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Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 16

June 23, 2024 • Start: 6:00 PM

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Trivia Night:
Music Trivia Night

June 23, 2024 • Start: 5:00 PM
Six-Mile Ordinary Distillery • 700 Fay St, Columbia, MO 65201

June 30, 2024 • Start: 5:00 PM
Six-Mile Ordinary Distillery • 700 Fay St, Columbia, MO 65201

 

Six-Mile Ordinary and Detect Nerd presents another murder mystery event! It is 1953 in New Mexico. Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory is having a “beach” party celebrating corporate America with its employees and their family members — that’s you! The bash will take place at our employee clubhouse on campus. Light up the atomic grill and jiggle that jello, let’s have a ball!
Test out your investigative and roleplaying abilities at this one-of-a-kind event. Character assignments will be given out when you arrive. Grilled picnic foods, along with sides, are included.
----> Tickets are $50 and spots are limited! There are only 40 tickets available. Costumes are strongly encouraged!
*Pay a $25 deposit now - pay the rest when you get to the event!*

 

Trivia Night:
Sports Trivia Night

July 21, 2024 • Start: 5:00 PM
Six-Mile Ordinary Distillery • 700 Fay St, Columbia, MO 65201

Tiny Dungeon:
Wild Flurry III

August 23, 2024 • Start: 7:00 PM

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

June 23, 2024 • 6:00 PM

Recent Events

Tiny Dungeon:
Raindrops

May 31, 2024

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 Distant Planet Comics & Collectibles (711 N College Ave Suite 105). 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. Food & drinks next door at Irene's.

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. 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:
Episode 15

May 5, 2024
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Trivia Night:
Sci-Fri Trivia

May 4, 2024

 

Three rounds of trivia with prizes! Hosted by Detect Nerd. First round at 5pm, Second round at 6pm, and the third round at 7pm Up to five people per team. Make sure to arrive early to ensure your teams spot.
Food provided by Zydeco’s Cajun Kitchen Food Truck

Trivia Night:
Nature and Wildlife Trivia

April 21, 2024  • Six-Mile Ordinary Distillery

 

Three rounds of trivia with prizes! Hosted by Detect Nerd and Raven Saylor. First round at 5pm, Second round at 6pm, and the third round at 7pm Up to five people per team. Make sure to arrive early to ensure your teams spot.
Food provided by Smokin Pickle Food Truck

Murder Mystery:
Betrayal at The Birdhouse: A Prohibition Murder Mystery

April 14, 2024  • Six-Mile Ordinary Distillery

Six-Mile Ordinary and Detect Nerd presented their first ever murder mystery event! It was a step back in time to the prohibition era of 1925! A speakeasy called “The Birdcage” secretly celebrated its 5-year anniversary. 40 costumed players tested out their investigative and roleplaying abilities at this one-of-a-kind event. Tickets included charcuterie trays and snacks.


Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

April 12, 2024


Trivia Night:
Fantasy Trivia

April 7, 2024  • Six-Mile Ordinary Distillery

Three rounds of trivia with prizes! Hosted by Detect Nerd. First round at 5pm, Second round at 6pm and the third round at 7pm Up to five people per team. Make sure to arrive early to ensure your teams spot.

Food provided by Smokin Pickle Food Truck

Trivia Night:
Sitcom Trivia

March 24, 2024  • Six-Mile Ordinary Distillery

 

Three rounds of trivia with prizes! Hosted by Detect Nerd and Raven Saylor. First round at 5pm, Second round at 6pm and the third round at 7 pm. Up to five people per team. Make sure to arrive early to ensure your teams spot.
Food provided by Smokin Pickle Food Truck

Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

March 22, 2024  • Witches & Wizards Arcade

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!

