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The Detect Nerd discussion show

April 14, 2023 • Start: 12:00 AM

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 have been up to so far.

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 6

April 30, 2023 • 6:00 PM

Episode 7

May 14, 2023 • 6:00 PM


Detect Nerd is a group of Columbians dedicated to encouraging community among nerds with a general but not exclusive focus on tabletop gaming. Detect Nerd presents live-on-stage gameplay, a live-streamed adventure campaign on Twitch, 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/

February 18, 2023
Battle of the Cupids

Thank you again to everyone who came out for our February one-shot at Cafe Berlin! It was great to see so many faces — both new and familiar — packed into the room.

Also thank you to Bailey Stover from the Columbia Missourian for coming out to cover the show (see article) — and a return appearance from photodocumentarian Dani Mondloch.

Our next live one-shot will be "Hydes of March" run by Anna Furstenau on March 18, also at Cafe Berlin. Also coming up — in reverse order for some reason — is Episode 5 of our continuing streaming campaign "Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent" March 12 on our YouTube channel; and we'll also be hosting another Fantasy Film Friday ("The Secret of N.I.M.H.") March 3 at Witches and Wizards Arcade.

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!

Coming Soon!

Live One-Shot:
Enter the Danklands

April 21, 2023 • Doors: 7:00 PM • Start: 7:30 PM
Cafe Berlin • 220 N 10th St, Columbia, MO 65201

“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!”

Detect Nerd presents yet another TTRPG one-shot on Friday, April 21st,  at Cafe Berlin (220 N. 10th Street, Columbia, MO). Doors at 7:00pm, show at 7:30pm. Free admission — but interactive tipping affects the outcome of the game, so bring cash!

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

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

April 22, 2023 • Start: 12:00 AM

Live One-Shot:
Ye Olde One-Shot

May 19, 2023 • Start: 12:00 AM
Sentinel Park • 1214 Eugenia St, Columbia, MO 65201

Game Managers Elizabeth Keach and Doug Miller confront their greatest enemy: the medieval setting.

Live One-Shot:
June One-Shot TBA

June 23, 2023 • Start: 12:00 AM

With Game Manager Lars Van Zandt

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