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.

23. Star Wars 3.5 Part 2

This week our heroes continue to flee the empire… in the worst way possible. To get off Tattoine they must match wits with the most dangerous bounty hunters in the galaxy. They must also ask a favor of the most feared gangster in the outer rim. Tune in to the second part of our series to see what happens!

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22. Star Wars 3.5 Part 1

This week regulars Kat Murphy and John Patrick Coen are joined by special guests Johnny O’Mara from Dilettante Ball, and Matt Kubinski from Cinema Jaw to take you to a galaxy far far away…

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21. All Outta Bubblegum Part 2

This week concludes our airport adventures! David Giarratana experiences multiple physical metamorphoses while Faith and Lynette battle for control of a rabid group of devoted followers.

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20. All Outta Bubblegum Part 1

From the brilliant folks who brought you “Every One is John” comes an equally batshit system: All Outta Bublegum. In this game Faith D’Amato, Lynette Roten, and David Giratanna step up to the table to do two things: Kick ass And chew bubblegum When they might miss their flights at Denver International Airport, and the...

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18. 8 Nights of Murder! The Deadlands Noir Hanukkah Special Part 4

After discovering that mob was not a factor in Humphrey Hall’s disappearance Mack and Candy are forced to go to the one place they swore they would never go…

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17. 8 Nights of Murder! The Deadlands Noir Hanukkah Special Part 3

This week Dr. Emile Candy (Sam Kaye) and Felix “Mack” Macbre (James D’Amato) get into some how water with Capone’s outfit as they tear the windy city apart looking for Humphrey Hall, wealthy greetings card magnate. Meanwhile the bodies start piling up as the Hanukkah killer claims more victims. Can the boys find the killer and...

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16. 8 Nights of Murder! The Deadlands Noir Hanukkah Special Part 2

The mystery continues to unravel as a deranged killer turns the festival of light into a festival of death! Dr. Emile Candy (Samuel Kaye) and Felix “Mack” Macabre (James D’Amato) are investigating the disappearance of a wealthy greeting card manufacturer named Hall. This week Mack and Candy match wits with the mob while looking for clues.

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15. 8 Nights of Murder! The Deadlands Noir Hanukkah Special Part 1

James and Kat are joined by special guest, rabbinical student Sam Kaye to take on mystery and murder. If you are a fan of Deadlands, you are going to love the updates they made in Deadlands Noir. This is the perfect opportunity to see how the system plays.

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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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