Lords of Waterdeep: Board Game Review

Sport Overview

Lords of Waterdeep is a technique board recreation, for 2-5 gamers, designed by Peter Lee and Rodney Thomson. Gamers tackle the roles of secret rulers of town of Waterdeep, probably the most resplendent jewel on the earth of Forgotten Realms. Every ruler is worried concerning the metropolis’s security but additionally has a secret agenda and is prepared to do no matter it takes to achieve energy and management town. What cannot be gained with authorized procedures, can at all times be gained via treachery or bribery. So as to succeed with their secret plans, rulers rent adventurers to tackle quests on their behalf and earn rewards. They will additionally broaden town, by shopping for new buildings that open up new out there actions within the recreation or play Intrigue playing cards that 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 fastidiously designed board, depicting town of Waterdeep and its varied areas. There are particular areas reserved on the board for metropolis expansions (new buildings that gamers should buy), the Quest Deck, Quest playing cards and discarded Quests, The Intrigue deck and discarded Intrigue playing cards plus out there buildings to purchase and the constructing stack.

Initially 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 response to the variety of gamers) which he can assign to completely different areas within the metropolis and use them to rent adventurers. Employed adventurers are represented by wood cubes of various colours, each representing a special sort of adventurer:orange (fighters), black (rogues), purple (wizards) and white (clerics). Throughout setup, every participant can be dealt 2 random quests face up, 2 intrigue playing cards face down and a few gold. Every quest, so as to be accomplished, requires sure numbers and forms of adventurers and generally additionally some gold and rewards gamers with victory factors and generally 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 continued impact. Intrigue playing cards might be of three varieties: 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 have to be accomplished earlier than different lively 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 spite of everything 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 instantly carried out after which it is usually attainable for the participant to finish a quest, offering he has gathered all conditions. There are 9 fundamental buildings within the metropolis the place brokers might be assigned, however extra might be bought in the midst of the sport. Actions that may be carried out in buildings embody: hiring adventurers, gaining gold, shopping for buildings, gaining or enjoying 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, acquire some victory factors, place the brand new constructing tile in one of many reserved empty areas on the board and place one among their management markers on that tile so as to point out that they personal the constructing. Each time one other participant assigns an agent to that constructing, its proprietor will profit too.

First Impressions

The field of the sport is sort of massive, with the entrance cowl art work 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 parts of top of the range and a particular storage tray, not often seen in commonplace recreation editions.

The rulebook, very spectacular certainly, stands out with its elaborate design, stunning art work and clear textual content. Subsequent comes recreation setup, which does not take too lengthy: a bit of 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, presumably full a Quest. Subsequent participant please! I used to be a lot excited once I accomplished my first (2-player) recreation and desirous to play many extra video games. That is a reasonably good first impression, is not it? Let’s get all the way down to enterprise and analyze particular person elements of the sport:


Parts 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 fundamental buildings drawn on the map of town of Waterdeep and empty areas across the board for metropolis expansions. There are particular areas on the sides of the board to position the search deck and quests out there for buy, discarded quests, the Intrigue deck of playing cards, out there buildings for buy and future buildings. Usually there’s a place for the whole lot and the board may be very effectively organized and completely practical. The playing cards’ art work is superior (let’s not neglect 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 really helpful, particularly for Quest and Intrigue playing cards that may quickly undergo from repeated shuffling. The constructing tiles are made 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 fashion 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 made from wooden. So are the primary participant token in addition to the Ambassador and Lieutenant tokens. Rating markers are additionally made from wooden. A particular point out to participant mats have to 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 position 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 suppose wood cubes largely as assets: wooden, stone, gold and so on. After a short time, you begin to neglect that cubes are adventurers and might 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 sort of tokens could possibly be used to signify adventurers, one thing that may not less than have the form of a human being. Using miniatures can be nice however I assume that may rise the manufacturing price and subsequently the sport worth an excessive amount of. 9/10


Taking part in Lords of Waterdeep is a really entertaining expertise. The sport has straightforward guidelines and runs easily. You may take into consideration your subsequent agent placement whereas opponents play. There’s a enormous quantity of strategic pondering concerned in your choices about agent placement and luck solely performs a small half within the recreation, primarily in out there quests and drawing of Intrigue playing cards. There may be additionally respectable quantity of participant interplay, via Intrigue playing cards. The sport scales excellently with any variety of gamers and that is an enormous plus. When enjoying 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. It is a intelligent method 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 revolutionary, Lords of Waterdeep is without doubt one of the most fascinating and entertaining video games I’ve performed this yr. 9/10

Studying Curve

The principles of the sport are easy basically and you will not must learn via them once more after the primary time, besides possibly for some clarifications on particular buildings or Intrigue playing cards. An official guidelines FAQ has been launched with solutions to most typical questions gamers might have. Gamers will be taught the sport shortly throughout the period of the primary recreation, so it is equally fitted to skilled avid gamers and non avid gamers. 8/10


Wizards of the Coast is a writer famend for his or her emphasis in theme and Lords of Waterdeep is not any exception to that. The theme appears current in each facet of the sport, from the illustrious evaluation of the organizations during 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 recreation. 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 neglect what cubes actually signify and can consider them as some sort of useful resource which has this kind in most different video games. 7/10


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


Properly, it will not make you snigger however it is going to at all times make your time price it. Some interplay between gamers via Intrigue playing cards is a plus for the enjoyable issue. 8/10



  • I need to play that recreation time and again. I am addicted!
  • Scales completely with any variety of gamers
  • Wealthy and deep gameplay
  • A lot technique, virtually no luck
  • Wonderful parts
  • Very practical storage tray
  • Straightforward to be taught




  • Adventurers represented with wood cubes!

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