Are you referring to when the game halts with a message something like "All opponents have left the game"? Sorry, can't recall the whole wording but something about you can continue the game against AI players but it won't effect the outcome or you can end the game.
I agree with stroom and don't take ELO too seriously. Just had an excellent game, very tight score the whole game. Never more than 2 points separating the the highest and lowest score. Ended tying for a loss with each of us having 9 points. Maybe since we both had the same score against the same opponent we'd lose the same amount of ELO... No. Because the person I was tied with had an ELO lower than me, I got over 6 points subtracted from my ELO while the person I tied with lost less than two points.
I had more fun playing that game and losing than many of the ones I've won.
And the dice aren't controlled by the client (ie. your computer), all the RNG is calculated on the servers, it is in no easy way to hack or manipulate the game unless you actually hack their servers.. Make sure you check to see if you're unlucky before complaining about cheating
But Catan sever has a specific rule to calculate the number the dice rolled.Cheaters doesn’t need to hack into the server.they just need to find out the rule, and to input the initial result.So they can always roll the perfect number out.Why they wait to roll, because the number they roll out probably relate to time. The numbers the dice roll out have different opportunity, so cheaters have to wait longer to get the number benefited them.Such as every 2 seconds one 7, every 6 seconds one 2.
I had somebody recently accuse me of this, in game. Not sure what happened to you, but in my case I wasn't cheating, and didn't know either of the other players. The accuser had been "blessed" with a lot of 7 rolls, kept placing the robber on a tile that both the other player & I were on. Seems the accuser felt targeted by the other player & I moving the robber off of that title to a title occupied solely by the accuser. In addition, the other player and I were trading cards in a way that could be seen as unfair unless you realize we were giving each other cards to buy knight cards to move the robber off of the shared tile.
If the accuser had thought about how two players that shared a tile might cooperate when repeatedly attacked by a third player, the accuser may have started putting that robber on tiles that were occupied by one player only.
ELO is a bad indicator. So easy to be manipulated in a 4 player game.
And the matchmaker is also horrible with such a low player count. By my calculations, you'd only have about 50 player in the lobby (maximum). If you want to get into a game within 2 minutes, there isn't really any choice in choosing who plays with who. You inevitably get randomly ranked players playing with each other. And if people start playing for the ELO-meta, they will block the players with high ELO. This is not the intent of how Catan is supposed to be played. Just delete Catan Universe and wait for something better to pop up.