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Robert Scoble7,326,337@104987932455782713675 and I are talking about how the filters work on Facebook and why they aren't as nice to photographers as Google+ is.  Which got me a ton of questions about my feed, and what I'm seeing/learning about how the filters work and how to "game" them to get things through to more people's feeds on Facebook. I'm linking to here from Facebook, so there. This one is for the Facebook fans (or haters)2014-08-07 01:11:30138  

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2015-09-11 14:44:06 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Autcraft 2016 - The Big Plan

As we approach 2016, we have to start making some plans for the future of Autcraft. Plans to make things better but also to fix problems from the past. We're always learning and wanting to make things bigger and better for you. So, here's what we're doing:


1. 4 New Worlds

Starting immediately, today, Autcraft is opening the doors to four brand new worlds to build in. These worlds are:
- Peaceful
- Hard
- Peaceful Amplified
- Hard Amplified

Going forward, players will get to choose which of these four worlds they would like to have a base in. The amplified worlds aren't for everyone since it can be quite difficult to find flat ground sometimes and the mountains can go all the way to the top the sky. But for those that want to take on that challenge, now you can! Build in the... more »

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2015-10-05 16:08:28 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Please read. I know it's long but this is very important.

I am going to start and end this post with my apologies. I truly am so very sorry because I'm about to tell you how much I've let you all down and am even more sorry for where this has lead me.

First, I am very nearly reaching the point where I can no longer keep Autcraft online but even worse, reaching the point where I will lose my children and my home. I've never ever wanted it to come to point this, obviously but I also never wanted to have anyone know about it. My personal life is supposed to be personal but I have to face the reality that it now begins to affect a lot of other people's lives as well.

In late 2012, my Aspergers diagnosis cost me my marriage. Then in June 2013, I started Autcraft. I thought I could manage, I thought I could go on.

Autcraft turned out to be more of a... more »

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2015-11-30 16:12:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

I took a few photos while out for a walk yesterday and Google magically stitched two of them together and made a panorama out of it.

I'm impressed!

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2016-02-05 17:36:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Autcraft is featured in this month's Your Autism Magazine published by the National Autistic Society out of the UK!

#autism #minecraft

Autcraft is featured in this month's Your Autism Magazine published by the National Autistic Society out of the UK!

#autism #minecraft___

2016-01-22 00:03:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

We have one young player on the Autcraft server that insists that I say "hi" and "bye" to him each and every time he comes and goes. It's pretty awesome actually. It's always great to see him and I'm glad he takes the time to let me say "bye" before he signs off.

He is a player that's never spammed or caused any trouble in chat, however recently he's been starting to spam a bit. Nothing excessive but at least once or twice each day, he'd repeat a bunch of characters across the screen, such as ">"s or "-"s.

It seemed rather odd and we basically all agreed that we'd have to start muting him in chat if it becomes a problem (starts to annoy other players).
I had the opportunity to talk to his mother recently and discovered that this player is blind in one eye and appears to be losing vision in his other... more »

We have one young player on the Autcraft server that insists that I say "hi" and "bye" to him each and every time he comes and goes. It's pretty awesome actually. It's always great to see him and I'm glad he takes the time to let me say "bye" before he signs off.

He is a player that's never spammed or caused any trouble in chat, however recently he's been starting to spam a bit. Nothing excessive but at least once or twice each day, he'd repeat a bunch of characters across the screen, such as ">"s or "-"s.

It seemed rather odd and we basically all agreed that we'd have to start muting him in chat if it becomes a problem (starts to annoy other players).
I had the opportunity to talk to his mother recently and discovered that this player is blind in one eye and appears to be losing vision in his other eye which means... he may be blind soon.

This explained a lot and helped me to understand why those repeating characters were happening more and more... he was dividing up the chat and making it easier to see.

A quick message to the other admins and helpers on the server and now we're all aware of this and going to support him with his needs even if it means explaining to the other players that in his case, it's OK to do what he's doing.

This is just one of the many ways that Autcraft is different from all other servers.
- AF

PS. Also... if you think you have problems, just imagine being an autistic child that's going blind. It's terrible. frown emoticon

Support Autcraft: https://www.patreon.com/autismfather?ty=h___

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2016-01-15 18:23:57 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

The message that players are greeted with when they sign onto the +Autcraft server today.

Be proud of yourself!

The message that players are greeted with when they sign onto the +Autcraft server today.

Be proud of yourself!___

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2016-01-14 14:07:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

RIP Alan Rickman :(


RIP Alan Rickman :(
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2016-01-11 17:29:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

This has been something that I've been working on for quite some time!

The Autcraft Real World Modpack tries to add to the already existing game, not take away from it. The world is expanded upon with more biomes, more natural feeling terrain, more animals, plants, foods and even mobs. Also added are a bunch of mods that allow you to build a home that feels more real and complete.

This has been something that I've been working on for quite some time!

