Don't forget: Just because you don't see Tom or Tony on streams anymore doesn't mean they aren't still involved in Stonehearth. All good ideas get better through refinement and reflection. These systems were all bound to change, in some cases dramatically, throughout the course of development, and Tom and Tony would likely be the first to say the same thing.
I am totally excited for Chris's upcoming rewrite. I know a few players who have taken breaks from Stonehearth until 'they fix building', and the direction Chris and team are taking building, I think, will really unlock Stonehearth's full potential.