Re:Rhythm and predicting payouts?
It does seem to me that payouts are somewhat less frequent, and I agree that it's due in large part to the fact that a lot of payout cards get played as events. The Destiny cards do ensure that there are at least a modest number of payouts over the course of the game. But even with those it is possible for someone to bury the card using Storytelling, or simply hold it forever if he has room in his hand or doesn't mind the penalty.
I think that overall the card/payout system is set up such that (moreso than AoR) it encourages players to fight to get a dominant position in a resource before paying it, or else not pay it out at all.