Recently a young player on the Patreon Discord server went to a server belonging to another player. It didn't go very well.
Like most players, they wanted to have a server of their own and was inviting other Autcrafters to go play there. Because they were both from Autcraft, they both felt it was a safe thing to do.
It didn't take long, however, for them to have an argument that resulted in anger and hatred. That player returned to the Patreon Discord server angry and hurt and insisted that we, the admins, do something about it. Because that other person is an Autcrafter, he felt that we had to punish them.
He was shocked to find out that we wouldn't do anything about it. Since it happened off of Autcraft, we had no records of what happened, no log file, no database... nothing. We couldn't know exactly what was said or done. But more so than all of that... we simply are not responsible for what happens anywhere but Autcraft.
That player quit. They left the Patreon Discord and their parents stopped supporting the server.
The server (and myself) lost actual income because one child decided to make their own server and invited another child and they both went off and had a fight. And I lost income over it.
Think about that.
It's not really about the income though. It's about the fighting. We don't like to see people getting hurt. We especially don't like to see those players bringing the drama back to Autcraft and getting everyone else involved. People take sides, get angry and the whole place falls apart.
That player now feels hurt and betrayed by that other child and by us for not doing anything about it.
This is why we don't allow "advertising" on Autcraft. This isn't an isolated event. THIS HAPPENS A LOT.
We don't want to prevent players from having their own servers or playing with friends elsewhere but we need for everyone to be aware that doing so is a risk that you must make on your own. You take that risk and you accept the consequences. Autcraft should not be dragged into any problems or drama as a result.
Every year on Autcraft we invite the JrHelpers to add on to our Halloween village. It's filled with haunted houses, mazes, spooky sounds, rollercoasters and more. For four years now, this area has gotten bigger and bigger!
This year is no exception.
They've added more mazes, more parkour, more spooky sounds, more pixel art and so much more! Plus, there's even a special collectible item to add to your inventory but you have to find it to get it!
So if you're on the server between now and November 1st, be sure to check out our Village of Boos by clicking the button right at spawn.
For those of you that don't know, Discord is the latest communication software that is quickly gaining dominance over Skype and TeamSpeak and other programs that allow people to talk over the Internet.
The reason for this is because we do not have the people nor the time to monitor it 24 hours a day, every day.
People need to remember that this is a server dedicated to the safety of children with autism. As such, we can't ensure safety if we're not there but more so, children with autism are, by the very definition, lacking in some social skills, communication skills and prone to emotional outbursts.
Imagine 50 children with autism from all around the world in a single voice channel all talking over each other.
Now, the reason I'm bringing this up is that many children who join the server feel that we should have one and since we don't, they will just go and make one themself and invite everyone to it. They clearly aren't really thinking about everything I just described or they don't think it would be as much of a problem as I do.
Either way, it always causes a problem. In 100% of cases, arguments and fights and drama on these Discord servers come back to Autcraft and we have to hear from children that are hating each other because of something that happened in some Discord server.
What's worse is that I continue to see children that are bullied and attacked by trolls online that are now creating Discord servers and then sharing the invite links to them in the places where they're bullied... on YouTube, their Enjin profiles and more.
These are OPEN INVITES to the general public meaning that anyone can go in and say anything they want to the children that start the servers and all the other children that have joined it.
Take a moment right now to think about your average YouTube comments section. Now imagine those same people clicking that Discord invite link, going into the voice channel and talking directly to your children.
So please, parents... I get that your kids want to socialize more. Autcraft gives them the freedom to do that without hate or judgment and they want more. Since we don't offer voice chat, they do it themselves.
Please be aware of what your children are doing online.
If we don't set up a Discord server because we know we can't keep it safe... that should tell you something about the Discord servers that your children are setting up and plastering public invite links everywhere for everyone.
Please keep your children safe online!
And players, kids... I understand your need to talk to others on the server, or anywhere. I get it, I really really do. But please understand... this is not safe. This is not the way to do it.
We applaud your dedication and determination. We applaud your ability to make things happen yourself. But please understand, we care about your safety.
If you must set up a voice program like Discord, do it quietly, discreetly. Invite friends only. Build it up over time. Do NOT share the links in public places.
We're not saying you can't talk to other people. We just want you to do it in a smart, safe way.
We've had a plugin on the server for some time now that makes it so that you have a rare chance of collecting a mob's head when you kill it. That plugin hasn't been updated in years. It didn't even include the endermite.
We've done our best to work with it for some time until Xisuma released a new system (https://xisumavoid.com/moremobheads) which includes far more heads and works in vanilla Minecraft. We switched over to that when we updated to 1.12 and it worked quite well. But I felt like we could still do better.
So we took what Xisuma has done and packaged it up into a plugin of our very own with some slight modifications.
What this means is that players can now collect up to over 100 different mob heads in the game. These heads include all 16 sheep colours plus the jeb_ sheep head! 4 llamas, 4 fishes, 4 cats, 7 rabbits, 4 parrots, all the various villagers and their zombie villager equivalents and a whole lot more.
But we STILL could do better.
So, we've added a new mob head in at spot number 101.
If you've ever played any of the Pokemon games, you're probably familiar with the concept of a shiny. It's an extremely rare, differently coloured variation, making it one of the hardest to add to your collection.
Well, we've added in something just like that. A shiny Creeper head!
I know, you're wondering just how rare it is... let's just say, everyone on the server can finish their collection of 100 mob heads with a little hard work and determination, but not everyone will get that shiny creeper head.
Oh, also, yes, all of these mob heads will be added to the store for purchase with points... except for the shiny ;)
AutconUK 2017 was a huge success this year! So many of our players attended from around the UK and Europe. It was such a busy day with lots of activities going on. Firstly I would like to thank the players that attended, without you, Autcon simply wouldn't happen. I am so proud of all of you for taking such a big step to meet up in person. Then, all your wonderful parents, do you guys realise just how amazing they are! They not only brought you along to Autcon but they all helped clear up the hall at the end of the day. It was so humbling to see everyone working as a team, so thank you so much parents, that really meant a lot to me and the Autcon team. Furthermore, I would like to thank everyone for the donations given on our JustGiving Page this enabled us to make the day even better due to your generosity. The Autcon Team would also like to thank our sponsors this year for their very kind donations and/or offers of help. They are: www.autisminitiatives.org they gave us the use of their hall, donated the sensory den and sensory toys inside the den and some of the minecraft lego. www.boxheadcraft.co.uk generously donated enough boxheads for everyplayer to colour in, www.sandboxtees.co.uk once again made our t-shirts, www.scope.co.uk provided the books inside the goody bags. So.....a big thank you to you all and hope to see you next year at AutconUK 2018! The Image below was created by one of our AutconUK attendees, ChloeTehBanana.