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Merric Blackman
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Two of our regular D&D players were away, so instead, Martin, Paul and I decided to pull out some of my boardgames to entertain us on Friday evening. Neither Paul or Martin had played Lords of Waterdeep, so it was a very good option to play.

In one aspect, this game really surprised me: we built 12 buildings during the game. In another surprise, I didn't build any of the first four! Paul and Martin split them between them. There was a very interesting interaction thanks to Martin building the Palace of Waterdeep, and then whoever claimed the Ambassador using it at the Builder's Hall... and when the Palace was activated again, the Builder's Hall was left free for another player to use it.

So, in the early stage of the game a great number of buildings came out. We didn't actually have many adventurer-producing buildings for the first half of the game, so completing quests was difficult. Martin built the Zoarstar as the sixth building, and after that some of the bigger adventurer haunts came out: Fetlock Court and Smuggler's Dock in particular.

Paul had built the House of Good Spirits early on (Fighter + any), but discovered in the late stages of the game that because of the great number of buildings available - and better ones - it wasn't being used that much, and he didn't get as much of a return on his investment as he expected.

As it turned out, Martin had Larissa, the Building Lord, and ended up scoring 42 points from her bonus: enough to take him well clear of Paul in the end game.

The actual point scores stayed pretty close throughout the game: we all were completing quests when we could. By the end of the fourth round, we were still around the 40-50 point mark, which led Martin to comment that no-one would use the 100 point VP markers, but the pace of quest completion increased markedly in the second half of the game as better adventurer buildings came out and we gained our additional agent.

I was playing Lord Piergeiron the Paladinson, so needed to complete both Piety and Warfare quests. I had a perfect storm of quests (which was lucky, as Paul was also grabbing Piety quests - he had Mirt the Moneylender). I also gained all three of the Quests that allowed me to take a new quest upon completion, which really helped me get the quests I wanted.

Towards the middle of the game, my focus shifted from Piety to Warfare (as did the available quests). Bolster Griffon Cavalry and Quell Mercenary Uprising gave me an extra fighter when recruiting and 2 extra VPs for Warfare quests, respectively. I completed a number of good Warfare quests as the game came to its conclusion, allowing me to open up a 10-point lead over Martin and Paul.

Final scoring left Paul well behind, with Martin scoring the aforementioned 42 points for Larissa. However, I had a massive 13 completed quests of Piety/Warfare: 52 extra points, and a final score of about 170 to Martin's 150.

Both Paul and Martin really enjoyed the game: they very much appreciated how easy it was to learn and play, and they felt they were in the game for most of its play.
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Re: No D&D, so we played Lords of Waterdeep
Nice report. Really enjoying the game. Feel like I could play it twice a day for quite away before I'd get bored.

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Nice report. I notice that my game group just loves building in this game so you can never tell who has Larissa. They're always jockying for start player to be the first to the builder's hall. I think it's the VP on the buildings: so red and shiny. I guess the real estate boom will eventually wear off...
 
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Building early is a normally very strong strategy (you should gain a flow of owner benefits), especially with more players. It's those late-game buildings you have to watch!
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Sounds like a uniquely intense session!

We too have replaced a few D&D nights with LoW when not enough of the usual group have been able to attend. Usually Dominion or Thunderstone as well.

 
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