Here are links to fonts that were used in Dungeons & Dragons during the TSR era, starting with the original little brown books, up to and including some WotC 3rd edition fontography. The original list was done by Aardy R. DeVarque, but much has changed in the digital font landscape since that list was compiled. An attempt is made to find an open and free font, if possible.

Original D&D, Early 1E AD&D - Titles
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Quentin EF PH1 Interior Logo Quentin EF
 
Quentin Commercial License Esselte Letraset
URW Wood Type Commercial License URW
Buffalo Bill Commercial License
Antique Commercial License Datascan
Buffalo Gal Commercial License Linotype
Madame Letters Commercial License
Quentin Caps Vague License
Pointedly Mad Free Rich Gast

Later Basic D&D - Cover Titles
Font Name Example from books Example of font
ITC Masquerade 1985 Basic Module Earthshaker Dungeons Cover Title ITC Masquerade
 
ITC Masquerade Background Information Martin Wait
ITC Masquerade Commercial License ITC

Original, Basic D&D - Headers, Text (1981 Basic Magenta Cover, X1, B3)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Souvenir Demi X1 Headers Souvenir Demi
 
Souvenir Typeface Background Information Morris Fuller Benton
ITC Souvenir Demi Commercial License ITC
ITC Souvenir Commercial License ITC
Sunset Serial Commercial License SoftMaker
Subway Possible Forgery Dieter Steffman
Soutane Possible Forgery SSI WSI
Souvienne Possible Forgery Swfte Interntational, Ltd

Basic D&D, 1E AD&D, Early Hardcovers - Interior Titles (MM, PH, DMG)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Chisel D MM1 Interior Title Chisel D
 
Chisel (URW) Commercial License URW
EF Chisel Commercial License EF
Nauert Vague License

Basic D&D, 1E AD&D, Early Hardcovers - Headers (MM, PH, DMG)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Futura Bold MM1 Headers Futura Bold
Futura Book MM1 Text Futura Book
 
Futura Typeface Background Information Paul Renner
Futura Commercial License
Twentieth Century Background Information Sol Hess
Twentieth Century Commercial License Monotype
Tw Cen MT Commercial License Microsoft
Century Gothic Background Information
Century Gothic Commercial License Monotype
Universalis ADF Open License ADF

Basic D&D, 1E AD&D, Later Hardcovers - Titles, Headers (UA, MoP, DSG)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
ITC Korinna Bold DSG Spine Title ITC Korinna Bold
 
Korinna Typeface Background Information Hermann Berthold
ITC Korinna Commercial License ITC

Basic D&D, 1E AD&D, Later Hardcovers - Text (UA, MoP, DSG)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
ITC Korinna Bold Unearthed Arcana Text ITC Korinna Bold
 
Korinna Typeface Background Information Hermann Berthold
ITC Korinna Commercial License ITC

Early Module - Titles (B1 [pastel & brown], G1 [pastel], S2 [pastel], S3 [black])
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Avant Garde Bold B1 Title Avant Garde Bold
 
ITC Avant Garde Background Information Herb Lubalin
ITC Avant Garde Commercial License ITC
URW Gothic L Open License URW
Tex Gyre Adventor Open License GUST

Later Modules - Titles (S4 [brown], N1)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Helvetica Bold N1 Title Helvetica Bold
 
Helvetica Background Information Max Miedinger
Helvetica Commercial License Linotype
Arial Background Information Robin Nicholas and Patricia Saunders
Arial Commercial License Microsoft
Liberation Sans Open License FSF
URW Nimbus Sans L Open License URW
Tex Gyre Heros Open License GUST

Early Modules - Text (B1, B3)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Avant Garde B1 Text Mysterious Pools Avant Garde Mysterious Pools
 
ITC Avant Garde Background Information Herb Lubalin
ITC Avant Garde Commercial License ITC
URW Gothic L Open License URW
Tex Gyre Adventor Open License GUST

1E AD&D Ravenloft Original Module - Titles, Headers
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Letraset Romic Std Bold (ITC) I6 Ravenloft Module Title Letraset Romic Std Bold
 
Romic Background Information Colin Brignall
Romic Commercial License ITC

Basic D&D Mystara, 1E AD&D - Map Text (D&D Gazetteers, Forgotten Realms Maps)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Feinen Bold (Datascan) FR 1st ed. Boxed Set Map Baldur
 
Feinen Background Information Henry Mikiewicz
Baldur Commercial License MadIrishman

Basic D&D Mystara - Headers (D&D Rules Cyclopedia, Wrath of the Immortals)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Quorum Black Rules Cyclopedia Header Text Quorum Black Font Example
 
Quorum Black Background Information Ray Baker
Quorum Black Commercial License ITC

Basic D&D Mystara - Main Text (D&D Hollow World, Rules Cyclopedia, Wrath of the Immortals)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Garamond Hollow World Main Text Adobe Garamond Font Example
 
