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.

340. The Try Guys Try D&D Part 4

Hotankles, EdGar, Joshua, and Carol fight for their lives against Mallie/Malissa/Maledict and a mysterious plant monster deep beneath the earth in a thick fog of ruby mist. EdGar has reunited with his family but will their love be enough o overcome the forces of evil? THE TRY GUYS Watch their D&D video featuring James! Watch...

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338. The Try Guys Try D&D Part 3

The Try Guys finally make their way into the ruby mist, looking for answers about Mallie, Malissa, and potentially Kitty Keith (an enormous talking magical cat who is somehow responsible for Hotankle’s powers.) They find much more than what they were looking for. THE TRY GUYSWatch their D&D video featuring James!Watch their channel!Listen to The...

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338. The Try Guys Try D&D Part 2

After killing a truly inept Snowdonian Mayor the Guys are forced to defend themselves in a combat that was absolutely unplanned. Afterwards they are left with a difficult choice: attempt to hunt the crimson mist on their own, or talk to anyone other than Kilometers to find out what’s going on. THE TRY GUYSWatch their...

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337. The Try Guys Try D&D Part 1

James takes The Try Guys to Snowdonia, a land of danger and adventure haunted by the terrible crimson mist. It is up to: EdGar, an Ivy League-educated barbarian searching for his lost family (Ned Fulmer) Hotankles, a teifling bard working on a song that will one day save the world (Zach Kornfeld) Joshua, a dragonborn...

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336. Love and Justice Part 2

Bianca concludes their magical girl adventure with Meghan, Ryan, and Victoria. Huge thanks to the donors to our World Builders page! LOVE AND JUSTICEGet it free 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 ACTIONRegister...

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335. Love and Justice Part 1

A group of yo-yo obsessed teens battle to protect life energy and all of human progress! WORLDBUILDERSHelp unlock a Kingkiller AP on the One Shot Network 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 ACTIONRegister to...

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334. Iron Edda Part 3

The battle against the surprise attack reaches its climax. We learn the Jarl is perhaps not super trustworthy and a teen hero cracks under the responsibility o his great power. WORLDBUILDERSSupport the Drive IRON EDDABuy it here! BUY OSN BOOKSThe Ultimate RPG Gameplay GuideThe Ultimate RPG Character Backstory GuideA Dragon Walks Into A Bar HELP...

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333. Iron Edda Part 2

Some people just want to go on a school field trip, but the dwarves want to wipe out humanity, which means Balbadon is going to ruin everything. IRON EDDABuy it 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...

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332. Iron Edda Part 1

James sits down with Tracy, Liz, Mike, and Adira to create characters and a community for Iron Edda. IRON EDDABuy it 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 ACTIONRegister to VoteFind your SenatorsFind your...

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331. Girl Underground Part 3

Fae must confront the Crowan King alongside her friends to stop him from collecting people’s personalities like so man shiny baubles. But what might this act of heroism cost her and her friends? GIRL UNDERGROUNDBuy hereLearn more here BUY OSN BOOKSThe Ultimate RPG Gameplay GuideThe Ultimate RPG Character Backstory GuideA Dragon Walks Into A Bar...

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