The Autcraft Real World Modpack tries to add to the already existing game, not take away from it. The world is expanded upon with more biomes, more natural feeling terrain, more animals, plants, foods and even mobs. Also added are a bunch of mods that allow you to build a home that feels more real and complete.___

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2016-01-11 07:16:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

RIP David Bowie.
A true legend if ever there was one.


RIP David Bowie.
A true legend if ever there was one.
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2016-01-10 21:27:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

What 4th wall?

What 4th wall?___

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2016-01-06 22:05:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Possibly a new modpack coming to the people of Autcraft?
Could be!


Possibly a new modpack coming to the people of Autcraft?
Could be!
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2015-12-31 14:39:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Looking back on 2015, I don't even know where to begin. Autcraft has always been unbelievable in terms of just how successful it's been, right from the very first day, but 2015 took 'success' to a whole new level.

In The News

Towards the end of 2014, the media heard about Autcraft and thought we made a good enough story to tell the rest of the world. I found myself doing interviews for most of the first half of 2015 from television, radio, magazines and blogs around the world. Not just myself though, I was also able to pass some of the 'fame' along to our players as they found themselves on the television or in radio interviews including the Today Show in Australia and the BBC in England.

Growth

When the first news stories of 2015 were published, Autcraft had just over 5000 names on the whitelist, which is a lot! It was enough... more »

Looking back on 2015, I don't even know where to begin. Autcraft has always been unbelievable in terms of just how successful it's been, right from the very first day, but 2015 took 'success' to a whole new level.

In The News

Towards the end of 2014, the media heard about Autcraft and thought we made a good enough story to tell the rest of the world. I found myself doing interviews for most of the first half of 2015 from television, radio, magazines and blogs around the world. Not just myself though, I was also able to pass some of the 'fame' along to our players as they found themselves on the television or in radio interviews including the Today Show in Australia and the BBC in England.

Growth

When the first news stories of 2015 were published, Autcraft had just over 5000 names on the whitelist, which is a lot! It was enough to catch the media and the world's attention. Now as we approach 2016, our whitelist is now just under 6500! It's not just the overall user base that's grown. We've also gone from 22 Buddy ranked players to 42, 14 JrHelpers to 25 and 8 SrHelpers to 13. These numbers continue to grow all the time not just because we have more players to choose from but because the maturity and over all atmosphere of the server continues to grow and evolve. Kindness inspires kindness. Helpfulness inspires helpfulness.

This year, several very large websites called Autcraft "The Best Community on the Internet" which is quite the title to live up to but it's also not far from the truth. Established players have the biggest and warmest greetings for new players that anyone has ever seen. When a player needs help to do just about anything, there is always someone willing to help. That's not just because we've grown in player count, it's because the heart of the server continues to grow as well, within each one of us.

Change

In September we announced the "Big Plan" for 2016. We opened four brand new Build Worlds, a new Role Play World, and a Wither World for our epic Wither fights. The primary reason for this was that the main build worlds we had from 2014 were too large and were starting to have data errors. Simply exploring in those old worlds would cause people's games to crash and they'd no longer be able to play on the server again unless we could find a way to get them out.

As expected, we met a lot of resistance to this. From many players we heard about how they didn't want to have to rebuild everything in the new worlds. In addition, we heard from parents who insisted that we didn't understand autism or the need for routine or the impact of change.

What many people didn't realize, even of themselves, is that change really hasn't been so bad! Many players moved and did it much more quickly than expected. Most people created bigger and better bases than they had ever had before. For those that had a lot to move or started moving too late, the entire community dropped what they were doing and pitched in to help! It was amazing watching dozens of people work together to take apart the most massive bases. Players worked together and even made new friends in the process. In the end, the move wasn't just tolerable but it became a source of inspiration for each other and even for me! It's amazing to see these kids do all the things that no one else ever thought they could.

Moving Forward

We now receive a steady stream of whitelist applications at the level we used to get for only a moment after a big news story. And there are still more news stories to come. We have more worlds, more players and more demands placed on us, including the need for additional servers. Hopefully, a creative server.

In 2015, I put a plan in motion to make Autcraft be my one and only focus (aside from my own family). With so many big changes, with so much world wide attention and such a heavy workload, it is now impossible to have a day job and manage Autcraft at the same time. Autcraft needs your support to help us reach our goal. With such a high number of people on our server, it would only take a $1/m from each of you to more than surpass that goal.

No, I am not in this to make money, that was never my intention and those of you that have met me know this. I only wish to do right by all of our children. I want to provide them the best of services but also the time and attention that they deserve. More helpers, more admins, and most of all, more of me. I need your help to make that a reality.

To support Autcraft going forward into 2016 and beyond, please help us by sharing our story, joining in the game yourself, and if at all possible, only if truly able, supporting us reach our goal as a subscriber at: http://autcraft.com/shop#points-subscription-988690 or a patron at: https://www.patreon.com/autismfather

2016 and The Future

Going into 2016, we say good-bye to the worlds that we started in 2014 but doing so, we put our mistakes behind us and build on all that we've learned. New worlds, new missions and a bigger community than ever.

