Santorini is an abstract whose miniimalist components give it a
striking and unique appearance. Starting with a 5x5 grid of
squares, players manouver two men each and stack more squares, in an
effort to ascend to a height of 3 above the base. The base
game becomes a little less abstract with the addition of gods and
heroes, who alter the rules in the rules of the base game.
The official rules are here,
but briefly, you first place your men, then each turn you
move a man, and build a new square adjacent to the man you
moved. You can descend freely, but can only ascend one level
at a time. Adding to a third level above the base becomes a
dome. A man ascending to the third level wins. If
neither of your men can move, you lose.
look pretty fierce to me, but lets see what the experts think.