One Shot

One Shot is a weekly actual play podcast that explores different role playing systems with self contained One Shot stories. A rotating cast of improvisers, game designers, and other notable nerds show off the variety and diversity in RPGs bring you a new game every month!

James D’Amato is a comedian, author, and game designer living in Chicago. You might recognize him from ABC’s The Toy Box, or his book The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide, or from an angry political tweet he made that blew up.

James trained in improv for years at The Second City Conservatory and iO Theater before using those lessons to share his love of gaming with the world. In the years since he worked to build the One Shot Network around the idea of making RPGs more accessible and the tabletop community more inclusive.

461. 1000 Year Old Vampire, Ep 1

Episode Summary In this first episode of the series, Dillin leads Andre, Christian, Danny, and Sarah as they begin making the vampires who have seen the passage of ages. Episode Notes In this first episode of the series, Dillin leads Andre, Christian, Danny, and Sarah as they begin making the vampires who have seen the passage of ages. THE ULTIMATE MICRO...

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460. Pitcrawler, Part 4

Dirt and Syrah and their new companion need to figure out how to get out of the tunnels! Being a former gravedigger comes in handy sometimes… SUPPORT MACGUFFIN & CO! Pick up some wonderful games from the wonderful folks at MacGuffin & Co.! THE ULTIMATE MICRO RPG BOOK Get some games! PRE-ORDER THE ULTIMATE RPG...

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459. Pitcralwer, Part 3

458. Pitcrawler, Part 2

Episode Summary Dirt’s up to his ears in old flames! One needs to be extinguished, another has information he needs. Episode Notes Dirt’s up to his ears in old flames! One needs to be extinguished, another has information he needs. SUPPORT MACGUFFIN & CO! Pick up some wonderful games from the wonderful folks at MacGuffin...

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457. Pitcrawler, Part 1

Episode Summary In Part 1, we discover the world of Pitcrawler and meet our hero, err… protagonist, Dirt! Episode Notes In Part 1, we discover the world of Pitcrawler and meet our hero, err… protagonist, Dirt! SUPPORT PITCRAWLER! Pick up a wonderful game from the wonderful folks at MacGuffin & Co.! THE ULTIMATE MICRO RPG...

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456. Sleepaway – From the Depths, Part 3

Episode Summary Canvas, Chet, and Spartacus do their best to make it away from the fire pit and back to camp. But the Lake has other plans… Episode Notes Canvas, Chet, and Spartacus do their best to make it away from the fire pit and back to camp. But the Lake has other plans… GET...

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455. Sleepaway – From the Depths, Part 2

Episode Summary Chet, Canvas, and Sparticus find more than they bargained for as they attempt to have marshmallow time with their campers. Episode Notes Chet, Canvas, and Sparticus find more than they bargained for as they attempt to have marshmallow time with their campers. Episode Notes Join Tracy, Brian, and Aram as they introduce themselves...

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454. Sleepaway – From the Depths, Part 1

Episode Summary Join Tracy, Brian, and Aram as they introduce themselves to Sleepaway and set up the session! Episode Notes Join Tracy, Brian, and Aram as they introduce themselves to Sleepaway and set up the session! GET SLEEPAWAY! Pick up an excellent game from the excellent people at Possum Creek! TUNE IN FOR THE MIRACLE...

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453. Wanderhome 2, Part 3

Episode Summary The Grand Display continues with, what’s this? A dancesquerade? Episode Notes The Grand Display continues with, what’s this? A dancesquerade? GET WANDERHOME! Pick up an excellent game from some excellent people! GET SOME OF TRACY’S GAMES ON SALE! Grab the Unexpect Bundle! THE ULTIMATE MICRO RPG BOOK Get some games! PRE-ORDER THE ULTIMATE...

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452. Wanderhome 2, Part 2

Episode Summary It’s time for games, food, and fun at the Grand Display! Episode Notes It’s time for games, food, and fun at the Grand Display! GET WANDERHOME! Pick up an excellent game from some excellent people! BACK YAZEBA’S BED AND BREAKFAST! See what’s new from Possum Creek! THE ULTIMATE MICRO RPG BOOK Get some...

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