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.

Colonials

To celebrate the pilgrims who first settled the United States we decided to ask ourselves a question: What caused the terraforming colony in “Aliens” to get completely overrun? At ONE SHOT we believe that it was probably some folks with misplaced ambition and poor impulse control. This week, James along with Pat O’Rourke, Derek Ford, and Adam Dodds play a game of “Fiasco” with an original playset to explore that question.

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14. Horror on Mt. Holycross

James D’Amato, Alex Manich, James Hepplewhite, Dan Stauffer, and special guest Cliff D’Amato sit down to play a game of Dread, the Jenga based horror RPG. What happens when a Colorado camping trip takes a turn for the deadly? Find out on ONE SHOT!

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13. This is the way the world ends: Not with a bang but with John

John gets a new look. Then he gets some new friends to help him out with a little project he has been working on. Finally John has some words with himself and gets to do something he has been wanting to do for a long time.

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12. Everyone is John Part 2

This week we join John Patrick Coan, Luke Null,and John Gospel as they guide John through a hostage crisis. John reads more from the Necronomicon and summons a new friend, he also has a chat with the Chief of Police and the Dean of Miskatonic. It is a finger-melting good time!

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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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