Hi Russ (and fellow chess addicts),
Because of the, in my humble opinion, great idea of siege I had this tiny little brainwave of a variant. Its probably not a new idea, but I will leay it before you anyway.
Its called Pyramid chess. And its easyest explained with this shedule:
3 3 3 3
4 4 4 4 4 4
5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Pharaoh is at the top of the pyramid, as God-Emperor of his realm. But their is a line of successors who really want to be Pharaoh themselves. When you are in the 4th line of succesion you will first have to defend your succession against someone from the 5th line.
If you win this match against the 5th line you have earned the opportunity to challenge someone from the 3th line. If you win that match as well you trade places with the beaten successor form the 3th line.
This way you can work your way up untill the final glory: being God-Emperor of Egypt.
Of course, if you lose your first match against the successor from the 5th line you schange place with that player.
Basicly: first you have to defend your position to stay in line and earn the right to challenge. After the second win in a row you move up in the line of succession.