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Draghinazzo My love, has dressed me like a clown Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
My love, has dressed me like a clown
Nov 2nd 2019 at 3:23:19 PM

I never get it in my playthroughs anymore, personally. You can get a +5 weapon without that much trouble and most of the time those aren't that much weaker than the Drake Sword.

It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. ...not really though.
artfulscruff hopelessly optimistic from oop north
hopelessly optimistic
Nov 3rd 2019 at 1:40:02 AM

I forget how much I'd upgraded them, but I remember on my first playthrough, my regular longsword was dealing more damage than my Drake sword by the time I reached Blighttown. The whole point of the Drake sword is that it's powerful early on, but becomes redundant by the mid-game.

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M84 Such heroic nonsense from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Such heroic nonsense
Nov 3rd 2019 at 3:07:45 AM

I wasn't even out of Undead Burg before i stopped using it. The moment I found Andre and put the Titanite I'd gathered to use on my Zweihander and Claymore, the Drake Sword was obsolete.

Also, I just finished the Depths and killed the Gaping Dragon and got the tail axe. Next...Blighttown.

<Sigh>...at least I got the Rusty Ring already.

Edited by M84 on Nov 3rd 2019 at 7:09:00 PM

Disgusted, but not surprised
sifsand Madman Relationship Status: Browsing the selection
Madman
Nov 3rd 2019 at 6:19:00 AM

[up] best of luck friend, you'll need it

M84 Such heroic nonsense from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Such heroic nonsense
Nov 3rd 2019 at 6:33:27 AM

I still have vague memories of Blighttown back when the game first came out.

They weren't good memories.

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artfulscruff hopelessly optimistic from oop north
hopelessly optimistic
Nov 3rd 2019 at 10:09:04 AM

I avoided upper Blighttown on almost all subsequent playthroughs. Bad memories too. Chief among them, thinking about it now, was getting invaded there by people abusing the Rat Ring and Tranquil Walk before they got nerfed into the ground.

Edited by artfulscruff on Nov 3rd 2019 at 6:09:17 PM

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M84 Such heroic nonsense from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Such heroic nonsense
Nov 3rd 2019 at 11:34:22 AM

Okay, about halfway through Blighttown, almost at the second bonfire. Unfortunately, it's late so I'll have to play later.

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Ninety Absolutely no relation to NLK from Land of Quakes and Hills Relationship Status: In Spades with myself
Absolutely no relation to NLK
Nov 3rd 2019 at 1:17:15 PM

Dark Souls gets vastly easier on subsequent playthroughs on the whole. Though I do have to say that after going for a zero-poise DEX/INT build with a high-stability shield my first playthrough and feeling that I was cheesing after the build came together (mad DPS, sniping stuff with Sorcery defuses a lot of encounters), going for a pseudo-Giantdad build for the second playthrough taught me that I was just making things difficult for myself that first run. Poise and an upgraded Zweihander just barrels through most of the challenges.

Dopants: He meant what he said and he said what he meant, a Ninety is faithful 100%.
M84 Such heroic nonsense from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Such heroic nonsense
Nov 4th 2019 at 5:50:37 PM

Didn't have much time to play last time — just got to the second bonfire and killed Maneater Mildred. The overhand R2 strike of the Zweihander made it pretty easy.

As someone who is dreadfully afraid of insects and arachnids, this part is creepy as hell. Especially those respawning mosquitoes that home in on you from far away.

Debating whether to go to the Great Hollow and Ash Lake or Quelaag first. I might go to Quelaag first just to unlock Chaos Servant and get to work farming Humanities. Especially since I'm a Pyromancer.

Edited by M84 on Nov 4th 2019 at 9:52:46 PM

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sifsand Madman Relationship Status: Browsing the selection
Madman
Nov 5th 2019 at 3:44:23 AM

[up] I advise saving Ash lake for after you get the lordvessel out of convenience

GoldenKaos Free as the flame from Ynys y Cedyrn - Europa Relationship Status: Tongue-tied
Free as the flame
Nov 5th 2019 at 3:49:35 AM

True, climbing back up out of there by foot is a bit of a slog.

