Builder Application: Scylred: ACCEPTED

Player name: Scylred

How did you find out about us? About 3 or 4 years ago a Google search for «Minecraft» and «Middle-earth» finally led me to ArdaCraft.

How old are you? I am an adult.

Where are you from? Valais (Switzerland)

Are you in our Discord? Do you understand that you must have Discord running at all times when at your computer, and that you must check the forums every few days? Yes.

Why do you want to help with this project? The strangely touching depth of Tolkien’s narrative of Middle-earth combined with your careful, loving, complex and thoroughly researched building and landscaping give me enough reason to recognise ArdaCraft as a genuine work of art.
I would be grateful if I could make a modest contribution to it.
So I am applying as an apprentice: with the paths I made on my plot, the Rohan builds (longhouse, Grubenhouse, woodshed), with the brick hobbit house (not the McMansion-Smial) and the brick stable.

Which Tolkien-related works have you read, seen or listened to? Good things first: The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings trilogy (both in EN and GE), The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Other Verses from the Red Book, Roverandom, Farmer Giles of Hame, Tree & Leaf (wich I like much), Smith of Wootton Major, The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth, The Book of Lost Tales I & II , A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages, Tolkien On Fairy-stories. I’ve also read the published letters and a lot of positive and negative reviews of his work and own Fonstad’s Atlas of Middle-earth.
I watched all of Peter Jackson’s movies (extended versions), also the Ralph Bakshi animated movie and «The Hunt for Gollum», «Born of Hope» an similiar productions. I even tried to watch the 1980 animated movie and this recently released old russian TV-adaptation and I am not looking forward to the upcoming Amazon-production…

Portfolio :
Rohan builds
Brick hobbit house
Brick hobbit stable

Plot ID : -34:-36

Are there any styles that you excel at? Any styles which you have difficulty with? : I am not an experienced Minecrafter (I first got to know Conquest reforged through Ardacraft…), but I am creative and have some imagination which – unbound - tends to overdoing as I did in my plot (I am sorry).
I like to make paths, I would like to help with Rohan, I would like to build ruins. I am a bit familiar with Rohan buildings, less with Hobbit houses and not at all with the architecture of Elven and Dwarves. I have my problems with diagonal roofs. In short, I have a lot to learn.

Other relevant skills : Webdesign


Hello! Apologies for any delay in responding. I will be overseeing your application. I will have more time to look over it tonight or tomorrow. I’m on the east coast of the USA, so you may find the differences in time between us may cause me to respond back at different times than you’re used to. Feel free to ask for feedback from any Overseer/Project lead who can attest to being familiar with the styles. I’ll be responding to this post shortly!


Thank you. No need to apologize. I thought I had missed something. Take your time, there’s no rush.



I’ll begin by saying that your application is quite high effort. There’s not been many over the years that put in this much work into a plot. But, considering you’ve been up here for at least a month–I know you’ve put time into it.

That being said, I’ll be posting a screenshot of your build on my Refrigerator there next to the high effort crayon drawings. I feel like your efforts were really misdirected, so I’d like to see us focus those efforts back into learning the basics of each style.

  1. Your Shire Home:
    I’m not going to judge your McMansion Hobbit Hole because it seems that was done quite tongue-in-cheek. Your above ground house is just shy of hitting the mark. I would rather have seen certain elements such as round hobbit windows. Because you have the house right against the edge of the plot, we really don’t get to see what creative things you could have done for the exterior. So you’ve just placed a line of bushes on all sides, broken up by small details. I’m actually going to go as far to say that your shire home is enough to get your apprentice. Besides a few small details, its mostly fine. Its as shame we wont have many more Shire opportunities to see you improve in that regard, but the build is very near to what you’d see on the live map. Main concerns: You used so much of the space of this home for an entrance lobby and a sitting area that you had to make an extension for the bedroom. I don’t approve of that. The bedrooms would be a main concern of the house being built, not a later addition.
    Note: Why is your fireplace made of wood? Wood burns. Change that. The white block model you used to create the top also feels a bit too modern looking if you really think about it. Go for something a bit more traditional.

