October 2019 Newsletter
October 2019 Newsletter

Okay, did anyone else notice how quickly October has come and gone? We barely had anytime to practice our pumpkin carving skills, make our costumes AND play through all of Concrete Genie (congrats to our sister studio Pixelopus on such a beautiful achievement!)! It’s been a super exciting month at Mm Towers though, with a big update to the Dreamiverse, our community meetup at EGX and playing all of your amazing creeeeepy Halloween games! Read on to get up to speed on our happenings....don’t be scared!

Guest Artist:

One of our October Community Jams was themed around the cosiest of seasons - Autumn! There were so many beautiful scenes created, with TINH_BOI’s ‘Autumn’ proving the most popular in the Hall of Fame! You can see a shot from it at the top of this newsletter and we asked TINH_BOI to give us the lowdown on the creation this month:

When I first saw the prompt for this jam, I thought of the colors, sounds, and overall feel of the season. That and the fact that I'd need to create something manageable before the deadline. Since I was so late on starting the project, using elements from other Dreamers really expedited the entire process. A lot of quality stuff out there.

The actual decision to make it involved reminiscing about childhood memories of autumn, going for nature walks, and lots of google searching to draw ideas from. Initially, my concept was called sweater weather. I was creating a portrait with warm colored trees and leaves surrounding a human subject. Though, I quickly changed my mind on having a human bust as birds felt more synergistic with the environment I'd already made. The entire scene is full of movement, and so I went ahead and animated the birds too. Gave them some personality to complete the piece.

Thanks, TINH_BOI, it’s a lovely scene!


Dreams Fact

Our Dreams Fact for this month comes courtesy of @bioswoop on Twitter who discovered, during their Dreamiverse journeys this week, the amount of time our Dreamers have spent in their Homespaces....

Dreams Fact

We look forward to giving you even more reasons to hang out in the homespace when we launch the full version of Dreams...MUA HA HA. Hmm, maybe a scary laugh isn’t the right laugh to use here...tee hee?


What's New at Mm HQ?

Orange Update

Orange Update

Earlier this month, we released the latest update to Dreams. Our Orange update brought a host of new features to the Dreamiverse including a brand new look for DreamSurfing, as well as a ton of new management tools for photos and creation archiving! You can read our full patch notes right here.

It’s also worth noting we have a lot going on at the studio, so if you’ve been dutifully reporting bugs on the forums you may notice a slowdown in responses. Don’t fret - Alex Perry has the update here.

EGX

EGX

We had a LOVELY time at EGX 2019! Our days were full of showcasing the Dreams tools to those taking part in our workshops, talking to all the lovely people who popped by for a visit and even taking to the stage with PS Access crew for some Dreams fun! And that’s not to forget our fabulous CoMmunity Meetup! Thank you to everyone who came by for an evening of food, drink and Dreams - it was so great to put faces to user names.


CoMmunity Happenings

Meet the CoMmunity! - Mandelbo

Meet the CoMmunity! - Mandelbo

As nominated by j_plusb last month, our CoMmunity member taking part in our interview this month is none other than Mandelbo! The creator behind The Starbrushed Peak, Tottsville and some of the loveliest music in the Dreamiverse answered our questions below:


What do you like to do in the Dreamiverse?

I do a bit of a mish mash of things really - I like making pretty places and filling them with silly characters and stories, but I suppose most recently I’m more known for my music because it’s basically all I’ve published in the last half a year. Real life is hectic and unforgiving! Most recently I contributed music and interfacey things to mori_shiro’s “Ruckus”, and I have resolved myself to publishing SOMETHING substantial by the end of the year!


If you could give other members of the CoMmunity a piece of advice for their time in Dreams, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid of failure, and don’t be disheartened when ideas don’t work out. It’s easy to build a picture in your head where the creators you admire only ever make things that are completely perfect, and that by virtue of making mistakes you’ll never be successful, but that simply isn’t true! Even the most prolific of creators will have an entire back catalogue filled with things they weren’t satisfied with, or things that just flat out don’t work. You just don’t see them, because they’re rarely made public - but you see *all* of your own mistakes. It’s a time worn phrase by this point, but you really do only learn by getting things wrong first. I have dozens of projects that will never see the light of day, and even my early Dreams levels are pretty atrocious looking back on them now!


What was the first thing you created in Dreams?
It’s a little silly, but the first thing I ever made was a brick, which was basically a rectangle I’d smeared the eraser over a bunch. Having watched the pre-release live-streams I was a bit fascinated by the idea of taking a block and then making unique adjustments to each face so that it can be reusable AND look good! I’m not really sure either of those things could be said about my brick (I didn’t know the first thing about the reduce detail tool :p) but you can see for yourself if you like, since it’s still uploaded - aaaaall the way at the end of my profile.


Favourite food, movie and song, in that order. GO!
This question SIMPLY isn’t fair, there’re too many things to choose from... but I’ll give it my best shot! I quite like cheesy pizza. I mean, it isn’t really anything special, and the title of “favourite food” really ought to belong to something more interesting, but that’s all you’re getting unfortunately.

“Midsommar” is my current favourite film... but please, if you’re under 18, don’t watch it - I refuse to be responsible for those traumatised as a result. I have an itch for horror that REALLY gets under your skin and stays with you long after you’ve stumbled out of the cinema, and it ABSOLUTELY scratched that!

“Andromeda” by Weyes Blood is my current favourite song, it’s quite melancholy, yet also quite hopeful too, and the instrumentation is really good... I do want to emphasise that it’s only my CURRENT favourite song, though. What my favourite song actually is changes on about a weekly basis unfortunately! To keep track of songs I like quite a lot (and to justify the exorbitant price of a premium subscription,) I make monthly playlists on Spotify. If for some reason you want to take a deeper dive into my weird music taste, search my name on Spotify under “profiles” and I should be there!


How can people find you in the Dreamiverse?
You can find me at the same name I use here - just search for Mandelbo and I should hopefully pop up. My profile’s caught a bit of dust because I haven’t uploaded anything in a little while... but watch this space, because I’ve been making a little turn based RPG over the past few months, and it *should* be ready soon!

...I’m not making any promises though.


Who'd you like to get to know in the Dreamiverse? We'll ask them some questions for next month's newsletter!
Again, there are too many people to choose from... but I think I’d like to hear more about Billy_Cultist_. They’re a master of visuals and atmosphere and make loads of little vignettes, giving you glimpses into really interesting worlds. Even though their levels are short, they always leave you wanting to explore more... What’s past the lighthouse on the cliff? Who’re those creatures you can see hiding behind the trees? Who lives inside that house in the middle of the snowfield? They’re fantastic for inspiration, and their level “The Howling Woods” is probably one of my favourite creations out there on the Dreamiverse. A lot of the visual techniques I’ve been using lately are methods I effectively cribbed from them, so I’d love to know a bit more about what makes them tick!


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!

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Thanks for reading!

Thanks for reading!

You might think things will be slowing down for Dreams as the end of the year nears...but we’ve still got some surprises left. Now of course, it’s terrible to just tease something like that and just end the newsletter, so please enjoy this picture of irl Pig Detective to hold you over.

As always, stay tuned to this very newsletter and our social channels for the latest on Dreams, and don’t forget to tune in to our livestreams every Tuesday and Thursday at 5PM GMT (yes, we DID type BST at first...).