We return with the film that raised Star Trek from the dead — 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Often overlooked in favor of more action-oriented sequels, this classic focuses on the characters and philosophical themes that made the original series great . Directed by Robert Wise — yes, that Robert Wise — winner of Academy Awards for directing West Side Story and The Sound of Music. And featuring beautiful practical visual effects from Douglas Trumbull, responsible for 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Blade Runner. Plus all of the original series cast, still in their prime.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture shows Friday, March 22 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:
Episode 14

March 11, 2024
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Our heroes warm up to new allies, and finally discover the root cause of recent events.


Tiny Dungeon:
The Wild Flurry — a Tiny Dungeon

February 16, 2024  • King Theodore Records

Join Detect Nerd as they delve into a familiar but fantastic world of adventurous woodland creatures in The Wild Flurry — a new improv RPG story, and the first in a new series of Tiny Dungeons.

Within an old abandoned farm lies The Haven, a settlement of wild animals coexisting in peace and safety; but the winter months can be cruel. Four players take on the roles of small woodland creatures facing the daily challenges of the natural world, while mysteries of might and magic lead them towards adventure beyond their protected borders. What awaits them in The Outside?

Friday, February 16th at King Theodore Records (1018 Artist Alley, Suite 100, Columbia, MO). Doors at 7:00pm, show at 7:30pm. Free admission. With Chris Dijak, Isolde Finney, Anna Furstenau Grey, Douglas Miller and game manager Elizabeth Keach.

Detect Nerd is introducing 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. Cozy-your-mom’s-basement vibes and environment provided by King Theodore Records. Grab a drink at Fretboard Coffee 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.


Trivia Night:
Rom-com Trivia

February 4, 2024

 

Three rounds of trivia with prizes! Hosted by Detect Nerd and Raven Saylor. First round at 5pm, Second round at 6pm and the third round at 7 pm. Up to five people per team. Make sure to arrive early to ensure your teams spot.
Food provided by Smokin Pickle Food Truck (subject to cancellation due to weather)

 


Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 13

January 15, 2024
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Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 12

December 24, 2023
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Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

December 15, 2023

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:
Episode 11

December 3, 2023
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Dead Faith:
Episode 4: By the Lure's Light

November 17, 2023
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A new 4-part horror mini-series from Detect Nerd. Four uneasy companions reunite in the fishing village of Gullman's Port to investigate a strange shipwreck. Featuring Colter Janssen, Elizabeth Keach, Douglas Miller, Jay Sparks — and Chris Dijak as the game manager.


Live One-Shot:
Supperware II

November 10, 2023  • Cafe Berlin

The houseguys of Supperware are back and fresher than ever! Newly inducted into the best multi-level marketing scheme Supperware has to offer, the houseguys head to corporate headquarters to meet their maker. Will they kill it on the sales floor or fall victim themselves?

Join Detect Nerd for the second installment and continuation of last year's Supperware show! Another Improv comedy roleplaying game show... this time with casseroles (literally)!! It’s yet another tabletop one-shot on Friday, November 10th at Cafe Berlin (220 N. 10th Street, Columbia, MO). Doors at 6:30, show at 7:00pm. Free admission — but interactive tipping affects the outcome of the game, so bring cash!

Players include Andrea Baka, Travis Baka, Chris Dijak, Elizabeth Keach, Douglas Miller, with game manager Anna Furstenau Grey.

Detect Nerd is a Columbia group that presents live gameplay on stage, a streaming adventure campaign on Twitch, social meetups for nerdy people, and outreach events to encourage new gamers. For more info check out @DetectNerd on Instagram and Facebook, — or visit DetectNerd.com — or send an email to info@detectnerd.com.


Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
James and the Giant Peach (1996)

November 3, 2023

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!

Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach is a musical fantasy animated film directed by Henry Selick. This family-friendly film is a combination of live action and stop-motion animation. It tells a tale about a young boy making friends with some out-of-the-ordinary creatures while inside a giant peach! With timeless characters voiced by expert actors like Joanna Lumley, Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, David Thewlis, Miriam Margoyles, Simon Callow and more! 

