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The hand-coded SVG glyphs presented here are designed to be used in a color font eventually.

Colour Palette

Image colours extracted by TinEye Labs
red#D52025strawberriesStrawberries by Brian Prechtel (Public domain)
orange#F1A125orangesAmbersweet oranges by the Agricultural Research Service (Public domain)
yellow#F5CC25lemonsLemon by Andrรฉ Karwath (CC BY-SA 2.5)
green#5B8C33fern plantSa-fern by Sanjay ach (CC BY-SA 3.0)
blue#223DD9clouds and blue skyClouds Blue Sky 001 by Kabir Bakie (CC BY-SA 2.5)
purple#C16CEEpurple pansy flowerPurple pansy flower by Rosendahl (Public domain)
brown#81452BchocolateChocolate02 by Fir0002 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
black#3B3A39charcoalCharcoal by Johnny Magnusson (Public domain with usage terms)
white#F8F8FDclouds and blue skyClouds Blue Sky 001 by Kabir Bakie (CC BY-SA 2.5)
white die face#E5E4D8white and red diceRisk dice example by Val42 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
black die pips#3C3C35
red die face#C11B08four dice6 sided dice by Diacritica (CC BY-SA 3.0)
green die face#11AF5A
purple die face#AE2593
blue die face#103CBF
white die pips#D1D1D0
red die pips#B5150AAmerican, Chinese and casino diceDice01 (Public domain)
blue die pips#3F58A1
white draughts#CEC2A732 ivory draughtsGame, draughts (AM 1962.54) by Auckland Museum (CC BY-SA 4.0)
red draughts#AF304A
white chess piece#DECEB8Opening chess position from black sideOpening chess position from black side by Michael Maggs (CC BY-SA 3.0)
black chess piece#130706
light chessboard square#BA9867
dark chessboard square#876A44
card back#828C85card backTarot nouveau - Grimaud - 1898 - Back side by Baptiste-Paul Grimaud (Public domain)
black suit#3A393E8 of spadesTarot nouveau - Grimaud - 1898 - Spades - 08 by Baptiste-Paul Grimaud (Public domain)
card background#E1DFD4
red suit#CB5D448 of heartsTarot nouveau - Grimaud - 1898 - Hearts - 08 by Baptiste-Paul Grimaud (Public domain)
mandolin#C2A986the foolTarot nouveau - Grimaud - 1898 - Trumps - Excuse by Baptiste-Paul Grimaud (Public domain)
black number#3B373Ctrump twenty-oneTarot nouveau - Grimaud - 1898 - Trumps - 21 by Baptiste-Paul Grimaud (Public domain)
horsemanโ€™s axe#786664horsemanโ€™s axeHorsemanโ€™s axe - 1475 by Icitatus (Public domain)
buckskin horse#403E38buckskin horseBuckskin New Forest pony by Paula Jantunen (Public domain)
grey horse#9A9494grey horseCabalo044eue by Luis Miguel Bugallo Sรกnchez (CC BY-SA 3.0)
bay horse#4D4839bay horseBay Mare by Montanabw (CC BY-SA 3.0)
chestnut horse#BB8561chestnut horsePottok by Olav2 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
gold#E4C04CImperial Crown of Napolean IIIImperial Crown of Napoleon III by Jรผrgen Abeler

Reproduction displayed at the Abeler collection of crowns and regalia in Wuppertal.

amethyst#7F4977amethyst geodeAmethyst Geode by Maatpublishing (CC BY-SA 4.0)
emerald#378869emerald crystalBeryl variety emerald on calcite by Maatpublishing (Public domain)
blue sapphire#2A3D9Csapphire corundumCorundum 71826 by Rob Lavinsky, (CC BY-SA 3.0)
ruby#CD3963ruby corundumCorundum Winza 17D by Rob Lavinsky, (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Geometric Shapes

heart, circle, square, and star glyphs in nine different colours

These glyphs come from various Unicode blocks and can be used in combination with other glyphs to indicate colour. Zero-width joiner sequences were used for star glyphs without assigned code points.

