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.

313. ANTological Theory

Ants tackle the big questions like: The caste system, the nature of food, the origin of life, Riptide, and the trolley problem. ANTOLOGICAL THEORY Get the game! BUY MY BOOKS!Pre-Order the New One!Get the old one! HELP OUR PEOPLEDonate to CaseyDonate to DrewDonate to Jef TAKE ACTIONRegister to VoteFind your SenatorsFind your CongressmenMake 5 CallsTrans...

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312. Red Carnations on a Black Grave Part 3

We begin the bloody week where at least half of our communards will perish. I wish there was more to say about what is going to happen but things don’t always work out. RED CARNATIONS ON A BLACK GRAVEBack the Kickstarter! BUY MY BOOKS!Pre-Order the New One!Get the old one! CRYPTID KEEPER and CAMPAIGN LIVE!Chicago:...

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311. Red Carnations on a Black Grave Part 2

The early days of the commune were so full of hope and excitement. As The Bloody Week draws near that optimism starts to wane and that strains the relationships of the citizens of Paris. RED CARNATIONS ON A BLACK GRAVEBack the Kickstarter! BUY MY BOOKS!Pre-Order the New One!Get the old one! CRYPTID KEEPER and CAMPAIGN...

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310. Red Carnations on a Black Grave Part 1

Catherine Ramen leads James, Stephen, Agatha, and Adira through character creation. Clearly, nothing bad will ever happen to these people. BUY MY BOOKS!Pre-Order the New One!Get the old one! CRYPTID KEEPER and CAMPAIGN LIVE!Chicago: Stage 773 | 7/6 5:00Get Tickets HELP OUR PEOPLEDonate to CaseyDonate to DrewDonate to Jef TAKE ACTIONRegister to VoteFind your SenatorsFind your...

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309. Dark Sentencer

A corrupt politician, a robotic cult leader, and a mob snitch who is literally a pile of rats are trapped on a prison planet run by giant spiders. Can they escape before the get gooshed? DARK SENTENCERBuy it Here! CRYPTID KEEPER and CAMPAIGN LIVE!Chicago: Stage 773 7/6 5:00Get Tickets The Dungeon Dome Presents: DUNGEONS &...

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The Overshare 128: Reunion

Alex and James sit down with JPC and MJ Lyons and discover exactly how rusty James can be at improv. Cryptid Keeper and Campaign Live!Get Tickets The Dungeon Dome Presents: Dungeons and Dollars6/14 7:00 PM CT

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308. Hearts of Wulin Part 3

The tournament has come! Has Gentle Wu lost himself to the Hungering blade? Will Yishan manage to clean the books in time? How will Puja deal with knowing the truth of Wu’s feelings? HEARTS OF WULINKickstarter HELP OUR PEOPLEDonate to CaseyDonate to DrewDonate to Jef BUY MY BOOK!Amazon Pre-OrderBarnes and Noble Pre-Order TWITCH SCHEDULETwitch PageYoutube Archive...

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308. Hearts of Wulin Part 2

Gentle Wu is in bad shape, Yishan has a mystery over bad books to unravel, and Puja tries to keep the world from falling apart. HEARTS OF WULINKickstarter HELP OUR PEOPLEDonate to CaseyDonate to DrewDonate to Jef BUY MY BOOK!Amazon Pre-OrderBarnes and Noble Pre-Order TWITCH SCHEDULETwitch PageYoutube Archive TAKE ACTIONRegister to VoteFind your SenatorsFind your CongressmenMake...

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307. Hearts of Wulin Part 1

Skilled fighters from all over are preparing for the Wulin tournament to decide who will lead the Wulin world. This predictably leads to some problems. HEARTS OF WULINKickstarter (going live tomorrow) HELP OUR PEOPLEDonate to CaseyDonate to DrewDonate to Jef BUY MY BOOK!Amazon Pre-OrderBarnes and Noble Pre-Order TWITCH SCHEDULETwitch PageYoutube Archive TAKE ACTIONRegister to VoteFind your...

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306. One Child’s Heart Part 2

Helping becomes more difficult as the program’s protocols demand participant’s don’t contact each other after the experiment ends. Will they be tempted to bend the rules for the sake of a child? Will the therapy work? ONE CHILD’S HEARTBack it here! HELP OUR PEOPLEDonate to CaseyDonate to DrewDonate to Jef BUY MY BOOK!Amazon Pre-OrderBarnes and Noble...

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