March 2020 Newsletter
March 2020 Newsletter

Hello, CoMmunity! It’s a truly unknown time right now out there, and we’re sending all the Molecules’ love to you and your families. We hope you’re able to stay as safe as possible <3

Connecting with the community has kept our spirits high, and despite all the chaos of the last few weeks, we are still forging ahead on patches, content and VR - albeit in some new and less in-person ways.

It’s never been more important to reach out, say “hi” and connect with someone who might need some extra support - we’ve added some ways we’ve seen dreamers virtually connecting that we shout out in the newsletter below and we’re glad to say we’ll be restarting our streams again next week (with a slightly different, more individual format) so we can connect with all of you again.

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Guest Artist: kaz_risk

We quickly became fans of Kaz’s Kwest after playing it on one of our recent CoMmunity Creations streams, so we just had to ask kaz_risk how the idea came about!

I knew even before Dreams came out that I wanted to make a pirate adventure game, collecting treasure on island across the seas. The basic island structure gave me a nice framework for individual levels, and the treasure hunting would make for a great objective-based gameplay loop.

My brother actually designed the head for Kaptain Kaz, the main little character, and it was awesome to collaborate on that within Dreams. Since I'm not able to pump levels out rapidly, I knew I wanted to have a fun scoring system to allow people to chase high scores in between level releases. When I thought of the timer/coin pick-up scoring system, I knew that was it!

One of the very first games I played in Dreams was Pip Gemwalker and I absolutely loved the ground art assets. I used those as the foundation for the island, adding a plastic-y shiny coat to make it all look toy-like. Even Kaptain Kaz is supposed to be a sort of toy-like mini-figure. The Dreams #help-chat in Discord really, really helped me out with all of my coding. Almost daily I was asking them how to make a coin trigger this, or a camera move like that. The community was a remarkable resource!


What's New at Mm HQ?

Our Roadmap!

Our Roadmap!

We want to keep you as up to date as possible when it comes to what we’re working on for Dreams. To help us out with this, we’ve launched our very own roadmap! With this, you can keep an eye on what to expect in the next Dreams update, what features we’re currently working on as well as a glimpse at what we’ve got planned in the future.

You can find our roadmap right here!

Kath & Eoin’s Banana Muffin Recipe

Kath & Eoin’s Banana Muffin Recipe

As you may know, our resident chefs Kath and Eoin keep the Molecules fed and energised each and every day, and we can never express how thankful (and lucky!) we are to have them at Mm HQ. This month, they’ve been kind enough to let us in on a little secret - how they make their famous banana muffins!

You can find the recipe right here, and let us know if you make your own banana muffins - we’ll share with Kath and Eoin so they know! <3

Incoming Wallpapers!

Incoming Wallpapers!

Starting this month, we’re going to be rounding up some our amazing Dreams images and turning them in to wallpapers for your desktops. We’re kicking things off with the absolutely wonderful cover page for Art’s Dream!

Simply click HERE save it to you computer!


CoMmunity Happenings!

#DreamTogether

#DreamTogether

The absolutely amazing Dreams community never ceases to amaze us, and in a time where everything’s up in the air, the Dreamiverse spirit has never been higher. There’s some amazing activities and events being run by different Dreamers, from song contests to podcasts to an art challenge!

We’ve rounded up just a few (that we know of!) in to a blog on indreams.me that we’ll be regularly updating with news on new events!

Meet the CoMmunity - Bella_Iris

Meet the CoMmunity - Bella_Iris

Last month, MrCaseyJones recommended we speak to Bella_Iris and what a brilliant idea that was! Bella does some amazing work in Dreams, including a huge array of different voice acting roles! Get to know her a little more with our community questions below!


What do you like to do in the Dreamiverse?
I love creating! My favorite things to create are art, and voice work. I also really enjoy collaborating on things, whether it is my own project or someone else's! Helping others really gives me a happy fulfilling feeling, and it also makes me feel good to reciprocate, because so many of you Dreamers have helped me! I've also been gradually rearranging my collections to make them more friendly for Design Dreamers who use elements by others.


