I’m giving everyone until Sunday evening to place bets and join, and then Monday I’ll begin
Monday at about which time EST. I'm german you know, basically it's midnight everytime I do my governmental work. So I'd probably be available around 4 to 7 PM EST.
The day phases will last around 48 hours while the night phases 24 (usually, DoC might have other ideas but that is the usual length of games.
So even if you can't be on all the time, you should be on at some point during each phase to do a vote or a night action. I'm usually pressed for time, but can find 5 minutes to engage in an argument or accusation.
I'm pretty sure that Sauron is in the clear, unless he decided to go all genius again
The Silmarillion; Chapter 19: Now Sauron knew well, as did all in that land, the fate that was decreed for the hound of Valinor, and it came into his thought that he himself would accomplish it. Therefore he took upon himself the form of a werewolf, and made himself the mightiest that had yet walked the world.
The general gist is simple. During the day phase we debate the people we find suspicious, and the reasons for feeling that way. By the end of the day, votes are cast for someone to be "killed", removed from the game. The rules regarding this differ from game to game and based on who is running it, but generally the person who receives the most votes is voted off with ties determined by an elected head (often referred to as "the mayor").
During the night phase, many roles have powers, such as attempting to find out the roles of other players, protecting other players or attacking enemies. While voting during the day is done in the open, night abilities are done in secret, by directly messaging the person running the game.
General advice: Trust no one. I always say "If you trust another player completely, you're playing wrong". That being said, you will quickly notice the veterans. We're experienced and know what to look for in guilty players, but we can also be very treacherous and cunning when evil. One way or the other, keep you eye on us.
In the end, it is a game of logic and deduction. Who said something that doesn't quite fit? Is that person quiet because they are trying to skate by unnoticed, or are they just watching for someone to slip up? I will admit that it is a bit hard the first game or two, getting to know how the players normally play will help.