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Andreas Bruns
Germany
Hamburg
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10
May 2003*
Excellent Boardgame from Stefan Dorra. My favourite strategic game with simple rules!
2003-05-28*
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Juergen Janik
Germany
Mannheim
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10
Sep 2003*
great new game from Stefan
2003-09-12*
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Jeremy Avery
Canada
Kamloops
British Columbia
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10
Nov 2014
Played 20+ times with 2-4p.
Ratings history: 7|8|9|10...............

Highly tactical "playing chicken" city-building game that is the best pseudo-abstract I have ever played. This is a keeper-forever.


easy to grasp rules ("Play two pieces")
incredibly tough timing decisions (claiming vs stalling)
interesting spatial aspect (expansion vs blocking)
scoring is simple, but challenging
short play-time for such a rich strategy game
gorgeous components; game looks amazing at end of play

- player to your right can limit/enable success
- wall scoring needs to be re-explained to new players
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Talk about climbing the charts! My first playing I rated this a 7 (the game of chicken was weird); my second playing bumped it to an 8 (the game of chicken is challenging); my third playing to a 9 (the game of chicken is fraught with important considerations); my fourth playing to a 10 (richness and tension of all levels of decision-making are astoundingly clever).

My fifth playing confirmed it as my favorite game for years (until Magic and Agricola game along). A "build the city" game with elegant rules, incredible bits (169 wooden pieces), and wonderful art make for a very enjoyable 45-60 minutes. Strategies must be flexible and the board develops differently every time. Passive aggresive tactics must be employed; trying to outwait and out do your opponents. All kinds fo neat tricks. Such a fantastic game.

Can be overanylyzed, so be careful who you play with. These 'wooden city games' (eg. Kardinal) really grab me. Happy to report that it went over well with my buddies who are competitive, but not hardcore gamers. But they thought it was great and -- without fail -- everyone who plays this a second time likes it better. It grows on you, Medina does...

DEC/14: After all these years, still a fantastic abstract-ish game.
2015-08-02
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Massimiliano della Rovere
Italy
Pisa
Tuscany
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10
Oct 2004*
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2004-10-28*
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Thomas Tillich
Germany
Unspecified
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10
Mar 2005*
One of my all time favourites
2005-03-17*
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Mike Mayer
United States
Arcadia
California
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10
Jul 2009*
Can be skewed by someone else's bad play, but still interesting.
(edit): moved rating up a notch because I'm enjoying the game more and more.
2005-05-16*
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Jim Pulles
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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10
Jun 2006*
Simple rules... lots of strategy. This game gets better every time I play. My rating has actually gone up. And I still can't win more than one game in five.

The way playing pieces work together for scoring the bonus tiles are almost a sub-game during play. You never get to do enough on your turn as you would like... it's almost as if Wolfgang Kramer had a hand in the design. It's Stefan Dorra's masterpiece as far as I'm concerned.
2006-06-01*
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Brian Corbett
United States
Easton
Massachusetts
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10
Feb 2007*
Beautiful looking game.
2007-02-06*
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Carol Carpenter
United States
Arlington
Massachusetts
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10
Nov 2009*
Excellent abstract in every way.
2009-11-28
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Nicolas V.
France
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Unspecified
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10
Mar 2010
Plays : 3

Original and beautiful game.
2010-03-05
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Netherlands
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10
Jul 2010
Wonderful abstract game (with the theme just providing a nice setting), which used to cause furious deal making in our group, before we collectively decided to abandon that way of playing. Probably still our most played game, though certainly sees the table less often now that my collection has ballooned.

Absolutely solid components, building up a very substantial city. Agonizing decisions due to the forced play of two pieces each turn. The board seems so open when you first start to play, but you'll keep coming up with ever more devious ways to fragment palaces. Makes my head hurt in all the best ways.
2014-06-08
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Jason Sample
United States
Pelham
New York
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Bright, brilliant colors are to be seen everywhere, the stones and pigments undimmed by the passage of decades. The floor of the corridor is a colorful mosaic of stone, with a distinct, winding path of red tiles about 2' wide.
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10
May 2012
This is one of my favorites for sure. I know it has zero theme and it is a pure abstract, but I really like it a lot. i first played it on BSW. Since then, I made my own wooden version of it since it is OOP.