Thank you to all that have supported us in getting Autcraft to this point. Thank you to all that believed in us, allowing us play with yourselves and your children.

And thank you to those that have joined our community whether in game, on our Facebook page, on our listserv, or in any other way. Being a part of all of this helps us, it guides us and shows us how to do better. And for that, we appreciate every single one of you.

Thank you from myself, Stuart Duncan (AutismFather), the rest of the admin team and everyone on Autcraft.

- AF___

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2015-12-29 23:39:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Deeper into the city!

Deeper into the city!___

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2015-12-28 00:43:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

For those of you following along this new series of mine, just waiting for me to die... and then rage...
You know it's coming!

For those of you following along this new series of mine, just waiting for me to die... and then rage...
You know it's coming!___

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2015-12-27 17:01:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-12-26 22:59:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

New Map! Thought I'd give it a try.

New Map! Thought I'd give it a try.___

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2015-12-26 16:28:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Being a dad.

Being a dad.___

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2015-12-24 00:32:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

If a group of 3 or more crows is called a Murder, then what's the name for a group of Withers?

Carnage.

If a group of 3 or more crows is called a Murder, then what's the name for a group of Withers?

Carnage.___

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2015-12-21 13:55:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Lest we never forget the time we all died.

Lest we never forget the time we all died.___

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2015-12-20 00:23:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

My son got this poster for Christmas from one of his classmates.
Tell me, is that not the saddest Creeper that you have ever seen?

My son got this poster for Christmas from one of his classmates.
Tell me, is that not the saddest Creeper that you have ever seen?___

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2015-12-19 22:30:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

The day after the Wii U version of Minecraft comes out, the other consoles update their versions of Minecraft to include the stuff that the Wii U version doesn't yet have.

Figures, right?

This brings the console versions up to be pretty much on par with the 1.8 PC version of Minecraft.

Which is just in time for the PC version to update to 1.9 next month.

Figures, right?

The day after the Wii U version of Minecraft comes out, the other consoles update their versions of Minecraft to include the stuff that the Wii U version doesn't yet have.

Figures, right?

This brings the console versions up to be pretty much on par with the 1.8 PC version of Minecraft.

Which is just in time for the PC version to update to 1.9 next month.

Figures, right?___

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2015-12-19 18:00:56 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

"Just Google it"

"Just Google it"___

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2015-12-17 21:16:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Minecraft for the Wii U is a thing as of today.

More comparable to the XBox or PS4 version than the PC version. Basically the same look and feel although the graphics do feel crisper somehow.

I'm a little disappointed that they didn't make it so that you could have the crafting/inventory management in the gamepad with the game play on the television. Basically the gamepad just acts as a mirror, showing you the same stuff as on the television, which is ok if you want to use the television for something else I guess.

However the gamepad is a touchscreen so when you are crafting or doing inventory stuff, you can just touch what you want. That's cool.

Minecraft for the Wii U is a thing as of today.

More comparable to the XBox or PS4 version than the PC version. Basically the same look and feel although the graphics do feel crisper somehow.

I'm a little disappointed that they didn't make it so that you could have the crafting/inventory management in the gamepad with the game play on the television. Basically the gamepad just acts as a mirror, showing you the same stuff as on the television, which is ok if you want to use the television for something else I guess.

However the gamepad is a touchscreen so when you are crafting or doing inventory stuff, you can just touch what you want. That's cool.___

2015-12-11 16:33:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Without trying to get too political, I'd like to share something with you all.

As an autistic person, I have to tread lightly on the Internet and even in the world. Everywhere I go, there are people all too eager to call me a 'retard' or even hate me simply for existing with autism.

We see people being bullied/abused in the news all the time for simply being autistic and that scares me, not just for me but for my child.

If there is a murder somewhere in the world, the media only need suggest that there was mental illness involved for millions and millions of people to immediately associate me, as an autistic, to that murderer. Once autism is even implied, people see me as potentially being every bit as dangerous. And why? We share one thing in common.

Right now, we can see this very same thing unfolding with Muslims. A select few Muslims have turned to... more »

Without trying to get too political, I'd like to share something with you all.

As an autistic person, I have to tread lightly on the Internet and even in the world. Everywhere I go, there are people all too eager to call me a 'retard' or even hate me simply for existing with autism.

We see people being bullied/abused in the news all the time for simply being autistic and that scares me, not just for me but for my child.

If there is a murder somewhere in the world, the media only need suggest that there was mental illness involved for millions and millions of people to immediately associate me, as an autistic, to that murderer. Once autism is even implied, people see me as potentially being every bit as dangerous. And why? We share one thing in common.

