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61  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help Der Jermeister beat Dark Souls! on: April 04, 2016, 10:10:08 PM
Good plan! I'll do what I can to assist. I'll try and break down my suggestions into segments so it's easier to read. Just a disclaimer, while I have beaten all the Souls games, I'm not an expert of optimising builds or min-maxing or anything. All I can provide is tips based on my own experience and knowledge.

Character Build - Stats

Let's take a look at the stats one by one and see how/if they're useful to you. I don't know exactly how you're playing, but I'll make a guess based on your equipment: melee tank with a touch of pyromancy.

Useful | Some Use | Not Useful

Vitality
Raises HP
I've seen debates about the usefulness of health, since if you're blocking/dodging well it doesn't make a huge amount of difference. However, I definitely advise you to push it higher (to at least 20-25), depending on your needs. Why? You will die less, particularly if you're also wearing heavy armour like Havel's. Once you've pushed other useful stats as high as you want, make sure to invest plenty more here (maybe to between 30 - 35; see how you go).

Attunement
Additional Spell Slots
How often do you use pyromancy? A lot? Occasionally? Never? If you answered anything other than "a lot," then don't bother going any higher. How many of your equipped spells do you use every single time you go out from a bonfire? If the answer is less than the current number of slots you have, then definitely don't put this any higher. If you want one additional spell, put one extra point in it since 16 will give it to you, but stop there unless you're using Pyromancy constantly.

For example, in DS3, I'm playing a pure sorcerer. Even then, I only have 4 slots and am unlikely to get many (maybe any) more, since there's only about 3-4 I use really regularly. I can always go back to a bonfire and re-attune if there's specific utility I need.

Endurance
More Stamina, More Equip Load
35 is already quite high, and you could push it up to 40 if you wanted (I personally wouldn't), but do not go higher as that's where it caps.

Strength
Increases damage on STR-scaling weapons
Very useful, as you're already aware. 43 is excellent, and it's probably not necessary to go much higher unless you want to. 50 is the final soft cap, so definitely don't go past that.

Dexterity
Faster casting, more damage on DEX weapons.
Unless you find a STR-based weapon you want to use that also has DEX requirements, I wouldn't bother pushing this one any higher for your build.

Resistance
Various defenses.
Don't bother pushing any higher. First soft cap is 15 and the stat won't be that useful anyway.

Intelligence
Sorcery DMG and INT weapon DMG up.
Useless to you.

Faith
Miracle DMG and FTH weapon DMG up.
Useless to you.

Character Build - Equipment


Weapon
I'd advise a change of weapon. The Dragon Tooth is very strong, but does not scale well and is slow to swing. Black Knight's Greatsword could be an excellent option if you happen to have it and still want a huge weapon. Otherwise there's Black Knight Sword which is a little smaller, but also a little faster. If you want to try something completely different, Butcher's Knife is a lot faster and should scale well with your high STR. Remember, speed of a weapon is important, especially when fighting a fast boss like Sif - the more time you have between swings, the more openings your enemy has.

Shield
Nothing wrong with your shield choice at all, though Divine is an odd enchantment as it doesn't give you personally any benefit. Silver Knight Shield would be a useful upgrade if you can grab it. Pretty sure that's the one I used, though there's los of other good ones. 100 physical block is your friend. If you want to upgrade a shield, just go the basic path with titanite shards.

Pyromancy Flame
Upgrade, upgrade, upgrade. That's the only way to make your pyromancy spells stronger. That said, if you don't really use them, don't waste the upgrade materials. Ignore the fact the flame tells you it scales with INT - that will not increase your spell damage. More info here.

Armour
It's a common mistake to assume that more physical defence will help you (well, sometimes it does, but often it doesn't when the cost is movement speed). Havel provides a huge amount of it, but if you're still dying then it might be worth exploring other avenues. How slowly do you move? If you feel like it's too slow, pick a different armour set. Black Iron looks like a solid option, and you should have it/be able to get it where you're up to. Chances are you'll notice you run/move faster and may even be able to dodge which, even with a good shield, is still handy. If you want, try something even lighter.

Oh, and don't forget you can mix and match armour from different sets to get to a weight/defense that works best for you. Nothing wrong with a couple of light armour pieces and a couple of heavy ones.

Rings
Ditch the Covetous Gold ring - it has use if you're farming items, but I wouldn't advise it for general gameplay. Absolutely go get the Cloranthy Ring and equip it ASAP, if you don't have it already. Stamina regen is good. Wolf Ring may also be useful, but stick with Steel Protection if you don't have it.

Boss Strategy

Here's pretty much everything you need to know about Sif and his attacks. There's also some decent strategy ideas there for different builds. I don't remember the fight well enough to provide much else useful on top of that, but I will impart some advice I've found helpful across all the Souls games:

Don't be afraid to change your equipment; different bosses call for different strategies. If a boss casts spells, make sure you're wearing armour with high magic defense, even if physical defense is lowered. Take a look at your rings and see if you can make a change that will help too.

