Why are there so many people getting defensive about TTG? It's weird. He only asked where they were and instead it's turned into a full blown argument about why TTG were 'right' to remove them!
I'd personally have liked to see them in-game, but the problem could have been what shadows to do for what scenery and that might have taken time to set for each object in each scene.
I'm more geeky about the changes they made from the comic book. For example in the comic book Fone gets stranded in (a snowy) wilderness for some months before he meets Thorn. It was a nice touch in the comic that felt like Fone had been on a bigger journey, and that Boneville was really out of reach. Also missing (I think) was the dialogue at the beginning which explained they'd already been on the run for two weeks (hence them being SO lost).
But 'Out from Boneville' captures the atmosphere so perfectly that it doesn't really matter!