TSR Fonts                                                                                 

Ever wonder what fonts TSR or Wizards of the Coast used?  Here's our best guesses (confirmation by TSR and/or WotC denoted by green lettering).

None of these fonts are available here for download, nor do we plan to make them available, for copyright reasons.  In most or all cases, as long as you know the name of the font in question, you can find it somewhere on the Internet, either as freeware, shareware, or for-sale-ware.  If there is not already a link to a font foundry's page, we recommend trying a Google search for the font name and the word "font".  In addition, there are also some font-specific search engines and reference sources in the list of related links below, as well as a small, non-exhaustive selection of webpages which have some of the freeware clone versions of these fonts available for download.

Some further font examples and information can be found on this web page.

Confirmed by TSR and/or WotC

Where used Font Name Example from books Example of font
      Original D&D
Original D&D & early 1st ed. titles Quentin EF (Elsner+Flake)
Similar to Wood Type (URW++) (But as an outlined form)
Also similar to: Buffalo Bill (Intecsas), Rosewood (Adobe), Antique (Datascan), Buffalo Gal (Agfa-Monotype), Madame (Linotype), and Subway Regular
PH1 Interior Logo Quentin EF
Original/Basic D&D headers & text (e.g. Basic "Red book", B3 [green cover]) Souvenir Demi, Light (Linotype, Adobe, etc.)
a.k.a. Soutane, Souvienne
(Confirmed as "Souvenir", but which version was not specified)
B3 Headers Souvenir Demi
      1st ed./Basic D&D
Early Hardcovers: Interior Titles (e.g. MM, PH, DMG) Chisel D (URW++)
a.k.a. Chisel EF (Elsner+Flake)
MM1 Interior Title Chisel D
Early Hardcovers: Headers (e.g. MM, PH, DMG) Futura Bold (Neufville/Linotype, Datascan)
a.k.a. Twentieth Century Bold (Agfa-Monotype)
a.k.a. Tw Cen Bold (Agfa-Monotype)
(Confirmed as Futura, but which version was not specified)
MM1 Headers Futura Bold
Early Hardcovers: Text (e.g. MM, PH, DMG) Futura Book & Italic (Neufville/Linotype, Datascan)
a.k.a. Twentieth Century & Twentiety Century Italic (Agfa-Monotype)
a.k.a. Tw Cen, Tw Cen Italic (Agfa-Monotype)
(Confirmed as Futura, but which version was not specified)
MM1 Text Futura Book
Futura Light (Neufville/Linotype, Datascan)
a.k.a. Twentieth Century Light (Agfa-Monotype)
a.k.a. Tw Cen Light (Agfa-Monotype)
(Example is Tw Cen MT)
Tw Cen MT
Later Hardcovers: Titles & Headers (e.g. UA, MoP, DSG) ITC Korinna Bld (ITC) DSG Spine Title ITC Korinna Bld
Later Hardcovers: Text (e.g. UA, MoP, DSG) Helvetica (Adobe, Linotype, Agfa-Monotype, etc.) [example needed] [example needed]
Early Module Titles (e.g. B1 [pastel & brown], G1 [pastel], S2 [pastel], S3 [black]) Avant Garde Bold (Bitstream, Adobe, URW++, Linotype, etc.)
("1" character apparently customized)
Cloned as: Decker Bold
B1 Title Avant Garde Bold
Later Module Titles (e.g. S4 [brown], N1) Helvetica Bold (Bitstream, Adobe, URW++, Linotype, etc.) N1 Title Helvetica Bold
Early Module text Avant Garde (Bitstream, Adobe, URW++, Linotype, etc.)
a.k.a. Century Gothic
Cloned as: Decker
[example needed] Avant Garde
      2nd ed.
Logo & Headers Friz Quadrata No. 2 D [Bold] (URW++)
a.k.a. Fritz Quadrata Bold
(Top is Linotype's "Friz Quadrata Bold"; bottom is URW's "Friz Quadrata No. 2 D". Note the different 'g')
PH2 Interior Logo Friz Quadrata Bold, Linotype
Friz Quadrata No. 2 D, URW++
Revised 2nd ed. Hardcovers: Headers (also Labyrinth of Madness headers) University Roman Bold Plain: 1.0 (Bitstream, ITC) DMG2R Headers University Roman Bold Plain: 1.0
Text (e.g. early 2nd, e.g. PH2, 1st printing) Zapf Calligraphic 801 (Bitstream) [example needed] Zapf Calligraphic 801
Revised 2nd ed. Hardcovers: Text Formata (Berthold, Adobe) DMG2R Text Formata
Text (late 2nd ed., e.g. Reverse Dungeon) Book Antiqua (Agfa-Monotype)
a.k.a. Palatino (Adobe)
[example needed] Book Antiqua
Map text (e.g. Vecna Lives) Libra BT (Bitstream)
Cloned as: Livingstone
Vecna Lives Map Text Libra
Night Below Title and "Players Handout #" headers Blackmoor Plain (ITC)
Cloned as: Black Castle
Night Below Title Blackmoor Plain
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 [example needed] [example needed]
similar to Goudy Medieval (public domain, from book publ. by Dover) [example needed]
      3rd ed.
Cover Titles Not an electronic font; it's from an old book of fonts (probably one published by Dover) [example needed] [example needed]
Interior Titles (in adventures & sourcebooks) Vitriol (Margo Chase Design's Gravy Fonts) Hero Builders Guide Interior Title
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 [example needed]
Universal News w. Commercial Pi 97 (Linotype)
a.k.a. UnivNewsCommPi (Linotype)
[example needed]
      Campaign Worlds
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) [Example coming soon] 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 [example needed]
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
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 (Revised) Logo Blackmoor Plain (ITC)
Cloned as: Black Castle
Domains of Dread Title Blackmoor Plain
Ravenloft (Original) Titles & Headers Heidelberg
a.k.a. Honda (Datascan)
[example needed] Heidelberg
Ravenloft Titles & Headers Ironwood (Linotype, Adobe, Datascan)
Cloned as: Irongate
[example needed] Ironwood
Ravenloft Maps & Titles Nosferatu Ravenloft 20th Anniversary Headers Nosferatu

Some D&D/Fantasy Font-related URLs (In no particular order...) This listing compiled by Aardy R. DeVarque