Geometric shape code points
redU+2764U+1F534U+1F7E5U+2B50 U+200D U+1F7E5
orangeU+1F9E1U+1F7E0U+1F7E7U+2B50 U+200D U+1F7E7
greenU+1F49AU+1F7E2U+1F7E9U+2B50 U+200D U+1F7E9
blueU+1F499U+1F535U+1F7E6U+2B50 U+200D U+1F7E6
purpleU+1F49CU+1F7E3U+1F7EAU+2B50 U+200D U+1F7EA
brownU+1F90EU+1F7E4U+1F7EBU+2B50 U+200D U+1F7EB

Chess Symbols

chess symbols

Code points U+2654–U+265F from the miscellaneous symbols block represent traditional chess pieces. Code points U+1FA00–U+1FA53 were added in Unicode version 12.0 and represent heterodox or fairy chess pieces which add neutral colours, angle rotations, equihoppers and hybrid pieces to the traditional ranks.

Sample Text: Chess

Chess is a popular strategy game for two players. The game is played on a 8 by 8 square board and consists of 32 pieces (16 black, 16 white).

Chess pieces
SymbolNameQuantity per colourRelative Value (Lasker)
chessboard with pieces in starting position

To start the game, the players choose a color and sit across from each other on either side of the board. Their pieces are placed in the first two rows in front of them. The rooks are setup in the corners of the closest row followed by the knights and bishops moving inward. The position of the king and queen is in the two center squares depending on the color: the white queen is on the left side of her king, the black queen is to the right of hers. The pawns are placed across the second row.

Die Faces

white, red, green, blue, purple and Chinese style dice

These glyphs from the miscellaneous symbols block represent a standard six-sided die in various colours as well as a Chinese style variant. Code points U+2680–U+2685 are combined with zero-width joiner sequences for the colour variants. The Chinese variant is designed to use the OpenType feature Stylistic Set 1.

Sample Text: Craps

Craps is a dice game popular in casinos. The possible rolls are outlined below. There are two ways to achieve the rolls in the singles column: the first one as displayed in the table, the second one by swapping the faces (e.g. โš€โš, โšโš€ for ace deuce).

Rolls in craps
SumNameSingles (easy)Doubles (hard)Type
2snake eyesโš€โš€craps
3ace deuceโš€โšcraps
4easy/hard fourโš€โš‚โšโšpoint
5fiveโš€โšƒ, โšโš‚point
6easy/hard sixโš€โš„, โšโšƒโš‚โš‚point
7sevenโš€โš…, โšโš„, โš‚โšƒnatural
8easy/hard eightโšโš…, โš‚โš„โšƒโšƒpoint
9nineโš‚โš…, โšƒโš„point
10easy/hard tenโšƒโš…โš„โš„point
11yo (yo-leven)โš„โš…natural

Domino Tiles

100 domino tile glyphs 100 domino tile variant glyphs

These glyphs in the domino tiles block (U+1F030–U+1F093) have western and eastern style variants. In the eastern style: ones and fours are red; the other pips are blue. A real double-six domino set has 28 tiles. In Unicode, each tile has separate horizontal and vertical code points representing rotation at 90 degree increments. Code points were added to represent a turned over tile as well. Doubles and tile backs have two code points each since 180 degree rotations for these tiles are visibly indistinguishable. There are four code points for each of the other tiles.

Domino code points

Playing Cards

playing card glyphs

These glyphs are inspired by Tarot Nouveau with numbers from the Libre Bodoni font. The trump card themes are not depicted since they are not significant to gameplay and would reduce glyph comprehension at smaller sizes. A poker card ratio is used to allow for a better use of space. Common card sizes: credit card, 85.6 mm by 53.98 mm; bridge card, 88 mm by 57 mm; poker card, 88 mm by 62 mm; and tarot card, 110 mm by 60 mm.

The court cards are depicted based on the following information:

Playing card code points
Unicode BlockRangeDescription
miscellaneous symbolsU+2660–U+2667black, red and white suit glyphs
playing cardsU+1F0A0–U+1F0F5card back, pip cards, court cards, trump cards, joker cards
private use areaU+E0A0–U+E0E0gemstone colour suit glyphs, horsemanโ€™s axe, horses, jeweled crowns, joker hats, mandolin

Sample Text: French Tarot

In a four person game, players are each dealt a hand of eighteen cards. Six cards are left in the dog (le chien) for use after the bid. Here is an example of a typical deal.

