(x) "Puerto Rico" board game typeface - Malvern {Mike F}

Spire's picture

I am trying to identify one of the typefaces used in the board game Puerto Rico. I've attached an image that contains examples that I've scanned in from various playing pieces and the game manual.

The best match I've been able to find so far is Kynges X NF from Nick's Fonts. It's close, but not exactly the same.

According to that MyFonts page, Kynges X NF was "inspired by an offering in the 1938 classic, Letters and Lettering by Paul Carlyle and Gus Oring". Perhaps the face I'm looking for was digitized from the same source?

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Thomas Phinney's picture

Nick's version is awfully close - only a typographer would notice the differences, if there are any. Maybe the Puerto Rico type has the "t" crossbar a little heavier. What differences do you think you see?

Thanks for the pointer, btw. I had been wondering what typeface they were using, myself. Puerto Rico is a great game!

T

Mike F's picture

I too see lots of little differences.

The typeface appears in the Solotype Catalog as Yucca. Dan Solo created a digital version under a different name, for some reason: Malvern. It can only be had from the 24 Celtic and Medieval Display Fonts CD from Dover. I have Malvern and it is a perfect match.

Thomas Phinney's picture

Oops, there's the right foot of the "n" as well. That's pretty blatant.

T

Spire's picture

Thanks for the help, guys. Malvern does appear to be a perfect match -- and quite a bargain, too.

As Mike has mentioned, there are many small differences between Kynges X NF and Malvern. Aside from the more glaring variations in form (such as the n that Thomas has pointed out), Malvern is on the whole more uniform and harmonious, while Kynges X NF is relatively uneven and idiosyncratic.

BTW, Thomas, you probably already know this, but just in case you were wondering about the other face used heavily in Puerto Rico, it's Post-Antiqua from Berthold.

It's a great game indeed. And now that I know what faces to use, I'll be able to make my own authentic-looking custom building, resource, and even role pieces.

Thomas Phinney's picture

Yes Post-Antiqua was easy to recognize. But I had been wondering about the other typeface, that turns out to be Malvern. Thanks again.

T

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