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Byteletter

Artist II is the art program that got me hooked on creating fonts with its built-in font editor. I picked it up in a bundle with a mouse and interface from Datel in the 80s and could barely put it down. Artist II came with a few fonts - a bold font, a futuristic font, and most interestingly, a Blackletter/Old English font that amazed me for so many years to come.

In 2019 I thought I’d try designing a blackletter, specifically the Textura style. I intentionally avoided looking at the “Old English” one from The Artist II to avoid similarities, and I’m glad I did. While that font had narrow non-bold lower-case, mine takes on a thicker, more stand-out style. Both fonts struggle to get the necessary curves and flourishes in the capitals, but with only 8x8 pixels, your options are limited. Along the way, I tried an alternative style which resulted in Scribe.

This font works pretty well for runs of text and prose but avoids using capital letters next to each other as the density can turn it into something quite incomprehensible.

Raven

I created this font in 2020 with a little bit of inspiration from Defender of the Crown on the Amiga that I’d done a TrueType version of reproduction of a while back. I added semi-bold and bold variants in early 2021.

Taking the cues of a narrow old-style I set out to create something from scratch that was also taller with a different approach to flourishes and angles.

It works very well for all on-screen scenarios but a proportional renderer or 6-pixel wide renderer would do it the most justice.

Uncial

Uncial is a style of lettering used between the 4th to 8th century by Latin and Greek scribes. You can imagine this 2006 BASIN production had its work cut-out (and a typo meant it was called Unical).

It has an old hand feel to it but not in the soft geometric way that many a Zenobi text adventure has. It’s very angular, with small capitals taking the place of the odd lower case.

While the text is quite readable and works well for titles, the small-caps lower-case can make large bodies of text difficult to scan - even if individual letters are easy to identify.

Can be seen in Knights & Chalices and Booty: The Remake.

Parchment

Flowing decorative flourishes and a distinctly human twist are hard to do justice in any format let alone 8x8 pixels. This font started in late 2019 as an attempt to take a break from a Blackletter font I later published as Byteletter.

As this font is not bold it has quite a different feel from popular “old-time” fonts such as the one made popular in many a Zenobi text adventure. This font was originally published as ‘Scribe’ until I decided to rename it ‘Parchment’ as I have another font coming that better suits the name Scribe.

It works pretty well for large runs of text and is still quite readable for titles.