Cool news... I managed to get one of the original versions, but I'm still looking forward to the new set. The look of it seems mostly unchanged.
the glass beads have been replaced with wood cubes and cylinders
I can't tell if they used cubes or cylinders for the resource or people markers. Hopefully it's cubes, I think cylinders would be too prone to rolling around.
Sid Meier, Elvis and Bill Gates have been replaced by, respectively, game designer, rock ‘n’ roll icon, and Nikola Tesla.
Too bad... I bet Sid and Elvis would have gone along with it. The 'Bill' card was just asking for trouble, though.