The main issue is that the developers refuse to implement the game features that have proven to be very useful for the gameplay in PlayCatan. Trade counteroffers were being asked for 2 years and were refused at first. Only last week I saw a reply where they were "considering it". They are instead going to work on things that do not affect the gameplay of Catan. Useless things.
Playing basic Catan is just horrible compared to what it was on PlayCatan. And this is the "official" online Catan platform now. You can say that hosting PlayCatan was not viable anymore (GDPR or old server frameworks) but what the players want is the FUNCTIONALITY of PlayCatan. Implementing the best Catan functionality does not have any obstacles. Unless it is ignorance by the developers. For 2 years I have seen bad UI and UX decisions. And there has always been a constant blind eye towards how PlayCatan works. Copying useful features is not covered by copyright issues. Just learn from old things and do not make the mistakes on your own! How many times do we have to repeat it to you?
Lobby is a big no-no. And the reason is completely oblivious. They have not even replied to my comments about why matchmaker can not handle the different customization settings. And it will be even worse once more expansions are developed. Which basically means that either the developers are too ignorant or not even planning to add any more expansions into the game... because otherwise the matchmaker will be useless.
Whatever, it will probably take about 3 more years until USM and exozet lose their license anyway. Hopefully the next developers actually know what they are doing.
Thank you. I know I am brash at times, but you have had a way of summarizing the same observations I've made in a succinct way.
**Please, listen to this man. **
If it's a matter of monetizing, put some time into getting PlayCatan up to snuff and take our money. Personally, I just want to be treated with respect. You are talking to people that have spent more time than you have playing this game, guaranteed. Did you play online catan 2-3 hours a day or maybe 12 most every day for the last 8-10 years? I did, and my numbers were always small compared to some of the other veterans I would play regularly! We know what we're talking about, stop ignoring us and trying to force your new vision of catan as the next step in the evolution of the online game experience and community. Who is in charge of communications here on the forum? Is it someone at exocet? USM? the catan home office? And does the home office not read this forum or even play the game at CU? I would be furious if I were the person that had to listen to excuse after excuse about why things aren't working right.