Right now, we can see this very same thing unfolding with Muslims. A select few Muslims have turned to terrorism, to murder, and there are millions and millions of people associating good people with those bad people. Why? Because they share one thing in common?

That's like saying that all fans of a sports team are dangerous because the San Bernardino terrorist liked the same team. I'd even wager that most sports fans are more passionate about their sports than religious people are about their religions.

I see parents, day after day, questioning whether or not to even have their child diagnosed with autism when they know in their hearts that they are autistic. Why? The label. They fear the label. I understand why.

Every time a murderer is associated with autism, my world becomes a little more uncomfortable... more filled with hate.

I am not the bad guy just because I am autistic anymore than a Muslim is a bad person just because they're Muslim.

Imagine yourself or your child being unable to seek safety or to be allowed entry to a country because some other autistic person somewhere did something terrible.

Because it will happen if this is the precedent we are to set.___

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2015-12-01 01:52:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

A pretty heavy conversation with my kids but they seemed to like my response.

A pretty heavy conversation with my kids but they seemed to like my response.___

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2015-11-30 16:12:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

I took a few photos while out for a walk yesterday and Google magically stitched two of them together and made a panorama out of it.

I'm impressed!

I took a few photos while out for a walk yesterday and Google magically stitched two of them together and made a panorama out of it.

I'm impressed!___

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2015-11-15 16:26:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

We all know that My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic fans are some of the most devoted fans there are. And we have a pretty big players base that are very dedicated MLP fans.

We've had a Ponyville for a very long time now but it was never completed. There were only a few buildings and just one pony was ever made into pixel art. It was a nice that we had it at all but it was never enough.

Once we started creating the new RP World, we wanted to ensure that Ponyville became a real place with real feeling. MatrixCrawler took great care to lay it out in a way that made it feel like a real village, complete with pathways and lighting.

I took to the task of making sure the rest of the ponies were there. But then it happened.

Right in the middle of creating the pixel art ponies, a young lady named Candi Brooks-Neurodiversity is Magic posted a photo of a whole new... more »

We all know that My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic fans are some of the most devoted fans there are. And we have a pretty big players base that are very dedicated MLP fans.

We've had a Ponyville for a very long time now but it was never completed. There were only a few buildings and just one pony was ever made into pixel art. It was a nice that we had it at all but it was never enough.

Once we started creating the new RP World, we wanted to ensure that Ponyville became a real place with real feeling. MatrixCrawler took great care to lay it out in a way that made it feel like a real village, complete with pathways and lighting.

I took to the task of making sure the rest of the ponies were there. But then it happened.

Right in the middle of creating the pixel art ponies, a young lady named Candi Brooks-Neurodiversity is Magic posted a photo of a whole new pony that she designed herself. It's the Neurodiversity is Magic pony. And I thought to myself... we need that!

So I recreated it as best I could and took a screen shot and asked Candi for permission to include it on Autcraft in our very own Ponyville and she said yes!

So now, exclusive to Autcraft, we have our very own, extra special pony that feels like she's literally a perfect fit for our server.

If you or your children are MLP fans, be sure to check out the new and improved Ponyville on Autcraft with our very own special Neurodiversity is Magic pony.

- AF___

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2015-11-11 17:43:00 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

#BaconNotWar   #Minecraft  

#BaconNotWar   #Minecraft  ___

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2015-10-31 04:39:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

+Autcraft has a visitor today

Happy Halloween!

+Autcraft has a visitor today

Happy Halloween!___

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2015-10-27 20:41:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

I now have 4 double chests (in game) of books like this, many of which are much more detailed and emotional.

Every few days I get a new book from a child that simply appreciates the time and energy that we put in to ensuring that they are simply... safe.

The funny thing is that, when you think about wars happening in the world, terrorists, school shootings.... and right here, on a video game server, children with autism, every day, don't feel safe just being themselves.

What a thing to have to give to people who should already feel that way but don't.

I now have 4 double chests (in game) of books like this, many of which are much more detailed and emotional.

Every few days I get a new book from a child that simply appreciates the time and energy that we put in to ensuring that they are simply... safe.

The funny thing is that, when you think about wars happening in the world, terrorists, school shootings.... and right here, on a video game server, children with autism, every day, don't feel safe just being themselves.

What a thing to have to give to people who should already feel that way but don't.___

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2015-10-27 02:12:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-10-22 23:20:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

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2015-10-14 16:02:17 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

For most of my life I went from job to job doing what I had learned to do in order to have that job and pay my bills. It's never been a rewarding feeling at all but rather, a necessity.

Then I started Autcraft and even though it never paid my bills, it has been the most rewarding thing I've ever done. I'm still struggling to make it work and there are still people who think I should be doing a job rather than "playing a video game" but in the end, what I do with these kids has greater value than anything else I've ever done.

For most of my life I went from job to job doing what I had learned to do in order to have that job and pay my bills. It's never been a rewarding feeling at all but rather, a necessity.

