I have a vivid memory of creating new fonts while bored out of my mind in my high school English class, writing "this is boring" in my novel font, followed by realizing that in my preoccupation I hadn't noticed that my teacher was standing right behind me reading every word.
TheJuggler wrote:Flatfingers wrote:I have a vivid memory of creating new fonts while bored out of my mind in my high school English class, writing "this is boring" in my novel font, followed by realizing that in my preoccupation I hadn't noticed that my teacher was standing right behind me reading every word.
omg this is hilarious
Flatfingers wrote:<whistle> That is certainly detailed.
At first it reminded me of Tamil, but after looking at the abugida chart on Wikipedia I see that it seems closer in spirit to Telugu. Were you inspired by the looks of any existing abugidas or alphabets?
(Actually, when I originally looked closely at your example, my first thought was, "Hmmm... these look sort of like English letters read in a mirror." I tried flipping them horizontally, and sure enough, some of the individual letters start to look familiar: I can see an "s" and an "a," and possibly "c" and "r" and "n" as well... but I think those are just coincidences. And yet somehow the horizontally flipped text seems to me to create words that almost feel like I should be able to translate them, where the original feels more alien. Funny. )
Flatfingers wrote:Is there also an invented language behind the characters, or are they a direct cipher for an existing human language? I think I'm safe in guessing that this one is a cipher from English, yes?
Also, not to pry into "because reasons," but are there at least rules behind the reasons for the different non-interchangeable placements of vowels and stresses and non-consonants so that I don't have to try to sleep knowing that someone has invented a semi-randomized writing system?
TheJuggler wrote:Talvieno -- what's this about procedurally generated languages? Do tell.
TheJuggler wrote:When I got bored in highschool i developed a habit of designing writing systems. I never got into conlanging, though, so they were all for english. Here's a sample of my most recent (and most developed) conscript -- an abugida:
That looks like one of the biggest mysterys of the cryptography, the Voynich manuscript : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript
Makes me wonder, if this unresolved mystery was something like a sketchbook by a bored scholar
Would be a rather cool idea for a mod though, NPC's speaking in their own language and having their own writing on their ships.
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