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.
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.
Some great classics!
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.
Thanks, James. I fixed the date.
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