I just noticed something (conciously, anyway) regarding the 1st-3rd print booklets. I don't have copies of these (heh) but I save pics whenever they are posted and have thus acquired a fairly substantial percentage of the text.
Anyway the font is not the same as used in 5th and sixth print ( I dunno about 4th).
The font seems to be Tw Cent (twentieth century or TW Cent MT) which a slight varaition on Futura- the font the AD&D manuals used.
And I agree, this is Futura. The text 6th printing of the white box (MM, MT, and UWA) is Univers and the replaced Hobbit-> Halfling text is Helvetica.
What I was saying is that TSR changed the font for the books but not the sheets, so those with later printings can see what font was used in the earlier booklets by checking out their loose leaf reference papers.
Last Edit: Apr 27, 2012 20:07:03 GMT -6 by verhaden
Post by waysoftheearth on Apr 28, 2012 1:47:42 GMT -6
Ah, I see what you meant now.
I can confirm that the 1st and 6th print ref sheets are quite different.
Firstly, the 1st and 6th prints have a different number of leaves.
My copy of the 1st print has three folded letter-leaves which are printed on both sides (making four digest-sized pages per leaf, total 12 pages), two folded letter-sized leaves which are printed on one side only (making 2 digest-sized pages per leaf, total 4 pages), and one folded letter-sized leaf which is printed wholly on one side and only half on the other side (making 3 digest-sized pages).
So, in total the 1st print has six leafs and 19 pages of tables. It does not have a "title page"; this might indicate that I am missing a page but all of the other content that appears on the 6th print's title page leaf is present.
Additionally, the 1st print has one more digest-sized leaf which is printed only on one side entitled "CORRECTION SHEET". I do not have this sheet with any other printed set.
By comparison, the 6th print has exactly five folded letter-sized leaves, all of which are printed on both sides for a total four digest-sized pages per leaf, making 20 digest-sized pages in total. The one "additional" page is the title page. The "correction sheet" was either omitted, or is missing from my sets.
As far as the font is concerned, some parts of the 6th print ref sheets are quite plainly poor quality "copies" of the original, and these do appear to be the same as what appears in the 1st print (with "round" letter as) -- it is a shame these parts were so poorly reproduced
Any text that was subsequently changed for the 6th print ref sheets (which is pretty much all of the text and foot notes following tables, and a few of the tables themselves as well) appears in a slightly larger font (with "hooked" letter as) which has been reproduced far more crisply.
For example, on the page Verhaden posted above you can see that the text at the bottom of the page "Note: All items will be guarded by..." is in the different (newer) font.
Hmm, my research shows that 6th is primarily Univers and Futura, I think I've checked out Helvetica at some point, but I don't recall it specifically; I'll have to look again. More on my font research stuff here: tomeoftreasures.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3541