DM's staff doesn't do any character approval anymore. All of that is being delegated to troupes, and anyone not in a troupe is their own troupe by definition.
MUSH-based character generation is wide open. It's a little buggy and will be under ongoing maintenance, but you make basic characters through it, and can go straight onto the grid to play. If you want something more advanced, +request the amount of XP you need (we've given out thousands at a time, it's your concept, not ours--), and as soon as somebody spots the ticket we'll update you. You use the +ooc command to go to the OOC (out of character) area, find the XP room, and spend the points.
Something not available that you want? Ticket that too. We want players set up to tell whatever stories they choose within the Dark Metal landscape.