This is a board game that my gaming coworkers introduced me to and I loved it enough to grab a copy to share with my family.
Lords of Waterdeep is the name of it.
In a rare treat of soda (again) the elder two stayed up late so we could play the game without the younger ones losing any pieces accidentally.
It’s a hard game to describe. We don’t use dice. Each player takes turns attempting to complete “quests” by collecting units that fulfill basic roles to complete those quests. For instance a quest may ask you to have 5 gold and 3 orange blocks. There are places on the board that will give you orange blocks and places that will give gold, so now you have to decide which place do you go to first. Then it’s the next player’s turn to choose a spot, and they may also need orange.
The game goes on for eight rounds and the person with the most points wins. More points are awarded at the end of the game based on your secret “Lord” character. So if the lord wants you to finish a specific quest type you’ll get more points for the quests that you completed of that type.
It’s easier to explain as you play, and after one game of learning the nuances most folks are ready to fly from my limited experience.