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.

362. Kingkiller One Shot Part 3

During a night of revelry with the sailors on The Widow’s Son our group of students steal some time to have much-needed heart to hearts. The students then take some time to attempt to make repairs. We also take some time to discover if Chet can swim. SUPPORT ASIANS REPRESENT! Vote for Asians Represent in...

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361. Kingkiller One Shot Part 2

Amara, Garlic, Volli, and Chett decide that it might be best to spend this semester cooling their heels downriver. Unfortunately, they make this decision lat in the day and by the time they have packed, there is only one boat willing to start a trip at this time of day. They try to get aboard...

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360. Kingkiller One Shot Part 1

Four students in The University’s Arcanum get unlucky draws for their tuition interviews with the masters and have to reckon with the possibility of taking a semester off. The well-intentioned Volli (Patrick Rothfuss), the bookish and distractable Garlich (Bee Zelda), the prideful and stylish Amara (Satine Phoenix), the irrepressibly rebellious Chett (Liz Anderson), and the...

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359. Lycantree

James and Mel create a beautiful and loving family for their werewolf alter egos: Wayne and Garth. Learn about their parents, kids, and the invention of tear-away pants. BLACK LIVES MATTER Find And Donate to a Local Bail Fund Support Black Lives Matter BUY OSN BOOKS Pre-Order The Ultimate Micro-RPG Book! The Ultimate RPG Gameplay...

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Feed Drop: Dungeons & Da Asians: Episode 1

James is taking the week off, so here is the first episode of Dungeons & Da Asians from the Asians Represent team! Welcome to the Emerald Realms, a land on the brink of total war. Empress Zhouxia the Supreme sends untested political agent La Ning alongside Sky Soldier Dong Feng and Martial Artist W’Leed to...

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358. Visigoths VS Mall Goths Part 4

Our goths and Visigoths have a big confrontation for the fate of the mall and the upcoming dance! BLACK LIVES MATTER Find And Donate to a Local Bail Fund Support Black Lives Matter VISIGOTHS VS MALL GOTHS Buy it here! Get a Physical Copy of Visigoths vs Mall Goths HELP OSN HOSTS Help OSN performers...

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357. Visigoths VS Mall Goths Part 3

Chaos in the Mall continues as the Mall Goths try to find their way into a Visigoth lingerie store. Meanwhile the Visigoths browse for movies. VISIGOTHS VS MALL GOTHS Buy it here! Get a Physical Copy of Visigoths vs Mall Goths HELP OSN HOSTS Help OSN performers During the COVID Crisis BUY OSN BOOKS Pre-Order...

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356. Visigoths VS Mall Goths Part 2

We join two groups of teens at the mall for a normal day of kidnapping and conquest. The mall goths discover that a rogue group of Visigoths have kidnapped their friend Raven in an attempt to fully annex the first floor. Meanwhile, two Visigoths contemplate their plans for the dance that will be help at...

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355. Visigoths VS Mall Goths Part 1

James is joined by Lucian Kahn to show off his game Visigoths VS Mall Goths with Bianca Zelda, Stephen Kropa, Alan Linic, and Adira Slattery. They spend this week establishing characters and their connections. VISIGOTHS VS MALL GOTHS Buy it here! HELP OSN HOSTS Help OSN performers During the COVID Crisis BUY OSN BOOKS Pre-Order...

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354. Casket Land Part 5

Our heroes refuse to join the Sage Hen in her flock which leaves only bloodshed to settle ownership of The Homestead. Without enough water to make the trip home they have no choice but to enlist every ounce of their bright blood to take what they came looking for. Grave dirt is coming for someone,...

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