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.

63. Feng Shui 2 Part 3

After finally reaching the Cobra Commander our heroes face down the return of three conspicuous dressed ninjas. Then it’s time to send this adventure rocketing full throttle into the future. In the world of Feng Shui the future is Bananas and it takes all of Inspector Jackie’s willpower to stop himself from going ape.

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62. Feng Shui 2 Part 2

Our heroes begin to ascend the tower, however this journey brings them perilously close to the venomous jaws of the cobra! Can our heroes outwit the conniving commandos?

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61. Feng Shui 2 Part 1

Two years after busting up the Cobra run drug gang in New York, Inspector Jackie (Chris Sims) is visited by his brother Ray, his niece Angela (Kat Murphy), and notable street tough Tommy Euphrates (John Patrick Coan.) A lot has changed for our heroes in two years, but somethings never change as a policeman’s ball turns into a deadly hostage crisis. The shadow of doom looms over our rag tag team as they face down an old enemy. Can they prevail? Listen in and find out!

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60. Protocol

This week Brandon Shockney returns and brings Jonathon Pernisek from  the “How Rude!” Full House podcast to play a game of Protocol with James.

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59. Crazy Anniversary Partiers 4

With hearts of steel and skin of stone the Crazy Partiers descend into the wicked depths of the Underdark where an ancient evil awaits their arrival. What will they find in the inky cavers so far from the warm embrace of the sun? The final boss? Monsters that are not appropriately scaled to 5e? Exactly what Kat predicated? Love?

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58. Crazy Anniversary Partiers 3

This week the party charges into unknown situations head first and one of them pays for it with his life! There will be rope bridges! There will be discussion of rock formations! There will be creatures lurking in the darkness! Be sure to listen to this cliffhanger-tastic episode of ONE SHOT!

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Gencon Special

James and Kat are joined by their good friend Sam Kaye to play Dungeon World with David Ewalt, editor at Forbes Magazine and Author of “Of Dice and Men.”

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57. Crazy Anniversary Partiers 2

The partiers meet an old acquaintance after a battle reveals a terrifying truth about their opponent. Also Cob gets WAY weirder.

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56. Crazy Anniversary Partiers

Prepare to get totally Cray Cray! ONE SHOT has been on the air for a whole year and to celebrate we are bringing back your favorite band of dysfunctional adventurers, The Crazy Partiers. A lot has happened since the first year. Inwe went back to school. Remy drank his way into retirement. Aldove left the church and got engaged. Cob… Cob got arrested for bathing with a pony. Darkness is on the rise and it will take our bad of heroes getting back together to save the day!

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