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Dungeons & Dragons museum proposed for Wisconsin city where game originated

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Gary Gygax inventor of Dungeons and Dragons

Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons, died in 2008 after seeing his role-playing fantasy game explode in popularity.

Memorabilia and items related to a popular fantasy role playing game Dungeon & Dragons could soon have a home in the City of Lake Geneva where the game originated. 

A proposal before the city would establish a Dungeons & Dragons museum at 723 Williams St. 

Dungeons and Dragons was invented by Gary Gygax in Lake Geneva in 1974, along with partner Dave Arneson. The fantasy role-playing game exploded in popularity, and the business flourished and was later bought by Wizards of the Coast in 1997. Two years later, Wizards of the Coast was acquired by Hasbro, a $4-billion-a-year corporation. 

Dungeons and Dragons

A group plays Dungeons & Dragons in Winona, Wisconsin. The game that originated in Lake Geneva erupted in popularity over the years. 

To allow for the creation of the museum, members of the Lake Geneva Plan Commission unanimously approved, June 21, to rezone the Williams Street property from a general business district to a central business district.

The plan commission members also unanimously approved to allow for a commercial apartment to be located on the second floor of the building.

Both the rezoning of the property and the second-floor commercial apartment still has to be approved by the city council, which is set to vote on the issue 6 p.m., June 28 in the city hall building, council chambers, 626 Geneva St.

Justin LaNasa, owner of the property, said the museum is set to open soon after the rezoning is approved and the property's parking lot meets the city's code regulations.

Dungeons and Dragons

Characters for the Dungeons and Dragons miniatures game are for sale on the shelves of a Racine store as visitors compete in a Dungeons and Dragons tournament. 

LaNasa said the curator of the museum will live in the second-floor apartment.

"As soon as we get the parking lot up to code, we're ready," LaNasa said. "It's mainly exhibits, and it's up and ready to go. We're just waiting to come up to code."

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