Fair point, though the higher prestige per block also means more efficient use of plot space. Granted, players who can mine efficiently on T6 would more likely turn to Machined Iron instead which can essentially be a byproduct of gem mining. My thought was mainly; if Gleam were to get nerfed - which the discussion definitely points towards, also why I didn’t feel the need to go into Gleam in my first post - wouldn’t Dark Glass or other blocks also need an adjustment to not make Dark Glass the “next best thing”?
Because compared to Decorative Wood/Rock or Brick I still felt like it was too “convenient” to get, even if what you need for those can be gathered without Regen Bombs and on lower tier planets, there is still the Spark, time cost and the organization of materials. Dark Glass you just get it and are done. Yeah, there is the cost of ideally a Gem Hammer and Regen Bombs upfront. But at least to me it was mind-boggling, I only tried it as a scaffolding block because of the convenience to get it (and not needing to worry about texture orientation) but then realized that it was granting more than my “real” blocks which I’ve spent a lot of time getting.
But to be fair, I’ve also been type changing a lot of wood and rock I work with, and for the rock I also have to travel to a planet that’s not in my region, which might make me biased.
Speaking of which, another suggestion I find interesting: a small bonus for using versions of blocks that can only be obtained through block type chisels, Black Igneous Rock as an example.
Disclaimer: am biased, would benefit from it, lol