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Theme Design

While Mechanics are arguably the most important part of game design, a designer should never discount the importance of Theme - especially if that designer is trying to get published. Theme creates the atmosphere of the game, and helps players to understand and internalize rules by connecting them with recognizable ideas. Some designers like to work "theme-first," while others start with game mechanisms. But either way, before the game can be considered finished, the designer must consider the theme. Use this thread to discuss Theme design.
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Dream Terminology
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12/23/2013 - 14:15
by Aerjen
12/31/2013 - 16:22
Time Quake - Funny Missions Wanted
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10/12/2013 - 08:06
RPG Board Game Story Narrative
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1278 by TwentyPercent
01/23/2013 - 17:52
by MarkKreitler
01/29/2013 - 18:07
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944 by larienna
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774 by cloa513
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by Masacroso
02/15/2016 - 01:29
CCG Races - help defining
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1681 by questccg
01/25/2014 - 19:24
by questccg
01/27/2014 - 16:26
City of Guilds
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1149 by Voron
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by Voron
10/23/2013 - 09:42
What do you think?
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1449 by questccg
09/08/2013 - 23:20
by NoxArt
09/22/2013 - 13:47
Representing religions in game
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1079 by Tedthebug
06/29/2016 - 02:40
by Soulfinger
07/01/2016 - 03:18
Alien characters
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1346 by MattPlays
06/14/2015 - 22:30
by MattPlays
06/18/2015 - 22:30
Which Theme? Please Help Me Choose!
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2058 by tuscansun
03/15/2015 - 05:22
by Denniskam
08/11/2015 - 04:05
I'd like your input...
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1257 by -Eberhardt-
02/24/2015 - 16:51
by Sliverik
03/02/2015 - 10:46
Simplicity vs. Immersion: Naming Resources by Color or Theme?
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1636 by kevnburg
05/15/2014 - 19:50
by kevnburg
07/19/2014 - 22:16
How important is world building to you?
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1260 by TidalGames
01/12/2014 - 00:55
by larienna
01/15/2014 - 10:38
Need ideas to reinforce a theme
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1157 by larienna
02/05/2013 - 22:41
by larienna
02/10/2013 - 22:39
Should I shut down an idea based on theme alone?
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1035 by UncleDragon
08/21/2012 - 12:16
by Kroz1776
11/15/2013 - 17:40
What Kids Want...
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212 by questccg
10/20/2017 - 22:33
by questccg
19 min 25 sec ago
What do you think about this *sample* character card?
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946 by vertfromage
01/31/2017 - 12:09
by Evil ColSanders
02/03/2017 - 05:12
How to stay on course
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1057 by ZamjoBrash
07/18/2016 - 19:56
by JohnPace
07/21/2016 - 10:09
Need some help
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1069 by cripplefish
05/18/2016 - 11:31
by Arcuate
05/22/2016 - 05:46
Tongue-in-Cheek MMORPG CDG?
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1326 by HandsomeGames
11/06/2015 - 01:53
by HandsomeGames
11/10/2015 - 02:19
Help changing a theme?
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1169 by Robinxen
06/22/2015 - 09:44
by Soulfinger
06/23/2015 - 19:01
Personality types, Theme Help
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1654 by RGaffney
06/22/2013 - 08:08
by Deveration
07/14/2013 - 11:52
Help naming game for Kids
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832 by Aerjen
05/26/2013 - 17:40
by GrimFinger
09/03/2013 - 08:06
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