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.

439. Punk’s Been Dead Since ’79, Part Two

Episode Summary Naomi Terror, Trish Moon, and Specs make the long (45 minute) trip from Ridgeville Corners to Engagement, where the find that more is going on at the NOBoBs than expected. Episode Notes BUY PUNK’S BEEN DEAD SINCE ’79! Support Jeph’s work! THE ULTIMATE MICRO RPG BOOK Get some games! THE ULTIMATE RPG GAMEMASTER’S...

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Punk’s Been Dead Since ’79, Part One

Episode Summary Meet Naomi Terror, Trish Moon, and Specs as the all meet up in Ridgeville Corners to go to the Northwest Ohio Battle of the Bands in Engagement, OH (halfway between Dayton and Marion). Episode Notes BUY PUNK’S BEEN DEAD SINCE ’79! Support Jeph’s work! THE ULTIMATE MICRO RPG BOOK Get some games! THE...

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437. Captain My Captain: Box of Secrets Part 2

Both the crew and captain of this ship engage in increasingly morally questionable behavior. It becomes unclear what the captain wants or who, if anyone, he is loyal ls to. His plan is revealed in the foolish impatience of his closest followers. CONTENT NOTE Pretty wild deception and abuse by a person with power, death,...

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436. Captain My Captain: Box of Secrets

James invites Cassie, Gliza, and Brandy aboard a struggling pirate ship with a captain who has strange powers and a strained relationship with honesty. His crew ranges from nieve, to opportunistic and reprehensible. However, they are all desperate. HELP CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN FIND A PUBLISHER Join the Mailing List! BUY OSN BOOKS PRE ORDER The...

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435. Decaying Orbit Part 2

The station AI continues to compile data revealing startling irregularities with the experiment that resulted in human casualties. Station managers scramble for solutions as corporate protocols put in place to aid the crew only add to the stress of workers. Will the final transmission save everyone or at least prevent this problem from happening again?...

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433. Babes in the Woods Part 5

With one of the fiend’s shadows ruining everyone’s birthday or kids have to scramble to save the day. Unfortunately the unattended grills make problems worse as the docks catch fire.  Luckily Freja has the brilliant insight to look to the moon for help. BABES IN THE WOODS Buy it here! THE ULTIMATE MICRO RPG BOOK...

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432. Babes in the Woods Part 4

It’s everyone’s birthday! Or at least it is in this weird party. With “hotdogs” abound Oswald is intent on everyone joining the festivities and he isn’t above using deception to do it. everyone seems to keen to go along, especially since two members of the group have recently been targeted by the fiend. Luckily for...

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431. Babes in the Woods Part 3

Freja rushes ahead of the group and heads into the woods. Like her brother before her, she is separated from the group to be confronted by the fiend. With help from a new friend, she manages to escape and get back to the group. Just in time for a birthday party… FOR EVERYONE. CONTENT NOTE...

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430. Babes in the Woods Part 2

After Bjorn has a bad time in the woods, the group emerges into a strange outdoor bizarre that is actually kind of like T*rget. If they sold life events, personality traits, and physical/mental characteristics. Exactly the sort of shopping trip every growing child and hotdog-seeking trash animal needs! CONTENT NOTE Cannibalism, mention of neuroatypical statuses...

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429. Babes in the Woods Part 1

Bjorn and Freya are two children dressed for Halloween who find themselves lost in a strange and seemingly endless wood. After coming upon a clearing that seems to be full of mountains of trash. It’s hard to imagine they’ll find anything useful or friendly here, but the woods have a way of surprising people. BABES...

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