Tarot hands
4๐Ÿƒต๐Ÿƒณ๐Ÿƒญ๐Ÿƒฌ๐Ÿƒซ๐Ÿƒฆ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿ‚ญ๐Ÿ‚ฉ๐Ÿ‚จ๐Ÿ‚ฆ๐Ÿ‚ฅ๐Ÿ‚ท๐Ÿ‚ด๐Ÿ‚ฒ๐Ÿ‚ฑ๐Ÿƒš๐Ÿƒˆ

Each hand can be evaluated to determine whether or not the player should make a bid.

Hand evaluation (adapted from Fรฉdรฉration franรงaise de tarot)
Oudlersthe 2110
the fool8
the 1 with four trump5
the 1 with five trump7
the 1 with six or more trump9
Trumpsfour or more trump: 2 points each2
a major trump (16 to 21): 2 points each2
a major trump sequence: 1 point for each card in sequence1
Court cardsa marriage (king and queen from the same suit)10
a king without his queen6
a queen without her king3
a knight2
a jack1
Suitsfive cards in the same suit5
six cards in the same suit7
seven or more cards in the same suit9
Sans / Contre *void suit6
one card in a suit3
* Applicable only to garde sans or garde contre bids. The dog (le chien) would effect lesser bids.
Player 1 hand evaluation ๐Ÿƒด๐Ÿƒช๐Ÿƒฉ๐Ÿƒง๐Ÿƒข๐Ÿ‚ซ๐Ÿ‚ค๐Ÿ‚ก๐Ÿ‚พ๐Ÿ‚ป๐Ÿ‚ธ๐Ÿ‚ถ๐Ÿ‚ต๐Ÿ‚ณ๐Ÿƒ–๐Ÿƒ•๐Ÿƒ“๐Ÿƒ…
five trump10
one major trump2
one king6
two jacks2
six hearts7
Player 2 hand evaluation ๐Ÿƒฑ๐Ÿƒฐ๐Ÿƒฏ๐Ÿƒฎ๐Ÿƒค๐Ÿ‚ง๐Ÿ‚ฝ๐Ÿƒž๐Ÿƒœ๐Ÿƒ›๐Ÿƒ™๐Ÿƒ๐ŸƒŒ๐ŸƒŠ๐Ÿƒ‰๐Ÿƒ‡๐Ÿƒ†๐Ÿƒ„
five trump10
two major trump4
one major trump sequence2
one king6
two queens6
two knights4
one jack1
seven diamonds9
Player 3 hand evaluation ๐Ÿƒฒ๐Ÿƒจ๐Ÿƒฃ๐Ÿƒก๐Ÿ‚ฎ๐Ÿ‚ฌ๐Ÿ‚ช๐Ÿ‚ฃ๐Ÿ‚ข๐Ÿ‚บ๐Ÿ‚น๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ˜๐Ÿƒ’๐Ÿƒ‘๐Ÿƒ‹๐Ÿƒƒ๐Ÿƒ
four trump8
one major trump2
one king6
one queen3
one knight2
one jack1
five spades5
Player 4 hand evaluation ๐Ÿƒต๐Ÿƒณ๐Ÿƒญ๐Ÿƒฌ๐Ÿƒซ๐Ÿƒฆ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿ‚ญ๐Ÿ‚ฉ๐Ÿ‚จ๐Ÿ‚ฆ๐Ÿ‚ฅ๐Ÿ‚ท๐Ÿ‚ด๐Ÿ‚ฒ๐Ÿ‚ฑ๐Ÿƒš๐Ÿƒˆ
the 2110
the fool8
seven trump14
two major trump4
one queen3
five spades5

Using the bid guidelines below players 2 or 4 could make a prise bid. Players 1 and 3 donโ€™t have enough points to warrant a bid.

Bid guidelines
PointsRecommended Bid
0โ€“39Passe (no bid)
71โ€“80Garde Sans
81โ€“  Garde Contre

At first glance, player 4 may appear to have a much stronger hand due to the number of trumps. After further inspection the hand loses points for not having a sufficient amount of court cards. A rookie player may make the mistake of making a higher bid than the strength of the hand warrants.

Matthew Kwasnicki ๐Ÿ‹๐ŸŽ
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