With the new idea in mind, I kept trying to think of ways to include the board, which is much larger than the building and character pieces, to where it will be in focus and not have to be too far from the camera — I wanted all elements in frame roughly the same size. In order to achieve this, the board would have to be considerably further away from the camera, which will mean it is blurrier than elements closer to the lens and would negate the effect I was aiming for.
Shower thoughts to the rescue! When I received Santorini from the Kickstarter campaign, also included was the Golden Fleece expansion, which included one scenario featuring a mini version of the game board — perfect scale to the buildings in the photo and a solution to my previous problem. Onward and upward!