I just got my replacement game board today because mine wouldn't lay completely flat and this one is much better. It appears to be made of the same thing the tokens are and it's cut different. The old one had a giant center puzsle piece that was taken out of both sides but this one is just cut in three vertical pieces. I can post some pics later, also of anyone wants my old board let me know.
I will note that the original board actually fits in the box much better that the "trifold" design of the replacement board. Honestly, I wonder if the replacement board wasn't a prototype board, as I feel the current board (with the central piece and wrap-around border pieces) is actually the better design!
Still...I am glad VP games has such great customer service in offering replacements for defective boards.