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Context: I'm a Player, Arcanist level 7. I have 2 weeks downtime which I want to optimize to the fullest!

According to RAW, the maximum crafting time for magic items is 8 hours each day.

Another 8 hours is sleep (which I'm not 100% sure about, since penalties for being tired ain't too bad for downtime).

This leaves 8 hours (or more, depending on the sleep part) for other activities. The question is: can I spend those remaining 8 hours on making Magic Points (earning capital activity)?

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No

If you look at the rules for downtime, you'll see under the Craft Magic Items activity:

you can spend days in the downtime system to craft magic items, with each downtime day counting as 8 hours of crafting time.

Similarly, the Earn Capital (Magic Points) activity states:

You can spend 1 day of downtime earning capital.

Since each activity takes 1 day of downtime when used, you cannot use the Earn Capital activity when you're crafting (and vice versa). Instead you need to combine the two in a way that adds up to 14 days of downtime spent, not 28.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This is gravely incorrect. Crafting magic items section clearly states You can spend a maximum of 8 hours on crafting every day. It's not a whole day. \$\endgroup\$
    – Nec Xelos
    Mar 10 at 20:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @NecXelos And downtime activities states: "you can spend days in the downtime system to craft magic items, with each downtime day counting as 8 hours of crafting time" \$\endgroup\$
    – willuwontu
    Mar 10 at 20:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ And that's the question: what can I do in remaining time. \$\endgroup\$
    – Nec Xelos
    Mar 10 at 20:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NecXelos Nothing: "[Y]ou can spend days in the downtime system to craft magic items, with each downtime day counting as 8 hours of crafting time." The entire downtime day is spent but counts as 8 hours of crafting. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 10 at 21:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ If you edit this answer in the future, @me and I'll reverse my downvote (it's currently locked in). I could have sworn I remembered a sidebar in Ultimate Campaign about pacing downtime saying that a dedicated character could indeed get two "days" per day if the GM allowed it, recommending it only be used for fast-paced campaigns where it makes sense for someone to push that hard in short bursts. But I found the sidebar and it only mentions working weekends; I think I imagined the other part. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 10 at 23:30

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