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Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, 2nd Edition logo and handbooks

Contributed by Stephen Coles on May 28th, 2015. Artwork published in
circa 1985
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    The Complete Thief’s Handbook, 2nd Edition
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    The Complete Thief’s Handbook, 2nd Edition

    The redesigned logo that appeared in the mid-1980s for the Advanced edition of the genre-defining role-playing game is a modification of Friz Quadrata with an unusual open ‘g’. The supplementary typefaces used for the manuals and other AD&D books are paragons of 1970s fantasy style: Romic and ITC Benguiat.

    The Complete Thief’s Handbook, 2nd Edition
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    I-6 Ravenloft game module, published in 1983.

    The Complete Thief’s Handbook, 2nd Edition
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    Monster Manual, 1978 edition.

    The Complete Thief’s Handbook, 2nd Edition
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    Dungeon Master’s Guide

    The Complete Thief’s Handbook, 2nd Edition
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    Player’s Handbook

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    • Friz Quadrata
    • Romic
    • ITC Benguiat

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    5 Comments on “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, 2nd Edition logo and handbooks”

    1. It seems the open ‘g’ was included in the original version of Friz Quadrata. It is also present in URW’s Friz Quadrata No2 D as well as in Softmaker’s version, Quadrat Serial.

    2. Oh, thanks! Likely no modification then. The opening is wider and the contours appear somewhat rounded in this logo, but perhaps that was a result of the phototypesetting process or whatever version was available at the time.

    3. Some great classics!

    4. All the books you show above are from the graphical redesign of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons line, which was sometime in the mid-1980s, or the second edition that was released in 1989. The logos and typography of the 1970s editions were much less sophisticated.

    5. Thanks, James. I fixed the date.

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