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Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 16

May 26, 2024 • Start: 6:00 PM

Tiny Dungeon:

May 31, 2024 • Doors: 6:30 PM • Start: 7:00 PM

Join Detect Nerd as they continue exploring a familiar but fantastic world of adventurous woodland creatures in Raindrops — a new improv RPG story, and the second in their “Tiny Dungeons” live performances series.

Within an old abandoned farm lies The Haven, a settlement of wild animals coexisting in peace and safety. Our players resume their roles of opossum, raccoon, woodpecker from The Wild Flurry and add a new screech owl friend. Having survived a winter that threatened them with natural and unnatural dangers, our woodland citizens celebrate the arrival of spring, unaware of new mysteries and challenges awaiting them.

Friday, May 31st at a location TBA. Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:30pm. Free admission. With Chris Dijak, Isolde Finney, Anna Furstenau Grey, Elizabeth Keach, game manager Douglas Miller, and featuring live improvised soundtrack from guitarist Austin Jones.

Detect Nerd presents a new kind of acoustic, live tabletop roleplaying adventure experience called Tiny Dungeon. Immerse yourself in an intimate, collective storytelling session with gameplay and improvisation provided by four players and one game master. Plus live original music to accompany the story. Cozy-your-mom’s-basement vibes and environment provided by the yet-to-be confirmed venue. Grab a drink at the next-door bar and have a seat around the table. Take a step into a newly-imagined world with us!

Detect Nerd is a Columbia group that presents live gameplay on stage, studio adventure campaigns on YouTube, social meetups for nerdy people, and outreach events to encourage new gamers and community. For more info check out @DetectNerd on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok — or visit DetectNerd.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 16

May 26, 2024 • 6:00 PM

Episode 17

June 16, 2024 • 6:00 PM

Episode 18

July 7, 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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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/

January 9, 2023
Detect Nerd featured on KBIA

Here's a nice, brief public radio feature on what we do:


Thank you to Abigail Ruhman for the crack reporting!

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