Thanks for the info, jpsuchecki, as well as for offering to be the GM!
I would love having you as a GM, particularly since you are one of the developers of the module (right?). Assuming nobody objects, should we make that official? Are you happy with my PBF rules as written? Does having a GM warrant revieving our decisions about the game logistics, i.e. using vlog files and using this forum to share them?
Regarding race selection and board, my vote is to use the official rules (i.e. fully random selection, and either players make the board or use an official preset board). I like random race selection for two reasons: (a) I’m not all that experienced and giving players more choice always favors the more experienced players, though this effect may be slight (b) I would like to see the less popular races at least once. I like the player-made board because I would like to get more experience with it (almost all my face-to-face games involved a premade board due to time pressure.)