James and the Giant Peach shows Friday, November 3rd at 7:00pm at the indoor 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.

 

 


Dead Faith:
Episode 3: Sins of the Father

October 31, 2023
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A new 4-part horror mini-series from Detect Nerd. Four uneasy companions reunite in the fishing village of Gullman's Port to investigate a strange shipwreck. Featuring Colter Janssen, Elizabeth Keach, Douglas Miller, Jay Sparks — and Chris Dijak as the game manager.


Dead Faith:
Episode 2: Isles & Isolation

October 22, 2023
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A new 4-part horror mini-series from Detect Nerd. Four uneasy companions reunite in the fishing village of Gullman's Port to investigate a strange shipwreck. Featuring Colter Janssen, Elizabeth Keach, Douglas Miller, Jay Sparks — and Chris Dijak as the game manager.


Live One-Shot:
Trekker Treat

October 20, 2023  • Witches & Wizards Arcade


Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 10

October 15, 2023
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Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
Friday the 13th (1980)

October 13, 2023

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!

Spend your Friday the 13th in the dark watching an adults-only showing of 1980s horror classic Friday the 13th. Featuring Adrienne King, Kevin Bacon (for a little while), plus a better soundtrack and cinematography than you might think necessary. CHA-CHA-CHA-chances are you’ll have a great time!

Friday the 13th shows Friday, October 13 at 9:00pm at the indoor 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.

 


Dead Faith:
Episode 1: Ports & Portents

October 13, 2023
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A new 4-part horror mini-series from Detect Nerd. Four uneasy companions reunite in the fishing village of Gullman's Port to investigate a strange shipwreck. Featuring Colter Janssen, Elizabeth Keach, Douglas Miller, Jay Sparks — and Chris Dijak as the game manager.


Live One-Shot:
Cattywampus

September 22, 2023  • Witches & Wizards Arcade

Normaltonville is famously normal, except when it turns... abnormal. Journey back with us to the small town we visited exactly one year ago! This time, heroes of a feline sort take the stage to unravel a strange mystery like a puzzling ball of yarn! In this sequel to the Dogs of Normaltonville, our new adventurers discover that some things are just not what they seem!

Detect Nerd presented yet another improv RPG story on Friday, September 22 in the inside theater at Wizards & Witches Arcade (1214 Eugenia Street.) Players include Andrea Baka, Chris Dijak, Anna Furstenau, Doug Miller and Travis Scott, with game manager Elizabeth Keach.


Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
The NeverEnding Story (1984)

September 10, 2023

Witches & Wizards Arcade presents Fantasy Film Night 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.

Next up is everyone’s favorite 1984 fantasy with a fluffy dragon, The NeverEnding Story. Based on the 1979 novel, the story tells a classic tale of a world named Fantasia falling prey to a malevolent force known as “The Nothing.” This flick is full of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop creations!

The NeverEnding Story shows Sunday, September 10th at 7:00pm on the outdoor screen* at Sentinel Park, 1214 Eugenia Street — with additional parking at 602 Fay Street. Free admission! Beverages are available at the park. Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller of Columbia’s nerd/gaming group Detect Nerd host the show. For more info email thearcadedistrict@gmail.com.

(*In case of bad weather, the film will show at the upstairs theater inside Witches & Wizards Arcade, on the grounds of Sentinel Park.)


Live One-Shot:
Portal Teens

September 8, 2023  • Cafe Berlin

"Hurdle into an unforgettable adventure! Fresh from slaying a dragon, our intrepid heroes steal a magical crossbow that drops them into a journey through the multiverse. But beware. Where the people there have built their lives under the rules of the realm, our adventurers are fish out of water in these strange worlds. Come see the sure-to-be hilarious chaotic escapade across universes unknown!"

