[color:"orange"]I am glad to hear about larian's attitude to multiplayer rpgs.[/color]

Actually, that was my opinion of what I interpret their attitude to be. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/silly.gif" alt="" />
They have not stated how multi-player will be implemented, and may not have even finalized that yet.

There were a number of improvements between the demo and release of the game, such as party selection and screen re-centre hotkeys. The hero does not speak. I eventually turned that off in DD anyway; you'd think by the end of the catacombs the character would stop wondering what levers do when pulled. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/suspicion.gif" alt="" /> I guess for BD it was decided it was better to be consistent and not have the hero talk at all (recording all of the hero's dialog in at least 3 voices would have been too much).
You can right click on an item and select 'give to...' to transfer items, or drag and drop them to the character's portrait or another inventory window.