I'm glad you decided to stay awhile.
Your questions are all good, one thing about being smaller is that the people that can make changes are hearing what you say, sometimes it takes some time but if the idea is good, it will happen.
As far as you needing things, I can help some, I have mules that have a lot of nice gear and like i have posted in the trading section, i am happy to give away to anyone in need. It is my experience that runewords aren't used a lot here anymore because there is unique gear that is far better for most uses.
Add me to your f/list *tmaan, I am on most every day. My time on is hit and miss though because I have lots of chances to play for 20 minutes then I have to go. My best time is from 8 to 11 pm CST if that helps.