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One Shot

One Shot is a podcast about role playing games. Every month, host and Game Master James D'Amato leads a group of players on a self-contained adventure. Every adventure will be wrapped up in 4-5 episodes in time for a new story, in a new system, with new players the following month. One Shot will explore ever RP system possible to give listeners a sampling of the possibilities in the wide wild of role playing.

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99. Actual Cannibal Shia Labeouf

Three hapless improvisers are cast in the latest Transformers film. They soon discover what they thought was going to be their big break is a nightmare they might never escape.

2hr 10mins

8 Jun 2015

Rank #1

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257. Paranoia Part 1

Newly dubbed Reds Krl and Glave hazily come out of a drug-induced haze to start their first day as troubleshooters. They've been tasked to fix some malfunctioning toilets. Hopefully, this shouldn't be too much of a problem thanks to Tacoma their Orange supervisor. Help Jordan Support the Dungeon Dome Card Game

1hr 5mins

11 Jun 2018

Rank #2

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273. Kids on Bikes Part 1

We enter the sleepy midwestern town of Pumpkin Hollow where a group of middle school students and their science teacher are being stalked by a mysterious horror. In this episode, James is joined by guests Patrick Rothfuss, Liz Anderson, Pranks Paul, and Stephen Kropa to play 80's adventure game Kids on Bikes. James and his players start out by creating the eerie midwestern town of Pumpkin Hollow! Home of the World's Largest Something and the latest which trial in the US.

1hr 19mins

1 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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182. MASKS Part 1

A scrappy new team of teen supers Fetch (Molly Ostertag,) Snowflake (Noelle Stevenson,) (Lola Binkerd,) and The Bandicoot (Ben Joseph) are still finding their feet in the superpowered metropolis: Halcyon City. In a world of civilians who are inconvenienced by them, villains who want to fight them, and older heroes who want to tell them what to do, it's hard for a teen hero to find their place. Luckily, they have each other. Hopefully that will be enough.

1hr 7mins

9 Jan 2017

Rank #4

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221. Everyone Is Remastered Part 1

We remastered our first Everyone is John series to celebrate friend of the show Luke Null getting cast on Saturday Night Live!

2hr 15mins

9 Oct 2017

Rank #5

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109. Numenera Part 1

An odd band of travelers are on a journey to investigate the mysteries of the Ninth World. They find themselves just past the mountains that separate The Steadfast from the largely uncivilized western part of the Numenera super-continent. Now on the wandering walk our heroes must attempt to understand the wonders they behold.​

1hr 7mins

17 Aug 2015

Rank #6

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217. The Tearable RPG

Three elite FBI agents are deployed to "Evil Island" to participate in a Kung Fu Tournament run by the mysterious Art Vandelay. This mission is unclear, their powers are vaguely defined and their enemies are cartoonish parodies of people. This gets out of hand in the best ways possible.

1hr 38mins

11 Sep 2017

Rank #7

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92. Legend of Five Rings Rings Part 1

In the wake of the great war Rokugon is enjoying a fragile peace between the clans. It may be short lived as strife is building on the border of the Crab and Spider. Their lands are separated by a great river which has just shifted its path. Now the Spiders claim their territory has grown and the Crab insist the land belongs to them regardless of the river's whim. The Empress has sent a representative from the dragon clan to act as a mediator and resolve the issue without bloodshed.

1hr 18mins

20 Apr 2015

Rank #8

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316. Coffee Detective Part 1

Welcome to the gator infested town of Berlin Jr: The Chicago of Florida. Normally known for its gator rallies, meat sauces, and clock'o'bell. Unfortunately, now it may be known for another thing: MURDER. Coffee Detective Pre-order my new book! OSN Events at Gencon 2019

1hr 5mins

29 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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146. Tenra Bansho Zero Part 1

An injured Oni is rescued by a wandering monk after her village was destroyed by the mainland army. She has in her possession evidence that the attacks on Oni villages by the mainland government are not to protect citizens from "monsters" as they claim. Can she reach the next Oni village in time warn her kinsman?

1hr 10mins

2 May 2016

Rank #10

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203. Cthulhu Dark

In 1999 Chicago is home to many eclectic shops and locations. Businesses that are so specific, or poorly run, that only the hippest of the hip can stand dealing with them. "The Chumb Buffet CDs, Tapes" is one such business, run by hapless underachievers, and patronised by misfits. This unassuming store is about to confront incomprehensible horror.

1hr 4mins

5 Jun 2017

Rank #11

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292. Pasión de las Pasiones Part 1

We set up the ultimate telenovela! Masked wrestlers, evil twins, math ladies incognito! Everything you could possibly want really.


28 Jan 2019

Rank #12

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83. Monsterhearts

Last year sleepy town in Rode Island was shaken to its core when a mysterious sexy stranger moved to town, Not that town is in the grip of a mummy's sexual curse. After a year of betrayal, dark magic, and FCC safe sex can our heroes live normal lives? What does normal even mean anymore!?

2hr 10mins

15 Feb 2015

Rank #13

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173. City of Mist Part 1

This week we head to a city where everyone has a story to tell. Some of those stories are stronger than others, the roll through the concrete towers searching for a host to be told and told again. Somewhere in dimly lit and dusty office Decklan La Strange is about to have one of these stories find him.


7 Nov 2016

Rank #14

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326. Hex Ed Part 1

Eloree is a normal student at a liberal and esoteric arts college, and she has a potions paper to write at the end of her first term. Unfortunately, she hates potions and all of the necessary reference material is checked out at the library which means she'll have to get creative...Get James' new book!Review The Ultimate RPG Gameplay Guide

1hr 2mins

7 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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70. Inspectres Part 1

Have you seen something you... can't explain? Did you witness something... beyond explanation? Did something you beheld... defy explanation? You need to call Mark Summers (Alex Manich), Dillon Crackbacker (James Dugan), and Felix "Flex" Cockhammer (JPC)- the Spirit Snatchers!

1hr 3mins

17 Nov 2014

Rank #16

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66. Dracula Dossier Part 1

This week James is joined by game designer, horror writer, and guest GM Kenneth Hite to preview the up coming Dracula Dossier by Pelgrane Press. To help out James got his old game master Zach Weber, fellow podcaster General Ironicus, and game designer Nathan Poletta.

1hr 58mins

15 Oct 2014

Rank #17

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248. Honey Heist: The Ballad of Lincoln's Ghost

Two "bears" go to Honey Con 2017 to make the score of a lifetime, but as they are wont to be the best-laid plains of men and bears are prone to folly.

1hr 48mins

9 Apr 2018

Rank #18

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100. Sailor Moon

IT's the 100th episode of ONE SHOT! To celebrate Kat and James are joined by their friends Chris Sims and Jordan D. White from the Sailor Business podcast to play the 1999 officially licensed Sailor Moon RPG. Usagi Tsukino and her friends must protect the world from the dark forces of the Negaverse. However, the also have all the responsibilities of regular school students. When a huge district wide assembly is called all of the scouts must attend. Even though it appears something strange is going on.


15 Jun 2015

Rank #19

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243. Capers Part 1

A normal night for a small speakeasy in northern Chicago turns disastrous after a detective informs them that he will need them to accommodate a large party of policemen the next night or face getting shut down. It's a race to find a way to double their supply! Thankfully they have superhuman abilities on their side.

1hr 6mins

5 Mar 2018

Rank #20