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
Not too shabby.