So, this is the latest on Bloodborne:
I got to Old Yarnham and was more or less having fun slicing up the new monsters until I ran into the dude on the clocktower with the gatling gun (seriously?). Anyway, after a few attempts, I finally made it up to him only to find he is a crazy souped up hunter guy like Father Gascoigne AND not even a proper boss.
So, after a few attempts I gave up and legged it past him and kept exploring. Eventually I got to a point where It lead BACK to Captain Gatling-gun and I figured he was someone I needed to clear. After a few more attempts, idiot bloke fell off the tower following one of his expert dodges. Pretty funny, but I have no idea if I would have beaten him otherwise.
Anyway, back to exploring and it turns out I didn't need to beat him at all (he just makes exploring less of a pain) and end up fighting the "Blood-Starved Beast" boss. After an a few attempts, and one where I got it down to a sliver of health, I realised I was just plowing through all my cool items so ended up summoning the Alfred dude to help me. So beat that boss (that's 3 down).
Explored a bit of the healing workshop and got another Shop item badge thingy and then opened up a path to the cathedral. BUT some crazy-ass dude with a sack ended up killing me.... and there I was thinking "Jerk can't really kill me, I'm fricking mario with the respawning," and SURPRISE TWIST: Jerk DIDNT Kill me but kidnapped me and put me in some creepy jail with super tough other jerks. So, that was deeply unpleasant.
Anyway, after a respawn I'm now in a place called Charnel Lane and that's where I'm gonna call it quits for now. I feel like I've had a monster of a session but when I think about exactly how much I've explored it really isn't that much; it's more just that the game rewards progress in such tiny increments.
EDIT: Also seem to be able to do a Chalice ritual? Not sure what that's about either. It may be time to turn to the internet.