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Light and Dark Fonts

It's been over a month since I posted? Gosh, I've been busy... Sorry.

A long time ago, for an alternate reality game that... well... failed miserably, I created two custom font sets. I actually used these two fonts in "trailhead" packages to start the game, writing the entire sender's address label in the corresponding font.

I expected the folks at UnFiction to take a few days to decode it. It took them hours, maybe less.

Since I imagine that some of you DMs out there might be interested in writing things, like for puzzles, in a cryptic font but may not have the time or inclination to create your own font to do so, I thought I'd provide these two.

"DLI Lightscript" was made to be used by an angelic, apparently good/lawful organization; it was designed with smooth curves and lines, portraying a certain level of symmetry. Almost mathematical, if you will. Numbers are included as well, and the symbols appear similar except the pips are solid black I think.

"DLI Darkscript" was made to be used by a shady, apparently bad/evil organization; it's chaotic, with no sense of rhyme or reason. No curves in it at all, entirely made by sharp lines and hard corners. Even the line thicknesses vary between characters. It's kind of a mess, but it was made to be that way.

Both files are provided as Windows TrueType (TTF) fonts wrapped inside a RAR archive.

If you do use this, I'd be really interested in knowing how. Let me know!


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  1. These are very cool. I’m gonna stash them away for a future adventure. If I use them, I’ll blog about how I used them, and how it turned out. 🙂

    Thanks for these.

  2. Yep, definitely yoinking these for possible future use too. It’s funny, as mathematically sound as I’m sure the Lightscript is, I find the Darkscript much easier to parse. I could probably actually read unfamiliar passages after about 20 minutes of sitting down with it.

    Somewhat related: http://dotsies.org/

  3. At the present moment I have absolutely no use for these. Time to go find some uses.

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