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.

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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36. Everyone is Joker

This week as part of our month long C2E2 celebration, James invites John Patrick Coen, Chuck Pettitt, and Luke Null to climb in tide the head of the Clown Prince of Crime to bring some mayhem to Gotham City.

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35. X-People

This week begins a month of C2E2 episodes. Every week we will have a new complete series with a comics theme.

Today, we invite Brandon Shockney, Rich Alfonzo, and special guest Matt D Wilson to play Fiasco. We are using a playset written by Sam Kaye and James D’Amato that is available for download right here!

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34. Even More Dungeon World Part 3

This week Alex changes the plot of the entire game with an off handed remark, Collin learns not to make people endure their greatest fears, Maggie has to soothe the heart of a frightened beast with a song, and Jessa gets closer to her god.

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33. Even More Dungeon World 2

This week our party makes a deal with Lucifer the trustworthy after recovering the fabled “Audio Codex.” The gang learns about the customary drinks of the region they wandered into. And Collin has fun turning into various animals.

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32. Even More Dungeon World

In a spiritual sequel to The Crazy Partiers, James leads Alex Manich, Maggie Dempsey, Collin Cunningham, and Jessa Eden-Quinn on another madcap fantasy romp. Apart from Jessa, everyone is new to RPGs and ready to learn!

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