[ For HP bloat to even be a discussion, you need to define what you mean by HP bloat. If by HP bloat you mean, "any deviation away from the number 7," great, but that is not helping anyone, is being disingenuous and is completely overlooking what it means to design an encounter to begin with. These encounters do take 2-3 turns when played, I know this because I have done them, more than once. Furthermore, they do not "feel bloated" at all.
You claimed it is overlooking what it means to design and encounter to begin with. Explain this to me, as it seems like you have some definition I don't have access to. You keep dismissing arguments with vague hand gestures saying "those numbers and math you did are disingenuous". Yeah, how?
You saying it doesn't "Feel bloated" is useless. This is a math equation. Feelings don't matter. Explain your position using mechanics and math.
Strawman Argument: "Any deviation from 7". No one said its a deviation from 7. You are inventing dumb arguments and then arguing against them. Don't do that. My definition: If it is double the MM or more. What is your definition?
All you do is take potshots without using mechanics, math, definitions, or anything concrete. You have a lot of feelings and, while its good to know the game is evocative, those are all either unfounded or unusable pieces of information. Justify what they are doing other than "I played da game a few times". Cool, me too. To the tune of 280 hours so far. So playing the game obviously isn't an influencing factor here because the numbers don't change. Make a real argument or stop potshotting a bunch of bullshit and pulling every invalid argument and fallacy you can make when having an adult discussion where people actually what to find the truth and don't have emotional investment in the outcome. Theres an ad hominem for you