Simple rules. Simple mechanics. Tense decisions. Poker like. I love it!!
2012-05-19
Owned
Peregrine Rastapopoulos
United States
Summit
New Jersey
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10
May 2014
New version has 2p map. Essential.
2014-07-30
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H Harengel
Germany
Greven
Münsterland
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9.2
Feb 2011
Beutiful Material and a great game.
2011-07-19
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Yours Truly,
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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There must have been a moment at the beginning, where we could have said no. Somehow we missed it. Well, we'll know better next time.
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9.2
Jan 2012
A beautiful abstract strategy game with an Arabian desert theme/motif. Players are rebuilding the city of Medina. The game has all kinds of little goals to go for - walls, largest building, a "conga" line going by your building...
I really liked the dynamic of everyone building the structures cooperatively but at the same time competing to be the first to "claim" a structure. This one felt very original, fresh, and addictive.

OOP.
2011-10-04
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Travis Bridges
United States
Monmouth Junction
New Jersey
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9.1
Oct 2005*
As long as everybody understands that the game is about not overly helping the person to their immediate left, then this game rocks. One of the 3 best looking games I own. A coffeetable piece for sure.
2005-10-12*
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Andrew Watson
United States
Bethesda
Maryland
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9
Mar 2009*
The comparison with Knizia's tile-laying games is an apt one.
I haven't tried the 2-player variant, but the game works very well for me with either 4 or (my preference) 3.
As you can see from the range of ratings, this is a game that produces some extreme reactions.
2002-08-01*
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Mike Bauerlein
United States
Mesa
Arizona
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9
Nov 2009*
Gorgeous game that involves no luck. I like the fact that it has a completely different feel to the strategies depending on whether you have three or four players involved. This rating could go up with more plays.
2003-04-25*
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Kristof Tersago
Belgium
Sint Truiden
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9
Sep 2004*
A great game with nice looking pieces. It gives about the same feeling as Euphrat & Tigris (always just short of one action) but has some other tactics.
I've rated it 10 in the beginning but must admit that I like my current 10's just a bit better. Therefore, a 9 for Medina.
2004-09-07*
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S. Copeland
United States
Houston
Texas
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9
Sep 2004*
I enjoy this game because you have to take a chance and hope it pays off. That is what some people don’t like about this game, but to me it makes it very exciting. The ability to block opponents offsets this nicely. Someone might take a palace you want and you might be able to block their ability to expand it, making your smaller palace worth more. Very good game.
2004-09-07*
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Alex Simard
Canada
Quebec
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Apr 2008*
Contribution et appropriation dans la fondation d'une cité du désert.
2009-09-18
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Kevin Kenz
United States
Kalamazoo
Michigan
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9
Feb 2005*
Love this game! No luck, a very close games usually, hard to figure who is leading as you play, tough decisions, wonderful components.
2005-02-14*
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Ian Scrivins
United Kingdom
Brighton
Sussex
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9
Mar 2005*
I'm a complete sucker for games with attractive wooden components, and this game has more 'sucker' value than any other. Components aside, this is a tense 'dilemma' game where each turn gives you the choice between scoring points now or increasing the potential score at the risk of someone else taking it. A coffee-table game with angst.
2005-03-14*
Valdir Jorge
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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9
Sep 2005*
Christmas 2004 addition to my game shelf. Very nice "tile laying" game.
2005-09-25*
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Gábor MÁTHÉ
Hungary
Budapest
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9
Jul 2005*
great, nothing more...
2005-07-23*
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United States
Takoma Park
Maryland
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Aug 2005*
Gorgeous though frustrating game. A personal favorite.
2005-08-18*
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Dustin Sutton
United States
South Jordan
Utah
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9
Oct 2005*
A ton of strategy here one of my favorite games!
2005-10-09*
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Thumis Dalidalisa
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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Dec 2005*
Medina is engaging and deeply strategic. With four players, the quicker crowding of the board makes it tenser than the three player, but also reduces a player's control over his own choices, which some people don't like. Like Puerto Rico, one beginning or bad player can greatly tilt the game.
2005-12-30*
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Billy Murphy
England
Sidmouth
Devon
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9
Feb 2008*
Fantastic wooden components and engrossing gameplay but possibly a little too heavy for my usual opponents, hence few plays.
2008-02-01*
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richard glanzer
United States
forest hills
NY
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Mar 2015
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Ivan Flack
United Kingdom
COOKSTOWN
County Tyrone
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9
Feb 2006*
Got this off E-Bay from a seller in Belgium. A great bargain! A super game and agin can be played easily by the kids.
2006-02-08*
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Jason Arvey
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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Aug 2007*
How can something with such simple rules and pieces be so evil and deep? It looks beautiful and, though it sounds like a dry experience, is actually really compelling and engaging. The only problem with the game is that often you feel like you're settling for the least bad option rather than picking a good option; otherwise it'd be a ten.
2007-08-02*
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Michelle Zentis
United States
Prague
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9
Jun 2006*
No luck factor at all -- just cold calculation and anticipation of opponents' moves. Rather dull when played as a friendly game, but springs to life with cutthroat opponents.
2006-06-06*
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Jody Ludwick
United States
Indiana
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9
Aug 2006*
This is a classic game of help-or-hinder with the ultimate 'location' of your palace offering potentially greater value than it's cumulative size. Timing your claim is crucial. Lots of beautiful wooden components. Very happy to finally have this game in our collection.
2006-08-21*
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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9
Nov 2006*
Everything is wooden in this game. It is a placement type of game. Probably the best in its category. The rules are very simple, it goes fast although at times some players may start to think too match. You add two wooden pieces each time and whoever has the best palaces at the end of the game wins. Although the game can be described in one line, it is very strategic and creates a lot of tension between the players. A superb territorial game. My only complain is that there is not a victory point track around the game board so it is easy to count the victory points at the end of the game.
2006-11-21*
Stefan De Cap
Belgium
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Oct 2008*
An abstract tacticle puzzle, that's how you can call this game
2009-11-21
Owned
Sebastian
Germany
Hürth
NRW
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9
Mar 2013
Great game, great components, simple rules (only the tower rule always confuse new players at first).
Nearly an abstract and yet a nice visual theme.

