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  1. Thanks! Although, given talk on the backchannel, the thing I did to pull this off may have been a Crime Against Typography... More on that story as it develops. Also, are you setting the die outline in InDesign rather than using the uppercase J, K, and L characters in the font...?
  2. And I was originally riffing on Lecudas's work. If he didn't complain after all this time...
  3. Sorry, I misunderstood; you're actually working in Photoshop, which for some reason caught me by surprise. Sure, Photoshop doesn't have the faculties for working with text that Word has, and I haven't used Photoshop in a long time so I don't know what's changed in Hostage Crisis Creative Cloud Edition, but I'm having trouble seeing why it wouldn't work. I just went into three different graphic programs, and I could make it work. One thing I notice in that screenshot... and please pardon me if this sounds dumb... but the text surrounding the glyph is all uppercase. The "success" glyph is in the lowercase "s." If you have something in Photoshop forcing the case of that text, could you disable that, please? Also, I tried to polish up the spacing a little on those dice, and came up with this new version of the font, more properly named "Genesys Glyphs and Dice." Could you try that one and tell me if you have the same problem? https://www.dropbox.com/s/fag51p5pbpv00ny/GenesysGlyphsAndDice.ttf?dl=0
  4. Many letters disappear when you change to the Genesys fonts because the Genesys fonts we're throwing around here aren't complete alphabets; the ones tossed around before I came in have only six characters, representing Failure (f), Threat (h), Despair (d), Success (s), Advantage (a), and Triumph (t). The rest are empty; don't set body or normal text to use the Genesys fonts. If you're working in Word, you can set a character style that applies the Genesys font, and use that only when needed. If you're experimenting with the Genesys-Tweak font that I posted above (and nobody's told me if they can actually do anything with that font or not yet—please respond?), then you've got a few more glyphs to work with, but they contain a bit of typographical bastardry in the form of overprint characters. They'll make body text look even worse and they may be kinda hard to work with, but if you want to stick die types into your text, they're just the thing.
  5. It's also come to my attention that people might not even be able to get to this file, since Dropbox is pushing pro service and paywalling the ability to change permissions. Do I need to rehost this?
  6. Yes I would. Like I said, though, it's far from perfect. It doesn't even show up in my regular font menus. I could still use it, though, so I must have done something right. https://www.dropbox.com/s/hn3uxz3dnpocbs3/Genesys-Tweak.ttf?dl=0
  7. The Pitch: In the 25 years prior, there have been three significant events involving destruction of property, loss of life, and aliens. On April 14, 2045, a spaceship appeared in geosynchronous orbit over the Pacific Ocean and began broadcasting a monotone signal, modulated at intervals that are as-yet not understood. Is this a threat? A challenge? A warning? Many agencies and corporations are trying to figure out the significance and purpose of the alien vessel known as The Enigma, You work for the Elohan Group, a technical powerhouse near Santa Barbara, California, that is dedicated to space sciences and the occasional rocket launch; they are probably the best-suited to discovering its secrets. Can you successfully work out the puzzle despite the interference of extraterrestrials, government agents, corporate saboteurs, and office politics? The Intent: The goal was to create a game of freaky intrigue and paranoia as a backdrop to the action. Specifically, I had the mental images of furtive meetings on morning beaches and dock bars, startling revelations of technology that seems ill-suited to humans, and the occasional gunfight in a darkened office block. The Game, In Its Execution: It has not run smoothly, but that's not the fault of the mechanics (as far as I can tell). I can't talk about it here, sadly, at least not until I say my peace with the players. (Disclaimer: It will not be peaceful.)
  8. Dice shapes in the font, along with the symbols? That's what I did, basically. I took Lecudas's TTF, loaded it up on FontForge, and ran me fingers over the pith of its marrow. The square went in j, the parallelogram in k, the hexagon in l, and then I copied those shapes into their respective capitals, and turned them into rounded strokes which frame the originals pretty darned well if I do say so myself. I got the attached image by typing in Word, with a singe font, the one I named Genesys-Tweak, using the techniques I described above (and below). Then I printed and rescanned, just as proof-of-concept that they will roll out of the household printer properly. Don't get me wrong, it's still far from perfect. I was more concerned about the shapes looking good than making them fit into whatever text they might be set with. And colorizing them can be a bit tricky; you need to put the cursor to the left of the shape, shift-right-arrow to select the very next character (the one under the frame), and colorize that character. Also, copying and pasting them may be a pain if you don't have them separated by spaces because it's too easy not to select the black frame along with the colored shape. Still, as cruel typographical trickery goes, I think it's a fine first effort. Maybe next I'll attempt a full alphabet? (Narrator: No, he won't.)
  9. For what it's worth, it may be possible not only to do the dice within the font, but make them look reasonably good. Disclaimer: I'm adding to Lecudas's TTF, so if those symbols look familiar... I'm experimenting right now with FontForge and drawing two versions of the dice symbols, solid in the lowercase (j=6, k=8, l=12) and as an outline in the uppercase. Further, the uppercase glyphs have zero "width" so they don't advance the line any, or at least minimally; they just overprint the characters to the left of them. The idea is to combine the characters (jJ, kK, lL), and colorize the first one according to the die type (as above). It's not perfect yet, but the preliminary tests off the printer are promising. You see this idea kicked around occasionally; look up a typeface called Stately for an extreme example of this.
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