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!

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

Components:
 Game board
 Rulebook
 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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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 

https://www.boardgameatlas.com/game/axOr9uuOwN/accessories

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.
  • #Dune - going into a battle in which I was pretty clearly outnumbered, and pulling a traitor and absolutely destroying any chances of my friend winning. He went from having ALL of his troops on the board to having zero.
  • #Western Legends just recently. It was just a ton of fun.
  • Just seeing my wife grow in her appreciation for games in general.
  • Any time I've shown a game to a non-gamer/casual-gamer friend and they say something to the effect of "wow, that was really fun!" It's happened with #Century: Golem Edition, #Lords of Waterdeep, and just recently with #Horrified and #Everdell.

Personally, I wouldn't consider Wingspan to be a worker placement game by any stretch. I'd consider it a tableau-building game. There is no competition for the actions, since they're all on personal player mats, and nothing limiting your options for the actions. The cubes signify action selection and act as turn counters, but I don't think they could really be called workers.


  • Viticulture is one of my favorites!
  • #Everdell has worker placement as one of the 3 main actions you can take, so that's partially a worker placement game, and we love it!
  • #Lords of Waterdeep is a lot of fun, especially if you're a fan of the DnD universe. It's also pretty easy to teach, so it's a pretty good gateway/next step game.