Disclaimer: This is my very own Dark Souls Iron Man Challenge (so tempted to write that there are many like it, but this one is mine…). However, there are numerous other Dark Souls challenges floating about the aether, and doubtless several are quite similar. But this challenge is my very own, making it neither better nor worse than any other, just the BEST.
The First Rule of the Dark Souls Iron Man Challenge is… when you die, the challenge is over. You lost.
The Second Rule of the Dark Souls Iron Man Challenge is… when you die, the challenge is over. You lost.
Third… You will choose ‘None’ for your starting gift.
Fourth… You will not collect the treasures from the Firelink Graveyard, until you are in the process of a bona fide run through the Catacombs.
Fifth… You will not wield the Drake Sword, ever.
Lastly… And this should go without saying, but you will not obtain any gear from another player, from a mule, from a glitch, or any other method. You will use the gear you find on your own, excepting the Drake Sword, which you simply will not use. Clearly, no glitches of any kind are acceptable.
The Hardcore Addendum… You will play linearly, never performing any action akin to farming souls or items.
The Insanity Addendum… You will play in human form, reverse hollowing as soon as you arrive at Firelink Shrine; however, you will never summon aid, and death to an invader will still end the challenge.