Arnie Niekamp

Arnie Niekamp (@misterarnie on Twitter) is the director and game designer of several video games including Drawful and Trivia Murder Party (and writer for You Don’t Know Jack and Fibbage). He’s also the host of the podcast Hello from the Magic Tavern and a founding member of the Chicago improv group Whirled News Tonight.

Guest Appearances

July 15, 2021

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Here is Hello From The Magic Tavern: Arnie Niekamp fell through a dimensional portal behind a Burger King into the fantastical land of Foon. He’s still getting a slight wifi signal, so he uploads a weekly podcast from the tavern the Vermilion Minotaur where he interviews wizards, monsters and adventurers. It’s a major discovery!
In this episode with Jason Mantzoukas – a Sweet Prince Vantis wakes up from a hundred year sleep. Then he freaks out.
Arnie: Arnie Niekamp
Chunt: Adal Rifai
Usidore: Matt Young
Sweet Prince Vantis: Jason Mantzoukas
Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen

Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai
Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz
Earwolf Producer: Kimmie Lucas
Editor: Sage G.C.
Special Assistance: Ryan DiGiorgi
Magic Tavern Logo: Allard Laban
Theme Music: Andy Poland
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October 18, 2020

Arnie Niekamp (Jackbox Games, Hello From The Magic Tavern) joins Nick and Heather to discuss reverse horror game, Carrion. They talk about how satisfying it is to be a monster, getting lost, the bleak fates of the scientists and more!

July 29, 2019

With Game of Thrones over, The Boys help the Magic Tavern hosts rebrand their show.

This episode is sponsored by hims (, Harry’s (, and Indochino ( code: HANDBOOK).

July 14, 2019

Adal Rifai, Arnie Niekamp and Matt Young (Hello From the Magic Tavern) join Nick and Heather to discuss Don Bluth’s Dragon’s Lair trilogy (Dragon’s Lair, Dragon’s Lair 2 and Space Ace). They talk about the genesis of quick time events, horny animators, and more!

This episode is brought to you by BlueChew ( code: PLAYED).

July 1, 2019

Arnie Niekamp, Adal Rifai, and Matt Young (Hello From the Magic Tavern) join Jess and Zach for an all new musical packed with hammerhead sharks, sky-writing jets, coast guard officers, and more! With songs like “Who’s Ready for a Shark Attack?,” “American Shores,” and “Best Not Forget Your SPF,” this ep is the ultimate summer sing-along blockbuster!

Season 3 of Hello From The Magic Tavern begins July 22nd!

May 1, 2018

Sean and Hayes have an idea to get more listeners and it’s with ARNIE NIEKAMP, MATT YOUNG, and ADAL RIFAI from Hello From the Magic Tavern, the show and Offices and Bosses. Season 2 out now on Stitcher Premium.

This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron ( and hims (