Probably should be working.
M84 Such heroic nonsense from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Such heroic nonsense
Nov 5th 2019 at 5:05:39 AM

Figured as much.

Man, I miss being able to teleport between bonfires from the start.

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GoldenKaos Free as the flame from Ynys y Cedyrn - Europa Relationship Status: Tongue-tied
Free as the flame
Nov 5th 2019 at 5:38:11 AM

I enjoy the footslog. Makes the world feel more like a real place somehow, rather than a collection of video game levels.

Probably should be working.
Draghinazzo My love, has dressed me like a clown Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
My love, has dressed me like a clown
Nov 5th 2019 at 5:41:49 AM

Yeah thats something ds1 did that the two sequels never delivered on. The world is designed in such a way that until you get the lordvessel, it doesn't take that long to get to where you need to go because the world is so nicely interconnected.

It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. ...not really though.
GoldenKaos Free as the flame from Ynys y Cedyrn - Europa Relationship Status: Tongue-tied
Free as the flame
Nov 5th 2019 at 5:47:27 AM

And a the furthest extremities of the map are blocked off until you get the Lordvessel anyway.

Probably should be working.
sifsand Madman Relationship Status: Browsing the selection
Madman
Nov 5th 2019 at 7:47:11 AM

It doesn't help that some areas are so far disconnected from the rest it almost necessitates a teleport

GoldenKaos Free as the flame from Ynys y Cedyrn - Europa Relationship Status: Tongue-tied
Free as the flame
Nov 5th 2019 at 7:53:33 AM

Nah, just hoof it you wimp tongue

Probably should be working.
Ninety Absolutely no relation to NLK from Land of Quakes and Hills Relationship Status: In Spades with myself
Absolutely no relation to NLK
Nov 5th 2019 at 8:19:53 AM

And the Lord Soul areas just end up in no-exit roads anyway. The first half of DS 1 has some of the best level design ever, but the latter half is a bit of a letdown in that department.

Dopants: He meant what he said and he said what he meant, a Ninety is faithful 100%.
M84 Such heroic nonsense from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Such heroic nonsense
Nov 5th 2019 at 10:29:42 AM

Welp, decided to put Ash Lake on hold for now. Took out Quelaag, joined Chaos Servants, took a detour to get the Gold-Hemmed Set and killed Ceaseless Discharge with the trick, leveld up my Flame so I could see Quelana and learned some Pyromancies, and am getting ready to go to Sen's Fortress. But that can wait till tomorrow.

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artfulscruff hopelessly optimistic from oop north
hopelessly optimistic
Nov 5th 2019 at 10:43:43 AM

In some games I'll not bother with fast travel, because I just enjoy that feeling of a connected world. That said, Dark Souls isn't one of them :P

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M84 Such heroic nonsense from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Such heroic nonsense
Nov 5th 2019 at 11:09:47 AM

I certainly don't enjoy taking in the "scenery" of Blighttown.

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sifsand Madman Relationship Status: Browsing the selection
Madman
Nov 5th 2019 at 1:11:03 PM

Oh boy Sen's Fortress, the masochists den.

M84 Such heroic nonsense from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Such heroic nonsense
Nov 5th 2019 at 10:40:55 PM

On a side note, after being summoned to fight Quelaag a few times and giving the Humanity I earned from said fights to the Daughter of Chaos to level up Chaos Servant, I suddenly realized that what I was doing was kind of fucked up. I'm easing her pain with stuff I earned from repeatedly killing her sister in alternate realities while she thinks I am said sister.

Edited by M84 on Nov 6th 2019 at 2:43:22 AM

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ArcanGenth Geekling from 127.0.0.1 Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Geekling
Nov 6th 2019 at 6:18:42 AM

Welcome to Dark Souls lore.
It's kind of fucked up.

artfulscruff hopelessly optimistic from oop north
hopelessly optimistic
Nov 6th 2019 at 10:17:01 AM

The real Dark Souls starts here :D

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