Choosing Typefaces for Layout

When starting on a new book project, one of the first things I think of are the typefaces for the interior. How to choose what to use to convey the information to the reader? How heavy should the type look in a character, line, paragraph, and on the page as a whole? I see four major areas for copy treatment when it comes to roleplaying games: the body copy, the headings, the sidebars, and the tables. Depending on the game, there may be statblocks that need to be detailed, but for the most part a treatment that incorporates the sidebar and table styles are a good starting point for these. I do not consider statblocks as high in the hierarchy of design elements as tables or sidebars are. Continue reading “Choosing Typefaces for Layout” »...
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#RPGaDAY 2017, Day 23: RPG Layout

Day 23 of #RPGaDAY has the most interesting topic to me this month: "Which RPG has the most jaw-dropping layout?" While I take a bit of an issue with the "most jaw-dropping" part of the question -- other topics used "the best" to provoke a convesation about your favorite ________ -- I see where the question writer is going. It's not the best layout we're looking for, it's the most noticable layout that's pleasing to look at. Now, while I as a layout artist want to have people blown away by my work, one of the best reviews I have received is one that pointed at 7th Sea's layout: It doesn't do much to overwhelm and mainly gets out of the way. On the surface, that sounds like a bit of an insult. The layout design doesn't do much. It doesn't distract the reader. It's plain. This is one of the best things a layout artist can hear. Like cinematography, comic book...
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#RPGaDAY 2017, Day 5: An RPG Cover That Best Reflects the Game

Today's #RPGaDAY topic asks which roleplaying game's cover best captures the spirit of the game? (Technically, it was the day before yesterday's topic, but I'm travelling.) You know, I always liked the cover to Modiphius' Achtung! Cthulhu: Keeper's Guide to the Secret War. Why? Because our heroes are fleeing. It's also World War 2, and there's action happening! Behind enemy lines! It looks so good, and I particularly don't care for Cthulhu, Lovecraft, or the Mythos. But if I were to play in any Cthulhuesque game, that cover makes me want to try that one. I also love the title of the game: ACHTUNG! CTHULHU! Continue reading “#RPGaDAY 2017, Day 5: An RPG Cover That Best Reflects the Game” »...
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