Lords of Waterdeep

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Lords of Waterdeep is a German-style board game designed by Peter Lee and Rodney Thompson and published by Wizards of the Coast in 2012. The game is set in Waterdeep, a fictional city in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. Players take the role of masked rulers of Waterdeep, deploying agents and hiring adventurers to complete quests and increase their influence over the city.

In 2013, Wizards of the Coast released an expansion to the game called Scoundrels of Skullport and an iOS version of the base game in collaboration with Playdek.


In Lords of Waterdeep, the players are powerful lords trying to control the city of Waterdeep by gaining control of its treasures and resources through trickery, negotiation or force.[1]


Each color in the game represents a faction from the Forgotten Realms. The factions are as follows:

  • Yellow - Knights of the Shield
  • Black - City Guard
  • Blue - Silverstars
  • Green - Harpers
  • Red - Red Sashes
  • Gray (Expansion color) - Gray Hands


Lords of Waterdeep is a strategy board game for 2-5 players. Each player takes on the role of one of the masked Lords of Waterdeep, secret rulers of the city. The players use their agents to recruit adventurers to go on one of five different types of quests (piety, arcana, skullduggery, commerce, and warfare), which earns rewards (usually victory points and other rewards) and increases that lord's influence over the city.

Each player is dealt one of the Lords of Waterdeep, which is kept face down. They are allowed to look at the Lord at any time. Each Lord gives a player points at the end of the game for completing certain types of quests or controlling buildings.

Lords of Waterdeep is primarily a worker placement game.[2] Players place their agents on various spaces around the city which allows them to take actions like collect money (gold), gather adventurers (resources), draw or play Intrigue cards (single-use special abilities), or gain Quests (the fundamental way to earn Victory Points).


Lords of Waterdeep includes: a game board; a rulebook; 5 card stock player mats; 121 Intrigue, Quest, and Role cards; 130 wooden cubes (White, Black, Orange, Purple), 6 pawns in five different colors (Black, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue), and score pieces (one of each color Black, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue); wooden player markers (White and Grey; for the Ambassador and Lieutenant); and card stock tiles and tokens representing buildings, gold coins, and victory points.


In August 2013 Wizards of the Coast released a double expansion to the game titled Scoundrels of Skullport. The expansion contains 3 new game boards (Skullport, Undermountain and the corruption track), a new Grey faction "The Grey Hands", 1 more agent for each of the colors from the base game (Black, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow) which are for use with a new variant the long game (the long game is also used when using both expansions and the base game together). There are also 6 new Lords of Waterdeep cards, 50 new Intrigue cards, 60 new quest cards, 24 new building tiles and 16 adventure caravan tokens (there are 4 for each adventurer type (Fighter, Rogue, Cleric and Wizard); each caravan token counts for 5 adventurers and are used when the colored blocks are running low).

Mobile version[edit]

An iOS version of Lords of Waterdeep was developed by Playdek and released by Wizards of the Coast on November 21, 2013.[3] An Android version was also promised to be in production, but there has been no further word of it since the iOS release.[citation needed]


According to Ben Kuchera of Penny Arcade, Lords of Waterdeep "has players hiring adventurers and vying for control of a single city".[4]

Erik Kain of Forbes said: "for a quick, entertaining game that requires actual thought, you could do much worse. It may not satisfy your dice-rolling, dungeon-crawling needs, but it’s a wonderful game of intrigue in one of the Forgotten Realms' most notorious urban settings."[5]


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