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Got into a discussion with some people about this the other day and started wondering if many others step up to this. The idea of Iron Man style play is very simple, if you die you really die. Not respawn, you are dead. This style of play is very challenging because so many MMO players enter into game action in kind of a charge and let death be damned attitude. In Iron Man play ever battle now becomes a challenge and some to be approached with caution, not wreckless abandon.
To give a few examples in specific games...
In EVE is you play without a clone and if you lose your pod you are dead. In STO the concept works by playing and losing if your ship is destroyed or your entire away team defeated. This can be easily adapted to any game system but these are two I have the most experience with. Now true Iron Man means if you die to kill the character and start over with nothing.
I have had people commenting that this can be a very frustrating style of play and I do agree. It is hard to overcome the devil may care attitude so many MMO players develop and actually have to work at developing real skill in play. However it is also rewarding. Suddenly fights that seem simple before have a whole new feel to them. Also you get serious bragging rights. I mean if you can get to high levels in your MMO without a death you have accomplished something only a FEW people are capable of doing, a lot tougher than any other challenge in the game.
Now I do not suggest this style for a main character but as an ALT to do something different it can be a blast. The real blast comes when you get a couple of buddies to do the same thing with you and run as a party, again it gives the game a whole new feel.
If you have not tried this play style yet O extend the challenge to you. Step up and give it a try, it will make an old game that seems boring come to life all over again!
I have a soap box and I am not afraid to use it.