13 True Ways Update: Claw Claw Call Lightning

by Rob Heinsoo

13 True Ways Great Bear DruidBy now, everyone who has been part of the 13 True Ways support network (Escalation Edition, Kickstarter, Bestiary pre-orders) has gotten notice of the availability of the new druid and the updated commander and monk.

As you’ll see, the druid class is a beast. The challenge of embracing elements of traditional druidic roles (wild healer, animal shifter, elemental magician, summoner, warrior of the wild) became huge fun as I took new approaches (talents defining spell lists and abilities, carefully calibrated summoning mechanics, spell lists tied to specific terrain). It’s definitely the biggest of all the class design jobs. I hope it turns out to be as much fun to play as it was to design.

Other 13 True Ways progress includes the fully edited and illustrated write-up of Horizon from Jonathan and Lee, and full illustrations and text for Drakkenhall from a combination of Jonathan, Robin D. Laws, and Lee Moyer. The great bear druid piece above is newly competed as well, a sketch from Aaron finished by Lee.

This week Jonathan is working on miscellaneous monsters, including azers, pixies, and cloud giants. I’m working on multiclassing after cooling down from the druid work by finishing a list of Thirteen Icon Variations that can shape a campaign.

– Rob

3 Responses to “13 True Ways Update: Claw Claw Call Lightning”

  1. Simon Taylor says:


    I pre-ordered the Bestiary, but I haven’t received any notification of the new Druid or updated Commander and Monk. Was that only for backers of 13 True Ways?

  2. Nathan Dowdell says:

    Same here – I pre-ordered the bestiary, got the playtest documents that came with that pre-order, but haven’t gotten the new druid or updated Commander and Monk.

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