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Downtime, Emails and Turnsheets

Each Uptime-Downtime cycle in Ad Nauseam represents one iteration of the Time Loop. Every Downtime - the time between each session - represents the 19 hours before the start of the banquet. Downtime begins at midnight and ends right before the banquet begins. During this time, players can communicate via email (representing IC conversations, letters, or magical messages) and take actions as conveyed to the GM team through Turnsheets.

In-Character Emails

As with previous Society Games, we have set up an email system which allows players to communicate with each other and with GMs after a session ends; IC, these emails represent anything from letters to in-person conversations between characters. Each character has their own email address which is based on their name - the complete list of in-character email addresses can be found on the Player Characters page. We ask that all email exchanges be wrapped up one hour before the turnsheet deadline (so before 23:00 on Thursday), partly so that no one's turnsheet plans end up changing at the last minute, and partly so that everyone can get a break from their inbox for the rest of the week!

GMs are copied into all IC emails so as to keep track of plans and developing themes within the game, though these are no substitute for turnsheets and GMs are liable to miss things only contained in emails. Importantly, in the event that your turnsheet does not contain enough information about your Downtime plans, the GMs will not have time to search through their inboxes for additional information, and this may lead to a rather disappointing turnsheet response.

You can also direct emails to GMs if you'd like to ask us anything you didn't get round to mentioning during Uptime, and this should be your main method of OC communication with GMs once a session ends - we won't necessarily be checking our Discord messages between sessions! IC communication with NPCs can also be done this way by emailing the GM who plays that character. In either case, please add “[FAO: GM/NPC name]” to the subject line so that we don't miss your message!

If you're having trouble receiving emails from GMs or players before or during the game, try checking your Junk inbox - if game emails tend to be filtered out, you may want to whitelist the '' domain.

Finally, please note that your OC email will never be displayed to other players when you email them, as any emails sent by you will appear to come from your in-character email address. However, other metadata contained in the email may be visible, such as whatever name you've set for your email. Further information can be found in the Privacy Policy.


A turnsheet details what you would like to do in Downtime after session and after IC emails have taken place. In Ad Nauseam, we are giving players one Major Action per turn, which should include the main goal of your character during Downtime. The GMs will then respond before the following Uptime with information about how your character's choices turn out. Your turnsheet may also include any number of Minor Actions. Minor Actions are significantly more limited in scope than the Major Action and will usually only receive a one-line response from the GMs.

Your Turnsheet and the response given are only visible to you and the GMs (so feel free to detail all your secret evil plans and betrayals if you feel so inclined).

Writing Your Turnsheets

Once your character has been approved by the GMs, we will send you a link to your private user page - this can also be found by clicking the human-shaped icon at the very top right of the Wiki. At the bottom of your user page should be a series of red links, named 'Turnsheet #'. These link to pages that don't exist yet, so when you are ready to begin writing up your actions, click on the link for that week and then click the 'pencil sign' icon on the right-hand toolbar to get started. Hovering over it will bring up the 'Create this page' dialogue.

Once created, the Turnsheet page will have a handy template to save you time and to allow your GM easy reading. You don’t have to stick to it 100%, but similar layouts allows us to quickly and easily see what you are attempting to do with your time. (Please don't delete {{tag>turnsheetX}} at the bottom of the page or we won't be notified when you've submitted it!)

While we very much enjoy reading your writings, it's usually best to keep your turnsheets concise so we can clearly see the focus of your action; a single sentence with no detail obviously isn't very helpful, but neither is a very long plan that aims to do too much in one go!

When you're happy with your turnsheet, click the save button in the bottom left and you'll have a turnsheet that both you and all the GMs can see. It’s worthwhile doing a quick preview before saving, to check that everything reads how you want it to, but don’t forget to then save.

You can continue to edit your turnsheet until the deadline (23:59 on Thursday) as nothing will be taken as final by the GMs until that point.

Major Actions

A major action is something that it would take your character significant time and effort to accomplish. Examples include:

  • Exploring a specific location in an attempt to gain knowledge of certain events.
  • Conducting a magical experiment.
  • Fighting dangerous beasts alongside the Hunters.
  • Currying favours with the Floater high society.
  • Investigating other characters or participating in PvP.
  • Hosting a party because one banquet a day is not enough.

This Major Action will receive a write up (typically around 500 words) by the GMs. It is important to note that you can only achieve in one Major Action what you could normally achieve in several hours (given that Downtime only covers 19 hours of time in total).

Your actions should include an overarching goal of what you want to achieve, a plan of how you intend to achieve it, and a note of what use of magic and Quirks you think might be useful to or affect the action. Be sure to note other PCs or NPCs who are involved in your action in the relevant section of the template too!

Try to be as concise as possible when writing your plans. Don’t try to achieve too much with one action and remember that longer plans don’t always mean better plans.

If in doubt, ask. Please contact the GMs and we will do our best to help with any action or Magic/Quirk based queries you may have.

Minor Actions

A Minor Action is something that takes little time or effort to do, and doesn't advance the plot significantly. Examples include:

  • Introducing two mages.
  • Going to a party.
  • Trading some items.
  • Leaving a note to someone.

You can have as many Minor Actions as you want within reason, but they should each be limited to one or two sentences of description, and should usually be able to be responded to by the GMs with “You do this”. The GMs may ignore Minor Actions if they become too numerous or significant.

If your Minor Action is to accompany other players on their Major Actions (e.g. “I join the cavern exploration team”), you will not be very useful to the action (i.e. your Skills will not be taken into consideration), and will not get any personal benefit from the action. If the action would require significant time or effort just to tag along, the GMs may say your character is too busy to attend.

If you are giving something to another player please note this in your Minor Actions, even if the exchange occurred as part of your Major Action. It can be helpful to list any items you are expecting to receive, but if you put it in your turnsheet and the sender does not turnsheet to give the item to you, the response will likely be along the lines of “You wait patiently, but it doesn't turn up”.


After each uptime session, Your character will gain a new positive Quirk, representing their growth in skill and knowledge. Due to the nature of the time loop, these quirks will largely be mental in nature. A GM will contact you via email before Wednesday midnight with a list of three positive Quirks, chosen for their (relative) relatedness to your character's actions in this time loop (both during Uptime and Downtime), and you may choose one of them as your character advancement. There will be a place in your turnsheet for you to state your choice (and clarify the Quirk if necessary). The Quirk comes into effect immediately and can be called upon in your turnsheet actions. These Quirks are permanent additions to your character's repertoire.


The deadline for turnsheets is 23:59 on the Thursday after session. This is a strict deadline as the GM team need time to read through and prepare in advance for our meeting on Friday evening. We do know life gets in the way sometimes and late turnsheets do happen, but you must request an extension if you are expecting to hand in your turnsheet late so we can accommodate it into our plans - we may become grumpy should it become a regular occurrence or if you fail to let us know!


We will aim to get a response to your turnsheet to you on Monday before each session. These responses will be added to the end of your submitted turnsheet on the Wiki. Your GM will email you when they have completed your turnsheet response, but it's worth checking your turnsheet to be sure. If you have any questions about your turnsheet response, please contact your GM before the start of the session and we'll try to clear everything up.

Sample Turnsheet

See sample turnsheets here!

downtime_email_and_turnsheet.txt · Last modified: 2022/05/04 23:31 by gm_ivan