They've argued the AI goes after players with resources it wants, which often the lowest ranked player, but it seems to do so without regard for who's leading and usually the resource it's obsessed over isn't even reasonable (like it builds a road to make a settlement, then the changes it mind and trades everything away to make a city ~ usually making rich players richer with stupid 2:1-3:1 trades).
Supposedly it won't trade with you if it's competing for a spot - but it still refuses trades when it has the clear advantage (like, it's the AIs turn and the trade will allow it to build, so clearly you are no threat). [But honestly I think this is a huge misunderstanding of their bugs, because I've had the AI to refuse to trade with me when it's on the other side of the board from me, and will trade with the leader who happens to be sharing space with it].
(plus, honestly, a human player would give up a spot they wanted if the trade gives them another spot they wanted. Catan, like most games, is about concessions that move your game forward.)
Yesterday I was playing CaK and saw the AI player place the robber on his own tile. I placed the robber on his 9 tile when it was my turn. On his turn, he used a Knight to move the robber. He used up the Knight and moved the robber to his own 6 tile, then used another of his Knights to move the robber from his 6 tile to one of my tiles. I witnessed the AI doing this same set of moves twice in the game. This definitely was more of the AI moving the robber inappropriately and wastefully since he used two Knights each time it happened in the game. You will have to determine if these moves are within the same decision tree problem as the one seen in the Inka offering. Thanks for all your help!
Yes!!!! More crazy AI behavior that appears to be ignored by the ADMIN?!?!?! Today, AI 1 has 12 points (and 8 cards) and I have 7 points (C&K) AI2 rolls a 7 and instead of sitting the robber on a tile with me AND AI 1 (or just AI 1) it sets the robber on a tile with only me (and, obviously, takes a card from my hand). NO SANE PLAYER would make that move!!!! Come on Admins, get the logic tree straightened out...this is soooo much worse than PC AIs and has been for far too long.
Also, Stop having the AIs offer me trades it has NO intention of completing...that's just rude!!
@MonkeyZ What I hate most about AI is the way it trades. It makes completely unreasonable offers
It cannot grasp the concept that trade is a mutual benefit thing, give and take.
Oh definitely, the unreasonable trade flaw is it's biggest issue, and why most people try and game it. What's infuriating is it'll make crazy trades and then do nothing with it, or just purchase a card (that it'll never use), when it could have built a settlement or something with all the resources it just traded away.
And yeah, the AI is either ridiculous in trades, or impossible. It'll ask for a trade, and the very next roll when you have that resource, it'll refuse to make the same trade. It's frustrating.
Wow, I can't believe I didn't think of that. I looked at statistics but didn't specifically look at whether they earned victory point cards. I will keep an eye out for that, but I assume you are completely correct. Thank you!