Lords of Waterdeep review

Lords of Waterdeep Board Game Review


Name of game: Lords of Waterdeep

BGG Weight: 2.45 / 5

Year Published: 2012

Publisher: Wizards of the Coast

Designer: Peter Lee and Rodney Thompson

Number of Players: 2-5

Playing Time: 60-120 minutes

Game Category/Theme: Medieval fantasy, Worker placement

Mechanics: Contracts, Hidden Roles, Increase Value of Unchosen Resources, Ownership, Set Collection



Strategy: 8.0

Complexity: 6.5

Player Interaction: 6.5

Replayability: 8.5

Game Rating: 8.2

Cost: 5.5



Weight Rating = 14.5

Playability Rating = [(8.5 + 6.5 + 8.2) – 6.5] = 16.7

Play Rating Score = (14.5 + 16.7) x 2 = 62.4

Value Rating = 62.4 / 5.5 = 11.35


Final Score Rating = 62.4 + 11.35 = 73.75



Lords of Waterdeep is a popular worker placement game that takes place in the fictional city of Waterdeep, where players take on the role of powerful lords seeking to recruit adventurers to complete quests and gain points. The game features a variety of mechanics including card drafting and set collection, making it a great choice for players who enjoy strategic games with multiple paths to victory. The game is best played with a group of 3-4 players, as it can become a bit slow with larger groups.

One of the unique aspects of Lords of Waterdeep is the hidden identities of the players, as each lord is assigned randomly and unknown to the other players. This adds an extra layer of strategy, as players try to deduce their opponents’ identities and adjust their gameplay accordingly. Additionally, the game offers a good amount of replayability, as each game can play out differently based on the quest cards available and the choices made by each player.

Lords of Waterdeep is not a solo or cooperative game and requires at least two players to play. It is a great game for players who enjoy strategy and worker placement games, as well as fans of the Dungeons & Dragons universe.


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