Then I started Autcraft and even though it never paid my bills, it has been the most rewarding thing I've ever done. I'm still struggling to make it work and there are still people who think I should be doing a job rather than "playing a video game" but in the end, what I do with these kids has greater value than anything else I've ever done.___

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2015-10-13 15:52:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

"If I could make every person on Earth who has no prior experience with autism sit down and watch any one movie to understand what my own life with autism has been like, How To Dance In Ohio would be that film."

"If I could make every person on Earth who has no prior experience with autism sit down and watch any one movie to understand what my own life with autism has been like, How To Dance In Ohio would be that film."___

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2015-10-05 16:08:28 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Please read. I know it's long but this is very important.

I am going to start and end this post with my apologies. I truly am so very sorry because I'm about to tell you how much I've let you all down and am even more sorry for where this has lead me.

First, I am very nearly reaching the point where I can no longer keep Autcraft online but even worse, reaching the point where I will lose my children and my home. I've never ever wanted it to come to point this, obviously but I also never wanted to have anyone know about it. My personal life is supposed to be personal but I have to face the reality that it now begins to affect a lot of other people's lives as well.

In late 2012, my Aspergers diagnosis cost me my marriage. Then in June 2013, I started Autcraft. I thought I could manage, I thought I could go on.

Autcraft turned out to be more of a... more »

Please read. I know it's long but this is very important.

I am going to start and end this post with my apologies. I truly am so very sorry because I'm about to tell you how much I've let you all down and am even more sorry for where this has lead me.

First, I am very nearly reaching the point where I can no longer keep Autcraft online but even worse, reaching the point where I will lose my children and my home. I've never ever wanted it to come to point this, obviously but I also never wanted to have anyone know about it. My personal life is supposed to be personal but I have to face the reality that it now begins to affect a lot of other people's lives as well.

In late 2012, my Aspergers diagnosis cost me my marriage. Then in June 2013, I started Autcraft. I thought I could manage, I thought I could go on.

Autcraft turned out to be more of a full time job than my full time job. It required 10-14 hour days from me (sometimes more), seven days a week. Holidays weren't holidays for me, they were my busiest days. Several server moves, maintenance, fixes, updates, building things, playing with kids and talking for hours and hours with both children and adults alike about their most personal and vulnerable moments.

The other admins have all said and agreed that it's the most stressful "job" they've ever had but also the most rewarding. But they don't do even half of what I do and yet they still put in crazy hours without getting a single moment to just stop and play.

Near the end of 2013, I got court documents stating that my ex wanted to take my children from me, get child support and spousal support too. I tried to get legal aide but they had already given it to her so I was not eligible. I had to borrow money and apply for credit cards to pay legal fees.

My job struggled, Autcraft struggled and of course, I struggled. I had to fight for my kids. In June 2014, I was commited for depression thoughts. For 55 hours, I sat in an 8x8 sterile room without talking to or seeing anyone. I just kept worrying about my children and thinking about how much I was letting down all the children on Autcraft who were looking forward so much to my birthday, just 4 days away.

When I finally talked to a doctor on that 3rd day and told her of my love for my kids, all the kids on Autcraft, my duties and responsibilities and how much I loved all of this in my life, I was released later that day.

It was all a misunderstanding. I wasn't depressed, I was exhausted. The doctor loves Autcraft and what we've accomplished.

It wasn't long after this that I left Autcraft to focus on my life and my children and getting things together. However, the very day I made my announcement, no less than three different people tried to take over Autcraft to change and mold Autcraft towards their own designs. Behind the scenes, I never left. I worked with the admins to keep everything running as it was, to keep the children safe, to ensure that no one could ruin what the admins were trying their best to hold together without me.

Not long after this, my lawyer, the judge and everyone else advised that I take a temporary deal to pay child support in the same amount as what I should be entitled to in child benefits from the Canadian government, until those benefits come in and then rework that deal.
What none of them told me, which I just found out last week, is that not only did my lawyers not send in the paperwork to reverse that deal but the Canadian government disqualifies you from those child benefits once it is decided that you should pay child support, even if temporary and even if reversed. So not only do I still have to pay but I also don't get any of that money to pay it. A double whammy.

So no legal aid, no child benefits, have to pay child support and on top of this... because I fought so hard, I have my children 50% of the time. Meanwhile my ex's lawyer yells at me "you have to support your children!" to my face and my ex offers to give me money for groceries because she knows I have none... and yet?

I am sharing all this with you because you deserve to know. As I said, this all affects you. Right now, I have just barely enough to cover my rent. That's it. I'm going to have to borrow again. But I can't keep that up.

So again, I'm very sorry. I'm sorry to have to share this with you all. I'm sorry to have to ask for your help. I'm sorry for failing you all. I'm sorry to my own children for not doing better.

