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!