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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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Theme vs Mechanics - Finding Common Ground
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1508 by GamesPrecipice
09/12/2014 - 12:11
by Gabe
09/16/2014 - 03:43
Theme sites for my New WP website!
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890 by Markentosh
06/09/2016 - 23:17
by Markentosh
06/10/2016 - 21:34
Theme Preference
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601 by Squinshee
07/17/2017 - 14:24
by FrankM
07/19/2017 - 14:19
Theme help - 4 factions
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753 by Horatio252
06/12/2012 - 23:18
by Crensh3000ad
06/25/2012 - 10:41
Theme an preference
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807 by jrc5639
11/12/2015 - 18:21
n/a
The whole race - Spain - Italy Pocket Sports Cycling Tour
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825 by HPS74
04/17/2015 - 03:04
n/a
The Hidden Agenda
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1141 by markgrafn
03/03/2016 - 02:04
by markgrafn
03/03/2016 - 17:45
Tabletop Game Card Samples
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1105 by Godzirra
04/17/2014 - 00:25
by Godzirra
04/17/2014 - 19:26
Survival Horror Board Game Story Ending Cliche
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1043 by Stormyknight1976
01/25/2013 - 11:30
by Stormyknight1976
01/29/2013 - 13:03
superhero game- flavor text - input please
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784 by abdantas
01/30/2013 - 09:12
by abdantas
01/31/2013 - 10:36
Stumped - any ideas?
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1598 by vexus
05/07/2015 - 06:16
by vexus
05/12/2015 - 03:07
Steampunk exploration adventure game theme
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1073 by mithrilwisdom
03/26/2014 - 17:51
by baberahamlincoln
03/26/2014 - 18:08
Simplicity vs. Immersion: Naming Resources by Color or Theme?
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1633 by kevnburg
05/15/2014 - 19:50
by kevnburg
07/19/2014 - 22:16
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
RTS game in testing stage
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971 by Tbone
03/12/2013 - 21:17
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:48
RPG Board Game Story Narrative
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1276 by TwentyPercent
01/23/2013 - 17:52
by MarkKreitler
01/29/2013 - 18:07
Representing religions in game
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1074 by Tedthebug
06/29/2016 - 02:40
by Soulfinger
07/01/2016 - 03:18
Question about licensing content
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970 by Radium84
12/10/2013 - 22:56
by KrisW
12/11/2013 - 05:04
Presentation on Working with Freelance Artists
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413 by danielbishop56
04/03/2017 - 14:04
n/a
Poetry on cards - Help!
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1244 by Aerjen
07/01/2013 - 21:39
by Aerjen
07/02/2013 - 11:42
Pirate theme, needs a story...
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1103 by bmrust
06/19/2014 - 19:39
by bmrust
06/20/2014 - 12:25
Personality types, Theme Help
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1651 by RGaffney
06/22/2013 - 08:08
by Deveration
07/14/2013 - 11:52
Oops, mechanic without theme
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966 by j1hopki1
10/05/2015 - 21:18
by Soulfinger
10/07/2015 - 00:19
offending your audience
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2461 by drunknmunky
11/07/2013 - 14:43
by Word Nerd
08/03/2014 - 11:39
Need theme for a card game
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971 by Impudent Mortal
08/14/2012 - 03:41
by Impudent Mortal
08/15/2012 - 14:55
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