I am creating a custom Wild Magic Table for my players sorceress character; one of the effects I've included is a Midas Touch curse effect.

You are cursed with Midas Touch. Anything you touch (or magically interact with, such as with mage hand or telekinesis) within the next 1d12 hours is instantly turned to gold until the curse ends. Any living creature you touch must make a Constitution saving throw against your spell save DC. If the saving throw fails by 5 or more, the creature is instantly petrified and turned to gold. Otherwise, a creature that fails the save begins to turn to gold and is restrained. The restrained creature must repeat the saving throw at the end of its next turn, becoming petrified on a failure or ending the effect on a success. 

Could there be any potential game-breaking effects? If so, how can I rework it?

I want it to be a serious burden and definitely something they can't control or cheat out of (as implied by the mage hand amendment). At the same time, I don't want this to be a game-breaking event where they one-shot the big bad.

I've thought about increasing the duration to a straight 24 hours; is this a better idea?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Does "Anything you touch..." also apply to objects? How about clothes, dungeon walls, and weapons or armor? If this effect destroys a PCs magic items, you're going to have some angry players. It's probably safer to limit it to creatures \$\endgroup\$
    – divibisan
    Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 21:03

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If my Wild Magic Sorcerer rolled this, I would be thrilled

While this could be a burden if it was present all the time, I see this as being a handy tool for adventurers:

  • Suddenly, they have a means to generate a very large amount of gold on demand. After this happens more than once, the table is probably going to want to use this to fund some of their more costly endeavors. Money is less game-breaking than it was in 3.5, but it does play a role.
  • The character now has a very powerful attack option for 1d12 hours, which could be the entire thing and half the trip back if it occurs during a dungeon crawl. The bulk of the CR for a Medusa is coming from her petrifying gaze, which follows comparable rules with a DC14 and this DC is higher, and now a player character has that. For further comparison, the proposed effect occurs faster and more effectively than the 6th level spell, Flesh to Stone.
  • The duration on the effect is extremely long when compared to other Wild Magic effects. In general, Wild Magic only has powerful, game changing effects (good or bad) over a short time period like Instantaneous or 1 Minute. Permanently turning yourself blue is a fun roleplay thing, but it generally doesn't impact combat unless you need to hide in a vat of blueberry pudding.

All in all, I think this curse is broken, but more in the sense that it's a very powerful tool more than a significant hindrance to a DnD adventuring party. Obviously, the pros/cons of the curse varies dramatically depending on the campaign, but I think most typical parties will turn this bane into a boon fairly quickly.

I would recommend following the guidance in the original table by shortening the duration, make the overall effect less controllable, base it upon something already within the game (this is off Flesh to Stone and the Medusa Gaze), and modify it such that it can do just as much good as it can do bad. In addition, I wouldn't set a DC for the save, just use the default which is the caster's DC. For example:

You are cursed with Midas Gaze. For the next minute, you automatically expend your Bonus Action to look at 1 random creature within 60 feet of you. If you shut your eyes, you are subject to the effect. That creature must succeed on a Constitution saving throw. If the saving throw fails by 5 or more, the creature is petrified as they instantly turn to gold. Otherwise, a creature that fails the save begins to turn to gold and is restrained. On a successful save, the creature isn't affected. A creature restrained by this effect must make another Constitution saving throw at the end of its turn becoming petrified and turning to gold on a failure or ending the effect on a success. A Remove Curse ends the effect.

This is more verbose than most Wild Magic effects, but I think it strikes a balance of potentially very powerful either for your team or against it, which is in line with a lot of the 'bad' effects.

Pro-tip: Don't use Wild Magic right next to your party.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Your new version seems like the kind of thing that could wipe out half your party with no real escape if you roll it while you're low level. (Kind of like the "Fireball yourself" option, which is the main reason I'm weary of letting players roll on that table) \$\endgroup\$
    – Erik
    Commented Jul 14, 2018 at 7:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ CON save DC? What happens if the sorcerer has eyes open but can't see any other creatures? (And hey, an even better use of the Bag of Rats!) \$\endgroup\$
    – aschepler
    Commented Jul 14, 2018 at 10:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Erik Yeah, that's Wild Magic in a nutshell. Hence the protip. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 14, 2018 at 10:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @aschepler Like I stated in the answer, there's no reason to specify the DC, simply let it use the DC of the Sorcerer's spells like every other Wild Magic. This also goes for the Sorcerer opening their eyes and no one's nearby, the net effect is pretty much no effect other than constantly consuming the Sorcerer's Bonus Action while also making the area around them hazardous to enter. Happens all the time when using Wild Magic. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 14, 2018 at 10:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ Yep, this. The Midas Touch wasn’t a curse because it turned everything to gold — that’s what Midas asked for. The curse was the unintended consequences due to it being always on forever. The OP-proposed version is all boon and no curse. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 14, 2018 at 13:30

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