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.

Skyjacks: Episode 161

After the running of the turkeys, Jonnit and Zannah complete their coming-of-age ceremony to discover a long anguished secret. Travis receives a letter from Margaret, a large duck, a letter for Gable, and mysterious oddments from an old friend. CONTENT NOTE Extreme guilt, separated family, being failed by a parent, arguments, heavy family tension NETHER...

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474. Ryne, Episode 3

Episode Summary The ruins of a Titan are not to be trifled with. No one leaves this place unchanged… Episode Notes The ruins of a Titan are not to be trifled with. No one leaves this place unchanged… PICK UP RYNE NOW! Explore the world of Ryne and pay-what-you-can! LISTEN TO MYSTERY COUNTY MONSTER HUNTER’S...

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473. Ryne, Episode 2

Episode Summary Join James, Ben, and Nathan as they join Ryne creator Adam Dixon on a mind-bending adventure of familial proportions! Episode Notes Join James, Ben, and Nathan as they join Ryne creator Adam Dixon on a mind-bending adventure of familial proportions! PICK UP RYNE NOW! Explore the world of Ryne and pay-what-you-can! LISTEN TO...

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472. Ryne, Episode 1

Episode Summary Join James, Ben, and Nathan as they join Ryne creator Adam Dixon on a mind-bending adventure of familial proportions! Episode Notes Join James, Ben, and Nathan as they join Ryne creator Adam Dixon on a mind-bending adventure of familial proportions! PICK UP RYNE NOW! Explore the world of Ryne and pay-what-you-can! LISTEN TO...

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Skyjacks: Episode 158

The Captain and his council help Douglas Kessler dispatch the Red Feathers but after the fighting ends tension begins to ramp up. Hip is seriously injured and without immediate attention, he could die. The Uhuru is without a doctor and everyone must scramble to make do. CONTENT NOTE Gunshot wound, blood, field surgery, stitches, body...

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471. Avatar, Ep 4

Episode Summary Our benders have broken into the Fire Nation prison. Tonight, there’s gonna be a jailbreak! Episode Notes Our benders have broken into the Fire Nation prison. Tonight, there’s gonna be a jailbreak! LISTEN TO MYSTERY COUNTY MONSTER HUNTER’S CLUB! Check out the newest show on the Network! SUPPORT US ON PATREON! Help us...

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470. Avatar, Ep 3

Episode Summary Our benders make their way to the Fire Nation city, in search of friends and loved ones captured for “treason.” When they get there, they find much more than they bargained for! Episode Notes Our benders make their way to the Fire Nation city, in search of friends and loved ones captured for...

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469. Avatar, Ep, 2

Episode Summary Our benders finalize their pilot episode and discover what kinds of trouble they’ve got in store after they’ve met up and become… friends? Episode Notes Our benders finalize their pilot episode and discover what kinds of trouble they’ve got in store after they’ve met up and become… friends? CHECK OUT STILFLEET ON KICKSTARTER!...

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Skyjacks: Episode 156

Travis and Gable spend more time talking while they wait for Jonnit and Gable remembers something extremely important. Hip confronts the Red Feathers who are raiding the silo containing the Kessler Family Recipe (KFC.) Orimar arrives on the scene with Jonnit and Douglas close behind. CONTENT NOTE Main Show: Wild cosmic guilt, parental trauma, implied...

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468. Avatar, Ep 1

Episode Summary Bee Zelda leads an amazing cast through the character creation process for the Avatar RPG! Episode Notes Bee Zelda leads an amazing cast through the character creation process for the Avatar RPG! LISTEN TO MYSTERY COUNTY MONSTER HUNTER’S CLUB! Check out the newest show on the Network! SUPPORT US ON PATREON! Help us...

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