If you could give other members of the CoMmunity a piece of advice for their time in Dreams, what would it be?
Oh gosh! There are so many things I want to say! Can I say more than one thing?

Firstly, there is HUGE wealth of information in the forums! I have noticed that a lot of new Dreamers don't realize there are forums! Go to https://feedback.indreams.me or click on the Send Feedback button from the http://indreams.me website. The "How Do I?" Section has thousands of questions that have been answered by Molecules and the CoMmunity. As Early Access and Beta Dreamers we struggled with the very same questions you might be struggling with now! So please head over there for a search and see if your question has already been answered. There is a lot of helpful information to be found! (As always, please remember to be kind and courteous when submitting a new question!)

Secondly, it is amazingly useful to just play around with the tools! Try things out, experiment, see what they do! Once when struggling with the graphics thermometer for a huge scene, I took a two week break to just practice making low-thermo objects. I learned a lot and now I can make relatively low-thermo scenes! Just remember, it is perfectly okay to put your big dreams on hold a tiny while to build up your skills and cornerstones. It goes a long way and will save time in the future!

Third, (but most importantly!) be kind! I know sometimes when you are learning new things it can get a little frustrating if something is not working right. This community is filled with oodles of kindhearted individuals who are willing to lend a hand... and the best way to ask is with kindness and appreciation.


What was the first thing you created in Dreams?
“Basic Tight Fleck Pine Tree”, created on December 26, 2018 (in the Beta). What I remember best from my first time with Dreams is the joy I felt when I first got ahold of the tools. Every little click of my imp just felt bursting with potential. This is it! I thought. This the art medium that will bring my dreams to life. This is what I've been waiting for!!!


Favourite food, movie and song, in that order. GO!
Mint chocolate chip ice cream, but the really rare kind with lots of itty bitty chocolate chips or thin layers of chocolate drizzled through.


Avatar (2009) directed by James Cameron. That movie gives the feels every time. Also the rumors are true! They are making FOUR sequels! Squeeee! There's even an entire community devoted to learning and practicing the Na'Vi language. The movie has also helped a lot of people get involved with saving the planet worldwide. I guess I have a soft spot in my heart for happy worldwide communities!


"I Was Born for This" by Austin Wintory. When I first heard it at the end credits to the game, Journey, it brought tears to my eyes. It really brings out some beautiful emotions, and I love that it is in many languages, and features lines from famous literature such as Beowulf, The Aeneid, The Iliad, Joan of Arc, Matsuo Bashō.


How can people find you in the Dreamiverse?
You can find me & my creations (many of which I make public for others to use!) by searching for Bella_Iris. Don’t get confused if my imp keeps looking different, I just can’t decide which imp is the cutest!


Who'd you like to get to know in the Dreamiverse? We'll ask them some questions for next month's newsletter!
Now that the new Dreamers have had some time to explore the Dreamiverse, I think it would be very fitting to meet a new Dreamer! I've been very impressed with the artwork by Hemlawk so far! Hemlawk has also taken the community vibe to heart and has been really friendly and charming! I’d love to get to know him better! To Hemlawk and all the new flecklings: Welcome to the Dreamiverse and thank you for joining our CoMmunity!

Impy Winners get their Impys!

Impy Winners get their Impys!

It’s just surreal that the Impys were 2 months ago(!?), we’re only just getting over the shock of hosting a whole awards show in Dreams.

During the show, we showed off our real-life Impy award, and as of the past couple of weeks, our amazing Impy winners have been receiving their very own statues! Congratulations once again to all our winners and nominations.


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



There’s new updates on the horizon, including a free demo for newcomers to get a taste of Dreams, and our Molecules are in the thick of working on VR. We’ll also be bringing back streams very soon! Stay safe, spread kindness, and we are wishing you and your loved ones all the best in these difficult times.

We’ll see you in the Dreamiverse, everyone! <3