The deadman challenge wasn't just a challenge. To many of us it has become the main game mode. It adds to the difficulty making choices really count. I don't see @Drifter Man asking for something from Devs. It's just a fact that it's not purely the same with Birch Bark. When you go at the game at the deadman-mode, the challenge is to do what it takes to survive. I subtracts very much from this experience to make up all sorts of house rules.
Of course Hinterland should stick to their plan (one could argue that putting af revolver into the game was a derailer to please the community☺️). At least to me it isn't a big thing with the birch bark since Bark Man-mode is funny too and several other things (the S-word) made the game better in so many ways punishing the absurde goating that was allowed earlier.