A review of “Lords of Waterdeep” a new Dungeons and Dragons board game by Wizards of the Coast

I recently purchased “Lords of Waterdeep” a euro-style board game by Wizards of the Coast. I actually had the chance to demo it at Dungeons and Dragons Experience (DDXP) in Fort Wayne Indiana this January prior to purchasing it. D&D program manager for organized play, Chris Tulach, ran the demo I played in.  He did a fantastic job at explaining the rules and making it fun and easy for new players.

During the game, you are a powerful masked lord of Waterdeep vying for control of the city. Through your agents, you recruit adventurers to go on quests for your gain. By completing quests, you can earn rewards and increase your influence on the city. Ultimately, you want to accumulate victory points by completing quests, some of which benefit your lord more so in the long run.

“Lords of Waterdeep” is a European style board game that can be played with 2-5 players. As I said before I played it at DDXP with five people, and since purchasing it have played it two other times. I saw no problem with the game play with five people. The board is large enough for everyone to have access to it and play sequence goes quick enough it keeps everyone involved.  Of course having an employee from Wizards playing it with us was defiantly a plus it gave everyone a deeper understanding of the rules and Chris was great to play.

The second time I played it my husband and I took it to a friend’s house and played it with another couple.  The only new player was our friend’s wife as she did not attend DDXP, the rules were easy to remember and the gameplay went smoothly.  Four people was little different from five people and everyone enjoyed the game.  The point total changed dramatically throughout the game and the winner wasn’t clear until the very end which helped keep everyone engaged and feeling as though anyone could win.

The most recent time I played, I tried it with two people and was pleasantly surprised at how the gameplay was still challenging and fun. The addition of more agents per player keeps the game balanced and fun with two people. However, the game did go quicker and it was easier to determine a frontrunner as it was easier to pay attention to each other’s strategy. Even still I felt it was quite fun.

I would recommend “Lords of Waterdeep” to anyone looking for a good strategy game. The $49.99 price point is a little high, but can be found at a more reasonable price. I enjoyed the game and feel it has a great replay value that most people will like. If you are looking for a European style game to play with gamers and non-gamers I would recommend it to you. Also the box and organization of the box is a bonus to anyone who decides to buy this game.

~ by liviasminiatures on March 30, 2012.

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