Q: What does Kindling do?
A: Increases the amount of Estus Flasks you receive at the bonfire you choose to Kindle by 5, for a maximum of 20 Estus Flasks.
Q: What does "cannot kindle further without the secret rite" mean?
A: This means that without the secret rite, acquired from defeating a boss (Pinwheel) later in the game, you will be limited to one kindling per bonfire. After obtaining the rite, you may kindle 3 times for a total of 20 Flasks.
Q: Help, I've been cursed! How do I remove it?
A: Oswald of Carim located right after the fight with the bell-gargoyles sells Purging Stones for curing Curse for 3,000 souls each. You can also purchase them from the Undead Merchant Female located in the tunnel shortcut in Undead Burg for 6,000 souls each or trade one humanity for a cure from Ingward in the New Londo Ruins.
Q: Why is this game so dang hard?
A: The true Dark Souls starts here…
Q: Where can I farm items/upgrade stones?
Q: Where do I find the second bell of Awakening?
A: The second bell is past Blighttown. You will need to explore the world a bit to acquire the necessary keys and unlock this area. After the first bell, you have many paths you can pursue, none of which are wrong.
Q: I hit an NPC! Can I get them to stop being mad at me?
A: Aggression towards NPCs counts as a sin in game. You can remove sin by requesting absolution from Oswald of Carim after ringing the bell. Beware, it's a steep price, as the formula for it is (Your SL x 500). If you kill that NPC though, you cannot bring him/her back to life. they will return as normal at the start of NG+
Q: Will I be limited to weapons and armor if I choose a female character to start with?
A: No. unlike Demons Souls, there is absolutely no difference to the game based on your character's gender, save for appearance.
Q: What is a good video walkthrough?
Q: Is there a Skype chat for Dark Souls players?
A: Yes! A Skype chat is now available to help you find other players to co-op, pvp, or just chat with. You must have a Skype account to join. To access this chat, log onto Skype and add new contact "tramsportation", send the contact request along with a message saying you'd like to join the Dark Souls Skype Chat. The Skype chat is non-discriminatory to consoles, so it does not matter whether you are using a PS3, Xbox, or PC.