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Dungeons and Dragons celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. There are plenty of opportunities to play.

Three instruction books on how to play Dungeons and Dragons. The covers have fantastical monsters on them.jpg

Dungeons and Dragons originated in Wisconsin and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. | Photo by 608today

Have you always wanted to be a sorcerer? A rogue? A paladin? You can. There are Dungeons and Dragons campaigns held throughout Madison.

The famed roleplaying game is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and was created in Wisconsin. Influenced by world mythology, history, pulp fiction, and fantasy novels, Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) was created by Gary Gygax and Dave Ameson in Lake Geneva.

Journeying through magical and mystical worlds, players work together to defeat monsters and win treasure, overcoming challenges laid out for them by a Dungeon Master.

You might have seen it played on “Stranger Things,” or went to the cinema and watched Chris Pine be heroic.

Now, 50 years on, Forbes estimates that D&D is responsible for between $100 million and $150 million in annual revenue. More than 50 million people worldwide have played D&D. Are you one of them? If not, do you want to start? Start here:

Bring your 20-sided die if you have one.