Actually, I lied, I do want to address your Hobbit Hole. It really stands out because it shows you probably improved from building it to your above ground home. If you ever build anything like it on the live map–I will look bad for promoting you to apprentice and I will have no mercy :wink:

  1. Your Rohan House
    Fairly on point, once again. You’ll get plenty of practice as an apprentice to improve in small areas. I was going to make a point about using the big iron pot as you’re less likely to see that much iron being used, but this is Minecraft so… giant iron cube is giant. Hopefully with access to paintings, you’ll get wider use of our décor that feels more appropriate.

  2. Your Dwarf Build
    Honestly, I’m impressed here. So much effort, I don’t have time to really review it. I find some things like the repetitions of the columns a bit basic and what we’d compare to vanilla building, rather than some of the sophisticated stuff we’ve done here. But for the style not having been worked on actively in over a year, you showed an aptitude for it that’s comparable to an apprentice learning the style.

  3. Your Paths/Roads
    I love you. Thank you for paying attention to my road guide, you didn’t have to have it on your plot. But you demonstrated that you’re capable of learning that when some who’ve been here for a while struggled with it.

Right, so I want you to make a Shire house, low class with a detached carpentry shop and a full set of vegetable gardens . I want to see what you can do with that on a separate claimed plot. Do that for me and do it well, and you’ll likely earn apprentice. I look forward to seeing what you can do!


Thank you very much for the kind, detailed, thorough and - as expected - very well founded review. As I wrote in my application: I have a lot to learn… - and already I have learned a lot, this from one of the masters of ArdaCraft.
As for the McMansion… it’s owned by a newly rich Hobbit who made his money - rumor has it - by “trading” tobacco with a buyer far down south… Well, anyway, he’s a very nice fellow to have a drink with, but, as they say, too much money and too little taste. He bought a pretty run-down Smial, ruthlessly tore out everything and started to rebuild, expand and extend, all according to his own ideas and not that he would have a clue about architecture - or about fireplaces.
As for the dwarven mine - well, I thank you for the kind words about the path I built and your intentions with the screenshot of my plot do me credit.
It is true that Minecraft in association with Conquest Reforged is very tempting. Something can be built quickly that looks good at first glance. But to build properly, to build a functional, meaningful building, it just takes more than imagination – a lot more.
In this sense: I will comply with your wish, claim a new plot (thanks :-), research thoroughly, and this time and for all future first think and plan and then build the required hobbit house (low class) with a carpenter’s workshop and extensive vegetable gardens.
I have a lot to do this week, but will get to work towards the weekend. Anyway: I will be back.


I have built the low class hobbit house, the vegetable gardens and a detached carpentry shop.

The poor house is located on the edge of the village on a relatively large plot of land, but does not have the acreage necessary to grow enough food for 5 people (2 parents, 11 year old sister, 5 year old twin boys). So father and mother were forced to work as a day laborers until he was hired by a childhood friend to help him with some tobacco trade in the south. With the money earned and an additional interest-free loan from his friend he built a carpentry shop. Business is running very well, the future seems very bright, and they all have already made plans to rebuild the house (and to expand the shop). The mother has stopped working for money. She started to administrate everything financially and in her spare time she’s beautifying the house surroundings (her husband has already built her a new garden shed; the old one has been emptied and its demolition is imminent.) Both have time now to care for the children and so the whole family is happy and that’s the way it must be.

Plot ID: -29:-36


  1. Shire house: low class Shire house - Album on Imgur
  2. Vegetable gardens: Shire - Vegetable Gardens - Album on Imgur
  3. Carpentry shop: Carpentry shop with variations - Album on Imgur

As for the store, I didn’t know what size was wanted, so I created additional variation. Well, in any case, I made an effort, researched, read the guides and searched for carpentry shops throughout Hobbitland and travelled as far as Rohan and to the Beornings…

Whatever, it gave me pleasure and I hope I will meet the requirements this time. But one thing I already know: I am not a gardener.



Well, your special build certainly has its plus and minuses, but the negatives are certainly only limited to quirks of your plot and you wanting to demonstrate your ability to build different types of objects. Between both plots you’ve proven you’re capable of building on the main map as an apprentice. I hope to see continued improvement as we finish up before 1.15, then the game nearly starts over again for us all. Rest our souls.

