In the 19th century typefaces with star-like serifs developed from the medieval type styles. Asterx is in that tradition of star-footed typefaces, though it is not modeled on any particular one.
There are three XKnightMares fonts. Each has rather formal chess fonts. The key layout is a bit complicated; see the key guide in the gallery for detailed information on how to position pieces correctly.
In addition to making chess boards, some of the pieces make interesting decorations.
Zirkle is a monoline font in which the upper-case letters were designed from circles or bits of circles, with interior straight lines. It was the first font I designed in Fontographer when Fontographer was still in version 2 and the most advanced Macintosh was the Macintosh II. I have heard from people who like it, but it was designed not to meet some need but to play with the geometry of circle-based letters. ZirkStressed is a “squared” version that was the result of playing with a font distortion program, which in this case produced a result that seemed interesting.
A warped version of the font Letunical, WarpLetunical has a Halloweenish feel to it.
With its split serifs, Vglee looks like it could be a copy of an “Old West” font but it is not. It was constructed by taking a motif and applying it regardless of consequences. Vglee does not have lower-case letters but it does include a full set of Western and Central European accented characters. Its distinctive, odd appearance can be useful in small doses for decorative purposes.
In late 1988 or early 1989 I noticed that the circular form of the sickle and the linear form of the hammer could be used to form all the letters of the alphabet. In an effort to sell other typefaces, I released the result as a promotional typeface, first in Type 3 format as Stalingrad, and later in Type 1 format as RedLetter. This version has been revised.
In NewLibrary the letters are on books, not in them. (The letters are from the typeface BeneScriptine).
NerdishHex is a hexagonal distortion of NewNerdish that I thought was rather interesting.