I don't agree that the new game board is a problem (ironic that my last post railed these boards, but I digress). No disrespect to conspiracies, but the board fits the game GREAT. Granted it's just a flash glimpse. The game soon celebrates its half decade - a game of THREE stories won, three stories laid on end side to side collecting opposing tokens. It is the image, look, structure, and essence of the game. A story deck rests at the end. (I'd have placed it lengthwise alike to the stories, but whatever.) I'm not yet sold on the green orb and the gilted trappings framing the card placements. And I don't particularly love a square token. Perhaps they're little tomes. But I think I'll be into it in the end. So, you place a conspiracy somewhere else. It doesn't fall off a cliff. There's no run on neutral play areas. You're own card area is blank too. There are some nice play mats out there, some felt. The original ccg demo mats are out there too. A table top has been known to suffice on occasion. Conspiracies may comprise one quarter of the playable card types; but is in importance infinitesimally smaller. Why not a clear plastic clip on an arm to place an event on to signify it's in play, hovering over the board.