ihr wollt euch direkt mit Mitarbeitern von USM über Catan Universe austauschen? Ihr seid auf der „Spiel“ in Essen? Besucht uns doch einfach am Kosmos Stand am Donnerstag den 13.10. in Halle 3 Stand 3-B112.
@Administrator It sounds like you're taking steps in the right direction. However I agree that the lobby functionality @Stroom wants would be a great balance to what you are describing. The ability to start games with Auto Match, Custom Match, or Lobby would be ideal.
@Stroom your concerns are valid but consider this in context. Yes people quit sometimes for normal reasons. Sometime everyone will have to quit a game. But it seems the penalty will be fitting. Quit once in a while legitimately and you will not suffer. However quit regularly and it will have an effect on your standing. No, they can't tell if your disconnect is intentional. The frequency and timing of the events is what can be analyzed. That's the sense I'm getting from what @Administrator is saying, and it's reasonable.
Yes the report tool will be abused. That's why they are saying it would be checked. If one person complains about a bunch of others whom no one else reports, clearly that reporter is a trouble maker. But if the same user is reported by several, it's clear there is some legitimacy to the complaints. These things are easy to tell when you have a database of this information to query. In the meantime, a block list function will let you avoid the ones you don't like, regardless of what admins do.
I think using ELO highly in the matching is a mistake. The logic of using it is clear, but I think weighing Karma or Experience more heavily will make for more mixing and at least the same kind of people, if not always the same skill level. Skill levels should be mixed up sometimes.
Regarding the "placement" matches mentioned, that only makes sense if new players only play new players, which isn't ideal. Sometimes newbies should be mixed in with vets, skilled and not. The placement match idea sounds like it could be trouble.
There does clearly need to be a ranking system since many people care about that, it's natural competitiveness.