Being an Apprentice means you are a part of the project, but not a full Builder yet. You have this rank so you can learn and understand how we build. We have high standards and a focus on realism which means that there are things for you to learn. Your duties as an Apprentice should give you good grounding to become a Builder, and, as such, you will begin your first lot of on-server building work assisting current Builders on their builds. This will hopefully allow you to obtain the experience needed to build on your own when you feel you can start on building something on your own. When building as an Apprentice, you are only permitted to build on one building at a time. This not only provides you with good practice for your time as a Builder, but also allows project leaders and Overseers to get a good and clear idea of what your building abilities are. This will allow us to give you better and more bespoke feedback, and prevent any unnecessary problems. Keep in mind that you are only allowed to work on something if you have permission from a project leader via an open plot or confirmation if it’s something else. Finally, as an Apprentice you must always listen to project leaders when they give you feedback, criticisms, and tasks. Ask them if you are unsure of what to build, or how to build it. You have this rank to learn.

In order to eventually obtain Builder, please read the guidelines below:
When you build a house in a project and think it is finished, you should post a comment on this application thread with the closest warp and coordinates of your house. Then Builders or Overseers will comment on this thread and give you fair feedback. When you have achieved a standard of building that matches the basic standard of the server, you will be promoted to Builder. This could be on your first build or one further down the line. ArdaCraft is a friendly community that explores the freedom to create and build together. However, when we are dealing with an enormous project like this there are some guidelines we need to follow to make it work. Firstly, always name and date the stuff you build. We have a set of project blocks that we use - you can read about those in the new player guide at ‘/warp spawn’. Secondly, if you are looking for something to help out with, you can type ‘/warp jobs’. This is where you can find all open jobs like building houses or something similar. You will be provided with instructions on how to get to these projects, and what to build once you get there. Thirdly, do not be afraid to ask members for help and get to know us. This is a community project and it’s important to be part of the community! Stay active on Discord and the forums. Make sure to let an Overseer know who you are on Discord so that he can give you the appropriate rank on there.

On a final note, please remember that Apprentice is not a permanent rank, so we require a certain level of activity during your progression. Being active fewer than once a month will result in your application being rejected.


Thank you very much! Good news at the end of the day. I look forward to working with you and learning from you. Thanks again :slight_smile:


16.06.21 13604/28/13733
Eastfold, efv3: longhouse, high class, older building, 11 beds, 2 doors

  • interior with cave
  • exterior with chicken den, allotment, washing aerea and toilet
  • wall textures and roof gradients
  • adjacent paths and general landscaping in the immediate vicinity of the building

21.06.2021 13620/28/13724
Eastfold, efv3: large horse stable, oldest building style, 21 horses
angled building (block-slab-block)

  • interior:
    ground-floor with boxes cleaned and uncleaned and various tools,
    attic with pulley in the cross-gabel (90°), hay, straw, chests and spare parts
  • exterior: cart with straw being unloaded
  • wall textures and roof gradient
  • pasture, layered, with hedge and fence, with horse troughs, feedlots for hay and straw and last but not least a dung heap (of adequate size for the number of horses present), where a dung cart with fresh manure has just been unloaded
  • adjacent paths and general landscaping in the immediate vicinity of the building and the pasture.

23.06.2021 13594/29/13654
Eastfold, efv3: long house, low class, 7 beds, 2 doors
angled building (block-slab-block), very small

  • interior
  • exterior with washing aerea, toilet and small depot for firewood
  • wall textures and roof gradient
  • adjacent paths and general landscaping in the immediate vicinity of the building

Scylred’s been pretty active, and has taken on several angled builds of his own accord. I’ve asked him to do a Tharbad ruin, to check his skill in a different style, after which we’ll discuss promotion.


28.06.2021 13596/29/13659
Eastfold, efv3: long house, middle class, 7 beds, 2 doors
angled building (block-block-block), narrow

  • interior
  • exterior with washing aerea, toilet and depot for firewood
  • wall textures and roof gradient
  • adjacent paths and general landscaping in the immediate vicinity of the building

03.07.2021 3847/22/4330
Tharbad: ruined epoch III insula

  • built next to a canal
  • front with brick columns

17.07.2021 3847/24/4449
Tharbad: ruined epoch III horreum

  • built next to the Gwathló
  • with part of trailing path

And with that, you are granted the rank of Anciente and Honourable Builder. Congrats!