So I recently picked Dark Souls up again after a year or so absence (just a little burnt out after 200 hours in October 2011), and had several existing characters; 2 in the middle of low vit/stam challenge runs. The patch would have crippled those challenge runs so I went and fought Ornstein and Smough with a heavy weapon melee character with 11 vit/stamina (deprived starting stats); and deduced I could probably beat Gwyn after beating him with a 10 vit/stamina 99 int sorceror (beat four kings in two kings, even) so I decided to finally update.
The DLC actually reduced in price stunningly enough so I was able to upgrade and made a new character for that express purpose; said character is a bit too underpowered to beat Artorias in a timely fashion since I just bumrushed to the DLC as fast as possible (could do it just would take a lot of pine resin or some leveling) so I started using the Sorceress again to do it a bit faster, however people insisted on invading me and I realized how amusing it is to 1-2 shot people with 99 int; in addition to invaders you've got dozens of dueling signs littering the undead burg; each giving a neat sum of 20-25k souls. I'll probably die about 10% of the time and it's 2-3 minutes per phantom so while this isn't as good as the now debunk dark Anor Londo farming spot (12k souls every 35-40 seconds) it's not too bad either. Though the opposition can one shot me I do have the longest range melee weapon in the Moonlight Butterfly Horn (which does 100% magic damage) and of course sorceries do a comical amount of damage.
The amount of skill involved here is scarce at best, though this is standard with 90-95% of Souls encounters; but hey a nice way to farm souls and up the all important KD ratio, and much more interesting than just murdering all the "PvE" content. Sadly my Hollow Soldier Shield lost about 10 stability and I don't have an upgraded Eagle primed and ready to replace it. I suppose I am going to have to play most of the game with the new character; as nothing beats being SL 105 with 99 int.
You can move this to the Dark Souls forum if you like, though I view this site as a gargantuan mega forum and just press the forums button and browse; if you want the isolated forum feature to matter then don't allow that (granted no one would ever look at 99% of the boards that way, but it does emphasize certain forums).