Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer)
If you’ve been on YouTube at all in the past year, chances are you’ve at least heard of Dream, which is one of the fastest-growing channels in the history of the platform. Dream is a 21-year-old American Minecraft YouTuber with over 20 million subscribers, 10 million of which he gained in the past six months alone. While his Minecraft videos and playthroughs are very popular and got him where he is today, his channel is primarily known for his multiplayer server, known as the “Dream SMP”. (SMP standing for ‘survivor multiplayer’) This server was created by Dream along with his friend George of GeorgeNotFound on April 24th, 2020. They are two of the eight original SMP members, along with their other friends Sapnap, Callahan, Alyssa, Awesamdude, Ponk, and BadBoyHalo. However, in the past year, Dream has expanded the server to include more Twitch streamers and YouTube personalities (like TommyInnit, Tubbo, Ranboo, etc) to join in.
On the surface level, nothing appears different about Dream’s channel, besides the absurd amount of popularity he has gained in the past six months. Enough about its analytics, though. This isn’t just another survivor Minecraft world on the YouTube platform. Dream SMP is also a wildly entertaining roleplay between Dream and his friends. To further elaborate, there are now several members of the Dream SMP crew who stream their point of view in the roleplay live on Twitch or YouTube. This is one very unique thing about this fast-growing channel on YouTube; you can follow along with the story from the point of view of the character of your choosing. You can see the SMP through the comedic point of view of TommyInnit, feel Wilbur Soot’s pain as he slowly loses his sanity, and even experience Puffy’s surprise as Quackity and Technoblade burst into the Red Banquet together after previously being enemies.
Getting to experience the story through multiple points of view makes for a very interesting plot, however, it does make it a lot harder to explain and summarize. The beginning of the server was composed only of the previously mentioned eight original members of the SMP, along with a few close friends. Things were very simple back then, the Community House being the core of the server. After Dream invited more and more people to join is when things really started moving along. This was after Tommy, Tubbo, Fundy, Punz, Purpled, Wilbur, JSchlatt, Skeppy, and Eret joined the server. Some of these people created a new nation within the SMP called L’Manberg. This was when the story really began. War broke out after Dream, head of the server, refused to give this nation its independence. This was when members of the SMP were first split. After the first war was an era of establishment and growth for the nation, also seeing the addition of Quackity and Karl to the server. Later on, an election was put into place to establish the presidency in L’Manberg. This created a huge shift in power, dubbing the nation under the power of JSchlatt. He proved to not be a good leader, though, which caused Tommy and Wilbur to spark a rebellion. All of these events are just the early stuff, the server has developed very significantly between now and then, which is all the more reason to check it out. The fandom is admittedly hard to get into, between all the different points of view, but I will say that it is worth it.
“I have to say that it’s been very entertaining, I’ve been watching the lore unfold for many months now. It can be very difficult to keep up with, but when you’re watching and actually do understand, it’s pretty great,” said Matthew Lallemand, a sophomore here at SLVHS. Finding someone to interview about this rapidly-growing fandom was very easy, as it’s majorly trending at SLV at the moment. If you have the time and patience to actually get into the lore and story, then follow along with the Dream SMP roleplay. Pick a point of view (or multiple, if that’s your thing) and get watching, because this story takes a new turn every single stream.