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Excellent Fun and Devious,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Lords of Waterdeep: A Dungeons & Dragons Board Game (Toy)
I have to say straight off that those of you expecting a D&D game with figures and monster slaying, will not want to buy this game. However if you want a different side of D&D then this is an excellent game. Many folk have complained that this is just using the D&D logo and waterdeep name to get you to buy it. They are missing the point, there was always more to D&D than exploring tunnels and killing monsters and this game adds to the products out there already. In fact I think it adds a lot to the board game side of D&D.
OK lets have a look at the game. Basicaly you have to build up your resources until you have amassed sufficient points to become the Lord of Waterdeep. This you do by sending agents out into the city to collect quests or visit buildings that will give you more resources. You can also build your own buildings and if another player enters them you get rent/reward in the form of a resource. (I should say here that the resources you need are followers or adventurers ie: wizards, clerics, fighters etc. though they are coloured bricks and we never refer to them as a fighter its always I need a Black block to complete this quest. Now this doesnt detract from the game in my opinion it enhances it, I can concentrate more on the game than looking at pretty figures.)
You also need to think ahead to work out what you need to complete your quests, it is often a case of taking a small reward now to gain a larger reward later. Also you are randomly given a Lord card and this will tell you what benefit you gain at the end of the game. It can be something like gain 4 victory points for each building you own, and this can make a person who seems to be losing the overall winner and this part of the game i like. Just because someone thinks they are ahead and a sure fire winner dos'nt mean they are. It adds to the overall game by keeping your interest to the end.
Another part of the game you cant ignore is the intrique cards, these can allow you to benefit in a small way as a one off or maybe you will get a large reward but you have to give the other players a small reward to claim it and that can give them a big advantage later on. So you need to balance your needs out with thiers. Small gain now for a bigger one maybe later?
Overall this game is a lot of fun, it encourages interaction amongst players, some forward thinking is needed and an overall stratergy needs to be played if you want to be succesful. In the games we have played so far the person who has won has only won by a point or two and this encourages people to play again.
Be warned though an expansion is planned, but they do tell you this in the rules book. As for the rules book it is simple and has lots of illustrations to make things easier to understand. The production values on the whole game are extremely high. I only wish other games companies would have such high standards. The rules book even tells you where to place everything in the game tray. Everything has a place and it fits perfectly.
Would I say it was a valued purchase? YES!
Will I play this game again and again? YES!!
Is it fun to play and easy to learn? YES!!!