I quite enjoy this game, but I think it would be improved if they allowed players to chat with each other in real time. Allies could discuss strategies, etc. I love playing the actual board game with my extended family; one of the advantages of that over playing online, even with family members, is the opportunity to “table talk”.
I understand that one worry might be that some players would speak to others in rude, demeaning or abusive ways. But this problem could be avoided if players could “mute” others they didn’t want to hear from. Also, those reported for abusive online behaviour could be dealt with the same way as cheaters are.