Thanks for the reply!
I would advise playing by the rules. And please be sure that you are, as nearly half the time a "rules fix" is recommended to me, they aren't playing with the correct rules in the first place
I can imagine that as a designer you can get kind of frustrated by all the players who think after their first game that the games you worked so hard on needs a fix or is broken...
Although I did find the castaway clock and more specifically the parrot the most difficult part about RUM I think - hope - we played it correctly. I watched the video beforehand and referenced the rules every time the parrot came up. But I'll be sure to give the game some more plays in its intended form and I'll carefully read the rules again next time to make sure I'm indeed playing it correctly.