After much thought, I have come to the decision to shut down Auscraft as you know it.
I will be shutting the server down on Friday the 9th of February. The map will be saved and made available for download for those who want it.
It is unlikely I will be bringing the Auscraft server back in the future.
A lot of the members that made up the Auscraft community have moved on to other things, and we do not have the capability to retain new players on the server.
Personally, I stopped enjoying playing SMP Minecraft several years ago, and more recently I became aware I no longer enjoyed running the server either.
The little time I spent on the server was to check and ban griefers and hackers, of which there always seemed to be plenty.
I was running the server for others, but now the server stands empty.
And I understand why. The server staff are all busy living their lives and cannot devote time to the server, and I’ve lacked the creativity and energy to keep the server interesting for existing players.
There’s very little to do in Minecraft once you’ve reached the end game and built what you want to build.
Auscraft has always been an “old-school” server and tried to maintain the survival aspect of Minecraft. But that’s not what new players want, so they don’t stay.
Now in the first sentence I mentioned I was shutting down Auscraft “as you know it”.
This is because I still intend to run a server.
A small group of Auscraft players have been playing in the FTB server I’ve been running, and it has been great.
I will continue running the FTB server, but it will be run as “This server is for me, but you’re welcome to join me”.
The FTB server will remain white-listed and closed to the public.
Any previous Auscraft members who I know can follow the rules are welcome to join us.
Just let me know on Discord and I’ll add you to the white-list.
Eventually I would like to open the server to friends of trusted players based on the old green listing system, but for now we’ll keep it to trusted players only.
If you haven’t joined the Discord server yet, and wish to join the FTB server or just stay in touch, you can join here: https://discord.gg/0kLVIKttHT4ueJr2
I want to thank everyone who has been a part of the Auscraft community over the years.
I think we can all agree that Auscraft has always been one of the best Australian Minecraft communities, despite our size.
There’s no community I would rather be a part of. I hope you all feel the same way and stay in touch.