Hurrah! I won my first ranked match this evening. In fact, it was the first ranked match the game has actually let me play, I think – every other time I tried I get disconnected, there’s no-one playing, or my opponent quits before the game starts.
But I only won by a single point! I was convinced I was going to win when we were down to about 10 tiles, as even though we had the same number of points, I had stacks of farms and he had none. And although yes, I did indeed win, the number of almost complete castles, roads and monastaries brought his score up to 88, with mine at 89. Close!