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I'm a game designer that's been playing tabletop games since the early '00s. Most of my experience is with the D&D 3/3.5/Pathfinder ruleset, but I've been branching out more in the past few years.


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comment Is heat metal too powerful?
It halves the damage because you only spend 5 rounds with armor on, not 10. However, that only works for medium armors. Heavy armors take 5 minutes (or 2.5 with help) to doff, which means that you can be affected by two consecutive Heat Metals before you can get your armor off, even with help.
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comment Is heat metal too powerful?
@Miniman The rules don't support range limits on spells after they have been cast. The section on range in the magic rules says "Once a spell is cast, its effects aren’t limited by its range, unless the spell’s description says otherwise." You could certainly houserule otherwise, but by RAW, you don't need to remain in range of a spell for its effects to work.
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comment How long would it take to doff armour heated by the Heat Metal spell?
The rules don't support running away as a viable option. The last sentence in the section on spell range is "Once a spell is cast, its effects aren’t limited by its range, unless the spell’s description says otherwise." Since the description of Heat Metal doesn't mention any range restrictions, you can use that bonus action from anywhere.
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comment Game that Teaches RPGs effectively “by itself”
This is a generally good answer, and I agree that M&M is probably a good way to go, but you don't ever reference actual experience with learning to play with this system, which is what the querent is asking about. Game-rec requires a reference to actual experience, and you don't mention how this system works for people who are learning on their own.
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