Friday, September 20, 2013

I love this piece of type.

It's the interior nameplate for Goblin Magazine from the run published in 1929. Goblin was a humor magazine published in Canada in the 1920s. It really has no RPG or OSR relevance other than the name (hopefully that's enough to seem relevant here).

My first thought upon seeing it was, "This would be a pretty cool title (and type treatment) for a microgame... if there wasn't already a microgame named Goblin."

My second thought was, "That kind of looks like the type that Rick Griffin did for those Grateful Dead posters in the late 60s and early 70s."

I suppose that if someone wants to start a zine named "Goblin," I might be persuaded to clean up the original image and convert it to a vector file.


  1. I'd love to get my mitts on that font.

  2. @Justin: Unfortunately, being hand-drawn, it would be tough to get anything exactly like it (especially outlined).

    There's a free font called biergarten with multiple weights that has a similar feel (though not the same detail in structure); BTW, biergarten as a font has no capital letters:

    You can get Haenel Fraktur (which is similar, but a bit more "mechanical" and less "organic" - does not have outline, but could be added in Illustrator) for $25:

    You can get the Rick Griffin Contour family (which isn't the same, but has the same feel) for about 17 bucks: