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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.

349. Oh Captain My Captain: Scorpion Sea

The word has been reduced to a vast and empty desert by titanic monsters controlled by The Ruling Party. The only thing that stands against them is a massive mechanical scorpion commanded by an intrepid captain and his crew of resistance fighters. They are searching for an elusive prize that will set them all free....

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348. Oh Captain My Captain: Sub-Versive

The world is ruled by a ruthless empire and a courageous captain leads her fearless crew towards a prize that she believes will be their salvation. HELP OSN HOSTS Help OSN performers During the COVID Crisis OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN Join the Captain My Captain Mailing List BUY OSN BOOKS The Ultimate RPG Gameplay Guide...

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347. Isolated Part 2

In the aftermath of a landslide, under imminent threat from the Chicago Bears’ offensive line, loyalty between close friends, fathers and sons, and magician and  stage secrets are tested. Will they manage to find common ground in time to protect themselves, or will a murderous sports team have their revenge? ISOLATED Check it out on...

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346. Isolated Part 1

An outdoorsman father, his philosopher son, a friend with a criminal present, and a stage magician (all sports guys, by the way) enjoy a weekend retreat to an isolated cabin in the Rocky Mountains. Does this sound like the set up to a horror RPG? Because it’s definitely the set up for a horror RPG....

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345. Descent into Midnight Part 2

The action team of sea creatures with ill-defined senses of self and their teammate who is also a bus tries to unravel the mysterious thing that has destroyed the community of their closest neighbor. How will doing that change them, and can they survive that change? DESCENT INTO MIDNIGHT Back it here! Site Check out...

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344. Descent into Midnight Part 1

Taylor LaBresh joins James and his guests Mel D’Amato, Darcy Ross, and Cory O’Brien to lead them through a session of Descent into Midnight. It’s an atmospheric speculative fiction RPG with wild worldbuilding and sci-fi marine biology. Everyone builds mind-boggling characters and their strange little world. DESCENT INTO MIDNIGHT Back it here! Site Check out...

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343. Minimum Rage Part 3

It’s pageant time but weird haunted sailors are knocking at the door and dragging the Electric Flames into a nautically themed nether realm, which is historically bad for tips. Can the girls rally in time to save the pageant and club? THE QUEENS OF ADVENTURE Site MINIMUM RAGE Buy it here! BUY OSN BOOKS The...

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342. Minimum Rage Part 2

The girls split up to get the club ready for the pageant, replace their salty liquor, and learn more about the mysterious book that Mother sent them. Can they figure everything out quickly enough to get ready for the show, or are things dead in the water? THE QUEENS OF ADVENTURE Site MINIMUM RAGE Buy...

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341. Minimum Rage Part 1

Electric Flames is a downtown institution with some of the best drag in the city. Who cares if it’s technically illegal and partially patronized by monsters from a nether realm? When the girls who run the joint are tasked by Mother to care for a strange old leather bound book just before a huge pageant...

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340. The Try Guys Try D&D Part 4

Hotankles, EdGar, Joshua, and Carol fight for their lives against Mallie/Malissa/Maledict and a mysterious plant monster deep beneath the earth in a thick fog of ruby mist. EdGar has reunited with his family but will their love be enough o overcome the forces of evil? THE TRY GUYS Watch their D&D video featuring James! Watch...

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