Detect Nerd presents “Portal Teens” — a special Detect Nerd Jr. production written and performed by five Columbia teens. This improvised roleplaying-game story takes place Friday, September 8 at Cafe Berlin (220 N. 10th Street, Columbia, MO). Doors open at 6:30pm, with the show at 7:00pm. Free admission!

Detect Nerd Jr. is a program to guide younger players through the process of creating an original collaborative show, marketing it, performing the final product in front of a live audience, and documenting their work on film. Players include Josh Gardner, Sky Graham, Mike Nichols, and Eli Sparks, with game manager Jameson Sparks. 

Detect Nerd is a Columbia group that presents live improvisatory gameplay on stage, a streaming adventure campaign on YouTube, social meetups for nerdy people, and outreach events to encourage new gamers. For more info check out @DetectNerd on Instagram and Facebook; visit DetectNerd.com; browse our YouTube library at @DetectNerdDND; or send an email to info@detectnerd.com.


Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 9

August 27, 2023


Live One-Shot:
The Railroad

August 18, 2023  • Sentinel Park

“All aboard the Malheur Express! Hurtling across the remote Oregon Outback in 1884, six strangers are confined within a train that only knows four speeds: DANGER! MYSTERY! REVERSE! and NORMAL!”

Detect Nerd presented yet another improv RPG story on Friday, August 18 on the outdoor stage at Sentinel Park

Players were Andrea Baka, Chris Dijak, Colter Janssen, Brock Johnson, Elizabeth Keach, and Travis Scott, with game manager Doug Miller.


Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

August 3, 2023

Witches & Wizards Arcade presents Fantasy Film Night 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.

Next up is Mel Brook’s not-complicated comedy adventure Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Featuring an all-star cast including Cary Elwes, Dave Chapelle, Patrick Stewart and Mel Brooks himself. Rated PG-13 due to humor that would appeal to a 13-year-old.

Robin Hood: Men in Tights shows Thursday, August 3 at 7:30pm on the outdoor screen* at Sentinel Park, 1214 Eugenia Street — with additional parking at 602 Fay Street. Free admission! Beverages are available at the park. Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller of Columbia’s nerd/gaming group Detect Nerd host the show. For more info email thearcadedistrict@gmail.com.

(*In case of bad weather, the film will show at the upstairs theater inside Witches & Wizards Arcade, on the grounds of Sentinel Park.)


Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 8

July 30, 2023

Our heroes have returned to the hidden city within the obelisk. Thanks to their efforts at the Arcanimus Academy, a crucial ritual may now proceed. But all seems threatened as a mysterious force suddenly attacks — and long-kept secrets are revealed!


Live One-Shot:
Camp Possibly

July 14, 2023  • Sentinel Park

“Welcome to Camp Possibly! The premier camp for the magically inclined! For the past 100 years We’ve focused on an in-TENTS-ly fun and foundational summer programs for the squishier side of our adventuring parties! From nature to divine to arcane, we at Camp Possibly are all about learning, cooperation and communication! in-TENTS!”

Detect Nerd presented a new improv tabletop RPG story on Friday, July 14 at Sentinel Park.

Players included Andrea Baka, Chris Dijak, Colter Janssen, Buck John, Elizabeth Keach, and Doug Miller, with game manager Lars Van Zandt.


Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

July 7, 2023

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!

You have a Golden Ticket to see an outdoor showing of the original 1971 version of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on a pleasant summer evening*. In the tradition of The Wizard of Oz, this silly, sinister, Seussian adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story features Gene Wilder as a mysterious candymaker who invites five lucky(?) children to tour his factory.

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory shows Friday, July 7 at 7:30pm on the outdoor screen at Sentinel Park, 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.

*In case of bad weather, the showing will be in the upstairs theater inside the Witches & Wizards Arcade, on the grounds of Sentinel Park.


Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 7 — "It Goes Down"

June 25, 2023
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In game: the party tries to salvage a heist gone wrong in order to save Tiny Town.
In real life: this is the first episode edited from scratch in Premiere Pro vs. just using the OBS feed. The lighting is still a work-in-progress, and Chris/Colter's microphone was still not properly deployed so they're hard to hear. Next episode we'll try a much different lighting setup and recording each microphone channel separately to so we can mix the levels better after the fact.


Live One-Shot:
The Junk or Treasure Caravan

June 23, 2023  • Love Coffee

"The Junk or Treasure Caravan is coming to your village! Bring your prized heirlooms to the Caravan's celebrity hosts for expert appraisals. With so many festive people and rare valuables gathered together in a carnival setting, surely nothing can go wrong! Right?"

Detect Nerd presented a casual tabletop roleplaying performance on Friday, June 23rd at Love Coffee. Detect Nerd liveplay shows are a combination of collective storytelling, improvisational comedy and strategy governed by rolls of the dice.

Players included Chris Dijak, Anna Furstenau, Colter Janssen and Travis Scott, with game managers Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller. Game setting by Jay Sparks.


Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
Fantasy Film Night: The Goonies

June 9, 2023

This clown car of a kid's adventure film features pint-sized versions of Josh Brolin, Ke Huy Quan, Sean Astin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green and Martha Plimpton as they race to uncover the secrets of an old treasure map along Oregon’s scenic northern coast. Featuring a screenplay by Chris Columbus (Gremlins, Home Alone, Harry Potter) and based on a story by Steven Spielberg.

The Goonies showed Friday, June 9 at 7:30pm on the outdoor screen at Sentinel Park. Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller of Columbia’s nerd/gaming group Detect Nerd hosted the show with trivia, commentary, and raffle prizes.


Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
Fantasy Film Night: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

May 27, 2023

Featuring 7-year-old Drew Barrymore in one of her first film roles, this family-friendly science-fiction classic tells the tale of a stranded alien and the children who befriend him. With a soundtrack by John Williams, and premier practical visual effects from the very last days before CGI changed everything.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial showed Saturday, May 27 at 6:30pm on the outdoor screen at Sentinel Park. Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller of Columbia’s nerd/gaming group Detect Nerd hosted the show with trivia, commentary, and raffle prizes.



Live One-Shot:
Ye Olde One-Shot

May 19, 2023  • Sentinel Park
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Within the land of Yolanda, sits the town of Neverhorn where six adventurers meet in a tavern of little importance. But hither, tis it not? This be the tavern where the heroic party shall gather and begin their grand quest. What will they face in these dire times? What will they sacrifice? Who will they become? What is their fate? Only time can tell the tales of these brave six; this courageous troupe! Join us as we weave a well-worn story of magic, mischief and might! Huzzah!

Players included Kyle Bogden, Chris Dijak, Anna Furstenau, Colter Janssen, Brock Johnson, and Travis Scott, with game managers Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller.


Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 6 — "Tiny Danger"

April 30, 2023
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In the game: The party discovers the secret of Tiny Town and embarks on a small mission.
In real life: The video is looking pretty good, finally. We're beginning to transition away from OBS — since we're not live-streaming anymore — and over to just editing the native camera footage, even though that will take more time. From here on out we'll be recording the sessions a week before they air — instead of one day — to give us time to edit the shows properly. Better under-table microphone placement this time, but there were some problems with microphone orientation, so Chris and Colter were a little quiet. Overall, though, an improvement.


Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
Fantasy Film Night: Raiders of the Lost Ark

December 31, 1969

This collaboration between Hollywood titans George Lucas and Steven Spielberg set the direction for decades of blockbuster comedy-action films. Harrison Ford’s iconic Indiana Jones has inspired countless real-life archaeologists to search for ancient relics, and non-adventuring middle-aged men to sport brown fedoras and leather jackets.

Raiders of the Lost Ark played Saturday, April 22 at 7:00pm on the outdoor screen at Witches & Wizards Arcade. Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller of Columbia’s nerd/gaming group Detect Nerd hosted the show with trivia, commentary, and raffle prizes.


