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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 help - 4 factions
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751 by Horatio252
06/12/2012 - 23:18
by Crensh3000ad
06/25/2012 - 10:41
Theme Preference
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586 by Squinshee
07/17/2017 - 14:24
by FrankM
07/19/2017 - 14:19
Mini-Banner Design
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464 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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1164 by questccg
06/03/2016 - 21:14
by Squinshee
06/04/2016 - 18:02
Tabletop Game Card Samples
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1103 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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1284 by Zorblag
03/10/2014 - 23:42
by Zorblag
03/12/2014 - 23:28
Finding artists and cost?
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1126 by smeagolthevile
02/08/2014 - 12:41
by Guido
02/09/2014 - 10:05
Help me theme my game
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967 by zmobie
12/11/2013 - 00:34
by zmobie
12/12/2013 - 12:36
Need Class Name Ideas
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825 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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555 by spaff
07/05/2017 - 11:49
by The Odd Fox
07/06/2017 - 17:30
Oops, mechanic without theme
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965 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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1284 by IcePeddlerGames
09/14/2015 - 22:05
by Hook
09/16/2015 - 15:32
Name this game!
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1416 by questccg
03/05/2014 - 00:14
by Shoe
03/07/2014 - 10:56
Card Design input for Math Numbers?
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1230 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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955 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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1041 by Stormyknight1976
01/25/2013 - 11:30
by Stormyknight1976
01/29/2013 - 13:03
From Theme to Name
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853 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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968 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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664 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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1343 by jonathanflike
08/26/2016 - 13:03
by questccg
09/20/2016 - 20:46
Bushido Theme and Art Design Critique
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1352 by markgrafn
09/11/2015 - 13:46
by markgrafn
09/14/2015 - 10:28
Dilema: Beautiful board vs functional board
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1306 by BenMora
09/04/2015 - 21:07
by 537h
09/09/2015 - 09:53
What's in a name? - Greyscape
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1056 by LordBrand
01/29/2015 - 15:52
by Soulfinger
01/30/2015 - 00:05
Name of my mech game
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1683 by Robostrat
12/19/2014 - 00:17
by LordBrand
01/29/2015 - 15:20
What makes the concept of 'transforming' special?
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1025 by Squinshee
01/13/2014 - 12:54
by ruy343
01/14/2014 - 20:08
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