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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.

328. Hex Ed Part 3

Ellory races to find a magic ghost who will hopefully give her a way to avoid writing her paper. Even with the help of her familiar, Beans, and a stink lizard it will be a difficult task to find the ghost before he has already given out his A for the year. HEX EDBuy it...

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327. Hex Ex Part 2

Ellory wraps up her first night of adventure, but to do it she’ll have to confront the mystery person who publishes her favorite zines. Will this help her write her paper? What if she does something embarrassing? What if she thinks they are hot!? (they are) Will Ellory be able to buckle down on night...

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326. Hex Ed Part 1

Eloree is a normal student at a liberal and esoteric arts college, and she has a potions paper to write at the end of her first term. Unfortunately, she hates potions and all of the necessary reference material is checked out at the library which means she’ll have to get creative… FIGHT FIRES IN THE...

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325. Haven: City of Violence Part 3

I didn’t get to listen to this one before posting, but my editor assures me there is a fisting joke. CONTENT WARNING: Some unconscionably rude jokes in this one. SUPPORT THE FOLKS WHO HELPED JAMESArms of the TideSystem Mastery FIGHT FIRES IN THE RAINFORESTDonate Here! BUY OSN BOOKSThe Ultimate RPG Gameplay GuideThe Ultimate RPG Character Backstory...

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324. Haven: City of Violence Part 2

The brave officers of P.I.S.S. get attacked in the line of duty. SUPPORT THE FOLKS WHO HELPED JAMESArms of the TideSystem Mastery FIGHT FIRES IN THE RAINFORESTDonate Here! BUY OSN BOOKSThe Ultimate RPG Gameplay GuideThe Ultimate RPG Character Backstory GuideA Dragon Walks Into A Bar HELP OUR PEOPLEDonate to CaseyDonate to DrewDonate to Jef TAKE...

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323. Haven: City of Violence Part 1

The folks from One Shot West fill in for James while he is on bereavement leave. They play Haven: City of Violence, a game you might be familiar with from System Mastery. SUPPORT THE FOLKS WHO HELPED JAMESArms of the TideSystem Mastery FIGHT FIRES IN THE RAINFORESTDonate Here! BUY OSN BOOKSThe Ultimate RPG Gameplay GuideThe...

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322. For the Queen: Doubter’s Faith

A small kingdom with waning power has recently crowned a young queen who might have the ability to turn things around, but not without affecting those who hold her dear. FOR THE QUEENBuy it Here! FIGHT FIRES IN THE RAINFORESTDonate Here! HEARTS OF MAGICBuy it here! BUY MY BOOKS!Pre-Order the New One!Get the old one!...

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321. Hearts of Magic Part 3

The sound of wind rattling bones shares a tender moment with the entropomancer sent by The Order. Unrest in the city grows as the humans in the order and the witches fail to see the joke. CONTENT WARNING: Sex. FIGHT FIRES IN THE RAINFORESTDonate Here! HEARTS OF MAGICBuy it here! BUY MY BOOKS!Pre-Order the New...

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320. Hearts of Magic Part 2

The Order’s inspector visits The Home of House Rapture for a dance. A routine diplomatic obligation initiates a change that will affect the city for decades. Also, that poor idiot made of chalk finally gets some help. CONTENT WARNING: Parts 2 and 3 of this series will have sexual content. FIGHT FIRES IN THE RAINFORESTDonate...

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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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