Game Details

Location: Red ShelfTop
Name Lords of Waterdeep (2012)
Complexity 2.4589
BGG Rank 77
Player Count 2 - 5
Mechanism(s) Contracts, Hidden Roles, Increase Value of Unchosen Resources, Ownership, Set Collection, Take That, Turn Order: Claim Action, Worker Placement

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.

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.

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Lists with this game

Organization Year Ranker Rank List
The Dice Tower 2018 Tom Vassell 64 Top 100 Games All Time (2018)
The Dice Tower 2018 People's Choice 20 Top 100 Games All Time (2018)
Stonemaier Games 2018 Jamey Stegmaier 4 Top Worker Placement (2018)
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Anthony 98 Top 100 Board Games of All Time – 2018 Edition
Board Game Squad 2019 31 Top 100 Board Games of All Time: Analyzing Your Favorite Reviewers’ Top Games Lists
Stonemaier Games 2019 Jamey Stegmaier 3 Top Modern Classics
Board Game Halv 2020 2 Top 10 Worker Placement