Quick recap of what has happened so far, I made my way up to the first boss and was summarily flattened because I couldn't work out how to use Esters properly, completely my fault for not working it out before taking on the boss. From there I worked my way through the Undead Burg until some bull looking SOB, flattened me and by that stage I had one Esters left. It was a long ass trip though from where I started after the cutscene, so I figured I must have been missing something and it turns out I was right. There was a bond fire at a halfway point. So I have kindled that and I am just grinding out skeletons at the moment to get a better feel for all the mechanics. I have gotten a couple of loot drops too, a handaxe (which I am currently using after upgrading my strength so I can use it one-handed), a couple of fire bombs and something called titanite, which I believe is used to upgrade weapons but I am not too sure how to do that or if I want to at this point.
So far I am loving it, including the grind that I am doing at the moment. Its great to be rewarded again for grinding rather than having to do it because some muppet changed the balance of the game, so they can direct you towards their skinned casino. Anyway, if you want me to keep posting about my experience, just let me know!