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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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VP and Game Titling Issues
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1125 by Apotheothena
05/18/2015 - 17:19
by fayinsky
05/20/2015 - 00:46
Stumped - any ideas?
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1749 by vexus
05/07/2015 - 06:16
by vexus
05/12/2015 - 03:07
Currency and VP Naming!
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1044 by Apotheothena
04/23/2015 - 12:18
by kos
04/24/2015 - 18:55
Theme? Art review and critique!
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1203 by markgrafn
04/16/2015 - 21:28
by -Eberhardt-
04/19/2015 - 06:55
The whole race - Spain - Italy Pocket Sports Cycling Tour
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889 by HPS74
04/17/2015 - 03:04
n/a
I'd like your input...
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1309 by -Eberhardt-
02/24/2015 - 16:51
by Sliverik
03/02/2015 - 10:46
How to legally use a celebrity likeness
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2076 by Gabe
02/10/2015 - 18:11
by Gabe
02/10/2015 - 23:46
Box Art Ideas - Monaco: 1929
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1551 by Maritoe
01/29/2015 - 16:39
by Dagar
02/01/2015 - 16:03
What's in a name? - Greyscape
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1124 by LordBrand
01/29/2015 - 15:52
by Soulfinger
01/30/2015 - 00:05
Name of my mech game
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1803 by Robostrat
12/19/2014 - 00:17
by LordBrand
01/29/2015 - 15:20
Integrating Mechanics into Theme
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1687 by GamesPrecipice
09/18/2014 - 11:04
by firstcultural
11/09/2014 - 21:45
What to do with surplus card space?
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1701 by Word Nerd
09/26/2014 - 13:05
by larienna
10/02/2014 - 09:51
Theme vs Mechanics - Finding Common Ground
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1559 by GamesPrecipice
09/12/2014 - 12:11
by Gabe
09/16/2014 - 03:43
offending your audience
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2542 by drunknmunky
11/07/2013 - 14:43
by Word Nerd
08/03/2014 - 11:39
Want comments for a 5 thematic sphere of magic design
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1555 by larienna
07/28/2014 - 11:49
by larienna
07/31/2014 - 11:39
Classical Element Combinations
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13129 by Toa Lewa
12/11/2013 - 16:52
by Toa Lewa
07/28/2014 - 14:02
Need advice on playing piece........
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1026 by UK_David
07/20/2014 - 05:37
by UK_David
07/20/2014 - 14:20
Simplicity vs. Immersion: Naming Resources by Color or Theme?
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1711 by kevnburg
05/15/2014 - 19:50
by kevnburg
07/19/2014 - 22:16
Alternate Themes in Dungeon Crawler (Let's Throw Fantasy out the Window)
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1705 by Toa Lewa
07/10/2014 - 15:33
by xaeromancer
07/14/2014 - 17:01
Pirate theme, needs a story...
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1152 by bmrust
06/19/2014 - 19:39
by bmrust
06/20/2014 - 12:25
Dragonlance - AD&D Official Game Adventures
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1556 by questccg
04/17/2014 - 00:14
by larienna
04/20/2014 - 11:56
Tabletop Game Card Samples
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1190 by Godzirra
04/17/2014 - 00:25
by Godzirra
04/17/2014 - 19:26
Need help with Art Direction.
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2779 by Three
02/07/2014 - 21:36
by Three
04/10/2014 - 18:36
Steampunk exploration adventure game theme
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1118 by mithrilwisdom
03/26/2014 - 17:51
by baberahamlincoln
03/26/2014 - 18:08
Game Theme
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1261 by danieledeming
03/14/2014 - 12:47
by hotsoup
03/15/2014 - 19:56
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