D&D Lords of Waterdeep is a turn-based strategy game for the iPhone and iPad that can be played either against AI or with up to 5 players. It is based off the ever-popular tabletop game Dungeons and Dragons. Players enter Lords of Waterdeep as a lord in a secret society fighting for political power of the city of Waterdeep. Lords each take turns managing their agents, ordering them to recruit adventurers, purchase buildings, etc. Adventurers consist of the classic D&D cast: fighters, wizards, clerics, and thieves. Buying buildings expands the city, offering players new opportunities. Each lord has different objectives, and gets points for accomplishing different quests. At the end of eight turns, the player with the most amount of points wins the game and becomes the supreme ruler of Waterdeep.
Players must complete quests to gain influence in the city. Points and resources are gained from completed quests, intrigue cards, constructed buildings, and other players using these buildings. Intrigue cards can be used to help or hurt fellow lords in their quest for victory. With limited amount of resources, players must compromise and form alliances with others in a tangled political web in order to push themselves forward.
Scoundrels of Skullport, the new expansion of Lords of Waterdeep has also recently been released. It introduces a feature called ‘Corruption,’ a resource that works as a double-edged sword for players if they choose to invest in it. Also part of the expansion is a Rapid Expansion Promo Card, which increases players’ choices of buildings to purchase. Scoundrels of Skullport brings with it the addition of a sixth possible player, as well as new quests, Lord and intrigue cards, and an expanded map containing more resources than before.
D&D Lords of Waterdeep may not be as action-packed as regular players of Dungeons and Dragons may expect, but it is meant to be a different game entirely. Waterdeep is all about organization, planning, and strategy. The graphics of the game are kept fairly simple, as to not detract from the purpose of the game. Lords of Waterdeep is the winner of three Golden Geek Awards, and maintains an overall high rating with high praise all around.
$6.99 on the iTunes AppStore.