Why is there a limit to how many buildings can built by each player? I was the builder lady lord, using the Undermountain Expansion, and would have been about to build 12+ buildings, but game rules limit each player to 9. What is the reason for this limit?

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    Though this is speculation; it's quite possible that you just provided the exact reason... if you could build 12+ buildings; it would be way too good for the builder.
    – GendoIkari
    Oct 16, 2014 at 16:30
  • @GendoIkari I was wondering that too but didn't like that answer because I ended up losing the game. :) Oct 16, 2014 at 16:33
  • Also, with only 8 rounds per game; how are you building that many? Normally only 1 building can be built per round; though there are certain ways to be allowed to choose a spot that someone else chose; or other ways to build a building without taking the building spot... but it seems unlikely that you'd be able to get so many.
    – GendoIkari
    Oct 16, 2014 at 16:33
  • I'm also very surprised that a builder with 9 buildings wouldn't win the game... in my experience, most people get either 16 or 20 bonus points from their role; you're talking about 36 points there, plus the benefit of owning so many buildings.
    – GendoIkari
    Oct 16, 2014 at 16:35
  • @GendoIkari with the Undermountain Expansion there's multiple quests that allow you to build buildings as the reward. Oct 16, 2014 at 16:36

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There are no building limits in Lords of Waterdeep as defined in the Appendix 3: Clarifications section in the rulebook of Scoundrels of Skullport:

Number of Buildings in Play: You are not limited to the ten empty spaces on the game board for Building tiles when putting Buildings into play. Simply place any additional Buildings in a convenient place on or near the board.

Also on the official FAQ for Lords of Waterdeep:

Can more than 10 Buildings be in play?

Yes. The number of empty Building spaces on the board is no limit to the number of Buildings that can be in play during the game.


As for personal building limits, you are in fact limited to the number of building tokens you have, as defined in the official FAQ:

Can you control more Buildings than you have control markers?

No. The number of control markers you have is the maximum number of Buildings you can have in a single game.

This limit is also enforced on the iOS game.

  • The question was about how many buildings a single player can build. This does not answer it.
    – singletee
    Oct 21, 2014 at 14:15
  • @Bret, the question is about why there's a building limit. An answer of "there's actually no limit" is correctly challenging the frame of the question. Oct 21, 2014 at 20:25
  • Paul, the answerer is correct in that there is no overall building limit specified by the rules, but the question is about a per-player limit, which is specified by the rules to be 9; thus, this answer does not address the question.
    – singletee
    Oct 21, 2014 at 21:44
  • The original question isn't worded perfectly which is why there is some confusion. My answer has been edited and now provides the answers to both questions (as it's still not 100% clear to me what the asker wants - was he limited to 9 because there's only 10 spaces and someone built a building already? Or is he limited to 9 because that's how many tokens he has).
    – Othya
    Oct 22, 2014 at 13:43
  • I updated the question to add clarification. Either way though, the question was clearly "why", and this doesn't address "why" at all.
    – GendoIkari
    Oct 22, 2014 at 14:01

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