Lords of Waterdeep (2012)



Players: 2 - 5
Playing time: 60 minutes

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Game description from the publisher:

Waterdeep, the City of Splendors – the most resplendent jewel in the Forgotten Realms, and a den of political intrigue and shady back-alley dealings. In this game, the players are powerful lords vying for control of this great city. Its treasures and resources are ripe for the taking, and that which cannot be gained through trickery and negotiation must be taken by force!

In Lords of Waterdeep, a strategy board game for 2-5 players, you take on the role of one of the masked Lords of Waterdeep, secret rulers of the city. Through your agents, you recruit adventurers to go on quests on your behalf, earning rewards and increasing your influence over the city. Expand the city by purchasing new buildings that open up new actions on the board, and hinder – or help – the other lords by playing Intrigue cards to enact your carefully laid plans.

Graham Charlton

Rating is based on the game with the expansion included. Without, it is a strong family-weight strategy game. Add the expansion and the extra internal complexity (with few extra rules beyond setup) makes for a tighter, meaner game.

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Alan Beaumont

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Richard Fisher

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Vic Chatfield

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Kevin Lewis

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Phillip McCaughey

A great, accessible, entertaining worker placement game. Everyone seems to pick this up easily and everyone I have played with has enjoyed it. Yes, some of the decisions and penalties aren't that heavy - you're family aren't going to strave a la Agricola - but it just plays really well, is quite breezy and then picks up in intensity towards the end when you work out that you can't do everything you want. It's nice to start looking at some of the none VP benefits of completing quests and start chaining these into other quests. Players seem to love getting the combos to work. It isn't the heaviest of games but it is fun, it plays at a good pace and doesn't overstay it's welcome, and it keeps you interest until the very end as there are nearly always options to mitigate certain actions having been taken without losing out too much. Our games have always seemed to finish fairly close which also keeps all of the players interest high. It's not the BEST.GAME.EVER. but I do find that when I'm playing this game I am enjoying myself more than I do playing certain, more respected worker placement games.

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James Graham

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Shane Lam

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