I have played the BG saga many times over the years and have never played a druid. I am intrigued by the avenger, less for the additional spells (although that is cool) but more for the additional Shapeshifting. Of course, the extra shapes I would assume lose their effectiveness at some point in BG2. I was thinking of eekeepering me up a shapeshifter avenger by adding at key points additional shapes from mage spells into my innate bar – maybe for instance the ogre and mustard jelly forms at level 12 and the iron golem, illithid forms as soon as I get to HLAs.
My goal isn’t to be OP or to cheat really – but to just have a druid who can change into a multitude of forms that are useful over the long haul, and the only forms I can add through ee keeper on the innate bar are the ones from mage spells, so, hence…
I would limit myself to a certain number of forms per day per level to keep within the rules of the avenger (in other words, more forms but not more uses of the total number of forms). I would spend far less time casting spells, as I will be in forms – so while I will use high level druid spells when a human, that would be a secondary role.
If I knew how to create a new class altogether I would do so to create a true shifter (as opposed to the werewolf only version or the limited shifts of the avenger).