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.

373. Elfinfolk Part 1

James gets the power team of Mike Migdall, Stephen Kropa, Casey Toney, and Arne Parrott to cram their huge personalities into extremely tiny characters with Elfinfolk! After the family that once lived in and supported their home has left with no replacement, the clans of the Elfinfolk must make the difficult decision that they too...

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372. Sleepaway Part 4

As the lindworm’s predations become increasingly more intense readying for a devastating strike, our campers must confront it and the truth. SKYJACKS SOUNDTRACK KICKSTARTER Back the Skyjacks Album Kickstarter Learn about the Call of the Sky fan lyrics contest Submit verses to: Calloftheskylyrics@gmail.com JAY DRAGON Wanderhome Kickstarter Sleepaway Twitter LARP CAMP The Wayfinder Experience BUY...

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371. Sleepaway Part 3

Soph and Mike look for the girl who lured Mike to the lake. The water is cold and dark, the mist rolls in, and the lindworm readies its teeth to strike. SKYJACKS SOUNDTRACK KICKSTARTER Sign up to be notified when it launches! JAY DRAGON Wanderhome Kickstarter Sleepaway Twitter LARP CAMP The Wayfinder Experience BUY OSN...

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370. Sleepaway Part 2

Campers and the young counselors sit under the dark moonless sky and try to ignore a terrible truth: it’s happening again. SKYJACKS SOUNDTRACK KICKSTARTER Sign up to be notified when it launches! JAY DRAGON Wanderhome Kickstarter Sleepaway Twitter LARP CAMP The Wayfinder Experience BUY OSN BOOKS Pre-Order The Ultimate Micro-RPG Book! The Ultimate RPG Gameplay...

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369. Sleepaway Part 1

James leads Molly Ostertag, Noelle Stevenson, Brennan Lee Milligan, Lola Binkerd, and Ben Joseph in character creation for Sleepaway. Together they make a bunch of extremely emotional teens who will have to face the terrifying Lindworm. JAY DRAGON Wanderhome Kickstarter Sleepaway Twitter LARP CAMP The Wayfinder Experience BUY OSN BOOKS Pre-Order The Ultimate Micro-RPG Book!...

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367. Kingkiller One Shot Part 9

Our heroes return to the Samista Manor to contend with the ghost that is rumored to haunt Oak Marrow Creek. They discover something they absolutely did not expect to find. ARNE PARROTT’S MUSIC Listen to Ms. Darvan’s Scutton PATRICK ROTHFUSS Kingkiller Chronicle World Builders SATINE PHOENIX Gilding Light LIZ ANDERSON Skyjacks Paired BEE ZELDA The...

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366. Kingkiller One Shot Part 8

Mayor Frederico Garbozi watches the dinner he planned to win over the visiting nobility do everything but go up in flames. Despite that, his guests seem to be enjoying themselves quite a bit. WANDERHOME Wanderhome Kickstarter PATRICK ROTHFUSS Kingkiller Chronicle World Builders SATINE PHOENIX Gilding Light LIZ ANDERSON Skyjacks Paired BEE ZELDA The Broadswords BUY...

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366. Kingkiller One Shot Part 7

Dinner takes a turn for the worse as Volli discovers that Mayor Garbozi hasn’t been forthright about his staff. Despite the mayor’s warnings, the others work to investigate the possibility of contacting ghosts haunting Oak Marrow Creek. WANDERHOME Wanderhome Kickstarter PATRICK ROTHFUSS Kingkiller Chronicle World Builders SATINE PHOENIX Gilding Light LIZ ANDERSON Skyjacks Paired BEE...

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365. Kingkiller One Shot Part 6

Everyone takes some time to settle into their rooms and absorbs some of the eccentric stylings of the Samista Estate. They are soon visited by the mayor who is less than enthusiastic about their plans for recreation. PATRICK ROTHFUSS Kingkiller Chronicle World Builders SATINE PHOENIX Gilding Light LIZ ANDERSON Skyjacks Paired BEE ZELDA The Broadswords...

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364. Kingkiller One Shot Part 5

Our dear university students finally make their way into Oakmarrow Creek and find that it is not quite the splendid vacation spot they were hoping for. Furthermore, the Manor owned by Lady Samista is pretty spooky. PATRICK ROTHFUSS Kingkiller Chronicle World Builders SATINE PHOENIX Gilding Light LIZ ANDERSON Skyjacks Paired BEE ZELDA The Broadswords BUY...

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