I understand the AIs won't trade with me if I'm too close to winning, but when does that kick in? Does it adjust to the victory conditions of the game? I feel like when I have 8+ points I can no longer make trades, even if it's a 20-point game.
The AI won't trade if it feels it's competing with you for a spot, so that could even happen around 3-4 points. And I've seen the AI trade with someone on the verge of winning, even with the current behaviour.