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.

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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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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