Thanks for the link...it was fun reading! I still wonder about the wood used though...maple seems unlikely. I bought Masons recently and it made me wonder the same thing...especially the beautifully shaped towers...I do like games with pretty pieces. I have also recently acquired Carcassonne; The Princess and the Dragon. The dragon is a fantastic meeple...I might try to replicate it on a larger scale at some point in the future (my daughter is currently a little scared of dragons, although she is thawing towards them courtesy of Shrek!).