Not playing my cleric anymore since I dun goofed and can't get the proper white soapstone. Switched back to my original character and used the falchion for a bit, but have since switched to the Halberd as I quite like the moveset.
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@afabs515: Yeah, I'm waiting for things to pick up for the Blue Sentinels as well. I won't see myself as Batman though, as I actually just want to give ganking a try as I'm new to pvp in the souls games.
Anywho, I'm loving this game so far. I feel like I'm having more fun in the early stages than I did with DkS1. The animation changes have taken some getting used to, but even when I was struggling with it I preferred it to the old ways.
@sammo21: The regular white soapstone leaves the large summon sign. The "small white soapstone" (which you have to find) leaves the small summon signs. The reward is different for clearing the area boss (large one gives you a token of fidelity, small one gives you . . . something. I've only used it once so I don't know if it always gives the same thing)
Also, the large one summons you as a phantom, vs as a shade for the small one (if I recall correctly). I guess the small one has a time limit to, but I don't know if that's how long the sign stays on the ground, or if it is for how long you can stay summoned.
I summon all the time for bosses. I do like to try the bosses on my own, provided I have Human Effigies to spare (if I'm human and have none left, then I summon all the phantoms I can and try to gank the hell out of the boss). I don't bother summoning for the actual level portion, at least not unless there's a spot that I have a lot of trouble getting through. I just really love the co-op in this series.
I can't even imagine beating The Pursuer on my first try, even with summons. I've had my summons shoot me in the face so many times... (granted sometimes it's my fault for getting in the way). I've done two in one life so far: The Pursuer (after 7 tries, when my summons finally clued in that I just wanted to gank this fool, old school) and Old Dragonslayer.
I've only beaten the first boss so far (I like making new characters . . .) but I've summoned a few times and have been summoned once. Plenty of summon signs to choose from, and when I placed my own sign I was summoned within 1-2 minutes I'd say. I can't speak to what the limit on the small white soapstone means (I missed out on the regular White soapstone because I'm an idiot and I killed pate before remembering that I have to keep talking to him to get the proper white soapstone).
@nosferat2 I've heard that the limit they mention just deals with how long the summon sign persists before you have to place it again (so that if you got bored of waiting and ran off to do other stuff, you don't have to worry about being summoned after some time has passed). I sure hope it doesn't refer to how much time you get when actually summoned. Maybe you lost connection to the host?