I really love Middle-Earth Quest. We play it so much with 4 players or with my girlfriend so I've tried the two ways of playing. I think when Sauron plays with two actions (two player game) its a bit unbalance for him. Perhaps Eleanor was the real problem with her high wisdom doing two different Hero Rally Step and cleaning everything that she want... However, when we play with 4 players, I've won every game with Sauron. The players realize that the elf character was a bit weak, and the best selection of characters is Dwarf, Eleanor and the ranger. What do you think about all this things? Its the game a bit unbalance about the actions that Sauron can use in each variant of the game or its about the characters... Perhaps the different missions are some of them better for 4 players and other for 2 players. Have anyone played with 3 players? Have fun!