Old DARK SUN Font

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Hello everybody!

Does anybody know the name of the font used in all the DARK SUN books before the Revised Boxed Set. It had a very unique look, but was nevertheless useable for big bodies of text without making it difficult to read.
I liked its mood and would like to use it for some of my own writings about the DARK SUN World. So, can anybody tell me its name or where I can find it?

Cheers
Hello everybody!

Does anybody know the name of the font used in all the DARK SUN books before the Revised Boxed Set. It had a very unique look, but was nevertheless useable for big bodies of text without making it difficult to read.
I liked its mood and would like to use it for some of my own writings about the DARK SUN World. So, can anybody tell me its name or where I can find it?

Cheers

First, some background...

Ever since I first started designing the Dragon's Sanctum (way back in
January of '97), I have been looking for the font that was used in the 1st
edition Dark Sun products. It was a very distinctive font, but I couldn't
find it (or anything really similar) anywhere. I had emailed TSR inquiring
about the font on at least two occasions, with no response. I had searched
a plethora of font sites, font-by-font, to no avail. I sent out requests to
this very mailing list, hoping that someone out there would have it or know
what it was called, but no one did. I scanned some of the text from Dragon
Kings and submitted it to an automatic font identification website, which
returned an obviously incorrect font. When the ESD products came out, I
thought that, finally, the font will be in, or at least be named in the
pdf--but instead a replacement font was used in all the ESD products.

I had begun to think that it was a custom font that TSR had made, but had
subsequently lost, and that I would never get my hands on it. I had pretty
much resigned myself to being unable to find it and had pretty much
forgotten about it. Then, yesterday, I was messing around with High-Logic's
font creator program and started wondering how hard it would be to re-create
the DS font.

I decided to take a look at High-Logic's forums to get some pointers. I
found some good advice, but I also found a link to
http://www.typophile.com/, or more specifically, the Typophile Forums - Type
Identification Board
(http://www.typophile.com/forums/messages/83/83.html?1070555722). I thought
I'd stump them real good with the DS font, since I had had no luck my entire
time of searching.

I posted a sample and sat back and waited. For all of yesterday I thought I
really had them. Then, this morning, I came in to work and checked the
forum. There, in front of me, after all that time of searching, was the
font! Those crazy people at the Typophile Forums had identified the DS font
within 24 hours!

So, now we all benefit.

The font's name is Opti Packard (from The Solotype Catalog
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0486271692/104-0517260-6603167?v=glance)
and there is a FREE Type 1 and Truetype version of it called Packard
Antique, available here:
http://www.moorstation.org/typoasis/designers/steffmann/index.htm

I will be making one of the first content related changes to The Dragon's
Sanctum in several years by adding this information. I expect this info
will make its way to athas.org before too long, am I right?

-Angantyr

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Thanks a lot! You made my day!

The Papyrus font is also a very good approximation of the old Dark Sun font and comes with MS Office.
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