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Emmaline

I’d already done Broadwary and two variants of Cinema - why another 20s art-deco font? Well, the simple reason is I don’t think either of them shows enough flair.

Created in 2019 this font contains more brazen curves and angles and is much more aligned with the actual ‘Broadway’ font created in the 1920s. It’s my favorite of the three and the extra bold heavy version is quite extreme. There’s also a more restrained bold and an open variant included too.

It works well for everything from prose and dialog through to titles and lists.

Egyptian Mercy

There are times when designing a font you just doodle a few characters and it flows through to define the rest of the font. Egyptian Mercy is one of these that I thought up in 2006 and was original enough that I’d spend hours trying to come up with a real TrueType scalable version - an effort that got nowhere once the realization came that the charm and effect derived entirely from square pixels.

In typography terms, Egyptian has a specific meaning - one that I’ve completely ignored here in favor of the more common idea of hieroglyphics with crazy square spirals and triangles standing in for circles to give it also a futuristic feel. It mostly reminds me of the architectural details in Deckard’s apartment in Blade Runner.

It works very well for unique looking titles, menus, and pop-ups but you’d been hurting players if you tried to set a whole text adventure in this.

Can be seen in Scroll of the Time Lords.

Beachball

I created this font in 2018 as a bubbly, fun font that somehow reminded me of playing on the beach with friends. A short version was added in 2020 that keeps much of the original feel while dealing with descenders and vertical spacing a bit better.

It is mostly sans-serif with some subtle exceptions and chunky lower terminals and lower arms, giving it a new refreshing feel for an 8x8. A proportional renderer and an extra pixel of vertical whitespace would make it shine.

This font works very well on title screens and could even work in a text adventure with that custom font rendering.

Can be seen in Crap Dice 3, Roque y sus Bloques and Northpole.