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Following on the success of the hieroglyphic backgrounds, here is a free set of rune backgrounds. The four page background images that make up this pack were created with the font Futhark from Wintertree Software, part of the Runes font package which is available here. They are just a small sample of what you can create with those fonts.

There are four versions of the page: one with a stone background, one with a parchment background, one in all black & white, and with a pale gray background and a darker border. They are all in the same PDF file. The easy way to use the backgrounds is to print a few copies of whichever version you like, then put them back in the printer (make sure you have them the right way up!) for whatever you want to print on them.

Note that these are full-page: that is, there is no allowance for borders, as this varies so much among printers. Therefore, when printing, make sure you have "scale to paper size" or the equivalent selected, so that the edges don't get cut off. They are in US 8.5 x 11 size.

Again, this is just s small sample of the kinds of things you can do with the Runes font package, which you can buy right here on DriveThruRPG.

By the way, the text is the first few lines of Beowulf.

Don't forget to take a look at Wintertree's many fonts, including ancient and esoteric alphabets, dice, ciphers, hieroglyphs, and many other useful fonts for gamers.

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James C December 29, 2017 7:29 pm UTC
Is there a way to license these backgrounds for use in commercial products?
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This title was added to our catalog on December 24, 2017.