Lords of Waterdeep: Board Game Review

Sport Overview

Lords of Waterdeep is a technique board sport, for 2-5 gamers, designed by Peter Lee and Rodney Thomson. Gamers tackle the roles of secret rulers of the town of Waterdeep, probably the most resplendent jewel on this planet of Forgotten Realms. Every ruler is anxious in regards to the metropolis’s security but additionally has a secret agenda and is keen to do no matter it takes to achieve energy and management the town. What cannot be gained with authorized procedures, can all the time be gained by way of treachery or bribery. As a way to succeed with their secret plans, rulers rent adventurers to tackle quests on their behalf and earn rewards. They’ll additionally develop the town, by shopping for new buildings that open up new accessible actions within the sport or play Intrigue playing cards which will hinder their rivals or advance their very own plans. By finishing quests and shopping for buildings, gamers earn victory factors. On the finish of the sport, the participant with probably the most victory factors, is the winner.

The sport makes use of a rigorously designed board, depicting the town of Waterdeep and its numerous areas. There are particular areas reserved on the board for metropolis expansions (new buildings that gamers can purchase), the Quest Deck, Quest playing cards and discarded Quests, The Intrigue deck and discarded Intrigue playing cards plus accessible buildings to purchase and the constructing stack.

In the beginning of the sport every participant chooses a shade and takes the corresponding participant mat in entrance of him. The mat has particular locations reserved for the participant’s brokers (the Agent pool), employed adventurers (the Tavern), accomplished quests and the participant’s Lord of Waterdeep card.

Gamers are dealt a random Lord of Waterdeep card, which defines their character and secret agenta. It’s positioned on the backside of the participant mat, face down.

Every participant begins out with a predetermined variety of agent tokens (in line with the variety of gamers) which he can assign to totally different areas within the metropolis and use them to rent adventurers. Employed adventurers are represented by wood cubes of various colours, every one representing a unique kind of adventurer:orange (fighters), black (rogues), purple (wizards) and white (clerics). Throughout setup, every participant can also be dealt 2 random quests face up, 2 intrigue playing cards face down and a few gold. Every quest, to be able to be accomplished, requires sure numbers and varieties of adventurers and typically additionally some gold and rewards gamers with victory factors and typically gold or adventurers. After being accomplished, quests are positioned on a particular place on the participant mat. Some quests have the notation “Plot Quests” which signifies that they’ve ongoing results along with offering rewards. These are positioned face up close to the participant mat to remind the participant the continuing impact. Intrigue playing cards might be of three sorts: Assault, Utility or Obligatory Quest. Assault playing cards hinder or penalize opponents whereas serving to the participant who performed them. Utility playing cards simply profit the participant who performed them. Obligatory quest playing cards are given to opponents and should be accomplished earlier than different energetic quests this manner slowing them down. Intrigue playing cards could also be performed when brokers are asigned to a sure constructing, “The Waterdeep Harbor”. In any case brokers are assigned by all gamers, Brokers positioned at Waterdeep Harbor are reassigned to a different empty location on the board.

The sport consists of eight rounds. In every spherical, gamers take turns and every flip can assign an unassigned agent to an unoccupied location within the metropolis. The motion of that location is straight away carried out after which it’s also doable for the participant to finish a quest, offering he has gathered all conditions. There are 9 primary buildings within the metropolis the place brokers might be assigned, however extra might be bought in the middle of the sport. Actions that may be carried out in buildings embrace: hiring adventurers, gaining gold, shopping for buildings, gaining or taking part in intrigue playing cards, taking new quests, hiring an additional agent “The Ambassador”, taking the primary participant marker, gaining victory factors and extra. When shopping for a brand new constructing, gamers pay a price in gold indicated on the constructing tile, achieve some victory factors, place the brand new constructing tile in one of many reserved empty areas on the board and place one in every of their management markers on that tile to be able to point out that they personal the constructing. Every time one other participant assigns an agent to that constructing, its proprietor will profit too.

First Impressions

The field of the sport is kind of huge, with the entrance cowl paintings depicting among the well-known Lords of Waterdeep (sadly the picture cannot be described as very tempting). Opening the field, reveals an entire lot of lovely elements of top of the range and a particular storage tray, not often seen in commonplace sport editions.

