Here's a quick one. The final answer is a 6-letter word.
First player advantage? I don't believe in anything like that. It's just an excuse people use to explain away why they lost. Instead, victory solely depends on which side gets the next move.
Text version is below: the first grid is the letters of the board, and the second is the shading.
# is the darkest, followed by
X, and then
. is the lightest.
BASTILLE XXXXXXX# ECHIDNAS XXXXXXXX POTBOUND XXXXXXXX KEPHALIC XX..XX.. TELETYPE XX..XX.. NEWSWEEK ........ CABOMBAS ........ ALTRUISM #.......
At least 32 letters in the grid are just disguising the true information.