I have a theory that something is going on beyond the flicker. Lag has been increased substantially when I manage to fight someone, and it's almost impossible to invade in the first place. Any area, any level, my Darkwraiths simply can't get any action.
I haven't found any signs, been summoned off my sign, or been invaded.. Even on a level 70, I couldn't get summoned, put sign down in the bonfire room of anor, tried directly infront of the little doorway to Artorias fight so you'd have to walk over it and I tried in the doorway in duke's from the bonfire after the prison got nothing from any of the areas, art and anor used to be a fairly short wait time usually as well :s
I've helped two friends in Anor Londo this past week and to my great surprise we only got invaded once in both sessions. So I could definitely see something else going on behind the scenes. Used to get invaded out the ass in Anor Londo since people are always summoning help for O+S.
Ditto. I have tried getting summoned for Artorias/Kala across three characters at differing levels and no bite on any of them. Only action seems to be in the Township, which is heavy. I actually got summoned for Firesage Demon, oddly enough, while I was going back to get the ember. For action, you just gotta pvp. Better souls anyway.
90% of the time the signs are invisible. But I have noticed the player base has dropped alot since the flickering. On the pvp front I had to get off my 125 and use my 100 to actually find fights in the burg.
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