While I don't really mind playing a variety of skill levels, it must really suck for a new person to get hammered or cut off, or simply out played by a more experience player.
Also frustrating, is when a new player basically hands the game to another player with bad trades or refusal to trade, poor starting location picks, less than ideal use of the robber, etc., [or quit and leave us to the game destroying AI]
And the whole ELO is a mystery to me, I can win big or struggle through it, maybe get a few ELO, but then I can lose a game and drop twice as much as I'd gain any other time. It really makes no sense. [Is there a guide to how ELO is calculated]
Maybe it the player has a resource, but you know as soon as a player drops and the AI joins the game is going to suck after that. It seems like a great idea to allow games to finish, but the real result is the game is messed up, because the AI starts robbing people 2-3 points behind the lead multiple times in a row, and trading with the leader, and also making stupid moves... basically ruining the game and handing it to the leader. I'd quit if I didn't think I'd lose points. [And unfortunately, with the disconnect issues due to quitters, connection problems, or software bugs, the AI is needed more often than not]
i agree, 180 is too long, please, can you reduce it to maxi 20; 10 would be great;
but waiting for 180 is so horrible.
idea: if the player don't play in time; you can activate the IA player only for the turn; the human player can play after; but if the human don't play after 3 IA turn ; the human player is ejected and replace with a IA player...sorry for my english;
You can temporarily unlock all versions of the game by using scrolls (you gain these for free as a reward for leveling up). Thus you can try out everything and then decide which contents you want to purchase.
+1 this current format of the game is awful. The trade interface being the primary thing - it is too large, you can't see your hand or the board with it displayed, and you can't make counter offers or ask for more? I didn't think they could possibly make the game worse, but bring back the old format play catan - at least it was playable. This is just awful.