When I first saw that picture something struck me as a little bit odd. Then it hit me, there are only two women out of a team of 80+.
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@golguin: As of yesterday afternoon they still weren't up, I haven't played since then though. I think I'm going to start over with a new character come Tuesday anyway so I can get in on all of the online stuff, read and leave messages, stuff like that.
@golguin: Effigies seem very limited at least at the point in the game I'm at. I've seen two drop from two different enemies and found a handful on corpses or in chests. The first merchant in the game has three for sale, but it looks like those are the only three she will ever have. I haven't seen any for sale at any of the other merchants I have access to, yet.
@golguin: The system only seems to affect enemy spawns in the zone you're in. It's not clear whether the reduction is permanent or not, I suspect they may come back after the area boss is killed but I haven't made it that far yet.
15 deaths seems at or about what I experienced, I wasn't really counting though.
@ike7779: Yes on both counts. I haven't nailed down the system exactly but it seems like if you die enough in an area, some (or most) of the monsters stop spawning and don't come back. It is VERY noticeable. How noticeable? Imagine a path from the bonfire to a boss and there are maybe...3-4 groups of 2-3 enemies along the way. This was reduced to there being almost no enemies at all in the area. There is no way you won't notice it.
In fact, let me relay a little story of how this affected me. I was dying a bunch on a particularly difficult boss, maybe 10-12 times in a row. I haven't found the ring that prevents hollowed health from being reduced below 75% of maximum, so I was sitting at 50%...not good. I was out of human effigies and souls so I went to start farming a few souls in order to buy one from the merchant I knew had them. Guess what...almost no enemies were near that boss anymore at all. So I had to warp around and find some to farm. I got enough souls to buy two effigies from the merchant, but she was sold out.
This put me in a position of having 50% health against a difficult as hell boss and no apparent way to fix the problem, either. Very frustrating and this is my least favorite thing I've ever experienced in either Dark Souls 1 or 2. There may be a way around this that I just am not seeing, but being punished beyond losing souls for dying in a game that makes a point about you dying a lot is sort of lame. Being hollow and not having any effigies meant I was also prevented from summoning NPC help. I had no way to progress, and I actually still haven't made it past that boss, and I'm still at half health and hollowed.
(Effigies have replaced humanity and they don't stack. You use one and it returns you from hollow to human and restores your maximum health to full, but if you die you go hollow again. Every death while hollow reduces your maximum health. So, if you're not making real progress and dying too much, the health reduction and lack of souls and available effigies can hinder your progress like you wouldn't believe. This is not fun for me. If you thought that section or boss was hard when you had full health, try it at half health!)
@weegieanawrench: I figured that was the case with the soul vessel, but I wonder if using it won't also have some other unintended consequences...also, you are right on about facing groups. There is one section not too far in the game where you will face 7+ enemies at once if you're not careful. I had to pull 3 or 4 of them and do some crazy Mirror's Edge style parkour to get into a position where I could manage them a little better. Spent about half an hour trying to figure that out, only to immediately come to a boss that pounded me into the ground like a nail..hah!
Combat is definitely more difficult, I did notice that right away. Also I think possibly agility has something to do with the animation speed of things like how quickly you can raise your shield?
@zelyre: I actually know about this technique and my own grandmother used to cook like this, however, the temperatures and hot spots of home ovens can vary so greatly I don't think there is one magic answer that everyone can use and still get the same results. One article I came across that tested various ovens found that they varied by as much as 90 degrees...that is nuts.
Haven't used a meat thermometer but can any cooks address a recent question that's popped up around here is that you shouldn't rinse chicken breast off before cooking it, something about transferring bacteria.
Don't wash raw chicken, wash your hands and the prep area/sink after it's in the pan. Any harmful bacteria will be killed during cooking, rinsing while it's raw only needlessly risks spreading any possible e. coli or salmonella around to either food that isn't going to get cooked or surfaces that won't get disinfected. Don't do it.
The only thing I ever use a meat thermometer for is Prime Rib, in which case having one is a requirement if you want to consistently cook roasts properly.
Also, for people that actually use these things regularly...make sure you know what type you're working with. Most aren't instant read and are designed to be inserted into the meat before cooking and left there. You wouldn't believe the number of times I've seen people take a bird or something out of the oven, stick a thermometer in for five seconds, and then put it back in the overn - leading to severely overcooked meat.