I think only required dependencies were included in the zip file.
Cargo, HtmlUnit and JMock are optional for Shale Test. Maven should retrieve them for you at compile time. Is that not happening?
Shale Designtime was not supposed to be part of the 1.0.3 release, so the Creator jars should not be required (and we probably can't redistribute them anyway. ) There are instructions in the shale-designtime pom.xml file about how to find and install the jars locally.
The commons-validator version issue is likely related to the known problems with Maven's dependency management. We'll be addressing that along with the problem of the wrong jars being included in the example apps.