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.

256. Dream Apart Part 3

Although Rivka gave birth to a healthy child, her voice was stolen away by a dybbuk who has also possessed Zalman. The Shtetl has been torn apart by a schism, the Kazakhs threaten to destroy at least half of what remains. Can a Klezmer, a Matchmaker, and a Midwife save the Rabbi’s daughter and heal...

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255. Dream Apart Part 2

Czarist forces are raiding the Shtetl for every last bit of wealth and comfort. Zalman intends to drive them out even if it means consorting with dark forces. But with mysterious birth complication plaguing the entire region could his meddling make matters much worse? BACK DREAM APART Kickstarter BUY MY BOOK! Amazon Pre-Order Barnes and Noble...

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254. Dream Apart Part 1

Times are hard in the Shetel, the war pulls young men and money from people until they are left with almost nothing, the non-jewish populations are all but openly hostile, and dangers of the hidden world haunt the dark places of their settlement. However, there is still hope. BACK DREAM APART Kickstarter BUY MY BOOK!...

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253. Runaway Hirelings Part 2

With the loss of their cheerful (if very sick) fool, our poor hirelings must still find a way to cut through the colon and make their way out of the suck hole. Will they be successful, or will they all suffer the fool’s grim fate? RUNAWAY HIRELINGS Buy it here! ONE SHOT AT GENCON 2018...

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252. Runaway Hirelings Part 1

A group of unfortunate peasants followed a group of arguably more unfortunate heroes into the bowels of Kropagore the Dragon. The heroes were killed, leaving their peasant hirelings to find a way to escape on their own. RUNAWAY HIRELINGS Buy it here! ONE SHOT AT GENCON 2018 See our events here! A WOMAN WITH HOLLOW...

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251. Star Crossed Part 2

Our alien visitor becomes more comfortable around the therapist assigned to track her stress. The two get a little too close. STAR CROSSED Back it now! A WOMAN WITH HOLLOW EYES Previous Episodes Pre-order Invisible Sun DUNGEON DOME CARD GAME Mailing List TWITCH SCHEDULE Youtube Archive TAKE ACTION Register to Vote Find your Senators Find...

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250. Star Crossed Part 1

An alien scientist studying earth as part of an effort to initiate first contact with humanity. Unfortunately for her she’s not a diplomat, and welcoming a new species into the cosmos is daunting work. Things start to get way out of hand when the humans assign a psychologist to work with her after they notice...

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249. Bonus: Honey Heist: UnBEElieveable Part 2

Can our team of criminal bears outwit John Malkovich in order to claim a cache of sweet honey and the queen of all bees (once exiled, now returned) or will they die in the heart of the hive? EARWORM Back here! STAR CROSSED Back it now! HONEY HEIST Get it here! See more of Grant’s...

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Bonus: Honey Heist: UnBEElieveable Part 1

Four bears set their sights on Honeycon 2018. An event hosted by anthropomorphic sapient bees. STAR CROSSED Back it now! HONEY HEIST Get it here! See more of Grant’s Work A WOMAN WITH HOLLOW EYES Previous Episodes Pre-order Invisible Sun DUNGEON DOME CARD GAME Mailing List TWITCH SCHEDULE Youtube Archive A Woman With Hollow Eyes:...

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248. Honey Heist: The Ballad of Lincoln’s Ghost

Two “bears” go to Honey Con 2017 to make the score of a lifetime, but as they are wont to be the best-laid plains of men and bears are prone to folly. STAR CROSSED Back it soon! HONEY HEIST Get it here! See more of Grant’s Work A WOMAN WITH HOLLOW EYES Previous Episodes Pre-order...

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