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Fossilized Tyrannosaurus Rex starts D&D campaign on Twitter

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T. rex skeleton at the Field Museum The Field Museum
Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Chicago is known for lots of things. There’s the world’s tallest building, the Sears Tower.

Hm... No? ... Dubai? ... Really...

Yes, who can forget the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field or the fireworks at Comiskey Park.

Guaranteed Rate of what? ... I thought it was named ‘US Cellular’... Just last year? ... Alright.

Of course, the city of big shoulders is known internationally for our immaculate Polished Bean.

Really? ... Why would you call a bean that, though? ... Well, I’m sorry you feel that way.

Ahem. And now, at long last, my sweet home Chicago is the proud owner of a 40-foot-long, 65-million-year old... Dungeon Master.

That’s right, SUE the Tyrannosaurus, the oldest female apex predator ever unearthed and sold at auction, has begun leading her own Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Using her surprisingly popular Twitter account, SUE is taking willing adventurers on an epic quest to free the land from brigands, evil mages and the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

With a bright yellow 20-sided die, 58 “dagger-like teeth” and her 5th edition Dungeon Masters Guide to... guide... her, SUE is weaving a tale of intrigue and treachery. You can follow along in the thread below.

While you’re here, you may as well go and follow chief curiosity correspondent Emily Graslie and the rest of the team at the Field Museum’s Brain Scoop. I’m sure they’re involved in this caper somehow.