Only thing to add is, “Shotgun!”
They are adding the abtliiy to use non-combat NPCs to tell story. That opens the way for peaceful storytelling which is pretty much what most of the decorators wanted to use the DM for in the first place. Still a lot more to be done on that front but it’s a start.I’d be happy if they removed all the xp and rewards and re-tooled the DM as a direct adjunct to housing. The remorseless insistence on adding a competitive, combative or acquisitive element to everything can get really tedious.