I find myself always playing with Anders and Ella because they don’t start with anything, but the game isn’t super difficult. Maybe. new starting condition can be added with more people but no handouts (livestock, materials, etc)
The only one is the survival starter, but I don’t want to play on hard mode.
Just an idea
Actually, Survivor is the condition I would recommend when A+E becomes easy. It takes away the equipment but gives you 4 people to solve it. If you don’t like this early game struggle without tools, you can also try:
Gold Hunter for more people without buildings but tools,
Survivor + StoneTools mod or
any condition + Ironman as your aging mod.
Ironman with +100% required food and clothing is what makes the game challenging again after you know the mod and what to do.
I prepared one new condition for next version and have another in mind but more for starting in a special environment. To get what you suggest could be to make the Hunter start more difficult giving them the tools but no food. Will do a quick test of how it feels in game. Thanks for your suggestion! :)