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TSR & WotC Font Usage FAQ

This is not a standard FAQ. It attempts to answer the question "What font did/do they use?".

Original list compiled by Aardy R. DeVarque

This FAQ has been updated by taking DeVarque's original and adding links to similar fonts that are free for commercial use. In an attempt to find similar fonts, links to information about the commercial fonts is also provided.

* = Confirmed by TSR and/or WotC

      Original D&D
Where used Font Name Example from books Example of font
Original D&D & early 1st ed. titles Quentin EF PH1 Interior Logo Quentin EF
Quentin Commercial License
URW Wood Type Commercial License
Buffalo Bill Commercial License
Antique by Datascan Commercial License
Buffalo Gal Commercial License
Rosewood Commercial License
Madame Letters Commercial License
Quentin Caps Vague License
No comparable open license font found
The following are only vaguely similar
Pointedly Mad Free
Original/Basic D&D headers & text (e.g. Basic "Red book", B3 [green cover]) * Souvenir Demi X1 Headers Souvenir Demi
Souvenir Typeface Background Information
ITC Souvenir Demi Commercial License
ITC Souvenir Commercial License
Sunset Serial Commercial License
JasmineUPC Commercial License
Subway Possible Forgery
Soutane Possible Forgery
Souvienne Possible Forgery
No comparable open license font found
      1st ed./Basic D&D
Where used Font Name Example from books Example of font
Early Hardcovers: Interior Titles (e.g. MM, PH, DMG) Chisel D MM1 Interior Title Chisel D
Chisel (URW) Commercial License
EF Chisel Commercial License
Nauert Vague License
No comparable open license font found
Early Hardcovers: Headers (e.g. MM, PH, DMG) * Futura Bold MM1 Headers Futura Bold
Early Hardcovers: Text (e.g. MM, PH, DMG) * Futura Book & Italic MM1 Text Futura Book
Tw Cen MT Tw Cen MT
Futura Background Information
Futura Commercial License
Twentieth Century Background Information
Twentieth Century Commercial License
Tw Cen MT Commercial License
Century Gothic Background Information
Century Gothic Commercial License
Universalis ADF Open License
The following are only vaguely similar.
GNU FreeSans Open License
Raleway Open License
Some feel that Avant Garde is similar enough
Later Hardcovers: Titles & Headers (e.g. UA, MoP, DSG) ITC Korinna Bld DSG Spine Title ITC Korinna Bld
Korinna Background Information
ITC Korinna Commercial License
No comparable open license font found
Later Hardcovers: Text (e.g. UA, MoP, DSG) Helvetica Unearthed Arcana Text Helvetica
Helvetica Background Information
Helvetica Commercial License
Arial Background Information
Arial Commercial License
Liberation Sans Open License
URW Nimbus Sans L Open License
Tex Gyre Heros Open License
Early Module Titles (e.g. B1 [pastel & brown], G1 [pastel], S2 [pastel], S3 [black]) Avant Garde Bold
(customized "1" character)
B1 Title Avant Garde Bold
ITC Avant Garde Background Information
ITC Avant Garde Commercial License
URW Gothic L Open License
Tex Gyre Adventor Open License
Later Module Titles (e.g. S4 [brown], N1) Helvetica Bold N1 Title Helvetica Bold
Helvetica Background Information
Helvetica Commercial License
Arial Background Information
Arial Commercial License
Liberation Sans Open License
URW Nimbus Sans L Open License
Tex Gyre Heros Open License
Early Module text Avant Garde [No example] Avant Garde
ITC Avant Garde Background Information
ITC Avant Garde Commercial License
URW Gothic L Open License
Tex Gyre Adventor Open License
      2nd ed.
Where used Font Name Example from books Example of font
Logo & Headers Linotype Fritz Quadrata Bold PH2 Interior Logo Friz Quadrata Bold, Linotype
