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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.

319. Hearts of Magic Part 1

A random intersection of shifting leylines has turned a once unimportant and mostly ignored city into nexus of magical power. The Order seeks to control this power and prevent it from enabling a civil revolution. The Witches, a contingent of untrained citizens seek to harness magical power to throw off their oppressors. The Lords and...

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318. Coffee Detective Part 3

Lil Bingo confronts Remmington Smuck in a jail cell with only his prison-issued crossbow (a legal requirement in the state of Florida) to defend himself. Also, the episode ends kinda early so we have plenty of bloopers from 2018 and 2019 to fill out the rest of the hour. COFFEE DETECTIVEBuy it with money! BUY...

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317. Coffee Detective Part 2

Things heat up as the secrets of Berlin Jr.: The Chicago of Florida grow to be exponentially less believable. COFFEE DETECTIVEBuy it with money! OSN GENCON 2019See our events! BUY MY BOOKS!Pre-Order the New One!Get the old one! HELP OUR PEOPLEDonate to CaseyDonate to DrewDonate to Jef TAKE ACTIONRegister to VoteFind your SenatorsFind your CongressmenMake...

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316. Coffee Detective Part 1

Welcome to the gator infested town of Berlin Jr: The Chicago of Florida. Normally known for its gator rallies, meat sauces, and clock’o’bell. Unfortunately, now it may be known for another thing: MURDER. COFFEE DETECTIVEBuy it with money! OSN GENCON 2019See our events! BUY MY BOOKS!Pre-Order the New One!Get the old one! HELP OUR PEOPLEDonate...

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315. Turning Point Part 2

As we dig further into the past memories get painful. Because we lived it matters so much more that we live well for everyone who did not. Of course that doesn’t make the right choice any clearer. CONTENT WARNING: Portrayal of people surviving the AIDS crisis. Heavy emotional content. OSN GENCON 2019See our events! BUY MY...

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314. Turning Point Part 1

James is joined by Senda Linaugh, Phil Vecchione, Rob Abrazado, and Catherine Ramen to try and choose between a well paid soul-sucking day job and a financially unstable dream job. TURNING POINTQuick Start RulesMailing List OSN GENCON 2019See our events! BUY MY BOOKS!Pre-Order the New One!Get the old one! HELP OUR PEOPLEDonate to CaseyDonate to...

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313. ANTological Theory

Ants tackle the big questions like: The caste system, the nature of food, the origin of life, Riptide, and the trolley problem. ANTOLOGICAL THEORY Get the game! BUY MY BOOKS!Pre-Order the New One!Get the old one! HELP OUR PEOPLEDonate to CaseyDonate to DrewDonate to Jef TAKE ACTIONRegister to VoteFind your SenatorsFind your CongressmenMake 5 CallsTrans...

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312. Red Carnations on a Black Grave Part 3

We begin the bloody week where at least half of our communards will perish. I wish there was more to say about what is going to happen but things don’t always work out. RED CARNATIONS ON A BLACK GRAVEBack the Kickstarter! BUY MY BOOKS!Pre-Order the New One!Get the old one! CRYPTID KEEPER and CAMPAIGN LIVE!Chicago:...

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311. Red Carnations on a Black Grave Part 2

The early days of the commune were so full of hope and excitement. As The Bloody Week draws near that optimism starts to wane and that strains the relationships of the citizens of Paris. RED CARNATIONS ON A BLACK GRAVEBack the Kickstarter! BUY MY BOOKS!Pre-Order the New One!Get the old one! CRYPTID KEEPER and CAMPAIGN...

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310. Red Carnations on a Black Grave Part 1

Catherine Ramen leads James, Stephen, Agatha, and Adira through character creation. Clearly, nothing bad will ever happen to these people. BUY MY BOOKS!Pre-Order the New One!Get the old one! CRYPTID KEEPER and CAMPAIGN LIVE!Chicago: Stage 773 | 7/6 5:00Get Tickets HELP OUR PEOPLEDonate to CaseyDonate to DrewDonate to Jef TAKE ACTIONRegister to VoteFind your SenatorsFind your...

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