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So, here’s a ‘duh’ question I’m sure, but... after an encounter is cleared, do you have to go rest at the bonfire to spend Souls, resenting all the encounters? Or can you spend Souls/reset your endurance, and then move onto the next encounter? Replect FAQ thread says you don’t have to go rest, but the rulebook seems to say that you do, and it resets all encounters.

Seems clear, but I just wanna make sure.

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Resting at the bonfire does reset all the encounters.

However, you don't have to rest in order to spend your souls. You can spend them anytime you are not in an encounter. Also, your health and stamina reset to full after every encounter. Things like Estus and class abilities only reset if you rest.

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Page 15 - "Resting at the Bonfire" 

 

When the party is defeated in an encounter, the characters must rest at the bonfire.The party may also choose to rest at the bonfire any time they are on the Bonfire tile. Resting at the bonfire restores many of the characters’ limited resources, but it also resets the encounter cards.

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Thanks, Flamehearted! I know the page. I’m more interested where it says you can spend Souls while not on the Bonfire tile.

All underlines are mine:

pg. 13 - “Home Base”

Another important party resource on the Bonfire tile is the soul cache...and are used in numerous ways when interacting with the non-player characters, Blacksmith Andre and the Firekeeper.

pg. 14 - “Blacksmith Andre”

When the party returns to the Bonfire between encounters, they may visit Blacksmith Andre to purchase treasure, change equipment, and upgrade equipment.

To purchase treasure, remove 1 soul from the soul cache...

Characters can change equipment only when they visit Blacksmith Andre.

pg 15 - “The Firekeeper

The party may visit the Firekeeper to level up and restore luck. 

To level up, a character must spend souls...

characters can also restore luck at the Firekeeper. A character must spend 1 soul...

 

So, that all seems pretty straight-forward and clear to me: you MUST return to the Bonfire if you want to interact with NPCs (thus resetting the encounters), and interacting with the NPCs is the ONLY WAY to spend souls. I cannot find anything in the rulebook or FAQ/Errata that contradicts this. Don’t get me wrong: I REALLY want to find something which DOES contradict this...

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Hi Ironmonger,

I suppose what you got wrong is, that you can return to the bonfire (between encounters) *without* resting.

That way you do not spend a bonfire spark, but you can use Blacksmith Andre and The Firekeeper.

Top of page 14: 

When the party returns to the bonfre between encounters,
they may visit Blacksmith Andre to purchase treasure, change
equipment, and upgrade equipment.

So you can return to the bonfire anytime between encounters. You optionally can rest there, to restore some tokens (see "Resting at the bonfire", p. 15).

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