Played 20+
2008-01-17*
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David Gardner
United States
Washington
Dist of Columbia
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9
Nov 2007*
I have always so much enjoyed this game. Simple design. Great tension. ZUGZWANG!
2007-11-29*
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JP Decosse
Canada
Halifax
Nova Scotia
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9
Feb 2009*
Brilliant game. Mostly abstract, but the wooden pieces are truly gorgeous and make up for the lack of theme.
2009-11-13
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Dave Weeks
England
Sudbury
Suffolk
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9
Nov 2008*
Lovely looking and tactile game with a different city constructed each time. The key is to get your palaces well connected to the neutral pieces (rather than just having big palaces) so there's always lots to do and not enough time to do it.
2008-03-02*
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Stefano Crespi
Italy
Bologna
Italy
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9
Dec 2008*
One of my favourite Think'n'Place game.
More Tactical than Strategical. Luck factor quite inexistent, High interaction, Bastard enough... ;-)

Great components!
2008-12-26*
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Some Guy
United States
Portland
OR
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9
Feb 2009*
So, what is Dorra's problem. He gives us these games where the object is to basically screw your friends.

But, I love it!

Medina is no different. Hard decisions abound, so with limited choices be careful.

Very fun and very deep. Don't miss out on this one.
2009-02-06*
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Quinn Swanger
United States
Holly Springs
North Carolina
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May 2009*
Got my hands on the Dutch version! I haven't played F2F yet, but I've played 10 games on Ludagora so far. Excellent game!
2009-05-03
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Dan Esperanza
Spain
Alicante
Spain
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Jan 2010
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2011-01-26
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Christopher Fritel
United States
Austin
Texas
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9
Jan 2011
4, 120
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Javier A. Aláez
Spain
Cabezón de la Sal
Cantabria
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9
Mar 2015
Uno de los mejores y el más bonito abstracto al que he jugado
2013-11-22
Owned
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Filipe Cunha
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
RJ
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9
Mar 2013
90
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2013-10-10
Owned
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James Torr
United States
Torrance
California
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9
Dec 2014
This game is pretty much an abstract, but it doesn't feel like an abstract, I think because the city you end up building together looks so nice. Such great wooden bits. Gameplay-wise, this is kinda like a big, multiway game of chicken. Really neat.
2015-06-17
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SANTI S
Colombia
Miami
FL
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9
Apr 2013
I enjoy it a lot, great game,as first play some players made one mistake at market placing. Want to play it again
2013-04-04
Owned
Luis Hernandez
Spain
Barcelona
Barcelona
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9
Jul 2013
Fantástico juego abstracto. Fácil de explicar y difícil de jugar. Las decisiones importan mucho.
2013-07-06
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