Drinks & Dice 7/1/2015 game night wrap up and review – Lords of Waterdeep!
This game has got to be in my top 10 favorites of all time. Without going into long details this game is a bit difficult to describe because it is unlike most games. At its core Lords of Waterdeep is a strategy game for 2-5 players and your goal is to complete quests to gain victory points. The only way to complete a quest is to collect resources such as Clerics (white cubes), Fighters (orange cubes), Wizards (purple cubes), Rogues (black cubes), and gold. You obtain these by moving your agent to different spots on the board. You can also choose to place your agent to acquire new quests, intrigue cards, buildings (Builders Hall), or you can play an intrigue card by moving to Waterdeep Harbor. If you would like to learn how to play I recommend watching the official how to video by Dungeons & Dragons.
Tracy and I have been playing Lords of Waterdeep every couple of days for about 2 weeks now. Why? First because this game is just that fun, and second, Tracy has vowed to keep playing until she can defeat me and stop my winning streak! We started this game like any other, setting up the board.
There are several different pieces for this game and most of the time it is easier to leave them in the box. We started our epic rematch and right away I was hit with some bad luck. None of my quests had great rewards and none were what my lord needed for extra points.
As the game progressed my luck kept getting worse. I was hit with a few nasty intrigue cards including mandatory quests. Despite all of that I was able to get a few points scored and built a few choice buildings.
Unfortunately as the game continued I kept falling more and more behind. The hunger in Tracy’s eyes was evident as she ruthlessly took a commanding lead completing quest after quest. As most of you know the game can turn around quickly once all of the end game VPs are counted so I still had hope. My strategy for this game is normally to collect as many quests as possible so you always have something to complete. Tracy has started to become wise to my tactic and blocked me out of getting new quests or only leaving me quests I did not need. I had to flush the quests and take my chances on getting better quests more than once. Her lead kept growing and my outcome became very grim. Finally we reached the 8th round and played our last agents. We then counted our quests and added or last VPs. This was the board after we added all of our points and moved our tokens.
I was left with 125 VPs and Tracy destroyed me with 171 VPs. Even when I loose at this game I love every minute of it! I highly recommend this game for anyone who likes strategy or has terrible luck rolling dice :). With this game night vanquished I will leave you with one question to ponder. What game will Tracy vow to destroy me in next?
If you would like to know more about this game you can visit the official site.
If you would like to purchase Lords of Waterdeep you can find it at your local game store or as always, Amazon. There is also an expansion that we will be picking up soon to test. I have played it but Tracy has yet to experience the corruption from the Scoundrels of Skullport.