I really enjoy our game, and I'm lucky to have a good group of people around me who are all playing! But I get this feeling a lot, too.
Especially with the world the way it is right now, it's no wonder people are eager for games they can play directly with others. I wish I could play LoR with my friends in more ways, and I'm hopeful we'll get to explore that before too long... sounds like something Heimer might want to tinker with in his Lab, if you ask me.
In the meantime, I like to jump in a voice call with my friends or share screen while we climb ranked in parallel. Or use Friend Challenge and make over-confident wagers on who'll win, and then try desperately to find excuses when I lose. A lot.
And the Discord channels folks have recommended here are great. Give 'em a shot. :)