Medina is city building game for 2-4 players. It's a
purely abstract game, but as with any multi-player game,
there is a plenty of uncertainty because each player's
actions affect the outcome.
The official rules are here (for
the first edition), and here
(for the second edition).
Briefly, during the game you will claim four palaces, and
score points for the size of the palaces you own, plus extra
points for palaces adjacent to walls, palaces adjacent to
meeples, and palaces adjacent to the well (in the second
edition). The trick is that all the palaces, walls,
and meeples are not owned when they are played.
Strategy for the game revolves around when to claim your
palaces, and playing pieces that benefit you more than other