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.

274. Kids on Bikes Part 2

Mr. Bailey guides the kids through his infamous bottle rocket experiment and finds that there are a few students who need some extra credit. While they prepare to make learning fun on Mad Science everyone experiences something a little bit spooky. THE CALL of CTHULHU MYSTERY PROGRAM Link KIDS ON BIKES Buy it! Site BUY...

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273. Kids on Bikes Part 1

We enter the sleepy midwestern town of Pumpkin Hollow where a group of middle school students and their science teacher are being stalked by a mysterious horror. In this episode, James is joined by guests Patrick Rothfuss, Liz Anderson, Pranks Paul, and Stephen Kropa to play 80’s adventure game Kids on Bikes. James and his...

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272. Fuck! It’s Dracula Part 2

Our team of explorers follow Dracula into the creature’s sanctum, but are they hunting it or playing into its game? FUCK! IT’S DRACULA Play the Game! Levon Jahanian Twitter THE 200 WORD RPG CHALLENGE Site Winners Dear Elizabeth… Sidewalkia! #WinterIntoSpring BUY MY BOOK! Amazon Pre-Order Barnes and Noble Pre-Order TWITCH SCHEDULE Youtube Archive TAKE ACTION Register...

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271. Fuck! It’s Dracula Part 1

3400 AD humanity has spread to the stars. One of the best paying and most dangerous jobs is to explore frontier planets and compile data to asses them for development. Our heroes Killdair, Archibald, Andreas, and Alan the crow find a rare and strange artifact that may be more trouble than it’s worth. FUCK! IT’S...

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270. Dear Elizabeth

Two friends separated by a short but insurmountable difference maintain their friendship by sharing the trials of Regency life by writing one another letters. THE 200 WORD RPG CHALLENGE Site Winners Dear Elizabeth… Sidewalkia! #WinterIntoSpring BUY MY BOOK! Amazon Pre-Order Barnes and Noble Pre-Order TWITCH SCHEDULE Youtube Archive TAKE ACTION Register to Vote Find your Senators...

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269. Scherzando! Part 2

The Sewer People fight for their lives against the Rat King and his army of bike messengers to restore the sexual compatibility of Chicago’s romance blighted population. SCHERZANDO! Site Twitter BUY MY BOOK! Amazon Pre-Order Barnes and Noble Pre-Order TWITCH SCHEDULE Youtube Archive TAKE ACTION Register to Vote Find your Senators Find your Congressmen Make 5...

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268. Scherzando! Part 1

When the city of Chicago is hit with a romance famine, it’s up to a gang of sewer-dwelling heroes to get to the bottom of the mystery. SCHERZANDO! Site Twitter BUY MY BOOK! Amazon Pre-Order Barnes and Noble Pre-Order TWITCH SCHEDULE Youtube Archive TAKE ACTION Register to Vote Find your Senators Find your Congressmen Make 5...

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267. Domina Magica Part 2

A normal day at school turns into a nightmare as the forces of darkness reveal themselves during gym. Will the girls be able to fend off the darkness? Or will their secrets tear them apart? DOMINA MAGICA Back it now! BUY MY BOOK! Amazon Pre-Order Barnes and Noble Pre-Order TWITCH SCHEDULE Youtube Archive TAKE ACTION Register...

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BONUS: One Shot Network GenCon Panel 2018

We’re felebrating five years of One Shot! James talks to Jim McClure, Meghan Dornbrock, Daniel Kwan, Amelia Antrim, Steve Discont, Jef Aldrich, Jon Taylor, Aly Grauer, Drew Mierzejewski, about their year on the network! We also cover the future of One Shot, Campaign, The Dungeon Dome, and changes to the Network’s Patreon.

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266. Domina Magica Part 1

The good girls team up with the bad girls to dream up a project for the school summer festival that will stand out from the ocean of maid cafes. But will a mysterious new investor in the school and an equally mysterious transfer student change their priorities? DOMINA MAGICA Back it now! BUY MY BOOK!...

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