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.

380. Hammer of the Earth Part 1

James sits down with Johnathan Sims, Sasha Sienna, Ben Meradith, and Anil Godigamuwe to design a train carrying the last hopes of humanity and civilization. Predictably, that train in a world of trouble and fraught with political in-fighting. THE ULTIMATE MICRO RPG BOOK Pre-Order Now! MacGUFFIN & CO Site Twitter THE RUSTY QUILL Site Stellar...

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379. InSp3tres Part 3

The Snatchers face down the ghostly projections of former business competitors as they try to understand how there could be any hauntings left in the industrialized phantasm poaching world. If they don’t discover the answer soon they might need snatching themselves! … because they will be dead and ghosts. does that make sense? THE ULTIMATE...

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378. InSp3tres Part 2

The Spirit snatchers make their way from Venezuela to Florida and contemplate what could possibly evade their top ten radio hit-based ghost deterrents and evade other hunting organizations. Well, no. Some groups might do that. The Spirit Snatchers carefully gave this absolutely no thought whatsoever. THE ULTIMATE MICRO RPG BOOK Pre-Order The Ultimate Micro-RPG Book!...

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377. InSp3tres Part 1

Felix “Flex” Cockhammer, Dylan Crackbacker, and Mark “The Summer Soldier” Summers return with their new friend Spaceman Hotep IV to face the first house call that they’ve had in a very long time. THE ULTIMATE MICRO RPG BOOK Pre-Order The Ultimate Micro-RPG Book! BUY OSN BOOKS The Ultimate RPG Gameplay Guide The Ultimate RPG Character...

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376. Breakroom

The employees of have an opportunity to go home early, but only one of them cand do it and their manager isn’t going to make the decision for them. It’s been a long day and everyone has their reason. They need to rant, gush, dish, and throw down to make their case to get...

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375. Elfinfolk Part 3

The elfinfolk battle desperately against the nocturnal terror which for years stalked their community and finally unleashed it’s hellish fury once the Cooper-Millers were no longer allowed to protect them: Mapache. Will they be able to escape and build a new life in Florida? IGDN 2020 SCHOLARSHIP Support here! SKYJACKS SOUNDTRACK KICKSTARTER Back the Skyjacks...

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374. Elfinfolk Part 2

The Elfinfolk celebrate the basement people moving on to a new home as their house has been unoccupied by humans for about a year now. During this celebration, they are each forced to think of what they want out of life now that its clear no one new is coming. IGDN 2020 SCHOLARSHIP Support here!...

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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: 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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