URW Friz Quadrata No. 2 D Friz Quadrata No. 2 D, URW++
Friz Quadrata Background Information
Friz Quadrata Commercial License
Revised 2nd ed. Hardcovers: Headers (also Labyrinth of Madness headers) University Roman Bold Plain: 1.0 DMG2R Headers University Roman Bold Plain: 1.0
University Std Roman Commercial License
University Roman Commercial License
Text (e.g. early 2nd, e.g. PH2, 1st printing) Zapf Calligraphic 801 [No example] Zapf Calligraphic 801
Palatino Background Information
Palatino Commercial License
Book Antiqua Commercial License
Zapf Calligraphic 801 Commercial License
URW Palladio L Open License
Tex Gyre Pagello Open License
Revised 2nd ed. Hardcovers: Text Formata DMG2R Text Formata
Formata Background Information
Formata BQ Commercial License
Text (late 2nd ed., e.g. Reverse Dungeon) Book Antiqua [No example] Book Antiqua
Palatino Background Information
Palatino Commercial License
Book Antiqua Commercial License
Zapf Calligraphic 801 Commercial License
URW Palladio L Open License
Tex Gyre Pagello Open License
Map text (e.g. Vecna Lives) Libra BT Vecna Lives Map Text Libra
Libra BT Commercial License
Livingstone Possible Forgery
Night Below Title and "Players Handout #" headers * Blackmoor Plain Night Below Title Blackmoor Plain
Blackmoor Plain Commercial License
Black Castle Vague License
Night Below "Players Handout 7" text Charme (Neufville/Linotype, Adobe) Night Below Players Handout 7 Charme
Night Below "Players Handout 9" text Tekton Regular (Adobe) Night Below Players Handbout 9 Tekton
Night Below "Players Handouts 13-16" text Bergell (Linotype, ITC) Night Below Players Handouts 13-16 Bergell
Night Below "Players Handout 23" text Shelley Andante Script (Linotype)
a.k.a. English 111 Adagio (Bitstream)
Night Below Players Handout 23 Shelley Andante
Night Below "Players Handout 26" text Clairvaux (Linotype) Night Below Players Handout 26 Clairvaux
Return to the Tomb of Horrors "Journal of the Tomb" text Mistral (Fonderie Olive; near-identical fonts with the same name are available from Adobe, Linotype, Agfa-Monotype, URW)
a.k.a. Stacatto 222 (Bitstream)
Return to Tomb of Horrors Journal Mistral
2nd ed. Skullport room headers Goudy Heavyface (Bitstream) not 100% match [No example] [No example]
similar to Goudy Medieval (public domain, from book publ. by Dover) [No example]
      3rd ed.
Where used Font Name Example from books Example of font
Cover Titles * Not an electronic font; it's from an old book of fonts (probably one published by Dover) [No example] [Not a font--no example]
Interior Titles (in adventures & sourcebooks) * Vitriol (Margo Chase Design's Gravy Fonts) Hero Builders Guide Interior Title Vitriol
Interior Titles (in web-only adventures) Vitriol Alt (Margo Chase Design's Gravy Fonts)
(definitely a slightly different font from the above, but is not listed on the designer's webpage; probably a custom version)
(Example is normal Vitriol)
Ghosts of Aniel Interior Title Vitriol
Section Headers * Pterra-dactyl (Margo Chase Design's Gravy Fonts)
a.k.a. Pterra
Ghosts of Aniel Headers Pterra-dactyl
Encounter Icons/Dingbats (trap, town, creature, treasure, etc.) * DL5AIcons Regular (custom created for TSR, orig. for Dragonlance 5th Age)
Cloned as: Adventure
Encounter Icons Dragonlance Fifth Age Icons
Main text * Celestia Antiqua Medium
(Example is Adobe's Celestia Antiqua Regular)
Cloned as: Caslon 540 (Adobe, Linotype)
(Celestia Antiqua has "corroded" edges; Celestia Antiqua Medium doesn't.)
("Numerals in 3e handbooks are closer to those of Celestia Antiqua SC [Small Caps] than to those of Celestia Antiqua Regular" --Doug Bailey)
PH3 Text Celestia Antiqua
Players Handbook Credits page * Historical All Sorts, Fell Type, SmallCaps (Woefler Type Foundry)
