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.

431. Babes in the Woods Part 3

Freja rushes ahead of the group and heads into the woods. Like her brother before her, she is separated from the group to be confronted by the fiend. With help from a new friend, she manages to escape and get back to the group. Just in time for a birthday party… FOR EVERYONE. CONTENT NOTE...

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430. Babes in the Woods Part 2

After Bjorn has a bad time in the woods, the group emerges into a strange outdoor bizarre that is actually kind of like T*rget. If they sold life events, personality traits, and physical/mental characteristics. Exactly the sort of shopping trip every growing child and hotdog-seeking trash animal needs! CONTENT NOTE Cannibalism, mention of neuroatypical statuses...

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429. Babes in the Woods Part 1

Bjorn and Freya are two children dressed for Halloween who find themselves lost in a strange and seemingly endless wood. After coming upon a clearing that seems to be full of mountains of trash. It’s hard to imagine they’ll find anything useful or friendly here, but the woods have a way of surprising people. BABES...

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428. Wanderhome Part 3

The kids get up to some rambunctious hijinks and maybe steal some candy. Tinsel works to find the recipient of the letter she has addressed to a forgotten hero of the rebellion. Nisha once again helps Lawrence contemplate a future he may never be able to fully brace to prepare for. Also, a hog may...

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427. Wanderhome Part 2

Mooch and Nisha spend some time talking to a flower while the rest of the party make their way to The Watering Hole- a tavern at the bottom of a sinkhole manufactured by beavers in the center of a lake. WANDERHOME Buy it here! Possum Creek Games Sleepaway IRON EDDA REFORGED PODCAST Kickstarter Preview Feed...

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426. Wanderhome Part 1

James is lead by Adira Slattery alongside Brennan Lee Mulligan, Charu Patel, and Morgan Nuncio in creating characters and a location in Wanderhome! Discover several Wanderhome playbooks and meet Mooch, Tinsel, Nisha, Lawrence, and Rose before their trip to The Watering Hole. WANDERHOME Buy it here! Possum Creek Games Sleepaway THE IGDN DIVERSITY SPONSORSHIP Support...

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425. The Price of Coal Part 4

Things go from bad to worse. In the middle of a harsh winter and influenza season with the miners struggling to organize management hires Pinkertons. In the face of such harsh conditions, the miners turn from thoughts of unity to plans for revenge. CONTENT WARNING Extreme tragedy, violence, abuse by employers, disease implied sexual harassment,...

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424. The Price of Coal Part 3

Workers in an Ohio coal mine strike to protest their conditions. This excites the West Virginia workers who are hungry for a movement. However, the companies are attempting to pull scabs amongst the West Virginia miners with promises of extra work and money. It is a critical moment and they need to band together and...

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423. The Price of Coal Part 2

The miners and their families struggle as management tightens their grip on the community, raising prices in the company store. John Bailey tries to win the hearts of new hires as Lester Baird insists they become accustomed to the grim reality. CONTENT WARNING Extreme tragedy, violence, abuse by employers, disease implied sexual harassment, implied racial...

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422. The Price of Coal Part 1

Jennifer Adcock leads James, Beaz, Paulomi Pratap, and Alex Flanigan through character creation for The Price of Coal. They create the residents of a small Appalachian mining town who have some extremely tangled lives and desperately need better treatment at work. CONTENT WARNING Extreme tragedy, violence, abuse by employers, disease implied sexual harassment, implied racial...

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