Quote from the D2 LOD FAQ: " How will character conversion work? A character will be created either as a normal Diablo II character or as a Diablo II: Lord of Destruction character. Existing Diablo II characters can also be converted into Diablo II: Lord of Destruction characters. It is important to remember that Diablo II: Lord of Destruction characters cannot play in games or trade with Diablo II characters. Finally, Diablo II players will not be able to play with the new character classes or use any of the new items or abilities associated with Diablo II: Lord of Destruction unless they own the expansion set and use expansion characters. " After reading this I'm getting the impression that once the expansion comes out you can't create a regular Diablo 2 character, mule some old school items onto him, and then convert him for the purposes of transferring regular Diablo 2 items to the expansion. Like if you have a bunch of good stuff you got on a character that was created AFTER the expansion came out and you want to move that good stuff to one of your expansion characters. I'm thinking you won't be able to do this. So I'm thinking that it may be a good idea to create a couple extra dummy characters before the expansion comes out just so you have a mule that is capable of making the transition in case you want to transfer items over. Granted, Blizzard may not work this the way I'm thinking they are. For example, they might make it so once the expansion comes out and you log onto bnet you are forced to decide the fate of ALL you existing characters right then and there, w/o the option to do it later. We'll just have to wait and see. But I thought I would share my thoughts on this with you guys.