Unfortunately you guys make me wanna cry. It seems to me I'm punish for you don't get any friends to play with you.
I can tell you how a multiplayer mode should be played, it's called coop.
Of course there will allways only be one "first" hero, but why shouldn't it be possible to have a buddy following you just like one of the NPCs. If cutscenes and conversations where made a bit better than in Neverwinter Nights 1/2, there is really no disadvantage.
If "the game system was inspired by classic and contemporary tabletop fantasy role-playing games". then they should, no they must giv