New Rank: Apprentice!
We have introduced a new rank to bridge the sometimes wide gap between Novice and Builder. Here is how it will work:
Effectively, Builder will now require two plots (bare with me). The first plot would be an introductory plot, where the Novice can build what they want in whatever style they want (within reason). This will show us what level they are at building, and how to proceed.
In fact, if this first plot is perfect, and just what we are looking for, the Novice will be promoted to Builder immediately, as always has happened up until now. However, if we feel the Novice shows promise but needs a little more help, we will promote them to Apprentice. From here, they will create a second plot.
Apprentices will be more open to tutoring and help from higher ranks than Novices were. Builders and Designers will be actively encouraged to give them tips on how to build better, and on what EpicQuestz is looking for. This will prepare the Apprentice for when he begins to work on projects - whereas up until now many of the important first tips were given only after a Builder had begun work on a project.
Naturally, we hope this will both help us and encourage prospective Builders who aren't quite there yet.
Application form changes
I have altered the application form to decrease the amount of words you have to type, and prioritize the build showcase (which is of course the most important part). Hopefully this will mean easier reviewing for us, and an easier application for hopeful Novices.
Please give us feedback on these changes, every little helps.