The rulebook, very spectacular certainly, stands out with its elaborate design, lovely paintings and clear textual content. Subsequent comes sport setup, which does not take too lengthy: just a little shuffling of the intrigue and quest playing cards, placement of playing cards and buildings, distribution of participant mats and brokers and prepared we go! Gameplay is fairly easy and runs easily: Assign an agent, carry out the motion of the constructing, probably full a Quest. Subsequent participant please! I used to be a lot excited after I accomplished my first (2-player) sport and wanting to play many extra video games. That is a fairly good first impression, is not it? Let’s get right down to enterprise and analyze particular person points of the sport:


Elements are of top of the range as could possibly be anticipated of a significant writer like Wizards of the Coast. The sport board is large and spectacular with primary buildings drawn on the map of the town of Waterdeep and empty areas across the board for metropolis expansions. There are particular areas on the perimeters of the board to put the search deck and quests accessible for buy, discarded quests, the Intrigue deck of playing cards, accessible buildings for buy and future buildings. Typically there’s a place for every thing and the board could be very nicely organized and completely useful. The playing cards’ paintings is superior (let’s not overlook that Wizards of the Coast is the writer of “Magic the Gathering), with elaborate designs and made of top of the range, thick paper. Nevertheless, sleeving the playing cards is advisable, particularly for Quest and Intrigue playing cards that may quickly undergo from repeated shuffling. The constructing tiles are manufactured from thick cardboard and are cleverly designed, leaving a particular place on their southeast nook for the participant’s management markers to be put. This manner the markers do not disguise the constructing textual content nor intrude with the position of Brokers. Brokers have the form of meeples which is most handy and are manufactured from wooden. So are the primary participant token in addition to the Ambassador and Lieutenant tokens. Rating markers are additionally manufactured from wooden. A particular point out to participant mats should be made: Every participant takes a participant mat that matches his/her Brokers shade. The mat is fantastically designed and has separate areas reserved to put Brokers (the “Agent Pool”), adventurers (the “Tavern”), management markers, accomplished Quests and the participant’s Lord of Waterdeep card. Superior work! Adventurers are represented by wood cubes of various colours. There’s a sense of failure right here, as gamers are used to assume wood cubes largely as assets: wooden, stone, gold and many others. After a short time, you begin to overlook that cubes are adventurers and may simply be caught saying issues like “I place an Agent right here and get 1 orange and 1 white dice” and consider them as supplies as a substitute of claiming “I place an Agent right here and I rent 1 cleric and 1 fighter”. It is apparent that another type of tokens could possibly be used to characterize adventurers, one thing that might no less than have the form of a human being. Using miniatures could be nice however I assume that might rise the manufacturing value and subsequently the sport worth an excessive amount of. 9/10


Enjoying Lords of Waterdeep is a really entertaining expertise. The sport has straightforward guidelines and runs easily. You’ll be able to take into consideration your subsequent agent placement whereas opponents play. There’s a enormous quantity of strategic considering concerned in your choices about agent placement and luck solely performs a small half within the sport, primarily in accessible quests and drawing of Intrigue playing cards. There may be additionally first rate quantity of participant interplay, by way of Intrigue playing cards. The sport scales excellently with any variety of gamers and that is an enormous plus. When taking part in with 2 gamers, all 4 brokers can be found from the beginning f the sport, plus one which comes into play on the fifth spherical. With 3 gamers, every participant has 3 brokers and with 4 or 5 gamers 2 brokers. This can be a intelligent approach to convey stability to the sport. The sport’s period is about an hour, which is a perfect period for me. Not too quick, not too lengthy. With out introducing one thing progressive, Lords of Waterdeep is among the most attention-grabbing and entertaining video games I’ve performed this 12 months. 9/10

Studying Curve

The principles of the sport are easy basically and you will not must learn by way of them once more after the primary time, besides perhaps for some clarifications on particular buildings or Intrigue playing cards. An official guidelines FAQ has been launched with solutions to commonest questions gamers might have. Gamers will be taught the sport shortly inside the period of the primary  destiny 2 trials carry sport, so it is equally suited to skilled players and non players. 8/10


Wizards of the Coast is a writer famend for his or her emphasis in theme and Lords of Waterdeep isn’t any exception to that. The theme appears current in each facet of the sport, from the illustrious evaluation of the organizations through which Agends of every shade belong to, within the rulebook, to the flavour textual content on Lords of Waterdeep playing cards and quests. The sport board additionally promotes the sense of theme within the sport. The one essential objection concerning the implementation of the theme is the illustration of adventurers with cubes. An essential facet of the theme is misplaced right here: the hiring of adventurers. As talked about earlier, gamers will ultimately are likely to overlook what cubes actually characterize and can consider them as some type of useful resource which has this type in most different video games. 7/10


I’m by no means bored to play a sport of Lords of Waterdeep and I feel that tells every thing about this scoring class. An excellent sport for players and non players, for two,3,4 or 5 gamers alike with no compromising on enjoyable. Video games are enjoyable, difficult, with some participant interplay and loads of technique they usually final nearly the correct amount of time. What else may one ask for? 9/10

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