Apologies all, I've been reading but haven/'t had chance to properly reply. I will try to get to it over the next few days though.
I wanted to quickly jump in here though:
What fluff/immersion things have been removed for balance reasons?
I think lots of us are using words to mean different things, I really want us to establish common vocabulary so I can make sure that I understand your concerns correctly and completely. That way I am more likely to be able to propose changes that will make those who currently feel short changed happier.
While the thing that brings the most excitement as of yet is the release of a side-product of the Warriors book, being the Asklanders.
A genuine new product. This first as such. People are switching from warriors to Asklanders. Finally a new product! Cause everything up until this point has been tweaking an existing rule-set, like it or not (sure new unit's were created here and there, but generally).
So focus on that, instead of more balancing. Focus on keeping the large group of players that is lingering along waiting for fluff happy. Start with the background compedium, start with fun characters, but please, do not take three years or more for book overhauls like the warriors, is what I plead for.
Booooooaaaaaarsssss .... Chaaaaaaaaaaaaaarge !!!