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Ironman Challenge!

Yes, I think I just might do this. What is the WarCraft Ironman Challenge? It's an informal challenge to yourself, if you follow these rules:

Level from 1-85 using the rules below.
  1. Only White or Grey gear. No Heirlooms of any kind.
  2. No transfer of gear, items, or money from any other character (yours or others).
  3. No gear enhancements, including gems, enchanting, and reforging. Class abilities are allowed (eg. Rogue poisons, Shaman imbues).
  4. No specialization, talent points, or glyphs. No pet talent points.
  5. No professions or secondary skills, except for First Aid.
  6. No potions, flasks, or elixirs except for required quest items.
  7. No food buffs or other external buffs (including buffs from items and other players).
  8. No groups or assistance from other characters, even if not grouped.
  9. No dungeons, raids, battlegrounds, or arenas.
  10. No guilds, except for level 1 guilds created specifically for the Ironman Challenge.
  11. No Refer-A-Friend.
  12. No addons which assist in combat and/or leveling (eg. leveling guides, Ovale).
  13. THE BIG ONE: No deaths. Character death for any reason disqualifies the character
The following are allowed:
  • All class abilities, racials, and personal buffs.
  • All mounts, bags, and non-combat pets.
  • All quests, including holiday events and dailies (unless prohibited by some other rule, eg. Fishing and Cooking dailies).

I tried this with an undead hunter (of course a hunter). Undead because that way I wouldn't be tempted to get help from my guild. And the only people who'd even know I was there would be RealID friends. Yay!

Unfortunately, I got 'er to level four before being killed—by being distracted by texting someone about the Ironman Challenge. Ah, irony. So, I deleted that character.

Then I rolled a blood elf hunter and...wait a minute...

If I really wanted to Ironman it out, what I should do is roll a mage! Since you can't pick talents you can't get a water elemental or anyone to tank. And there's no self-heal! No nothing! Hmm. Maybe. OR a rogue, on account I don't know rogues. 

Anyway, I'm totally down with this fun diversion!