DireDwarf, also known by his personal name John, is an American Let's Play commentator, a former active member of the defunct MindCrack Fan Server, and an unofficial member of Mindcrack. Dire joined the Fan Server in March 2012 when ecarter32 gave up his slot temporarily. He joined Mindcrack in May 2016 after winning Surviving Mindcrack Island. Dire previously used the Minecraft account Jfrancisanimator.
Dire grew up in Russellville, Arkansas and had lived there for some time, before moving to Nome, Alaska to take up a job at a Catholic radio station, despite not being Catholic. He moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in late 2012, and took frontend job at a bakery, where he had worked for a few months before beginning to livestream regularly on Twitch in an attempt to make it his full time job. He moved back to Arkansas in December 2015. Dire attended Full Sail University in Florida, studying computer animation.
Dire found YouTube Let's Plays through Zisteau and decided to create his own videos. He gained much of his early online following through commentating the Reddit Race for Wool tournaments. His YouTube channel is partnered with SocialBlade.
|Game||Playlist||Start date||Brief description|
|The Stanley Parable||"The Stanley Parable: Ep1 - The End?"||30 Oct 2013|
|Thief||"Dire Plays Thief - Ep 1 - Swoop is so cool"||7 Mar 2014|
|Map||Playlist or first video||Start date||Brief description|
|"Super Hostile 12 Inferno Mines"||"Superhostile - Inferno Mines with ZombieCleo Ep1 - I has a dumb"||9 Apr 2013||Featuring ZombieCleo|
|PixelLeague Pixelmon server||"Pixelmon: PixelLeague Server"||3 Feb 2014||Season 1|
|PixelLeague Pixelmon server||"PixelLeague Server! S2 Episode 1 - Lone Wandering"||21 Aug 2014||Season 2|
MindCrack Fan Server
Before the 1.5 map reset, Dire had a plot in the Shirtsville neighborhood of Blockhaven. His plot was accidentally shortened by one block when the plot was laid out by RainbowCrisp. He was in the process of rebuilding it. Dire had a property above the entrance to the community End portal. Dire held a video contest and awarded FreeWithoutWalls a slot in the Fan Server.
|22 Mar 2012||"'Whats up with Dire' is a dumb name for a video"||
|27 Mar 2012||"Adventures on the Mindcrack Fan Server #1 - Wandering About"||
|5 Jun 2012||"Adventures on the Mindcrack Fan Server #2 - Deconstruction"||
|7 Jun 2012||"Adventures on the Mindcrack Fan Server #3 - Walltastic"||
|21 Jun 2012||"Adventures on the Mindcrack Fan Server #4 - PRANK - "It's full of bad!""||
|23 Jun 2012||"Adventures on the Mindcrack Fan Server #4 - Wine and Revenge"||
|26 Jun 2012||"Adventures on the Mindcrack Fan Server #5 - Damnit!"||
|28 Aug 2012||"Dire Does: Mindcrack Fan Server!" (unavailable)||
||Alurl, Bruschetta12, FreeWithoutWalls, oddmast|
|23 Oct 2012||"Mindcrack Fan Server - Lets check out the old digs shall we?" (unavailable)||
|27 Oct 2012||"Mindcrack Fan Server Halloween Party! Broadcast in 720p" (unavailable)||
A close friend of both Mhykol and mcgamer, Dire was nominated to participate in Surviving Mindcrack Island by Mhykol. Dire joined the event (which was recorded in September 2013) as a replacement for HughMurrell/YoshiToMario, finishing in the final two alongside his ally darkphan. Dire was announced as winner of the series during the livestream finale on 13 May 2016, having defeated dark in a 4-2 Tribunal Vote. Dire joined Mindcrack as a VIP guest, and has been given the option to join as an official member if he so pleases. Between the recording of Surviving Mindcrack Island and its release, Dire participated as a guest in the 2014 Mindcrack Marathon UHC #ForTheKids in September 2014.
- DireDwarf on YouTube
- DireDwarf on Twitch
- DireDwarf on Twitter
- DireDwarf on Reddit
- Previous Reddit account
- DireDwarf on Steam
- DireDwarf (28 February 2013). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/DireDwarf/status/307284495864852480>.
- Patreon Profile. Patreon. Retrieved 17 September 2014. <http://www.patreon.com/DireDwarf>.
- Diredwarf (22 March 2012). "'Whats up with Dire' is a dumb name for a video". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bqu_YBIO_0&t=23m56s>.
- Mhykol (14 May 2012). "Super Hostile Lethamyr - Episode 1". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnzalyPlJWo>.
- OMGchad (14 October 2013). "DireDwarf and OMGchad Chat". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0zGxYfIjjE>.
- jfrancis. Steam Profile. <http://steamcommunity.com/id/jfrancis>.
- DireDwarf (23 October 2012). "Mindcrack Fan Server - Lets check out the old digs shall we?". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/diredwarf/b/336635634>.
- DireDwarf (4 December 2015). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/DireDwarf/status/672906188946718720>.
- Diredwarf (23 June 2012). "Adventures on the Mindcrack Fan Server #4 - Wine and Revenge". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbneXZSDqxk&t=491s>.
- DireDwarf (19 May 2016). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/DireDwarf/status/733389833360396289>.