Lords of Waterdeep board game
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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  • Cult of new + the fact that I did not have single worker placement game resulted with purchase of Lords of Waterdeep.It's my 2nd pure 10!I could play this game after game after game (which we do occasionally).I cant wait for expansion to come
  • A good introduction to worker placement games for people who don't play worker placement games. Might be a bit too light for seasoned gamers, or for people who expect a full-blown RPG experience.
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  • Really don't like the D&D theme, but I didn't notice it all. Great worker placement game. Pretty straight forward.
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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.

Okay, based on that I have 2 more recommendations for you.

  1. Lords of Waterdeep - This is a game based in the D&D world that is a competitive worker placement game.  One thing to note is that this only plays 2-5 players instead of going up to 6.  If you do end up enjoying this, consider getting the expansion, Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport, it fixes and re-balances some of the minor issues the base game has.
  2. Shadows Over Camelot - This is a cooperative game, but you get competitiveness by adding in a traitor mechanic.  With the traitor mechanic you get some of the same bluffing vibe that you get from a game like Mafia or Avalon.  My only complaint with game is that while the theme is great, the way you go on missions in this game are by collecting card sets of numbers.  So in order to fight the Saxons, you need a 1-5 straight instead of something in theme.  Still a great game though.

Hope that helps! 

I've only heard of Lords of Waterdeep. Are the others worth trying?

Is that based off of the old show and books? Worker placement games have been well received. I am thinking Lords of Waterdeep will be the next one of the genre for my library. 

Rather than trying to play physical games, you should try out some online implementations of games - Board Game Arena is great for browser-based play and has quite a few different games on it. There are some available for free and then some as part of a (fairly inexpensive) premium membership. I've used it for HanabiTakenoko and Stone Age in the past and can confirm that they all work well. There are options for playing in real-time and turn-based. 

Smartphone apps can be a really good option too - there are loads of great board game apps for iOS and Android, many of which let you play cross-platform. The Star RealmsLords of Waterdeep and Splendor apps are good for this in my experience, and there are loads more to choose from.

Rather than trying to play physical games, you should try out some online implementations of games - Board Game Arena is great for browser-based play and has quite a few different games on it. There are some available for free and then some as part of a (fairly inexpensive) premium membership. I've used it for HanabiTakenoko and Stone Age in the past and can confirm that they all work well. There are options for playing in real-time and turn-based. 

Smartphone apps can be a really good option too - there are loads of great board game apps for iOS and Android, many of which let you play cross-platform. The Star RealmsLords of Waterdeep and Splendor apps are good for this in my experience, and there are loads more to choose from.

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