I always hate changing my gear, but it can make a huge difference depending on the boss. Also, watching videos of someone else with your build-style winning the fight can be enlightening too. This one seems decent. Not perfect, but gives you an idea of how to dodge/where to stand.
62  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 04, 2016, 08:03:13 PM
What sort of character do you want to play? At the moment, based on the gear you mentioned, you'll be moving quite slowly, swinging a slow weapon, and primarily blocking, rather than dodging (I'm guessing?). Do you enjoy that play-style? If yes, I'll give you some tips. If not, post all your primary attribute scores (VIG, DEX, STR, INT, etc.) and I'll try to give you some other suggestions on builds to try. :)

Edit: As Annubis mentioned, if you're not dodging, then you need to be blocking. Sif (if memory serves), the wolf boss you mentioned, only deals physical damage, so a shield that block 100% physical is a must.
63  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 04, 2016, 07:18:12 PM
As a fan of Dark Souls, I'd advise you not to rely on the guides and maps (well, unless you need a better strategy for a boss you're struggling with, then I'd say go for it). Generally speaking, the area layouts are not super complex, you just need to make sure you're properly exploring them. There's lots of different ways to go, but unless they're a dead end they'll all eventually take you somewhere you need to/can go.

As for mechanics, I definitely understand the instinct to jump to a guide, some of them are definitely obscure and confusing (especially if this is your first Souls game!). My advice would be to read the in-game item descriptions and chat with NPCs - the dialogue could use a lot of help, but the game generally gives you enough info to move forward if you're examining all the stuff you pick up. I heavily used a guide in DS1 and 2 and I think it hurt my experience with both. I didn't use one for Demon's Souls or Dark Souls III (which I'm playing now for review) and found them both to be far more rewarding experiences. Sure, you might not always know what effect your choices will have, but does it really matter? There's always New Game+.

I can't speak for everyone, but the reason I like the Souls series is not because I constantly die and have to do things over. I don't mind that, but it can definitely frustrate me when I feel really stuck or cheated (ie. most of DS2). I don't really like the story either (mostly because it's utterly incoherent, though plenty will disagree with me), but I think the atmosphere is fantastic and the flexibility in character builds is awesome. I find it fun to figure out how to overcome particular enemies and develop good strategies for navigating a tricky environment. And, it's really rewarding when you finally take down that boss that kept killing you.

Edit: If combat is giving you a particularly tough time, feel free to share your build and I'm sure myself and others could give you some tips for focusing on certain stats or good equipment. :)
64  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Possible failure with boards - attempting to recover posts on: March 06, 2016, 11:40:25 PM
Nope, looks good now!
65  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Possible failure with boards - attempting to recover posts on: March 06, 2016, 07:58:54 PM
The front page of the site also appears to be broken.
66  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 03, 2016, 10:56:52 PM
Klyde, I was talking to a friend of mine about Disgaea the other day and realised that it took me 4 games to actually understand all the mechanics. So by the time 5 came out I knew what to do as soon as the game kicked off and boy did it make a difference! Unlocked stuff so much earlier. You're absolutely right about the steramlining though. Nothing is lost and so much is gained.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 03, 2016, 10:36:39 PM
Not sure if relevant...

Saw this on Facebook today:



And I immediately thought of this...

Is it too late now to say


Reference if you have no idea what I'm talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRh_vgS2dFE
68  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: March 03, 2016, 06:22:57 PM
...Special edition only for EU initially? I don't have $200 to throw at the SE. :'( Just give me an individual game!

Oh look, it's already pre-ordered out in Australia anyway. Well, guess I have no choice but to wait for June now. WTF Nintendo.

Sorry mate. Australia's been playing with SE preorders since NA got theirs announced (and yes required dropping $200 bux for).

Also

Yeah, but I didn't pre-order it because I don't want it. I just want the regular edition.
69  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: March 03, 2016, 05:58:32 PM
...Special edition only for EU initially? I don't have $200 to throw at the SE. :'( Just give me an individual game!

Oh look, it's already pre-ordered out in Australia anyway. Well, guess I have no choice but to wait for June now. WTF Nintendo.
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: TP amiibo dungeon [is awful]!) on: March 01, 2016, 10:42:04 PM

"It’s more about helping people get through more minor and distracting tasks so they can get back to what’s important – playing the game."

This is what game design is coming to. For Nintendo, anyway.
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "I WANT TO LOVE YOU BUT I HATE YOU" Thread on: February 22, 2016, 06:18:06 PM
I don't think onions are really meant to be eaten in their natural form!

I used to work with woman who ate raw onions like apples during her lunch hour. Urgh.

This is our former Prime Minister:

http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/prime-minister-tony-abbott-eats-another-raw-onion/news-story/6e49e6540be037af4afc699a3c3a2390

Yes, that's the second one.
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: February 11, 2016, 06:49:30 PM
People I've spoken to today have read the news and even all like "Wow, what an amazing discovery! This will totally change the way we look a the universe." And while I'm sure they're right, when I follow up with "So what does it do for us?" they shrug and look awkward. :P
73  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: February 03, 2016, 09:43:34 PM
Nostalgia.
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 28, 2016, 05:09:41 PM
I demand every person who actually claims the earth to be flat be forced to walk til they fall off the edge of the earth...

Is this actually real? I read an article on it the other day but thought it was just people trolling. O.o
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 26, 2016, 09:48:37 PM
The world has gone even more crazy. I blame the internet.
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