Lords of Waterdeep

Lords of Waterdeep is an incredible worker placement game themed around the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons and Dragons. In this game, you play one of the Masked Lords, hiring adventurers to go on quests to meet your specific goals. As you place your workers around the City of Waterdeep, you gain fighters, rogues, clerics, and wizards, plus raising gold or gaining Intrigue cards to serve you.

Each of the quests in the game belongs to a subset, like Warfare or Commerce, and each Masked Lord gives bonus victory points for completing quests of that subset. Whoever comes out with the most victory points wins!

Lords of Waterdeep is a game all about efficiency, but where many worked placement games are sad, plodding affairs, Waterdeep wraps the whole thing around an enjoyable enough premise that I love playing it again and again. Pick it up!