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Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 11

December 3, 2023 • Start: 6:00 PM

Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

December 15, 2023 • Doors: 6:30 PM • Start: 7:00 PM

Witches & Wizards Arcade presents Fantasy Film Friday hosted by Detect Nerd. Columbia’s coolest/nerdiest, free, film series features trivia, commentary, raffle prizes and more! Right next to great food from Irene's BBQ and fantastic drinks from Six-Mile Ordinary, so make a whole night of it!

December’s spooky holiday treat is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, a beautifully-animated musical in which the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown attempts to take over Christmas. Featuring the voices of Catherine O’Hara, Paul Reubens, and both the singing and original music of Danny Elfman. 

The Nightmare Before Christmas shows Friday, December 15th at 7:00pm in the interior theater inside Witches & Wizards Arcade, 1214 Eugenia Street — with additional parking on Fay Street. Free admission! Beverages are available. Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller of Columbia’s nerd/gaming group Detect Nerd host the show with trivia, commentary, and raffle prizes. For more info email thearcadedistrict@gmail.com.


Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent

Four mix-matched adventurers traverse the realm of Lawbrand: a gritty, industrialized world where heady religion and ancient magic are in constant contention…  all the while, the Auroboros writhes just beneath the surface, biding its time.

Episode 11

December 3, 2023 • 6:00 PM

Episode 12

December 24, 2023 • 6:00 PM

Episode 13

January 14, 2024 • 6:00 PM

Episode 14

February 4, 2024 • 6:00 PM

Episode 15

February 25, 2024 • 6:00 PM


Detect Nerd is a group of friendly nerds dedicated to encouraging community among other friendly nerds with a general but not exclusive focus on tabletop gaming. Detect Nerd presents live-on-stage gameplay, a streaming adventure campaign, outreach events to encourage new gamers, and social meetups for nerdy people.

We include game players and game managers, plus audiences who enjoy entertaining and improvisatory performance, creative artists and collaborators, and anyone who just wants to feel comfortable being around other nerds.

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May 16, 2023
Detect Nerd on KBIA's "Thinking Out Loud"

A great afternoon chat with "Columbia's Voice of NPR," Darren Hellwege. Topics include: Detect Nerd; nerds; nerd-adjacency; other.


Also check out this segment from earlier in the year with KBIA's Abigail Ruhman:

March 1, 2023
Excellent Detect Nerd profile in the Columbia Tribune

Thank you to Aarik Danielsen for the very thoughtful and accurate profile of Detect Nerd. And check out Dani Mondloch's great photos, too!

"Detect Nerd is casting a benevolent spell on Columbia... Forged around common interests — namely, Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop games — the local collective takes its preoccupations public. Detect Nerd hosts live-streamed campaigns, movie meet-ups and in-person events that, to hear its founders' descriptions, take the form of a real-time trust fall, involving a delightful alchemy of storytelling, improv comedy and community-building."

View the full article at https://www.columbiatribune.com/story/lifestyle/things-to-do/2023/03/17/enter-the-world-of-detect-nerd-a-columbia-gaming-collective/70007989007/

Coming Soon!

Live One-Shot:
Real Housewives of New Year's Eve

January 12, 2024 • Start: 12:00 AM
Cafe Berlin • 220 N 10th St, Columbia, MO 65201

Game Managers Andrea Baka & Anna Furstenau Grey

Live One-Shot:
Tiny Dungeon: The Wild Flurry

February 16, 2024 • Start: 12:00 AM

With Chris Dijak, Isolde Finney, Anna Furstenau Gray, Doug Miller and Game Manager Elizabeth Keach

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