But the normal setup isn't that great, either, because sometimes you just get unlucky and get duplicates of the same numbers. That's hobbling you right at the start of the game, making you try to dig yourself out of the hole while the other players are cruising along.
What I want is "Jason's setup", which is like normal setup only it will not give you duplicate tiles. I know that's how I'd play it if I were playing it at a real table. Sure, there's still some bad luck you can get, but this at least makes it not terrible.
And if you wanted to go further down that route, any of your original four that is one within one number off can be returned for a replacement. So if you got 1, 8, 9, 14, you could return either the 8 or the 9 (or just automate it by returning the lowest - 8 in this case - number). That'd feel more like an even playing field.
And yeah, this game is heavily about luck. But that's why it's even more important to not feel like you're done for at the very beginning of the game. Sure, in rare cases (and with the right opponents making poor choices), you can come back from it. But in general it's a bit of a downer.