Live One-Shot:
Enter the Danklands

April 21, 2023  • Cafe Berlin
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Don't change that channel! Up next, join our host and long-time nature enthusiast Nelly Wilson's return home to the treacherous Cannabian Jungle as she attempts to track the never-before-filmed Tetra Hydra Cannibalis. Can the cast and crew survive this treacherous, winding river basin? Will the local flora, fauna, and florauna be the end of our brave heroes? They may all die, but it should make for a great shot!

Players include Kyle Bogden, Anna Furstenau, Colter Janssen, Elizabeth Keach, Doug Miller and Travis Scott, with game manager Chris Dijak.


Party Insight:
Talking Episodes 1 through 5

April 16, 2023
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Players Chris Dijak, Anna Furstenau, Colter Janssen, Doug Miller and Game Manager Elizabeth Keach sit down in the Booth of Discussion to talk about the world of Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent, what's going on in the campaign, and what the characters are all about.


Live One-Shot:
Hydes of March

March 18, 2023  • Cafe Berlin
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“Belittle Caesar!” The year is 44 BC, and Julius Caesar has just unflavorably decreed an end to delivery pizza! Traffic is just too insane in the city of Rome, and honestly, he owns stock in AnTony’s Frozen Pizza. His competitors know a stab in the back when they see one. So buckle up and beware the Hydes of March, Caesar. You might not make it out alive! 

Players include Kyle Bogden, Elizabeth Keach, Doug Miller and Travis Scott, with game manager Elizabeth Keach.


Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 5 — "Steamy Nights"

March 12, 2023

Rabble's past comes back to haunt him. People can't sleep. Investigations into the murdered charioteer continue. Everything blows up, depending on your perspective.


Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
The Secret of NIMH (1982)

March 3, 2023  • Witches & Wizards Arcade

Witches & Wizards Arcade presents Fantasy Film Friday hosted by Detect Nerd. Columbia’s coolest/nerdiest free film series features trivia, commentary, raffle prizes, comfortable couches and more!

Next up is everybody’s favorite rat-themed film: 1982’s The Secret of N.I.M.H. Not a documentary, but classic Disney-style hand animation from Disney rebel Don Bluth. Featuring a diverse cast of voice actors including: Shakespearean actors Sir Derek Jacobi and John Carradine; more than enough Dom DeLuise; plus Beverly Hills 90210 heartthrob Shannon Doherty and Star Trek TNG’s Wil Wheaton in their first film roles.

Fun for the whole family, The Secret of N.I.M.H. plays Friday, March 3 at 6:30pm in the upstairs screening room of 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 ww.arcade@gmail.com.


Live One-Shot:
Battle of the Cupids

February 17, 2023  • Cafe Berlin
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“Hear ye, hear ye! Master Eros’ hand-selected Warriors of Love compete once more in the Battle of the Cupids. Who shall be next to ascend to the final plane of Venus and her Champions?! Deadly trials of Wit, Charm, and Mischief ensue! May thine arrows strike true and our bloody, beating hearts be open!”

Detect Nerd presented yet another Dungeons & Dragons-type one-shot on Friday, February 17, 2023 at Cafe Berlin (220 N. 10th Street, Columbia, MO). Players included Chris Dijak, Joey Gilmore, Colter Janssen, Doug Miller and Lars Van Zandt, with game manager Elizabeth Keach.


Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 4: "But, Stuff"

February 11, 2023
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In the game: Our heroes return to the Underbelly for more gladiatorial posturing and cage fighting. Grunkir the Closet Dwarf is distraught. The party dazzles Revel Inc. executive Sala Tijad with their table manners and supper conversation.

In real life: The video is finally starting to look acceptable; there are definitely still problems with the microphone levels and/or some sort of audio compression. But we now have closed captioning for the hearing impaired!


Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
Heavy Metal (1981)

February 3, 2023  • Witches & Wizards Arcade

Witches & Wizards Arcade presents Fantasy Film Friday hosted by Detect Nerd. Columbia’s coolest/nerdiest film series features trivia, commentary, raffle prizes, comfortable couches and more!

Next up is a LATE-NIGHT ADULTS-ONLY SHOWING of 1981’s Heavy Metal. Come find out how this cult-classic, sci-fi, hard-rock animation masterpiece has aged over the last 42 years. With voice acting by Eugene Levy, John Candy and Harold Ramis, and an all-star soundtrack featuring Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Devo, Cheap Trick & much more! REMEMBER, this film is not for kiddos or the straight-laced.

Heavy Metal plays Friday, February 3 at 9:00pm in the upstairs screening room of 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 arcadedistrict@gmail.com.


Nerd Meetup:
Happy Nerd Year!

January 27, 2023  • Witches & Wizards Arcade

Detect Nerd loves you nerds! We’d like to celebrate the beginning of the year with you, too! Our goals are not only to provide entertainment and educational events, but to also provide a safe and inclusive environment for social meetups. Our very first social event is going to be held at Witches and Wizards Arcade on Friday, January 27th at 9pm. This get-together is to not only to thank you for the amazing support we’ve had so far, but to also kick off the NERD year to come – we’ve got so many fun things in the works for 2023! Plus, what better way to meet your fellow Detected Nerds! There will be group games, arcade tournaments, snacks, and a toast at the end of the night! Arcade admission is $10 to cover unlimited use of video and pinball games. Please RSVP to https://www.eventcreate.com/e/happynerdyear so we can make sure to have plenty of free snacks and bubbly available.


Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
The Princess Bride (1987)

January 21, 2023  • Witches & Wizards Arcade

Witches & Wizards Arcade presents Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd. Columbia’s coolest/nerdiest film series features live commentary, generous prizes, comfortable couches and more! Next up is everyone’s favorite fairy tale/adventure/comedy, The Princess Bride.  This 1987 cult favorite directed by Rob Reiner includes an all-star ensemble: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, Peter Falk and more. By the end you will remember the name “Inigo Montoya” or your money back.

The Princess Bride plays Saturday, January 21 at 6:30pm in the upstairs screening room of Witches & Wizards Arcade, 1214 Eugenia St. Free admission! Beverages are available. Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller of Columbia’s nerd/gaming group Detect Nerd will introduce the film and provide fun commentary at key points along the way. For more info email arcadedistrict@gmail.com.

 


Live One-Shot:
Mr. Snowman and the Mystery of Lonesome Pingo

January 20, 2023  • Cafe Berlin

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone that came out for our D&D one-shot at Cafe Berlin on January 20! We had such a blast. Words cannot describe how appreciative we are for the amazing audience participation and donations made.

Be on the lookout for an announcement about our next live one-shot in February! This is just going to get better and better.
Love getting nerdy with y'all âœŒï¸ðŸ¤“

P.S. Thank you to Dani Mondloch for the amazing photography!


Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 3 — "For Free"

January 15, 2023
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In the game: Our heroes continue an encounter with Sssnakeboys and their mysterious ritual involving stolen magical orbs. Sira is retrieved from the brink of a pleasant situation. Cult tattoos are feigned, revealed and removed. As the afternoon draws to a close an elderly cleric of the Sularian Church provides valuable aid and information.
In real life: Detect Nerd learns about mismatched frame rates, deinterlacing, and over-eager audio compression.


Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
TRON (1982)

December 16, 2022  • Witches & Wizards Arcade

Witches & Wizards presents Fantasy Film Friday hosted by Detect Nerd. Columbia’s coolest/nerdiest film series features live commentary, generous prizes, comfortable couches and more! Next up is 1982’s TRON — Disney’s beautiful and pioneering mixture of computer-generated imagery and neon visual effects. Now a cult classic, TRON stars Jeff Bridges as an arcade game developer who must battle his way out from inside his own computer programs. The film also features an electronic score composed by Wendy Carlos.

