Played several more hours, and... well, I really suck at this game
Sometimes I have runs where I go through enemies like a warm knife through butter... and sometimes I die on the earliest parts of the game. I can't quite figure out where my mistakes lie, besides not getting the timing right.
On my original character I managed to beat The Last Giant on my fourth attempt. Unfortunately I found out that you need to summon Pate (and have him survive) to get his stuff later... so I started a new character. My first one was a knight to start with, and I mostly threw points into strength, dex, and stamina. This new one started as an explorer (which gave me the hat right away, a dagger, and twice as many life gems), and I've mostly run with the dagger. Sometimes the dagger is my favorite, and sometimes it bites. I'm doing a bit better with her (far fewer deaths, and some jolly cooperation), but again, I seem to mess up all too often. If I do a run around to kill enemies and get some extra souls, I usually burn through all four of my estus flasks in between bonfires. I feel like I shouldn't be getting hit if I was doing it right...
Also, f*ck the Pursuer. Haven't managed to beat him on his first appearance either time, even though I summoned a phantom to help me on the most recent attempt. I did make the unpleasant discovery that he can curse you, though
Not looking forward to his fight, which I think is the next one.
Edit: As for the durability, no idea what was my issue before. I was using the broadsword, not the longsword, and it seems to decrease a bit faster in my recollections... I don't have as many issues this time, though if I take a longer route I may need to switch out my weapon once. Since Explorers end up with two daggers, it hasn't been a problem. Anyone have a good recommendation for early weapons? I like the dagger for its speed, but the Heide Knight Sword does more damage and has a poking move that's not too shabby. Not sure if I should be looking for something else. I ran my last Dark Souls run with just the Reinforce Club... ah, that was amazing. Not sure if there's an equivalent here, or if it would be as effective, as enemies seem to be super aggressive, travel in packs, and are too **** good at surrounding me... Edited, May 3rd 2015 8:46pm by LockeColeMA