My Aging Eyes and Really Small Game Fonts
Michael Barlow
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Hello!

Please contribute to this list of games that have crucial game information printed in weeny teensy bitty fonts that you need either a really bright light or a good magnifier to read.
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Now, I'm not talking about the box. The box I don't care about.
I've read those geeklists and this one's totally different.

So, if the cards, the board, tokens or counters, or even the rulebook seems that it was written by one-celled organisms to really really save space, please help me warn others!

I'll also accept entries for game information that isn't written in a particularly smallish font, but the choice of colours for the font and the background are at odds to each other.

It's all in the name of helping the blind to see!

I'll get you started.

Note: I used to have a desktop publishing ruler that measured the point size of fonts, but not no more.
If anyone wants to take the time to measure the fonts, I'll tip them a penny.
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Thank goodness that the damage chits are colour-coded, because this font is too small for me to read without magnification. The letter codes are printed inside the target symbols.

In order, then, the Wildcat and the Martlet draws 2 B's at short range and an A at long range.
The third Wildcat draws 3 B's at close range and an A and a B at close range.

The range markers are also illustrated too small for me to see, but that's another geeklist.
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The Area cards in Anima have a box at the bottom for the Rewards (what you get to do if you defeat any encounters there).

For example, the first card in the picture, Sylvania has 3 Rewards:
Advantage (x2)
Recruit
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All the information charts in this game have the same warm, streaky red & black background as the map in this picture. While the fonts aren't particularly small, the choice of some of the font colours (light blue, pale white, and dark green) makes for an ill-advised mix.
 
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Not only are the fonts used on the counters for unit ID small, they seem to have a sort of 'shadow' effect. And since every counter has to be placed in a specific location, set up is murder on my eyes! The actual unit strengths aren't so bad, actually.
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This is a neat looking game. But for the life of me I can't read the cards.
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(The cards in the picture are not even the worst examples; some were REALLY full of game text (plus flavor text). Note that some other CCGs could have served as example, but this game is the "worst" as far as I know. Some L5R or Star Wars cards probably come close though.)

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have you tried reading these cards without the aid of a magnifying glass?
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In a dungeon it is all dark - simulated with small fonts and dark background
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So I can't read these from more than one foot away and I have 20/20 vision. And they are all done with icons.
 
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The player aide cards are crammed full of information. Unfortunately, it is one of the "smaller" cards. One tiny blemish on a great game.
 
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The English part is in really tiny print.
 
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Here is one where it could be increased to either 5/8ths, or 3/4ths at the least, and maybe even 1-inch in counter size! The exquisite details are lost at such a small 'font', so PLEASE! I'd be willing to PAY some more for it all as well.
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Mission: Red Planet

Tiny text on the cards.
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It's an attractive board but done entirely in soft, subdued colors, with little contrast, and smallish print. If you're over 50 you'll need your readers for this one.
 
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