TRON plays Friday, December 16 at 6:30pm in the upstairs screening room of Witches & Wizards, 1214 Eugenia St. Free admission! Beverages are available. Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller of Columbia’s nerd/gaming group Detect Nerd will introduce the film and provide fun commentary at key points along the way. For more info email arcadedistrict@gmail.com.


Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 2 — "Sssnakeboys"

December 10, 2022
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Episode 2 finds our heroes continuing their quest for 3 missing orbs. Investigating ancient underground ruins, they encounter ghostly creatures, bad dogs, sssnakeboys and more!


Witches & Wizards Fantasy Film Night hosted by Detect Nerd:
The Lord of the Rings (1978)

November 25, 2022  • Witches & Wizards Arcade

Witches & Wizards presents Fantasy Film Friday hosted by Detect Nerd. This new series features classic nerd cinema, entertaining live commentary, prizes, and comfortable couches. We start off with 1978’s animated The Lord of the Rings — the first attempt to bring Tolkien’s epic novels to the screen. Director Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat, Wizards) was a loyal fan of Tolkien and a pioneer of independent animation intended for grownups. This version makes extensive use of the rotoscope technique to carefully draw and paint over every frame of a live-acted film — resulting in a dreamy style of animation that mixes realistic action and fantasy.

The Lord of the Rings plays Friday, November 25 at 6:30pm in the upstairs screening room of Witches & Wizards, 1214 Eugenia St. Beverages are available. Detect Nerd's Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller will introduce the film and provide fun commentary at key points along the way. For more info contact arcadedistrict@gmail.com.


Live One-Shot:
Supperware!

November 18, 2022  • Cafe Berlin
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Thank you to everyone that came out for our Supperware one-shot! And thank you @cafeberlincomo for hosting us! It just gives us so much happiness to see new faces and interact with other nerds. We have so much fun sharing our silly stories with you!

Really make your leftovers come alive and join Detect Nerd for a Dungeons & Dragons Thanksgiving one-shot, Supperware! Mr. Sanderson, new to Bakewell Street, is hosting his first Supperware Party and it might just be the social event to die for!

Supperware! players include Kyle Bogden, Chris Dijak, Colter Janssen, Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller, with game manager Anna Furstenau.



Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent:
Episode 1

December 31, 1969
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Welcome to 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.

In this debut episode we meet our four mix-matched adventurers — Rabble, Merritt Boothe, Sira Tss and Gary Bristle — as they explore the mysterious and dangerous Trade City of Lietsin.


Live One-Shot:
M•O•N•S•T•E•R•S

October 27, 2022  • Sentinel Park

Thank you to everyone who braved the chilly weather.

Detect Nerd spins the tale of an ancient house, the people who call it their home, and a doorway that opened one dark and stormy night. It's an improvised story, a game of Dungeons & Dragons, and 6 nerds trying to make each other laugh.

Players include Chris Dijak, Anna Furstenau, Khaymen Hoelscher, Colter Janssen and Travis Scott, with game co-managers Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller.


Live One-Shot:
D&D&Dogs

September 25, 2022  • Sentinel Park

Thank you to everyone who came out to see our debut one-shot! It was a little windy, and the battles required a bit more mental visualization than we had planned, but our adventuring dogs successfully rescued their missing friends, and with Carol's help defeated Dr. Laslo Spork and his not-quite-dog Frankenlady.

What happens when a group of 6 verified nerds pretend to be magical, heroic dogs who uncover a threatening mystery? Watch a delightful and comedic story unfold before your eyes, as Detect Nerd presents live gameplay of an original Dungeons & Dragons (& Dogs!) adventure. 

Players include Alex Childers, Cadie Cowden, Chris Dijak, Anna Furstenau, Khaymen Hoelscher and Colter Janssen, with game co-managers Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller. 


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