Side note - I decided to do a second play through with a faith build. Think all but one of my deaths have been due to me thinking I had a shield with me when it was my chime. Nothing like casting heal when you think you are blocking. At No Mans Warf and the Bastille. Probably would be through with the Bastille if I hadn't had that chime in my hand.
I use a Chime but it is an alternate for my weapon - so it is always in my right hand. I'm so programmed to shield with my left that I could never change that up. But yeah, I have only died a handful of times in NG+ - usually just from stupid mistakes.
I'm now a good chunk through NG+. So after those initial two invasions in Forest of Fallen Giants, I have only been invaded once in several more hours. I was in Shaded Woods (3rd bonfire with the lion warriors), which seems to be a favorite invasion spot as I got invaded on NG there a few times as well.
In beginning of NG+ I had joined Way of the Blue and have been wearing the ring all game. Well, what do you know, I actually got a Blue Sentinel to show up and help me this time! I was holding my own against the invader, so when the sentinel showed up he was toast. Man was that satisfying - eat it ganker!
So I never knew there was a way to light up the Sinner area as I didn't get the key for that area until near the end of the game. I thought the little cells up there were pointless (I didn't realize you could light one up). I've helped a few times on the Sinner and it is a damn tough fight. It is the only one giving me problems so far in NG+ and I haven't even attempted it in my own game yet.
But they sure did pump up Lucatiel's stats - she barely got hurt on Smelter Demon even though he was pounding on her. And Benhart and me made short work of the Congregation (though that one was always easy). Even though I already got their trophies via ascetics in NG, I'm trying to do it again so I can keep their gear (as I reloaded my PS+ save after doing it before).
I suppose that in NG I went down the pit in Majula too soon. I jumped down and the rat boss area was one of the toughest fights in the whole game for me. I didn't realize I probably did it too soon. I haven't even gone there yet in NG+ and I can see how getting the ladder guy from Earthen Peak first (I didn't even see him there the first time - he just showed up in Majula on his own) makes it much easier.
I've already taken care of the fire demon, and I'm close to the spider. Even though someone mentioned it before, it shocked the hell out of me when it popped up the cliff on the way to the Congregation. Man, it would have been nice to kill it there, but I was too cautious and it left.
Also, I found this interesting, but when I got to the guy who pardons you, he said I had no sin. In NG he wanted 100,000+ souls (1000 for each level I think). I guess maybe it was for the Pate killing? This time I did not see them in their fighting spot, so I must have missed a conversation or something. But I thought sin carried over from one game to the next? Didn't people who killed NPCs say that happened? I don't know why mine was wiped unless the Pate thing is a different case.
And man are there a lot of red phantoms. The ones that surprised me the most were the 2 in Iron Keep that are in the