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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.

47. Time Watch Part 2

The plot thickens as the team heads to the great wall of china to investigate the remaining wonders of the world before they are lost to history forever! There they come face to face with the dastardly villain behind this plot, but is she friend or foe?

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45. Princesses and Palaces Part 2

The royal hijinks continue as the princesses discover the gates to the lost castle in the kingdom of adventure. What sort of horrors await them inside? Skeltons? Litches? BOYS!?

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44. Princesses and Palaces Part 1

This week James, Kat Murphy, Courtney Crary, and Justine Kruger embrace their inner ten year old girl to play Princesses and Palaces. Created by two parents to introduce role playing to their daughter P&P combines high adventure with girlish fun.

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43. Gangland

This week James invited Alex Manich, Maggie Dempsey, and special guest cartoonist Kevin Budnik over to play Gangland. This game is special to James because he designed it. As you can imagine, being a James D’Amato system, it is gloriously dumb.

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42. Lasers and Feelings Part 2

The Otherworld Theater Company is back! Captain Sheniqua Andromeda, sexy Space Doctor James Ambros III, and Bio-droid companion B.E.N.N.U. 4208 must investigate a quantum tunnel in order to save the galaxy from space zombies.

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41. Lasers and Feelings Part 1

This week James is Joined by members of Chicago’s Otherworld Theater company for some high melodrama space adventure run in the truly delightful, Lasers and Feelings.

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40. Call Of Cthulhu Pulp Heroes Part 2

Batman, Indiana Jones, James Bond, Tom Riddle, and The Doctor chase down the mysterious doctor Faust to recover the necromonicon. Their chase leads them to a conspiracy that could end up threatening the world, space time, and most importantly, AMERICA.

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39. Pulp Cthulhu Part 1

In order to support our boys fighting over seas Wayne Industries has organized a charity auction to raise money for war bonds. The auction will rent antiquities from the Wayne private collection, as well as a few on loan from the nearby Miskatonic University.

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38. Flight of the Robins Part 2

After finding the Flamingo and Black Mask dead at the hands of Deathstroke our heroes still have no idea what happened to Batman. Meanwhile the Joker and Mad Hatter are missing from Arkham, and army of hypnotized teens in red hoods is doing dirty work all over the city, and as if that wasn’t bad enough, someone has actually broken IN to Black Gate. When it rains it pours, and in Gotham it is monsoon season.

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