Do it Bob, do it! As a guy that plays the fuck out of the Elder Scrolls games this is a completely different experience. Elder Scrolls to me is Lord of the Rings. You're adventuring in the country side with this greater quest and you get sidetracked into some god forsaken mine. In the end though it's all sort of on you. The Souls games are more along the lines of brutal dark fantasy. It's a nasty, terrible world that's godless save the monsters that are crawling around in the dark trying to pull you apart or bend you to their will like a proper servant. Anyway, bullshit aside there's room in your gaming life for both.
Man, my setup got kind of wild. I started as a knight with a touch of magic but I really hate wearing heavy armor, I'd rather dodge than stand and tank. The general outline of the build is high dex/vit/stamina. I use the Black Bow of Pharis +8 for whittling big stuff down. Up close I go with Pyromancy or my Lightning Spear +3. I've actually been working on a Winged Spear that's up to +13 but I'm not sure wtf I'm doing with it. I know if I add Lightning damage to it it'll actually be better than my lightning spear since it scales to your str/dex stats. I've leveled up my attunement so I have 5 spell slots. In the beginning they were for Soul Arrow x 2 for 60 shots and Great Soul arrow x 1 plus Magic Shield. When I realized how amazing pyromancy is I pretty much abandoned sorcery though. So now I'm packing Fire Orb, Iron Skin, Poison Mist (which so far seems useless), and Great Chaos Fireball..which is fucking insane. It only has 4 casts but it's ridiculous and gets stronger the higher your humanity is. Sorcery is still great but for raw damage pyro is the way to go, especially when you level up the "weapon"..the little flame hand thing.
For armor I'm wearing the uhhh, I think it's Black, gold hemmed stuff. It's down by the Ceasless Discharge. You loot it off a corpse on an altar.
So yeah. Typical run is left hand Grass Crest Shield +8, Black Bow of Pharis +8. Right hand is Lightning Spear +3, Pyromancy +15 (which took fucking FOREVER to level). Armor is the black, gold hemmed stuff, it makes you look like a Ring Wraith from LotR. Arrows are Flame and Large. Rings I'm going Wolf Ring, gives more poise so when you take a hit it's less likely to interrupt your own swing and the uhhh Gold Snake Ring of Covetous? Something like that it makes loot drops more likely. When I'm in an area I haven't seen though I swap out the snake ring for the Silent Dragon one..that's not the name but it makes it so you don't make any noise when you move, makes sneaking and backstabbing a lot easier.
I liked the Iaito, if you two hand it the strong attack does some Iaijitsu where you sheath and quickdraw it for big damage. The thing with me is though I'd rather toss up a shield and poke with the spear, and so many of the places in the game are tight and can really fuck up your swing with a sword.
I'm level 55 right now and from the feel of it I might be able to finish the game at this level, nothing lately has really stomped my ass. There are things that can kill me in a few hits but it's always my own fault or playing sloppy.
Where are you right now with your playthrough Sleepless? What was the last boss you killed?
If you can tell man, I played entirely too much Demon's Souls so I was really ready for this. I wish I had started as a Pyro though because there are a few points here and there I would have spent in a different way.
As a side note I haven't really done much of the multiplayer stuff. I fucked around with the Forest Covenant for awhile but it's hard when you have to kill people that are in the forest and so many super high levels use it to farm souls. Early on I helped a few guys beat some bosses. I like that it forces you to play with randoms so you get a good look at how everyone plays, but on the other hand these games would be so fucking amazing with friends.