Lords of Waterdeep board game
Lords of Waterdeep board game

Lords of Waterdeep

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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.

During the course of play, you may gain points or resources through completing quests, constructing buildings, playing intrigue cards or having other players utilize the buildings you have constructed. At the end of 8 rounds of play, the player who has accrued the most points wins the game.

Lords of Waterdeep is a Euro-style board game for 2-5 players.

 Game board
 5 card stock player mats
 121 Intrigue, Quest, and Role cards
 130 wooden cubes, pawns, and score pieces
 Wooden player markers
 Card stock tiles and tokens representing buildings, gold coins, and victory points

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  • only played the digital edition
  • A solid game as a standalone. A great entry level euro that can be taught in a few minutes. Replayability is great due to the quest cards and buildings. The expansion Scoundrels of Skullport elevates the level of thinking in this game by adding corruption as a variable which makes the game much more interesting.
  • I loved it the first few times I played - partly since the genre was new to me - but now it seems a little too simple for my tastes.
  • Really like this one, i'm aware of the curse surrounding this game where playing it obsessively will lead to burn out, but it's still new to me. One of the first worker-placement games that actually appealed to me. I'm a big fan of building places that other players can use that will benefit the owner.
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I don't have many "deluxe" components.  However, I play with a friend who always springs for the deluxe bits for games, like specialized meeples or metal cubes etc.  I always have to ask him if this comes with the base game or if it was special ordered haha.  I do very much appreciate the upgraded tactile experience it lends to a game, but considering the amount of play that many of my games get (that is to say, not much) I find it generally  not to be worth the money.  However, there are a couple games that I have upgraded a bit:

  • I bought the deluxe version of #Yokohama on the (not so recent now) #Yokohama Duel kickstarter.  Am still waiting for it.  But playing this game with the actual wooden houses instead of cardboard bits makes a huge difference in my opinion. 
  • For #Steampunk Rally I bought metal gears on ebay for ridiculously cheap.  I think they were like $3 or $4 for a bag of 25?  These are way better than using the cardboard ones.  All my friends who have this game have done the same thing.  If anyone is interested I will find them the link. 
  • I also own #Mechs vs. Minions which someone else mentioned on here is a pretty luxurious game even though there techincally isn't a "regular" version of it. 
  • If I ever open my copy of #Lords of Waterdeep I'm totally going to get the dndeeples because they are just so darn cute. 
Deluxe Games | Comment

Generally, I don't initially purchase the "Deluxe" editions games at retail because I enjoy upgrading specific components of games I most enjoy, after I've played them.  In my opinion, a lot of the time what the publisher considers Deluxe is different than what I would consider deluxe.

I consider a game "Deluxified" if I've upgraded the components.  Some of the games I've done this to:

So for me, upgrading the components of a game to make it unique and personal makes it deluxe, and does enhance the gaming experience and my enjoyment.


Ah, I have the first two, you'll love them!  I feel like Champions is more thematic than #Raiders of the North Sea or #Lords of Waterdeep in terms of worker placement games - you actually have to fight the monsters, but there's an element of risk that you won't.  Try to get the two expansions for Champions as well, they add a lot.

Solid list, but a slight warning on #Wingspan, it's a little meatier than a lot of non-gamers can handle, despite the theme.  A game like #Stone Age or #Lords of Waterdeep is easier to handle...

This is really awesome. 

I would start my collection again probably pretty similar to how i started it in the first place.

  1. #Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure
  2. #Carcassonne
  3. #Camel Up
  4. #Lords of Waterdeep
  5. #Pandemic

Those are all games that still get plays even 4 or 5 years after initial purchase.  The one with the fewest recent plays, Pandemic, is such a great intro to the hobby that I'd still get it even if its been eclipsed by some other co-op games for my group.

For the hard to find game. 

  1. I want #Tannhauser  I have't seen that anywhere.  I've wanted this game since listing to Same from the Dice Tower talk it up in a couple of videos a couple of years ago. 
  2. #Snow Tails
  3. #Blood Rage


#Lords of Waterdeep: Character Meeple - Wizard 


BGA has Meeple Source listings too, in case you're in the market for meeples.

As a counterpoint, here is #Lords of Waterdeep. After playing this with my friend, he bought it, and was severly disappointed with what he got, because it was not this.

Didn't expect to see #Lords of Waterdeep haha, I can see how you struggled with L. I initially thought about making this exercise using each letter of your full name but I personally found that way too difficult lol. And there was also the dilemma of "should I go with my first name? I can get #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) that way.... but I can get #Root if I went with my last name!" 

This is fun! Unfortunately I haven't come up with a good set that I feel like represents my game interests super well, but I'll put down what I have so far:

  • D: #Dune - Ok yes I love this game. I don't, however, think it is representative of my overall tastes. It's long and epic, and pretty ruthless. None of those are qualities I gravitate toward in games.
  • C: #Concordia - I didn't include my middle initial at first, but Concordia is so great that I have to!
  • L: #Lords of Waterdeep - This is a game I like, but not necessarily love. I will gladly play it any time, though. I did give it as a gift to my brother in law last Christmas, so I'm sure once social distancing guidelines are lifted, we'll try to get it to the table. Another option at this letter would be #Lost Cities - another game I enjoy but don't love.