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Readable Text Fonts for Roguelikes

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There’s a reason “terminal” fonts are a standard for traditional roguelikes even today. Certainly tradition plays a part, but even more importantly, they’re designed to be highly readable. Last year while still in pre-alpha Cogmind received a huge influx of font bitmaps to support different resolutions, in some cases with multiple variants at a given […]

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Cogmind Fonts

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Cogmind currently comes with a whopping 26 bitmap fonts. This unusually large number is somewhat less impressive than it seems, as they are certainly not all completely unique styles, but it still took more than a week to draw, scale, and tweak them all to the point of polish sufficient for at least early releases. […]

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Font Creation

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Finding the perfect font can be difficult, even more so if you’re also hoping that font will offer a unique appearance associated with your game. You’ll often come across fonts that possess several of the right qualities but have other drawbacks, especially when taking into consideration the many factors covered in the previous post about […]

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Fonts in Roguelikes

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The first aspect of a traditional roguelike viewers tend to notice is the color palette, but when it comes down to actually playing a game which requires interpreting large amounts of text, color takes a backseat to the importance of the font. Characters/glyphs form not only words and sentences, they even represent the map and […]

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