I have the cloth development site http://mediawiki.blender.org/index.php/BlenderDev/ClothSimulation bookmarked, and I used to check it every day for like 6 months. It seemed to be off to such a good start, but then it sort of faded away. Now it has missed two blender releases (unless something changes quickly). I guess it got too complicated, or maybe they just lost steam, but it looks like it’s going to be a good while yet before we have some competitive cloth in blender.
What about dynamic curves, that doesn’t seem too hard. Could we at least get those? (I know, shut up and code it myself, but that would take me a couple months of dedicated work and I know someone could do it much better and faster than I)