What class should I pick?
Starting classes only affect you in the beginning of the game. They have next to none impact at later stages. Each class is tailored to a style of gameplay. Pick the one that you would feel most comfortable playing and use it. Make sure you invest points into your primary stats. As you progress into the game were you put your points will affect how you play the game. It's not really easy to soul farm (though it is possible just really time consuming when each point starts to cost million's of souls) so make sure you spend your points wisely.
It's generally best to pick the Master Key as your gift. It allows you to open any door with a simple lock and is the only gift that can't be found in game. If you are a thief class you should pick a different gift as the Master Key is part of your starting equipment. The other gift worth noting is the Pendant as it is related to the story. Though this gift as well as the Ring of Aged Witch can be traded for with Smugly the Crow. All other gifts can be obtained throughout the game.
What are Bonefires?
Bonfires act as a resting area. Whenever you visit a bonfire it will cure you of any everything (except Curses), replenish your HP and restock your Estus Flasks. Also every time you rest at a bonfire all enemies, with the exception of bosses and stronger foes will respawn. If you Kindle a bonfire it will remain Kindled (no matter how many bonfires you kindle). Kindling requires one Humanity and can be done 4 times. When you Kindle a bonfire you increase the amount of Estus Flasks it will give you, up to a maximum of 20.
You loose everything when you die?
No. You will retain your Soul Level, all items/equipment. You will however loose your current unspent souls as well as all humanity. You may recover these lost souls and humanity if you reach your bloodstain without dying. If you die on your way to your bloodstain, they will permanently be lost.
How to cast spells?
First ensure you have the proper amount of points spent into the stat. Secondly make sure you have a Tailsman equip'd to cast Miracles. A Catalyst to cast Sorceries and a Pyromancy Flame for Pyromancies.
Attunement affects how spells you can have equip'd at a time. The higher the attunement stat is the more slots you will have to equip different spells. You can also use rings to increase Attunement slots which is good for casters as you will gain an extra slot without spending points on the attunement stat.
Attunement Points = Slots
0-9 = 0
10-11 = 1
12-13 = 2
14-15 = 3
16-18 = 4
19-22 = 5
23-27 = 6
28-33 = 7
34-40 = 8
41-49 = 9
50-99 = 10
Darkmoon Seance Ring = 1 Slot
White Seance Ring = 1 Slot
Max of 12 slots
Vitality: Vitality affects HP. Once you get to 40 Vitality you will start to see smaller gains of HP. At this point you may want to put points into another stat.
Vitality Points = HP
20 = 793
27 = 1001
40 = 1325
50 = 1500
60 = 1588
70 = 1675
80 = 1758
90 = 1837
99 = 1900 (Max points spent)
Equipping the Tiny Being's Ring adds 30 HP. Ring of Favor and Protection increases HP, Stamina and Equip Load by 20% but rings breaks if removed.
Endurance: Endurance affects how much Stamina you have as well increasing resistance to Bleed and maximum Equip Load.
Endurance Points = Stamina/Equip Load
10 = 81/44
20 = 110/54
30 = 133/64
40 = 160/74
50 = 160/84
60 = 160/94
70 = 160/104
80 = 160/114
90 = 160/124
99 = 160/133
Stamina is max'd at 40 Endurance points If your Equip Load is under 25% of total Equip Load you will roll faster and further, Stamina regenerates at fastest rate. Between 25%-50% rolling is slower as is Stamina regeneration. 50%+ you will roll extremely slow, as well as take longer to get back up when knocked down and Stamina regeneration will be slower. 100% Equip Load and you will not be able to roll, sprint or run and Stamina regeneration will be at it's slowest.
Strength: Strength will allow you equip more powerful weapons and the higher Strength is the harder you will hit with any weapon that has a Strength Parabonus. You need a minimum of 58 Strength to equip every weapon in game.
Dexterity: Like Strength but is more oriented for finesse weapons like Bows, Spears and Daggers. This will affect all weapons, ones based on Dexterity will see biggest gains and it affects any weapon with a Dexteirty Parabonus.
Inteligence: Intelligence increases the power of magic. You need at least 50 points in Intelligence to use all spells. Raising above 50 will not see huge increase in power of spells, however it is worth doing for PvP based characters.
Faith: Faith affects Miracles. It's the same as Intelligence, you need at least 50 points to use all miracles and anything above that sees minimal gains in power. Faith does affect Magic Defense which is good for PvP based characters.
Resistance: Resistance is the best way to increase defensive stats. All stats affect defense but Resistance has highest impact and affects Poison resistance.
Vitality, Attunement, Endurance, Strength, Intelligence and Dexterity affects Physical, Magic and Flame defense minimally. Has a normal affect to Lighting Def.
Resistance affects Magic defense minimally, Physical defense greatly, Flame def extremely and Lighting normally.
Faith affects Physical and flame defense minimally, Magic def extremely, and Lighting def normally.
How to ____?
Kick: Flick LS up and at the same time hit RB/R1. Must be quick
Jump: Press B/O to sprint. Double tap B/O to jump.
Riposte: Once you parry an attack hit RB/R1. You have a small window to do this.
Backstab: You must be behind the enemy, not holding (keep shield lowered) LB/L1 and press RB/R1. Try not to move while attempting a Backstab.
These are icons that appear under the Stamina bar. Not much is known. Hopefully can update this as more info is known.
Shield with Arrow pointing Up: A buff to Defense
Three Arrows Pointing Up: Increase Stamina Regeneration
How can I write and rate messages in the world?
You must purchase an Orange Soapstone, which can be bought via the Undead Male merchant in Undead Burgh.
Weapon, Armor Smithbox and Repairbox:
Highly recommend that you purchase all three. The Weapon/Armor Smithbox will all you to reinforce weapons at Bonfires and the Repairbox will let you repair equipment at bonfires. The Undead Male merchant (where you get Orange Soapstone) sells the Repairbox and Andre the Blacksmith in Undead Parish sells the Weapon/Armor smithbox. They are worth the souls they cost.
We needed a place to talk about the game and help each other out so here it is!
Edit's incoming as I add information and what not.
Hows everyone coming along? Need help with anything?
9/10 - "Joyous, beautiful, bleak, lonely, hard as nails."
9.0 - XBOX 360 / PS3
GiantBomb Dark Souls QuickLook : 1hr 24m
Time for the kids to put their hand holding candy wrapped games to bed.
Edited by Anaron, 13 October 2011 - 14:29.