@joeDisc0 That's why the so claimed option of the majority of the players to decide (after some specific time) to kick the one who freezes the game, would be perfect. This was an old feature in PlayCatan which, us, the players used very much and asked for it in CU, but was denied like most of our preferences. A machine will never be better then the human mind. So many bugs would be avoided.
Actually this proves my point: in fact, those 3 players who have a bad time, will be candidates to be the next APs in their future games. This is how it works: the matchmaker algorithm—which in theory pairs players according to skill and other factors—also combines a match of X amount of players, among which, one of them has lost previous games more than what the other players have, and will IPSO FACTO be elected as the AP for that games.
Allow me to illustrate this with an example that will explain the logic of the mechanism a little better for the benefit of all the "Catanians".
Imagine three games 1,2,3 of X number of distinct players, so that we have:
Game 1 - Players A,B,C
Game 2 - Players D,E,F,G
Game 3 - Players H,J,K
Results are as follows:
Game 1 - Winning player B
Game 2 - Winning player D
Game 3 - Winning player K
Now we have the ingredients for a fourth game to be played. The match-making algorithm will combine players as follows:
Game 4 - Players B (winner in their last game), D (winner in their last game), J (not a winner in their last game)
**Player J in Game 4 will be the advantaged player. **
This is how Catan Universe balances out wins vs losses of any one player and keeps them hooked to the platform.
I know it's just a theory but it does make sense, doesn't it?
You really seem to have run down a rabbit hole here...
Sorry but no this doesn´t make any sense at all ^^ There is absolutely nothing to gain and way to many variables in an online multiplayer game featuring up to 4 players to implement something even remotely close to what you are describing. We do offer one time purchases and once a player has acquired his/her favorite expansion there isn't really anything they have to spend money on to play as much as they want. We are very happy if we did a well enough job for our players to come back again daily and play again and again but we do not make any money from it. It doesn´t matter if you played 100000 games or just one.
It is very puzzling to see such an allegation for an App that's very open about the costs for the player and doesn´t monetize with Ads nor has a large number of consumables.
The design approach we took is absolutely the opposite. We specifically used a ranking system in Catan Universe that is in absolute contrast to what you are describing. Elo isn´t about how many games you played but how good you did in comparison to other players. The top-ranked players have a massive delta in regards to how many games they played.
About the anecdotal pictures:
Congratulations on your big win. Next time it's a closer call, feel free to post as well
This keeps happening to me too. I've gotten kicked from like 10 games in a row with no warning. Game will freeze and when i try to refresh it will say game has been cancelled. @administrators if you cannot fix the connection issues, how about NOT deducting karma and ELO for "cancelled games".
If I double posted then it must have been a problem that was not addressed. I have sent two messages to support including the fact that on STEAM it says Cannot Connect to Server (over a month now) and that problem still has not been resolved. I play multiple games on STEAM and this is the only one with that problem.
@LilSanity I use a computer, and have the same issues, so have all the other players I chat to, no matter wich device they use. We posted many complaints about it, and admin promised that they are working full speed on this. But it will take a while. Let us hope they come up with a fix soon.