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.

55. All thing Truly Wicked PART 2

Scott, Logan, and Billy square off against the fairies in a deadly game and their lives are the prize. Can these ten year old boy fend off the might of the unseely court with only their wits and James’ near encyclopedic knowledge of fairies?

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54. All Things Truly Wicked

Three ten year old friends find the mutilated body of one of their classmates, and to their horror, no one will believe them. They realize, if they want to know that is going on, they will have investigate on their own. As they get deeper into this mystery they discover that they are trapped in a dark fairy tale that probably doesn’t have a happy ending.

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53. One Last Job Part 3

It comes down to a high stakes performance as our team of rag tag magicians plots to steal the unicorn tapestry which is apparently a very important cultural treasure. There will be  explosions, there will be a wedding, someone pulls a Hamlet, someone makes a U2 pun, and it all comes together with some close up magic, the dessert of magics.

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51. One Last Job

This week James D’Amato, Patrick Winegar (Brandon Lightening aka Myserique), Kat Murphy (Trixie LaRoux), John Patrick Coan (Leon Kameilski aka The Chameleon),  and Alex Nichols (Larry “Lefty” LaRoux) get together for ONE LAST JOB.

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50. Police Cops- Brooklyn Alaska Part 2

The Villainous machinations of Tom Frankle get even worse as we discover the President is visiting. Can Brookln’s (Alaska) finest defeat Rick Moranis and his band of Newfie thugs in time!?

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49. Police Cops- Brooklyn Alaska

James asked friend of the show Dan Stauffer, newcomer Brian Moody, and special guest General Ironicus to play Police Cops! is a pulpy action based police procedural game.

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48. Time Watch Part 3

It’s save the universe time as the brave agents of Time Watch discover the dark meaning behind the Seven Wonders of the world. The fate of the current timeline is with them. Can our heroes save the earth? Can Carmen San Diego be trusted? Is Mace Hunter/Skegg going to be a thing!?

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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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