Ok, so I created an object that looks like this:
The internal object is surrounded on all sides by another object. The inner object has a marble material. The outside object does not.
I duplicate the object via the array modifier in the x and y direction like so:
Now, if I apply a marble material to the inner object, it applies the whole material scaled down to fit in the little inner object rather than spreading it out over the entire array.
I'd like to know how to make the material apply to the entire array. The image below is the actual blend. The "stairs" and the individual squares on the board are the same material. As you can see, it looks like the material is compressed into each square, versus being spread out as on the "stairs".