I think he was just saying exactly that, "I don't blame you". That has nothing to do with how he intended the game to play. You honestly think Steve Richie is going to bash a paying customer for altering a game he designed to make it more enjoyable to them? No, because he is a reasonable person who I am sure appreciates anyone to enjoys his games the way they choose to. Personally I like TWD as is. It's challenging as hell, and that fits the theme. You are fighting for your life to survive!
This is also coming from someone who has to pay to play this game. I can only play it on location. The difficulty keeps me coming back.