Saturday, February 07, 2009

Great gaming tool: YourFonts

I saw YourFonts over at Cool Tools the other day and immediately thought about the applications for gaming. This is a free font generation software package. You download a template and either draw/write the font by hand or create it in an image editor. Scan and upload the template and it gets turned into a TrueType font. How is this useful? Do you have a runic or script alphabet that you use in your game? Make a font out of it. Do you have icons that you'd like to be able to add to a character sheet and your GM notes (like the 4e dice and attack icons and such)? You can create your own dingbat-style font full of them. Do you want to create some sort of arcane glyphs or code-symbols that show up repeatedly through a campaign? This is your tool.

I haven't played with it yet, but I plan to do so. If you try it out, let me know what you think - and what you use it for.

2 comments:

David M Jacobs said...

Very, very nice.

I'll have to give it a try—if only to replace the system font in Windows with one based on my handwriting. That'll teach my fiancĂ©e to complain about my so-called "scrawl".

More seriously, though, it'll be great for handouts.

Stargazer said...

Great minds think alike... I have written about this a few days ago.
http://www.stargazersworld.com/2009/02/03/create-custom-fonts-for-free/

I already created a TT font from my handwriting, but I intend to create some other fonts for gaming purposes.