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.

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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363. Kingkiller One Shot Part 4

Volli scrambles to mitigate the damage he accidentally did to the engine of The Widow’s Son while his friends search for a way to fix everything so they can finally arrive at Oakmarrow Creek. PATRICK ROTHFUSS Kingkiller Chronicle World Builders SATINE PHOENIX Gilding Light LIZ ANDERSON Skyjacks Paired BEE ZELDA The Broadswords BUY OSN BOOKS...

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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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