Started playing Gloomhaven 2nd ed like 1 month ago. I started with 2 characters, and played 5 games. While it was very fun and satisfying only playing with 2 heroes, my inner fantasy geek wanted a bigger party to adventure with.
So after 5 games, and getting a good grasp on the game, I added a 3rd.
Unfortunately adding a 3rd hero almost doubled my play time in the end.
One major reason is due to the all new monsters on the board. There are a considerable amount of more enemies constantly making moves.
Has anyone ever found a balancing by playing with 3 (or more) heroes but keep the monster setup restricted to just the 2 player setup, while increasing the difficulty?
I tried this on a session I was replaying just to get a treasure chest and it was too easy for me. Sometimes the next level for a monster just increases a single stat by 1 and maybe 1-2 more HP and nothing else. I feel like you'd have to go at least 2 levels up.