Hey, I am BowWhalley, formally known as Rocketman2040 in my early days on the server. I thought I'd start this post from the beginning.
I respect if this gets removed for being too personal or inappropriate. I just wanted to express myself.
Please feel free to snip out anything deemed inappropriate
Joining the server
Early 2015, after having issues on other servers, I was curious and decided to google something along the lines of 'minecraft server for autism'. I was surprised to see such a server exists, and somewhat disappointed I hadn't found it sooner. I did a bit of researching before talking to my mum and applying to join the whitelist. Within a week or two, I was accepted and I was excited to join. I remember I made a base in the side of a hill in a taiga biome. I later deleted my home there and couldn't find it anymore. It was later permanently removed during a map reset.
I'm not sure how to start this paragraph :/. I was building a piston door in my base but had trouble with getting it to work, I called for help and had a player come. I don't remember the exact circumstances, but I remember I got overwhelmed and felt they were taking over. I broke down and lashed out. Very calmly, AF came to talk to me and sort out the situation. He thought the server wouldn't suit me and removed me from the whitelist. My mum received an email about the inncident and she had a chat with me. I think I wasn't allowed on the computer for a while after that, I don't remember though. Now that I was removed, I looked into playing other servers but it wasn't the same, nothing matched the community on AutCraft, so weeks later I appealed and was later re-added to the server. (There may be more to the story, Its been 3 years though so I can't remember much)
Spoiler: This is quite emotional, if you want to read this, please be cautious and aware.Show
Later 2016, in the middle of the week, a Wednesday or Thursday I think it was, there was a sudden meeting thingie in the Tardis. Everyone gathered around and to my surprise I was promoted to JrHelper (Again, now known as Helper) I was in shock. I was confused as normally from what I had seen at the time, players were buddies before they were Helpers. I recorded it at the time though later deleted the footage.
Quick and short, I wanted to explain my resignation. I resigned late 2017 from staff because at the time, I had personal things going on and I didn't want my emotions to affect the way I play on the server, so I stopped playing to protect the server from myself I guess. I was in a pretty dark place at the time. I decided to resign as I wasn't nearly as active as I used to be. I've since barely visited the server but on rare occasion, I've popped my head in to say hi.
Where am I now?
Well I'm doing alot better than I was 9 months ago. I'm now attending VCAL to fix my grades and get a year 12 certificate in a year or so (Currently in intermediate). I've also met a lovely partner and got a 5 month old baby girl , things are going well in my life now and I've finally got myself on track. I'm thinking of hopping back into the server and becoming a regular again. I'm sure there will be alot of new faces when I come back.
A little something extra...
Congrats AF for 1,000,000+ Views on your TEDX Talk.
Another Congrats on 5 Years of AutCraft.
Kudos to the Admins for volunteering their time to run the AutCon Events and those who helped fund the event.
Kudos to everyone who has supported AutCraft and AF.