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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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Personality types, Theme Help
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1702 by RGaffney
06/22/2013 - 08:08
by Deveration
07/14/2013 - 11:52
Help naming game for Kids
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861 by Aerjen
05/26/2013 - 17:40
by GrimFinger
09/03/2013 - 08:06
RTS game in testing stage
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1013 by Tbone
03/12/2013 - 21:17
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:48
Theme help - 4 factions
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789 by Horatio252
06/12/2012 - 23:18
by Crensh3000ad
06/25/2012 - 10:41
Theme Preference
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868 by Squinshee
07/17/2017 - 14:24
by FrankM
07/19/2017 - 14:19
Mini-Banner Design
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510 by Evil ColSanders
03/30/2017 - 20:33
by Evil ColSanders
04/01/2017 - 05:09
What do you think about these *sample* cards?!
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1215 by questccg
06/03/2016 - 21:14
by Squinshee
06/04/2016 - 18:02
Tabletop Game Card Samples
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1152 by Godzirra
04/17/2014 - 00:25
by Godzirra
04/17/2014 - 19:26
Name ideas for a game of conspiracies.
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1311 by Zorblag
03/10/2014 - 23:42
by Zorblag
03/12/2014 - 23:28
Finding artists and cost?
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1178 by smeagolthevile
02/08/2014 - 12:41
by Guido
02/09/2014 - 10:05
Help me theme my game
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1011 by zmobie
12/11/2013 - 00:34
by zmobie
12/12/2013 - 12:36
Need Class Name Ideas
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846 by GenWash
06/18/2013 - 14:55
by GenWash
06/19/2013 - 13:03
[POLL] need your thoughts on a theme.
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836 by spaff
07/05/2017 - 11:49
by The Odd Fox
07/06/2017 - 17:30
Oops, mechanic without theme
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1022 by j1hopki1
10/05/2015 - 21:18
by Soulfinger
10/07/2015 - 00:19
Give me some feedback on my art
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1341 by IcePeddlerGames
09/14/2015 - 22:05
by Hook
09/16/2015 - 15:32
Name this game!
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1474 by questccg
03/05/2014 - 00:14
by Shoe
03/07/2014 - 10:56
Card Design input for Math Numbers?
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1261 by EduGame
02/14/2014 - 00:47
by EduGame
02/16/2014 - 14:08
Auction game in need of a theme
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985 by padragan
06/06/2013 - 19:54
by padragan
06/07/2013 - 15:00
Survival Horror Board Game Story Ending Cliche
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1078 by Stormyknight1976
01/25/2013 - 11:30
by Stormyknight1976
01/29/2013 - 13:03
From Theme to Name
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909 by Word Nerd
01/17/2013 - 03:28
by Word Nerd
05/25/2013 - 21:23
Need theme for a card game
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1017 by Impudent Mortal
08/14/2012 - 03:41
by Impudent Mortal
08/15/2012 - 14:55
When an artist goes off-spec
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723 by adversitygames
03/17/2017 - 00:02
by I Will Never Gr...
03/19/2017 - 16:52
Anyone have artists they would refer?
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1443 by jonathanflike
08/26/2016 - 13:03
by questccg
09/20/2016 - 20:46
Bushido Theme and Art Design Critique
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1394 by markgrafn
09/11/2015 - 13:46
by markgrafn
09/14/2015 - 10:28
Dilema: Beautiful board vs functional board
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1365 by BenMora
09/04/2015 - 21:07
by 537h
09/09/2015 - 09:53
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