("WotC's use of Historical Fell Type and Scala Sans LF are slightly modified... the numbers are not old style." -- Patrick Murphy)
PH3 Credits Page Historical Allsorts Fell Type Small Caps
Players Handbook tables, 3rd ed. Adventures copyright block & sidebars * Scala Sans Regular LF, Scala Sans Bold LF
("WotC's use of Historical Fell Type and Scala Sans LF are slightly modified... the numbers are not old style." -- Patrick Murphy)
PH3 Skill Table Scala Sans
3e Character Sheet Class/Cross-class dingbats Scala Sans Regular LF Expert 3e Character Sheet Dingbats [No example]
Universal News w. Commercial Pi 97 (Linotype)
a.k.a. UnivNewsCommPi (Linotype)
[No example]
      Campaign Worlds
Where used Font Name Example from books Example of font
Al Qadim Titles * Ondine (Linotype, Datascan) Land of Fate Headers Ondine
Birthright Headers & Cover Text * Democratica (Emigre)
Cloned as: Bebris
Book of Regency Headers Democratica
Birthright text * Minister Book (Adobe) [No example] Minister
Dark Sun (Revised) Titles * PapyrusLET (Letraset)
a.k.a. Papyrus
Cloned as: FZ Hand 16
Dark Sun Revised Campaign Setting Titles Papyrus
Forgotten Realms headers "For all levels of play" and "Anauroch" on FR13: Anaroch; and Skullport section headers Uncial (Datascan) Skullport Headers [No example]
Neue Hammer Unziale 2 (Linotype)
(Not 100% match, but closest match so far)
Neue Hammer Unziale 2
Forgotten Realms CS (3rd ed.) Section Headers * Democratica (Emigre) (customized for FRCS) FRCS Headers Democratica
Forgotten Realms CS (3rd ed.) Logo & Chapter Titles * Masonic (customized for FRCS)
Apparently customized from: Mason (Emigre)
(Example is Mason)
Cloned as Splendors (Mad Irishman)
FRCS Logo & Chapter Titles Mason
Forgotten Realms CS (3rd ed.) minor headers * Historical All Sorts Fell Type, Small Caps (Woefler Type Foundry)
("WotC's use of Historical Fell Type and Scala Sans LF are slightly modified... the numbers are not old style." -- Patrick Murphy)
FRCS Internal Headers Historical Allsorts Fell Type Small Caps
Forgotten Realms CS (3rd ed.) text * Historical All Sorts Fell Type, Roman (Woefler Type Foundry)
("WotC's use of Historical Fell Type and Scala Sans LF are slightly modified... the numbers are not old style." -- Patrick Murphy)
FRCS Text Historical Allsorts Fell Type Roman
Kara-Tur & Oriental Adventures titles (Actual font unknown)
Cloned as: Bonzai Regular (creator unknown)
Cloned as: ChinaOne (creator unknown)
(Example is Bonzai)
Kara-Tur MC Headers Bonzai
BD&D Mystara Titles & AD&D Map Text (e.g. D&D Gazetteers, Forgotten Realms maps, Dragon Mountain title) * Feinen Bold (Datascan)
a.k.a. FC-Feinen, Furst
Cloned as: Baldur (Mad Irishman Productions)
(Example is Baldur)
FR 1st ed. Boxed Set Map Baldur
Baldur Commercial License
Planescape Titles * Exocet Heavy (Emigre) DM Guide to the Planes Cover Exocet Heavy
Planescape Spot Text * Exocet Light (Emigre)
Cloned as: Visitation, Avalon Quest
Players Guide to the Planes Spot Text Exocet Light
Ravenloft Campaign Set Title * Blackmoor Plain (ITC)
Cloned as: Black Castle
Ravenloft Campaign Set Title Blackmoor Plain
Ravenloft Original Module Titles & Headers * Heidelberg
a.k.a. Honda (Datascan)
Heidelberg
Ravenloft Campaign Set Titles & Headers * Ironwood (Linotype, Adobe, Datascan)
Cloned as: Irongate
[no example] Ironwood
Ravenloft Maps & Titles * Nosferatu Ravenloft 20th Anniversary Headers Nosferatu
Eberron Logo Unknown Eberron Logo Title [no example]
Eberron Titles and Interior Headings Masoch-Dirach [no example] [no example]
Masoch-Dirach Commercial License
LHF Billhead 1900 Commercial License

Original list compiled by Aardy R. DeVarque