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

June 9, 2023 • Start: 7:30 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!

Next up is The Goonies! 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 shows Friday, June 9 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.


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 7

June 25, 2023 • 6:00 PM

Episode 8

July 30, 2023 • 6:00 PM

Episode 9

August 30, 2023 • 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-adgency; 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:
Camp Possibly

July 14, 2023 • Doors: 6:00 PM • Start: 6:30 PM
Sentinel Park • 1214 Eugenia St, Columbia, MO 65201

Game manager Lars Van Zandt

Live One-Shot:
The Railroad

August 18, 2023 • Doors: 6:00 PM • Start: 6:30 PM
Sentinel Park • 1214 Eugenia St, Columbia, MO 65201

Game manager Doug Miller

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