, stamping them in scene and making it work. So cool!


If you could give other members of the CoMmunity a piece of advice for their time in Dreams, what would it be?
I can think of a few things. 1: If you're Dream surfing, give each game a chance. If there is something that needs work/debugging, leave them feedback. They might not realize players are having issues. 2: It's ok to not be "a master" in all aspects of Dreams. With time comes knowledge and skill. 3: Ask for help. This community is amazing! I've learned so much from streamers and videos.

What was the first thing you created in Dreams?
I created a set of Roman columns. I wanted to make something that would be used by the Dreamiverse aswell as a learning opportunity for myself. Being primarily a PC gamer, the controls were alien at first. I only wanted to smash my controller 3 times. HA! But now it feels quite natural.


Favourite food, movie and song, in that order. GO!
Ham and Cheese Omelet! The Big Lebowski. Harlequin Forest - Opeth


How can people find you in the Dreamiverse?
Oh I'm all over the place. :) Besides searching by name: I've recently been making "neon signs" for the city creations. I'm almost always in the creation mode. I really need to spend more time playing peoples Dreams. So many outstanding creations out there.


Who'd you like to get to know in the Dreamiverse? We'll ask them some questions for next month's newsletter!
I feel trapped! Too many amazing people in this community to name just one. But in the spirit of this interview I'll name someone who truly blows my mind: Martin Nebelong aka Martinitydk. His creations often leave me scratching my head. I like the darker side of his creations yet he creates some really beautiful scenes. I suggest that everyone should take a peek at his work.

This Month's Wallpaper(s)!

This Month's Wallpaper(s)!

Last month, we released one wallpaper . This month? THREE! We’ve got some amazing shots from the end of Art’s Dreams, featuring Art’s full band, including a couple from the jaw-dropping black & white scenes. Click the below links to download them!

Full Band

Black & White shot #1

Black & White shot #2

Let us know if you use them as your desktop wallpaper by snapping a pic and sending it to us on Twitter!


Jobs

We're on the lookout for new Molecules to join in the fun and make Dreams the best it can be! Follow the links below to read more about our current vacancies at Mm Towers!

Stay up to date on our jobs page

Current positions



We know everything is crazy right now, but we hope you’re staying strong! We’re so happy to see that Dreams has taken on a special role for so many of you, allowing you a space to express yourselves and escape everything happening in the world, even if it’s just for a little bit!

We’re still here, and we’ve not got any plans on going anywhere! We’ll keep streaming, talking and creating alongside you throughout all of this and beyond.