Garamond Background Information Claude Garamond
Adobe Garamond Commercial License Adobe
EB Garamond Open License Georg Duffner

1E AD&D Forgotten Realms Kara-Tur - Title
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Cloned as: Bonzai Regular Kara-Tur MC Headers Bonzai
 
Bonzai Regular Vague License Version Altsys Metamorphosis
Fz Zhan Bi Hei M22 Commercial License Founder

2E Core Rulebooks - Logo, Headers (early 2E, PH2, 1st printing)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Linotype Fritz Quadrata Bold PH2 Interior Logo Friz Quadrata Bold, Linotype
URW Friz Quadrata No. 2 D PH2 Interior Logo Friz Quadrata No. 2 D, URW++
 
Friz Quadrata Background Information Ernst Frize and Victor Caruso
Friz Quadrata Commercial License ITC

2E Core Rulebooks - Headers (Revised Priting Black Covers) (PHB, DMG, Labyrinth of Madness)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
University Roman Bold Plain: 1.0 DMG2R Headers University Roman Bold Plain: 1.0
 
University Std Roman Commercial License Adobe
University Roman Commercial License Linotype

2E Core Rulebooks - Text (early 2E, PH2, 1st printing)(Player Options)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Zapf Calligraphic 801 Players Options Skills and Powers Example Text Magic System Zapf Calligraphic 801 Example Text Magic System
 
Palatino Background Information Hermann Zapf
Palatino Commercial License Linotype
Book Antiqua Commercial License Monotype
Zapf Calligraphic 801 Commercial License Bitstream
URW Palladio L Open License URW
Tex Gyre Pagello Open License GUST

2E Core Rulebooks - Text (Revised Priting Black Covers)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Formata DMG2R Text Formata
 
Formata Background Information Bernd Mollenstadt
Formata BQ Commercial License Berthold

2E Adventures - Map Text, Basic D&D Module - Letters (Vecna Lives, B7 Poems, B11 B12 Chapter Headers)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Libra BT Vecna Lives Map Text Libra
 
Libra Commercial License Bitstream
Livingstone Possible Forgery
Libra Commercial License Tilde

2E Night Below - Title
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Blackmoor Plain Night Below Title Blackmoor Plain
 
Blackmoor Plain Commercial License
Black Castle Vague License

2E Return to the Tomb of Horrors "Journal of the Tomb" text
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Mistral Return to Tomb of Horrors Journal Mistral
 
Mistral Commercial License
Stacatto 222 Commercial License

2E Forgotten Realms Modules - Headers (FR13 Anaroch, Skullport, section Headers)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Uncial (Datascan) Skullport Headers [No example]
Neue Hammer Unziale 2 Skullport Headers Neue Hammer Unziale 2
 
Uncial Script Background Information Latin and Greek Scribes
Neue Hammer Unziale Commercial License Linotype

2E Al Qadim - Titles
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Ondine Land of Fate Headers Ondine
 
Ondine Commercial License Linotype

2E Birthright - Headers, Cover Text
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Democratica Book of Regency Headers Democratica
 
Democratica Commercial License Emigre

2E Birthright - Text
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Minister Book Birthrigh Campaign Set Text Example Diplomacy Miniser Book Font Text Example Diplomacy
 
Minister Typeface Background Information Carl Albert Fahrenwaldt
Minister Commercial License Linotype

2E Planescape - Titles
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Exocet Heavy DM Guide to the Planes Cover Exocet Heavy
 
Exocet Background Information Johnathon Barnbrook
Exocet Commercial License Emigre

2E Planescape - Spot Text
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Exocet Light Players Guide to the Planes Spot Text Exocet Light
 
Exocet Background Information Johnathon Barnbrook
Exocet Commercial License Emigre
Avalon Quest Possible Forgery Swfte Interntational, Ltd

2E Ravenloft Campaign Set - Title
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Blackmoor Plain Ravenloft Campaign Set Title Blackmoor Plain
 
Blackmoor Commercial License Linotype

2E Ravenloft Campaign Set - Titles, Headers
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Ironwood 2E Ravenloft Campaign Set Titles Example Text Terror Adobe Ironwood Example Text Terror
 
Ironwood Commercial License Adobe
GRK2 Ironhorse Commercial License The Fontry
Irongate Vague License ATTITUDE, INC.

