At least I can say that I am consistently swimming in hundreds of pages of game design documents
You should really consider putting those in a binder or something... it's just... I mean... swimming around in them can't be good.
Missing an AH was definitely one of the more questionable decisions about 1.0. It was an obvious flaw to begin with, but earlier today it made me think...
What was the vision?
Seriously, what was Tanaka envisioning there? How did the rooms full of retainers selling random garbage work in his mind? It must have worked somehow right? I mean, he did that on purpose. So how did he intend for that to work?