Autcraft, the Minecraft server for children with autism and their families

Autcraft needs to fund a major upgrade, maintenance, and support of the server.
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Karen Collins
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
United States
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Short Summary

Autcraft is a whitelisted Minecraft server for children (and adults) that have autism and their families. It was created by Stuart Duncan (aka AutismFather in game) who not only has autism himself, but also a child with autism as well. The server is administrated by adults with autism, parents of children with autism, or a family member of someone with autism.

What We Need & What You Get

During the 9 months that Autcraft has been online we have whitelisted over 3,600 children and adults--far more than Stuart ever anticipated playing on the server. After having Paul Soares, Jr. (a well-known Minecraft YouTuber) stop by, our group grew exponentially. After Autism Speaks shared a story about us on Facebook, our group grew even more. While all of this growth is exciting and very welcome, the current server has reached its limits and we are finding it necessary to upgrade.

In addition to at least one new server, there are several plugins that we would like to add that would enhance the experience for the children. We would also like to be able to provide funds to Stuart who spends most of his waking moments either on Autcraft or monitoring chat, as well as some of the admins—many of whom are on over 8 hours a day. 

Unfortunately, we are also often faced with children who need a great deal of help and are having thoughts of hurting themselves. We would like to be able train the  Autcraft admins and helpers to be able to handle these situations effectively.

Specifically, we are looking to obtain:

  • A second server, possibly in Europe, that would cost $200/ month; and possibly a third in the not-to-distant future.
  • Funds to assist Stuart in running these servers full-time.
  • Additional personnel to help run the servers so that there is a near-constant presence of admin help available to the children.
  • Several plugins: Plugin development runs about $1K per plugin as we often have specific requirements that don't currently meet the standards of those currently available.
  • We would like to enlist the aid of trained staff such as hotline/crisis/suicide prevention personnel to either help us directly on the server, or to train the admins so that they are able to handle these crises effectively and safely on their own.
We have put together some perks to provide in exchange for your generous contributions. We have some for children, some for adults, some for current players, and some for the non-gaming crowd. We hope that you enjoy them.

The Impact

In the past 9 months we have forged strong relationships with many of the children. Several have told us that Autcraft provides them with a haven from the bullying that can often occur on other Minecraft servers. It is not uncommon for a child on the server to share their personal problems with the admins and express joy and relief at having an adult other than their parent listen to them. It has also provided a safe environment for these children to meet friends and learn to maintain friendships.

Autcraft fills a critical void and has become a necessity for many of these children. We need to keep this server going and are hoping that you will be generous enough to help us out.

Other Ways You Can Help

Please let people know about our campaign! It's autism awareness month, so sharing this campaign is a good way to let your friends know that you support the cause. Also, feel free to visit us on Facebook and Twitter, or follow Stuart's blog.

Thank you!
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This campaign ended on May 6, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $1USD
    A sign at Autville

    We plan on making an area in Autville made up of the individual signs from our IndieGoGo donors. Your can put your user name or message (4 lines of 15 characters...must adhere to the Autcraft decency code) to be immortalized for your role as a donor!

    3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $10USD
    Limited edition in-game sword

    A limited edition sword given only to IndieGoGo donators! It will have super-special enchantments (different from previous gift swords) and a super-special name! Plus the $1 reward. (Note: If this reward is not for a whitelisted player, you can donate it to a random child on the server)

    5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $12USD
    It's Raining Diamonds!

    If you choose this option, 10 random children on the server will each receive 2 diamond blocks!

    2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $15USD
    The Best of Stuart Duncan

    Stuart is well-known on Facebook for his memorable quotes that are often shared as e-cards. This is a pack of 4 of his quotes printed in color on high-quality card stock. Plus the $10 and $1 rewards.

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $25USD
    Badge/pin package

    Show your support! This package includes 2 pins; one with the Autcraft logo, the other with Autism Father. Plus the $15, $10, and $1 rewards.

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $50USD
    Too Cool for School package

    Includes 2 pencils (Autcraft and Autism Father designs), a bookmark, pencil bag, and an Autcraft magnet for your locker. Plus the previous level rewards. Plus the $25, $15, $10, and $1 rewards.

    0 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $60USD
    Give Children Wings

    If you choose this option, 2 random children on the server will each receive the ability to fly for life (in-game, of course)! Plus the $50, $25, $15, $10, and $1 rewards.

    4 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $70USD
    Autcraft t-shirt

    An awesome Autcraft logo printed on a white t-shirt! We will ask your shirt size at the end of the campaign. Plus the $50, $25, $15, $10, and $1 rewards.

    2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100USD
    DonatorPlus status

    If you choose this option, 1 random child on the server will receive DonatorPlus status which includes special armor, tools, and abilities! Plus the $70, $50, $25, $15, $10, and $1 rewards.

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $125USD
    Ferrets in a Tote!

    This package includes 8 handcrafted ferret greeting cards made by admin PunkRockFerret along with an Autcraft logo tote bag. Plus the $70, $50, $25, $15, $10, and $1 rewards.

    0 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $150USD
    Autism Father Cubed (AF3)

    A 3", 3-D printed Autism Father statue, a signed, color copied Autism Father picture, and an Autism Father Papercraft printed on high-quality stock. Plus the $70, $50, $25, $15, $10, and $1 rewards.

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $200USD
    Off with Your Head!

    Players get their in-game, avatar head as well as Autism Father's head! (Note: If this reward is not for a whitelisted player, you can donate it to a random child on the server). Plus the $70, $50, $25, $15, $10, and $1 rewards.

    0 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $250USD
    Autcraft Cape!

    Admin LadyCath will handcraft an actual cape (irl!) for you with the Autcraft logo! Plus the $70, $50, $25, $15, $10, and $1 rewards.

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $300USD
    Be in an Autism Father video

    Be in a 1-hour-long video with Autism Father! Plus the $70, $50, $25, $15, $10, and $1 rewards.

    0 out of 2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $500USD
    Immortalized in blocks!

    Build your avatar or pixel art in our soon-to-be-revealed special area that will be on display...forever! (Note: must adhere to Autcraft decency code). Plus the $70, $50, $25, $15, $10, and $1 rewards.

    0 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $600USD
    Build with AF and glis6!

    A 1-hour, video-recorded, Skype call to do a 'build school' lesson with one of Minecraft's best builders, glis6. Plus the $70, $50, $25, $15, $10, and $1 rewards.

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $1,000USD
    The Best of Autcraft Admin

    A handmade Autcraft cape from LadyCath, a set of ferret greeting cards from PunkRockFerret, an Autcraft logo t-shirt with up to 6 of your favorite players avatar heads handpainted by MathChamp, 20 commemorative poker chips from Sarah_Jane_Smith (our Las Vegas admin!), and a 3", 3-D printed Autism Father statue. Plus the $70, $50, $25, $15, $10, and $1 rewards.

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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