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D&D park casts a spell (photos)

Strap on your breastplate, loose your broadsword, and step into a magical paean to Dungeons & Dragons outside Carbondale, Ill.

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Caged sorcerer

CARBONDALE, Ill.--A caged sorcerer seeks freedom at the Jeremy "Boo" Rochman Memorial Park here. Dungeons & Dragons comes to life in this magical little place, where wizards battle on green grass, Pegasus rears up from the brush, and gargoyles guard the ramparts.
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Caged in

Caged sorcerer seeks knight-errant for freedom quest. Must be well-armed and headstrong. No thieves, please.
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Wizard

Even the trees have personality in the park, which was built by local investment mogul Barrett Rochman as a memorial to his teenage son, Jeremy (or "Boo"), an avid Dungeons & Dragons fan who died in a car accident nearby.
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Wizard fight

Sometimes wizards don't get along, but the volunteers who tend the park don't seem to mind.
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Wizard casts a spell

I cast a spell upon thee. Some of the statues in the park are based on painted figures found among Boo's possessions.
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Knight close-up

This looks like the rugged knight type. He's wearing the Helm of Brilliance; watch out for the powerful reflective rays.
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Perched dragon

Three heads, one dragon. Southern Illinois University art students contributed some of the art in the park, which is free to visit.
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Ogre

I'm sure that's a nice ogre. That grimace is just the ogre way of saying, "Nice to meet you."
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Archers

Look out above! An ambush party waits in a tree above the D&D-style Boo Rochman Memorial Park.
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Orc

Nobody is going to mess with this roof. This handsome fellow guards the Boo Rochman castle from high above.
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Castle

Storm the castle. The Boo Rochman Memorial Park offers plenty of opportunities for sieges and epic battles between mages, paladins, and clerics.

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