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.

11. Every One Is John Part 1

James and JPC along with newcomers Luke Null and Mike Gospel take on Lovecraft in the indie system which is taking the internet by storm: “Everyone is John.” After reading the Necronomicon can John Tuckerman, an associate professor from Miskatonic University, survive the ravages of madness?

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10. Scooby Doo: Pooch on the Doorstep

James, John, and Kat sit down with special guests Nick Lang and Scout Bratt to play one of James’ Gen Con favorites: Scooby Doo run Call of Cthulhu! Velma, Deaphne, Fred, Shaggy, and of course Scooby Doo face down the terrible shadow over Innsmouth in this mash up game. Let’s hope the gang can sluthe their way out of this one!

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08. Death Race 1990

After defeating the Ninja invasion of Ancient Chinese Pizza, Inspector Jackie, Tommy, and Angela (a.k.a. Action Angel La La) must flee the wrath of the deadly Snake Skin Triad. Expect piston pulsing action as our heroes lead a high speed chase through the streets of New York. Can they evade ninjas on motorcycles and helicopters? Who is leading the Snake Skin Triad’s army of ninja? Can Chris Sims roll anything but critical failures? Find out on ONE SHOT!

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09. The Serpent’s Den

Our heroes have battled their way through triads, ninja, and helicopters but not they find themselves face-to-beryllium steel face with Destro! Where Destro goes the legions of the dreaded Cobra Commander are sure to follow. Can our heroes overcome the most feared terrorist organization on earth!? Find out in the thrilling conclusion to this month’s ONE SHOT!

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07. Ninjas in Refrigerators

Fists are flying for another episode of ONE SHOT! Chris Sims is back, he and the ONE SHOT crew are cleaning up the post-brawl wreckage of Ancient Chinese Pizza. They think the fight is over. What they don’t know is the refrigerator hides a secret, a DEADLY secret. Will our heroes discover it in time!?

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06. Pizza Party Rumble

This episode Chris Sims, John Patrick Coan, and Kat Murphy team up to recreate a 90’s kung-fu action movie. Their characters Inspector Jackie, Angela Chan, and Bobby Euphrates, defend a special little pizza shop in the Bronx called “Ancient Chinese Pizza” from the deadly Snake Skin triad. Kick back and crack open an ice cold Pepsi(TM) and listen to fists fly.

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05. Final Boss

It’s the final installment of the Crazy Partiers’ wacky adventure. Can Remmy, Inwe, Aldove, and Cobb overcome the final boss and save Apple Grove Township? Listen to find out.

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04. Never Split the Party

The Crazy Partiers have finally reached the castle at least thirty miles out of town! But what will they discover there? Danger? Treasure? The magic of true friendship? All three!? Find out on this episode of ONE SHOT.

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03. The One Where EVERYONE Fails Their Perception Check

This week the Crazy Partiers try to camp in front of the the mysterious wizard’s tower. They make plans to keep watch, but a series of failed perception checks finds them at the bottom of a 10’x10′ pit; where they are at the mercy of the Zombie king’s most annoying minion. Will they pull through? Find out on One Shot!

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02. Attack of the Ratmen

Get ready for the adrenaline fueled action of BASIC MATH! This episode The Crazy Partiers enter combat. Will our heroes survive their journey thirty miles out of town? Can you identify what level they are based on the abilities they are using? Will you notice the edits where we removed SEVERAL very long rules discussions? Find out on this week’s One Shot!

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