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P.O.M - XL Blocks [Slopes Update!]
Type: Mod
Mod category: Block
Tags: NoScripts
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Mar 7, 2023 @ 12:34pm
Apr 25 @ 3:24pm
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P.O.M - XL Blocks [Slopes Update!]

In 1 collection by Shadestuff
SE - Survival Modpack
27 items
Pennant Orbital Manufacturing presents: XL Blocks.

M.A.N.T.A division, P.O.M:

This mod adds 26 new large grid building blocks in the form of non-deforming
armor-like 5x5x5 sized blocks. This isn't a new grid size, but the next best thing.
The "XL" 5x5x5 blocks (+ unique shapes relevant to 5x5x5) come with efficient LODs and
two buildstates each, survival-ready and built with Steel Plates and Girders.

Inspired by the artwork of Paul Chadeisson, these blocks are intended to allow engineers
to build larger, faster, and hopefully with less lag. -pending rigorous technical tests.-
The blocks are tentatively balanced to require roughly half the resources to build relative
to the number of armor blocks it would take to fill the space in vanilla. The 5x5x5 size is
a natural step up after small to large grid scaling, and offers the largest placement
footprint that an engineer in survival may manage within reason.

See Paul Chadeisson's gorgeous work here![]

1/2 Shapes Update:
This update adds a much-requested suite of 8 half block shapes, a new "Brace"
block, tweaks the 5x5x5 Frame block's design, Increases component count/durability,
fixes some UV errors, and adds support (tentatively).

[NEW] Slopes Update:
This update adds 3 new blocks: SlopeCorner, SlopeCornerBase, and SlopeCornerTip.
These are those wonky half-corner blocks needed to make whole spheres, and were modeled and added by none other than Enenra, who essentially did the whole update. Thank you, En!


Block List:
  • XL 1x
  • XL 1x Frame
  • XL 1x Mount
  • XL 1x Platform
  • XL Block
  • XL Block Detail
  • XL Block Hazard
  • XL Block Frame
  • XL Block Inv Corner
  • XL Block Slope
  • XL Block Corner
  • XL Half Block
  • XL Half Block Corner
  • XL Half Corner Base
  • XL Half Corner Base Inv
  • XL Half Corner Tip
  • XL Half Corner Tip Inv
  • XL Half Slope Base
  • XL Half Slope Tip
  • XL Sloped Corner Base - NEW
  • XL Sloped Corner Tip - NEW
  • XL Sloped Corner - NEW
  • XL Hip
  • XL Brace
  • XL Passage
  • XL Passage Corner

XL blocks can be found in the G menu, within the "P.O.M - XL Blocks" Category.


Q: "Where's/Why not add a [Shape] Block?"
A: These blocks are intended to be simple foundations for larger designs, and engineers
are encouraged to fill in the gaps and define the silhouette and surface details with standard
large grid blocks.

Q: "Will you be adding versions of [Functional Block] in 5x5x5?"
A: I don't plan on modding functional blocks any time soon. Form over function from Pennant.

Q: "Why not add a force field visual to / airtight-seal the Passage blocks?"
A: I'm no good with custom textures or functional blocks. But the real excuse is that I'd rather
the Passage Blocks be Passages, similar to the large grid 1x1x1 Passage blocks.

Q: "Why aren't detail lines appearing on the blocks in my world?"
A: You likely have your model quality set to low in graphics settings. These blocks have very
simple, blocky LODs at far distances or low quality settings to provide competitive performance.
The half block suite of shapes also do not have outer-surface detail lines.

Q: "Can you make alternate block variants without the hazard stripes?"
A: I'd like to, yes. Might be a while though.

Author's note:
This is Pennant's first major mod release, and my first upload in quite a few years. I hope folks
find good use in these blocks, and I hope even more that they're at least half-decent at helping
engineers build larger grids that don't eat server performance via block count. I'm very much
not a technical guy, but from my own testing they don't seem to hurt and definitely open
the range of possibilities. Eager to read your feedback!

Thanks to Enenra and the SEUT team for their work
on the Blender toolkit, hand-holding along the way, and work on the Slope update.

- Shadestuff
Popular Discussions View All (2)
May 7, 2023 @ 5:50am
I want the ships from the showcase
Magnum Opium
Sep 11, 2023 @ 2:26pm
Deal with Physical Shapes
jperk354 Jun 4 @ 7:03am 
Very cool, but slightly sad that it doesn't support all armor skins
masterbuilder1016 May 4 @ 12:49pm 
I would love it if you could add 5x5 armor panels as well
AnubisMe Apr 26 @ 2:11pm 
Damn, literally a couple hours after I commented he updated the mod after a year of no updates.
TrueWhiteKnight Apr 26 @ 12:03am 
an amazing mod and i use it religiously for base building. it makes setting up garages and hangars much less of a hassle and i love it. keep up the good work.
PHANTOMPRINCE-II Apr 25 @ 10:35pm 
can you add the Heavy XL Blocks type on it?
AnubisMe Apr 25 @ 10:05am 
The maker of this mod either vanished from the planet or is secretly working with Keen software.
Proximus Cosmos Mar 12 @ 1:28am 
Are their plans to give XL blocks Heavy Armor levels of damage resistance? Right now they have no damage resistance it seems.
Hethan757 Jan 22 @ 9:23am 
Could I have permission to upload this on Mod io?
mike Dec 25, 2023 @ 5:18am 
love making a base with these blocks mate any chance of built in hanger doors any time :steamthumbsup:
mhwyoshi Nov 29, 2023 @ 5:49pm 
I love this they need to add stuff like this into the game!