Agree. The Small Block material costs are pretty trivial. If they went with something like the example I laid out above, then material cost would become non-trivial, especially for Large blocks. Now personally I could live with 'rounding' things (cut-offs=waste in a lot of building); a Half Block costs half the mats. A Thin/Wall block for Large Blocks costs 13 Steel Plates (if full cube cost 100 plates, and a Wall is a 1/8th block) while a Thin/Wall block for Small Blocks -didn't- cost 1 Steel Plate like you'd expect (assuming a Sm Blk Steel Cube cost 6), but maybe cost 2 plates? For Hit point reasons?? Conumdrum would be how closely tied HP would/should be tied to a blocks material cost. I actually like the current HP/Mass to Shape scaling they came up with. While not fully intuitive, it seems a fair compromise so that nice shapes aren't shunned. -- Basically I think we're coming at this from different directions, but ultimately in agreement? I've been away for a number of months, and on return I haven't really made an effort to catch up with all the forum activity, so it's highly likely that I'm posting thoughts that many others have had and already posted. No disrespect is intended! Knowing from experiance how intelligent and generally kind the majority of the 'old timers' are here, I figured that'd forgive any bone headed, or beaten-to-death thoughts/suggestions I post for a while as coming from a well intentioned place; though we all know where that _can_ lead! doh!