I've talked with the other admins, who by the way, are parents just like you. They play on the server, their children play on the server. They are not employees and are not loyal to me, they are loyal to the children that play on the server. And those admins agree with me and back me up on this, in fact, they're the ones who said it to me... without me, there is no Autcraft.

If anything these last 2 years have taught me is that it's unsafe to leave Autcraft in the hands of anyone else. Not that there aren't people as capable or even better suited than me, but that... it is me. This is what I've done and, as this post proves, it is my personal life now and it affects your personal lives. I never intended for that, I really didn't. But it's how it is now.

If I up and close Autcraft tomorrow because I can't do this anymore, that affects you and your children... not just me. This isn't just a failed website that I can close and no one will notice. This is much bigger than me.

This is why I started Patreon a few months ago and why I need it to do well so badly. Without you... I lose my kids. I lose everything. Autcraft will be no more, I will no longer be online at all. I will have failed everyone and in the worst way possible.

I already have failed you because here I am, having not been able to do this on my own.

Also, before you say it, I have exhausted all my options. I truly have. I've been fighting this fight for so long, trying everything I can think of. But despite what you've heard about karma or paying it forward or good things coming to good people... not much has gone right for me through any of this.

People laugh and joke about me being famous for being in the news but I hated it. Being in the news meant 10+ hour days for weeks on end answering white list requests but no new donations came in... no new income. It meant more children finding a safe place to play and for that I was happy. But it meant more work for me with no money coming in.

People keep asking me for more servers, more worlds, more mini-games, more and more and more all the while complaining that I charge a dollar or two for items or permissions. I say nothing because I hate having to do that too. I hate having to ask. I hate having to charge. I hate it.

So, as I promised, I'm finishing by saying I'm sorry. I'm sorry I failed you, I'm sorry I'm asking for your help. I've never asked anyone for anything ever... much less money. I hate it, I despise it and I am sitting here in tears right now because I hate that I'm writing this. I hate it so much.

I've done all I could. I've tried so hard despite so much being against me. But I wasn't strong enough. I couldn't do it.

For Autcraft... for what I've done for so many, I have never asked for anything in return. But now I am. And I hate it. But it's the only way I can keep doing it. It's the only way I can do more. I need your help. I need you.

Without you, right now, Autcraft will close.

https://www.patreon.com/autismfather?ty=h

Even if it's just $3. There are currently around 1200 unique players on Autcraft each month. Even just $3 from each person would be more than enough.

I've done so much for so long, I never thought I'd ever have to ask for anything in return.

I'm sorry. I really am. I hate asking.

I hate failing you all even more, especially my children.

https://www.patreon.com/autismfather?ty=h___

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2015-09-28 03:13:22 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

We had a clear sky right up until the last photo so that was where my show ended but I did manage to get a few decent shots of the first half anyway despite no longer having a tripod.

#SuperBloodMoon  

We had a clear sky right up until the last photo so that was where my show ended but I did manage to get a few decent shots of the first half anyway despite no longer having a tripod.

#SuperBloodMoon  ___

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2015-09-23 15:58:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

When you're having a bad day, remember... it could always be worse.

When you're having a bad day, remember... it could always be worse.___

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2015-09-21 12:05:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-09-17 04:25:21 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Please read. Please! Especially if you are an anti-vaccine parent. Because I don't think most people realize that these conversations with autistic children are actually taking place.

#autism   #vaccines   #trump  

Please read. Please! Especially if you are an anti-vaccine parent. Because I don't think most people realize that these conversations with autistic children are actually taking place.

#autism   #vaccines   #trump  ___

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2015-09-15 03:31:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

What an absolutely crazy experience. I took a nap today. I was exhausted.

It was awesome though :)

What an absolutely crazy experience. I took a nap today. I was exhausted.

It was awesome though :)___

2015-09-13 02:26:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Using "literally" when you shouldn't is a pet peeve of mine but let's be honest, I can't really get behind "that lasted figuratively forever!" either.

Using "literally" when you shouldn't is a pet peeve of mine but let's be honest, I can't really get behind "that lasted figuratively forever!" either.___

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Autcraft 2016 - The Big Plan

As we approach 2016, we have to start making some plans for the future of Autcraft. Plans to make things better but also to fix problems from the past. We're always learning and wanting to make things bigger and better for you. So, here's what we're doing:


1. 4 New Worlds

Starting immediately, today, Autcraft is opening the doors to four brand new worlds to build in. These worlds are:
- Peaceful
- Hard
- Peaceful Amplified
- Hard Amplified

Going forward, players will get to choose which of these four worlds they would like to have a base in. The amplified worlds aren't for everyone since it can be quite difficult to find flat ground sometimes and the mountains can go all the way to the top the sky. But for those that want to take on that challenge, now you can! Build in the... more »

Autcraft 2016 - The Big Plan

As we approach 2016, we have to start making some plans for the future of Autcraft. Plans to make things better but also to fix problems from the past. We're always learning and wanting to make things bigger and better for you. So, here's what we're doing:


1. 4 New Worlds

Starting immediately, today, Autcraft is opening the doors to four brand new worlds to build in. These worlds are:
- Peaceful
- Hard
- Peaceful Amplified
- Hard Amplified

Going forward, players will get to choose which of these four worlds they would like to have a base in. The amplified worlds aren't for everyone since it can be quite difficult to find flat ground sometimes and the mountains can go all the way to the top the sky. But for those that want to take on that challenge, now you can! Build in the regular worlds or create something truly unique in the amplified mountains.

