PLEASE address this issue. I changed my settings to music (also irritating listening to redundant loop of music for an hour waiting on an opponent) but I thought at least I would hear the music stop and know that a game began... NOPE... music still plays in game!
Simple fix: PLAY A STARTING SOUND OR SHORT SONG TO START THE GAME.
The old version did this... so it couldn't be too hard.
Have fun fixing it. Relativly low player numbers doesn't allow to forbid letting the same players join two games in a row and when you can't be friends to join together, you simply unfriend and then join Auto-Match.
Only allow taking recourses or blocking (robber/pirate) from the leading player would also destroy the standard catan gameplay, since the leading player isn't necessarily the player with the highest points.
Could be done with the report system and consider it griefing if someone blocks and takes recourses solely from the weakest player without having any strategy behind (e.g. two players got 6 points and the weakest lost his city and only has 2 points and there's no knight around)... but that's also very relative. Weakest player could be in someones way and that's the reason he takes from him.
I'd happy if you find a solution, but i just can't see it atm.
We implemented a turn timer to make sure players could not block an auto-match game by doing nothing. Therefore there is also a timer in this phase of the game. However we're monitoring player feedback on this and will increase the default timer in this phase if necessary.
@Stroom If this is the case, it makes them hypocritical too as the mobile app has a nice trading platform where you can make counter trades (including 2:1 and 3:1). The only drawback is that because of space limitations in a mobile version, the trading platform also obscures the entire island in that version too. But the trading platform in itself is decent in the mobile app; 1000 times better than the CU version. Having said that, I think the PlayCatan bells and whistles would make a great addition to a trading platform and would be better than the mobile version.
Why even throw the win screen at the players? A small window is enough. The UI developers are so obsessed with each new window completely blocking out everything else on the screen. Please see "non-modal" windows and try to use them (especially good for trade but you could use it everywhere).