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#1 3DModelerMan   Members   -  Reputation: 1001

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 07:28 PM

I'm trying to build a GUI system for my game engine, but I need a default font. I've looked all around, but anything I can find is either not licensed for redistribution, or it requires a file to be included alongside it, which is impossible because it's going to be hardcoded into the engine and loaded from a char array. The only reason it's there is so that you can see things on the screen, and also recognize when you've forgotten to set a font (sorta like having a pink default material). So it doesn't really matter how ugly it is, as long as it's completely public domain with no requirements for readme files to be placed alongside the font.



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#2 jbadams   Senior Staff   -  Reputation: 18556

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 07:45 PM

A quick search turned up this page, and this font, which appear to be public domain.  Hope that helps! :)



#3 NumberXaero   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 1455

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 09:54 PM

Might help

 

https://www.google.com/fonts

 

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#4 mdwh   Members   -  Reputation: 873

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 07:08 AM

Open Game Art has some fonts, including public domain (CC0) ones.

Licences like CC-BY should be fine for you too (it means you need to attribute the author, e.g., in the documentation or source, doesn't need to be "alongside the font" if you're no longer storing the font in its own image file).


http://erebusrpg.sourceforge.net/ - Erebus, Open Source RPG for Windows/Linux/Android
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mark.harman/conquests.html - Conquests, Open Source Civ-like Game for Windows/Linux

#5 3DModelerMan   Members   -  Reputation: 1001

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 07:24 AM

Thanks everyone. These will work great.






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