By the way, not even the admins have started building in these worlds yet. They're completely empty and ready for everyone to jump in. Everyone gets a shot at finding the perfect spot at the same time.


2. World Borders

These new worlds will have world borders that will keep players from wandering out too far. In the past we've had players just head off in any direction they choose, generating and loading thousands and thousands of chunks. This is especially true of players that can fly.

There are two problems created when this happens.

First, the server has to save all those chunks plus all the changes to the chunks that people are building in. This can take an excessively long time and sometimes even fail. This is when data corruption happens and some areas of the server become so unstable that entering them causes your game to crash.

The other problem is that each generated chunk is a file on the server. This causes the hard drive to fill up much faster than it really should. Our worlds are now over 30GB each, most of which is never actually used. They're just generated pieces of land that no one has ever used.

Going forward, we will have expanding borders that we will adjust as we need them. To start though, the borders will have a radius of 40,000 blocks. This means that starting at or near 0, 0, the borders will go from 20,000x20,000 all the way to 20,000x-20,000. No one will be able to go beyond the borders, not even admins.


3. Role Play World

This will be opening on January 1st, it will essentially be a world where all of our server builds will reside except for spawn.  So instead of bouncing around the server to find different role player areas or giant land or Ponyville or anything else, it will all be in one place. This makes it much easier for us going forward as well since these things will never have to move again after and we can more easily control what players can and can't do in those areas.


4. The Shops will be closing

The Dry Gulch shops will be closing on January 1, 2016. The bank and general stores will be expanding what they have to offer but player shops will no longer be available.

We may revisit this in the future, having less to manage or finding a way for players to manage their own but as it stands right now, there will be no more player shops going into the new year.


5. The Peaceful and Hard worlds we have now will close

It's unfortunate and I know that no one wants a "reset" but the worlds that we have now will be removed from the server at midnight on January 1, 2016. This is to make room for the new worlds.

As already stated, the existing worlds have become much too large and have already begun to cause problems for the server, corrupting chunks and causing us to run out of hard drive space. 

The good news is that since the new worlds are opening today, you will have over 2.5 months to move your belongings to the new worlds.

We suggest that you use /sethome in the new world where you want to build and then just bounce back and forth between your old home and your new home, transfering items over.

Admins will not be copying and pasting or doing any of the transporting of items for you. Sorry but we just don't have the time to copy/paste or move everyone's stuff. Also, this is why we are giving you so much time. Even the largest builds can be moved and/or recreated in the new worlds in 2.5 months.

There will not be a download for the new worlds either as sharing 30GB worlds with hundreds-thousands of players would cost us a fortune in bandwidth. No one likes losing all their work and I understand the desire to want to keep it but we feel that what you'll be able to create in the new worlds will be 100x better.


6. The portals to the worlds we have now are gone

To ensure that no new players joining our server build in the closing worlds by accident, we will be closing the portals to those worlds immediately.

To get back to those worlds, use your /home commands or tp to people already there.

And please, if you see anyone building anything new in one of the worlds that are closing in January, 2016, please inform them and make sure they move to one of the new worlds.



We're very excited to see what Autcraft players can do with these new worlds going forward. And with the addition of the world borders, as annoying as they'll be, we'll be able to ensure that these new worlds stay around longer than ever.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask below, in game or in our forums at http://www.autcraft.com/forum


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2015-09-10 15:34:45 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

"I do not consider Autcraft a success nor will I until it is no longer needed."

#SuicidePreventionDay   #SuicidePrevention   #Autism  

Today is #SuicidePreventionDay  

It's 11am in the morning and I've already heard from two players on the server that have expressed a desire to commit suicide. One of them was just recently in the hospital for that very reason.

Autcraft was created in response to hundreds of parents crying out for a safe place for their autistic children to play a game where they wouldn't be bullied. Many of those children, having been bullied for so long, feeling like outcasts for so long and believing that the world would never understand them, come to us from a place of deep depression and often feel life is something they neither desire nor deserve.

In the 2 years since starting Autcraft, I've lost count of how many children (and some adults) that I've talked to who feel this way and I'm not the only one that's done so. Many of the other admins and adults on the server have had these talks with players as well.

I do not consider Autcraft a success nor will I until it is no longer needed. Bullying is not a part of life and no one, especially children, should ever feel like suicide is their only option. Giving these players a place to feel safe or to talk is one thing but the only true measure of success, to me, is when those people no longer need go somewhere else to feel safe or need to seek out strangers on a Minecraft server with whom they finally feel like they can talk to.

