Here’s a setup guide for Lords of Waterdeep. If you need a rules refresher, watch my How to Play Lords of Waterdeep video.

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HI! It’s Ryan from Nights Around a Table. Here’s how you set up Lords of Waterdeep. Everyone picks a colour. You take the agent pieces that match your colour – the number of agents changes based on how many people are playing – and you grab your player mat. Each of you is dealt a secret role card with a different Lord of Waterdeep on it. You’ll get two of these Quest cards to start the game. New quests go here, and a stack of Intrigue cards goes here. In addition to your two starting Quests, each player also gets dealt two of these Intrigue cards, which should be kept secret. The starting player is the last person to visit a city. Everyone gets 4 gold, plus another gold for each seat to the left of the starting player they’re sitting in, since going first is a big advantage. 3 building tiles get dealt here. These buildings represent extra places for your Agents to go once they’re built. 3 victory point tokens get stacked on each one of these round spaces. Off the top of every round, pepper them across the buildings, to make the buildings more attractive to purchase. And now you’re ready to play! If you’d like to know more about how to play, click the link at the end of this video or in the description below to watch my complete How to Play video, which includes the setup segment you just watched. And if you like what i’m doing, click the badge to subscribe, and the bell to get notifications. And now, we dance!

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Lords of Waterdeep: A Dungeons & Dragons Board Game
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