2E Ravenloft - Maps, Titles
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Nosferatu Ravenloft 20th Anniversary Headers Nosferatu
 
Nosferatu Free Kiwi Media

2E Dark Sun Revised - Title
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Papyrus Dark Sun Revised Campaign Setting Titles Papyrus
 
Papyrus Typeface Background Information Chris Costello
Papyrus Commercial License Letraset
Papyrus Commercial License Linotype
Papyrus (EF) Commercial License EF

3E Core Rulebooks - Logo Title
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Not a digital font 3E Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil Example Text Dragon [No example]
 
Not an electronic font. It is from an old book of fonts.
Similar to Masoch-Dirach by Jim Marcus with interior lines.
Unknown Physical Book possibly by Dover

3E Sourcebooks - Interior Titles (in adventures & sourcebooks)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Vitriol Hero Builders Guide Interior Title Vitriol
 
Vitriol Commercial License Margo Chase

3E Adventures - Interior Titles (in web-only adventures)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Vitriol Alt Ghosts of Aniel Interior Title Vitriol
 
Vitriol Alt Commercial License Margo Chase

3E Core Rulebooks - Section Headers
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Pterra Ghosts of Aniel Headers Pterra-dactyl
 
Pterra Commercial License Margo Chase

3E Core Rulebooks - Encounter Icons (trap, town, creature, treasure)
Font Name Example from books Example of font
DL5AIcons Regular Encounter Icons Dragonlance Fifth Age Icons
 
custom font created for TSR, orig. for Dragonlance 5th Age

3E Core Rulebooks - Main text
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Celestia Antiqua Medium PH3 Text Celestia Antiqua
 
Celestia Antiqua Std Commercial License Adobe
Calson 540 Commercial License Bitstream

3E Players Handbook - Credits
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Historical Allsorts Fell Type Small Caps PH3 Credits Page Historical Allsorts Fell Type Small Caps
 
Historical Allsorts Commercial License Hoefler & Co.

3E Players Handbook - Tables, Adventures - Copyright Block, Sidebars
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Scala Sans Regular LF PH3 Skill Table Scala Sans
 
Historical Allsorts Commercial License Hoefler & Co.

3E Character Sheet - Class Icons
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Scala Sans Regular LF Expert 3e Character Sheet Dingbats [No example]
Universal Pi News with Commercial Pi 3e Character Sheet Example Icons Universal Pi News Example Icons
 
UniversalPi Commercial License Linotype

3E Forgotten Realms - CS, Section Headers
Font Name Example from books Example of font
customized Democratica FRCS Headers Democratica
 
Democratica Commercial License Emigre

3E Forgotten Realms - CS, Logo, Chapter Titles
Font Name Example from books Example of font
customized Mason FRCS Logo & Chapter Titles Mason
 
Mason Serif Regular Commercial License Emigre
Splendors Commercial License Mad Irishman

3E Forgotten Realms - CS, Minor Headers
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Historical Allsorts Fell Type Small Caps FRCS Internal Headers Historical Allsorts Fell Type Small Caps
 
Historical Allsorts Commercial License Hoefler & Co.

3E Forgotten Realms - CS, Text
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Historical Allsorts Fell Type Roman FRCS Text Historical Allsorts Fell Type Roman
 
Historical Allsorts Commercial License Hoefler & Co.

3E Oriental Adventures, Kara-Tur
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Cloned as: Bonzai Regular Kara-Tur MC Headers Bonzai
 
Bonzai Regular Vague License Version Altsys Metamorphosis
Fz Zhan Bi Hei M22 Commercial License Founder

3E Eberron - Logo Title
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Custom Combined Font 3E Eberron Campaign Setting Example Text Logo Title [no example]
Futura BT Pro Extra Black   Futura BT Pro Extra Black Example Text Eberron
VLNL Tp Martini   VLNL Tp Martini Example Text Eberron
 
Futura BT Pro Extra Black Commercial License
VLNL Tp Martini Commercial License

3E Eberron - Titles, Interior Headings
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Masoch-Dirach Eberron Shadows of the Last War Example Text Broken Anvil Mason-Dirach Example Text Broken Anvil
Cloned as Aberration Eberron Shadow of the Last War Interior Logo Title Example Text Dungeons Aberration Example Text Dungeons
 
Masoch-Dirach Commercial License Jim Marcus
Aberration Commercial License Mad Irishman Productions

4E Core Rulebooks - Main Text
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Mentor Pro Regular Wayfinders Example Text Dungeon URW Baskerville Example Text Dungeon
 
Mentor Typeface Background Information Michael Harvey, Andy Benedek
Mentor Commercial License Monotype

5E Core Rulebooks - Cover Titles
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Modesto Bold Condensed Wayfinders Guide to Eberron Example Text Guide Modesto Bold Condensed Example Text Guide
 
Modesto Background Information Jim Parkinson
Modesto Bold Condensed Commercial License Parkinson

5E Core Rulebooks - Main Text
Font Name Example from books Example of font
Baskerville Wayfinders Example Text Dungeon URW Baskerville Example Text Dungeon
 
Baskerville Background Information John Baskerville
URW Baskerville Commercial License URW
Bookmania Regular Commercial License Mark Simonson
Libre Baskerville Open License Impallari Type
Baskervald Open License ADF

Original list compiled by Aardy R. DeVarque. Expanded and Updated by Random Wizard.