Suicide prevention day is more than just preventing suicide, it's recognizing the individual, it's addressing their concerns, their feelings and their needs. Suicide prevention needs to be something we do proactively, not as a reactive measure. Stop the bullying, provide people the help they need, work harder to understand accept each other and above all, love each other.

If we can stop the bullies, if we can acknowledge each other's feelings and we can make each other feel wanted, there will be no suicides to prevent.

Today I place the semicolon over our logo as a symbol of our dedication to your story. Your story is why there is a server. Your story will always come first. The author is you. Your story will not end here.

"A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to. 
The sentence is your life and the author is you." - Project Semicolon (http://www.projectsemicolon.org)___"I do not consider Autcraft a success nor will I until it is no longer needed."

#SuicidePreventionDay   #SuicidePrevention   #Autism  

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2015-09-08 23:17:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Yup.

Yup.___

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2015-09-04 17:10:06 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

I've debated with myself for a good long time about whether or not I should write this, much less post it.

I'm sorry to anyone that I let down by letting them know I often feel this way but I feel that the message outweighs myself.

#autism   #depression   #AutismUnity  

I've debated with myself for a good long time about whether or not I should write this, much less post it.

I'm sorry to anyone that I let down by letting them know I often feel this way but I feel that the message outweighs myself.

#autism   #depression   #AutismUnity  ___

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2015-08-24 18:18:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Online Safety vs Online Dating vs Teenagers

Once again we've had a case where teenagers on the server began to express feelings for each other without even know who the other person even is. They don't know their names, their faces or anything about them. But then they attempt to exchange private information to get in contact with each other away from my server and that's when the real danger happens.

Once they leave the server, we have no idea what is being said or done. One of those two players may not be who they say they are which means the other player may be at serious risk.

Yesterday I caught two players, a 13 year old and a 17 year old in the act of exchanging information. Their parents have been contacted and the situation has been addressed but this continues to happen far too often. Even with a whitelist application and constant monitoring, children... more »

Online Safety vs Online Dating vs Teenagers

Once again we've had a case where teenagers on the server began to express feelings for each other without even know who the other person even is. They don't know their names, their faces or anything about them. But then they attempt to exchange private information to get in contact with each other away from my server and that's when the real danger happens.

Once they leave the server, we have no idea what is being said or done. One of those two players may not be who they say they are which means the other player may be at serious risk.

Yesterday I caught two players, a 13 year old and a 17 year old in the act of exchanging information. Their parents have been contacted and the situation has been addressed but this continues to happen far too often. Even with a whitelist application and constant monitoring, children can not be taking this risk!

Please watch the video provided in the link below to see just how dangerous this can be even if you think "my child would never do that."

Also, be aware that I caught these two doing this while at work. I was watching the "console" which allows me to see the server chat but not actually be in game. But I should have been there to catch it sooner. I had to take time away from my day job to make sure that this was stopped and they were talked to and their parents contacted. This is yet another reason that I need Autcraft to be my full time job. Please support me and help me reach my goal of being there with these kids full time.

https://www.patreon.com/autismfather?ty=h___

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2015-08-23 20:10:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The AutismFather Sword

The AutismFather Sword is our highest award on the Autcraft server. It is just one of many ways that players are rewarded for doing well but it also stands as a symbol as the culmination of all other awards.
The sword is given to those players that put the server above themselves, who show selflessness in the name of helping others, being encouraging, facing challenges, staying positive and being a friend.

On most servers players are rewarded for doing well in events or mini-games but on Autcraft, being kind, helpful, positive and supportive are the only way to earn both points for our store and awards such as this sword.

And we're crafting one up right now for one very deserving player.
We'll be giving it out at some point this week!

Enchants:
Looting 3, Sharpness 5, Smite 5, Unbreaking 3, Knockback 2, Fire... more »

The AutismFather Sword

The AutismFather Sword is our highest award on the Autcraft server. It is just one of many ways that players are rewarded for doing well but it also stands as a symbol as the culmination of all other awards.
The sword is given to those players that put the server above themselves, who show selflessness in the name of helping others, being encouraging, facing challenges, staying positive and being a friend.

On most servers players are rewarded for doing well in events or mini-games but on Autcraft, being kind, helpful, positive and supportive are the only way to earn both points for our store and awards such as this sword.

And we're crafting one up right now for one very deserving player.
We'll be giving it out at some point this week!

Enchants:
Looting 3, Sharpness 5, Smite 5, Unbreaking 3, Knockback 2, Fire Aspect 3___

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2015-08-21 15:52:46 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

I don't even know where I'd start with this... but I'd give it my best shot!
#bacon

I don't even know where I'd start with this... but I'd give it my best shot!
#bacon___

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2015-08-21 00:17:03 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

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