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Corruption is on the rise in Lords of Waterdeep

The power game Lords of Waterdeep has already received the expansion Undermountain, which can be purchased within the app for SEK 22. With it came three new lords, more sources of income, quests and plot cards.

Time for the second expansion, and with Scoundrels of Skullport a new factor comes into play, namely corruption. It gives you minus points at the end of the game, if you don’t manage to get rid of the blue skulls symbolized by it. The insidious thing about corruption is that it is in places where there is an awful lot to be gained by placing your agents. Three new lords also come with the game, two of which are affected by corruption in ways they can exploit to their advantage.

The expansion costs SEK 22 and is purchased within the app.

Skull port. There are valuable places here, but the blue skulls are the price you pay. It can pay off badly in the end.

Lords of Waterdeep reminiscent of Monopoly (albeit very distant) and the town it’s set in resembles a medieval town, except the theme is fantasy in a Dungeons & Dragons setting. In other words, you play as one of the most influential people, or lords, of the city of Waterdeep. The goal is to use your agent pieces (of which you have about four, it varies with the number of players) to recruit orange, white, black and purple cubes. The cubes represent the warriors, priests, thieves and magicians that you use to carry out various missions (quests). Money also occurs.

Completed missions earn points, but there is much more to do with your agents. You can deploy them to pick up intrigue cards, which give certain advantages or slow down your opponents.

A third tactic is to buy buildings that give you certain bonuses in the form of cubes or money, or more importantly, let your opponents use them while you get a piece of the pie, in the form of cubes or money.

The most interesting thing is that each of the players has a lord that has a unique bonus, unknown to the other players. One gets extra points for every house she builds, while another racks up bonus points for quests involving mages or priests, and so on. Everyone is different and it can decide the game, as it is often even.

Lords of Waterdeep is a successful app version of a physical board game (which I also highly recommend). You can play it alone against computer opponents of varying skill, or online against human opponents. The only drawback is that you have to zoom quite a lot.

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