This post was inspired by this thread, in which the idea of limiting dogma effects to neighbors, ala 7 Wonders, was raised. In that thread, I suggested that drafting might also be borrowed from 7 Wonders, and,
I messed around with a draft start, but it's definitely a variant....and,
Each player draws a 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 to start the game. They choose one to foreshadow, and pass the rest to their left. Repeat three times, and return the remaining two cards.
Start the game as normal.
I was thinking maybe you draft the first two cards of the game (each player gets three cards, chooses one, passes, chooses one, last card is shuffled back into deck).
My original thinking was along the lines of IirionClaus's idea, except with players starting with two cards and passing/receiving one before normal play begins. Chris's variant pleasantly surprised me, and I love the strategic (as opposed to tactical) considerations it would add. I'm not overflowing with additional ideas at the moment, but it was suggested that another thread be created to keep the discussion separate from the thread it started in, so here we are.