Gotta be honest here, game has an old time D&D feel t it, but not even that save it from its ultimate flaws. Started my Honour run a couple days back; killed after a few hours first time; make it about 15 hours the next time.....no halfway decent designer, even if there were no ironman mode in the game, would make every 2nd encounter be able to 1-shot THE WHOLE PARTY.....WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU??!! 1-shot a single player is unlucky, but all good games allow for it....this....this is beyond bad design....the whole party can get 1-shotted by a dozen different things on THE EASIEST MODE....without the ability to fight back (Wandering Eyes) or properly prepare as the camera angles are straight out of 2000......stick to PCs and leave real gamers alone.....end rant.
- Honour Mode
- Dead Is Dead
- Trial of Iron
- No Death Ruleset
Having the entire party die in one cheap blow when everyone is at full life is ridiculous in any type of Ironman mode.
Two shots is acceptable.
In other words I agree with the OP. Honour mode is untested and was designed by someone with no experience with dead is dead rule sets.