Don't knock on the people for asking for something simple. I agree more dynamism would be great, but if we go too far into the clouds with crazy-high game-changing suggestions/demands, the devs wouldn't take this thread seriously at all. It's pretty clear this team works in baby steps.
Not trying to knock anyone for it, and I definitely agree with the last part of your sentence.
That said, I think we can try aiming a little higher than hard modes and ready checks.