Tales from the SMP is a side anthology series (meaning that it is comprised of "one-shot" style, nonlinear episodes, each with a different cast of characters) involving different members of the Dream SMP, and on rare occasion, external guests. Each episode is considered canonical to the lore of the SMP and explores past, present, and future stories from the SMP through the eyes of time-traveling protagonist Karl Jacobs. In most episodes, the other content creators involved play characters separate from their SMP characters.
Karl Jacobs is the current writer and creative director behind this series, although he collaborates with BadBoyHalo and members of the community to build the sets, create the skins, and manage other parts of the stream.
December 26, 2020
|The episode follows Karl Jacobs, Awesamdude, BadBoyHalo, GeorgeNotFound, and Fundy as they build Gogtopia, a small settlement in the wilderness of the Dream SMP in one hour. At the end of the hour, Karl blows up parts of the town with TNT and dubs it "The Town That Never Was." He says that they would all forget the town, but the lore behind it would remain. The story of The Town That Never Was mirrors the history of L'Manberg.|
January 2, 2021
|The episode stars Karl Jacobs, BadBoyHalo, Corpse Husband, Dream, GeorgeNotFound, LazarBeam, Ponk, Quackity, and Tubbo. The episode takes place hundreds of years in the past and follows the village of "Not A Very Good Town" as its inhabitants (all except Karl) roleplay the game Town of Salem (also known as Mafia). The stream was comprised of two rounds, one practice round and one canon round.|
January 9, 2021
|The episode stars Karl Jacobs, BadBoyHalo, Dream, GeorgeNotFound, Ranboo, and Sapnap as pirates. It takes place at an unknown time and follows the pirates as their beach party transitions into "Captain Blockbeard's treasure hunt" when they discover a beached pirate ship. The episode involves the participants heading to multiple locations to discover clues and ultimately find the treasure.|
January 24, 2021
|The episode stars Karl Jacobs, BadBoyHalo, Dream, Quackity, and Ranboo. The episode takes place a few hundred years in the future after the original SMP characters had all passed away. It follows four fishermen (all except Dream) as they discover the Lost City of Mizu and find it inhabited by a descendant of Ranboo (played by Dream). There, they encounter stories of the SMP altered through the generations.|
February 3, 2021
|The episode stars Karl Jacobs, BadBoyHalo, Fundy, Nihachu, Quackity, Ranboo, Sapnap, and Technoblade. It takes place in the past and follows several upper-class people at a Masquerade in a large mansion. The Masquerade quickly goes south when someone starts murdering the guests. The episode ends by connecting current SMP events to the Masquerade and by introducing Karl to the Inbetween.|
February 14, 2021
|The episode stars Karl Jacobs, BadBoyHalo, ConnorEatsPants, Corpse Husband, Fundy, Quackity, Ranboo, Sapnap, Technoblade, and Tubbo as cowboys. It takes place at around the same time as the Masquerade in a western-style town with many shops and buildings. The episode follows Karl and the townspeople as they join together to stop bandits who have repeatedly robbed the town. The end of the episode also reveals more of the Inbetween and Karl's involvement with it.|
March 4, 2021
|The episode stars Karl Jacobs, Sapnap, ConnorEatsPants, BadBoyHalo, Dream, George, Jschlatt, Punz, Ranboo, Technoblade, and Tubbo as different characters. It takes place in the future and follows the characters as they explore Connor's new house. Schlatt, a millionaire and landlord, then takes them to his mansion. There, the characters have to finish three trials. The end of the episode also reveals more of the Inbetween, and hints at a more sinister side to it.|
March 20, 2021
|The episode stars Karl Jacobs, BadBoyHalo, Fundy, Hannahxxrose, JackManifoldTV, Ph1LzA, Punz, Ranboo, Sapnap, Technoblade, and Tubbo. The episode takes place hundreds of years in the future, a year before "The Lost City of Mizu", in the Subbin Empire. Karl, as Emperor Porkius VII's new cameraman, meets the gladiators and watches them fight in the empire's annual gladiator-style competition to determine the new general. The episode also introduces a new realm, the Other Side, which mirrors the Inbetween.|
Following a two month break since the last tales episode, Karl announced via his private twitter (which was re-quoted) that he would be resuming work on the episode shortly. Karl also revealed that he was making tweaks to the format of the episode, and should think of it as the start of "Season 2".
Four months later, in the last tweet in late September, Karl announced that Season 2 will be returning soon. It is likely that the Space Race episode, which was due to be the first episode of the second season, will no longer kick off the new season.
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- Karl Jacobs [@THEHONKBOY (via @TFTSMP_Updates)] via Twitter (May 15, 2021): "My audio panels in my studio will be worked on Monday! Then I'll be able to stream on my main account again and more importantly, finally get to the next Tales episode. excited! Think of it like a season 2, making some tweaks to how the episodes are formatted to make it better!"
- Karl Jacobs [@THEHONKBOY (via @TFTSMP_Updates)] via Twitter (September 24, 2021): "BTW! Why October and not sooner for Tales: I have been trying to figure out why I haven't gotten around to kicking off season 2 of tales and I think it's because I don't feel the Space episode is the right one to be the first of the season so I am rotating stuff around :]"
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