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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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Need some help with piece and theme
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803 by Honestman
01/29/2014 - 14:39
by Evil ColSanders
01/29/2014 - 21:10
Using well known game titles or not
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974 by svenne
01/27/2014 - 04:51
by larienna
01/27/2014 - 12:39
CCG Races - help defining
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1680 by questccg
01/25/2014 - 19:24
by questccg
01/27/2014 - 16:26
What makes the concept of 'transforming' special?
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1026 by Squinshee
01/13/2014 - 12:54
by ruy343
01/14/2014 - 20:08
How important is world building to you?
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1256 by TidalGames
01/12/2014 - 00:55
by larienna
01/15/2014 - 10:38
Different Fantasy Themes
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2615 by wooberg
12/31/2013 - 16:22
by Willem Verheij
06/09/2016 - 09:06
Dream Terminology
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891 by Aerjen
12/23/2013 - 14:15
by Aerjen
12/31/2013 - 16:22
Aalsmeer - Objective Cards
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821 by Kroz1776
12/19/2013 - 11:38
by Kroz1776
12/20/2013 - 10:40
Fantasy Name Generator App
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1070 by Toa Lewa
12/18/2013 - 15:27
by larienna
12/19/2013 - 10:20
Classical Element Combinations
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11886 by Toa Lewa
12/11/2013 - 16:52
by Toa Lewa
07/28/2014 - 14:02
Help me theme my game
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969 by zmobie
12/11/2013 - 00:34
by zmobie
12/12/2013 - 12:36
Question about licensing content
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970 by Radium84
12/10/2013 - 22:56
by KrisW
12/11/2013 - 05:04
Can't think of a good name for my game.
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1351 by Shoe
11/27/2013 - 09:55
by Word Nerd
11/28/2013 - 22:08
Name Suggestions for Fantasy Maze Game
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5267 by Toa Lewa
11/20/2013 - 23:58
by Toa Lewa
11/24/2013 - 13:43
offending your audience
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2461 by drunknmunky
11/07/2013 - 14:43
by Word Nerd
08/03/2014 - 11:39
Need a name
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748 by Dralius
10/28/2013 - 12:44
by Kroz1776
10/29/2013 - 09:53
Use of Photography
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1312 by questccg
10/22/2013 - 19:51
by questccg
01/28/2014 - 22:01
City of Guilds
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1143 by Voron
10/21/2013 - 18:22
by Voron
10/23/2013 - 09:42
I'm The Boss Retheme
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699 by yamizero
10/16/2013 - 02:54
by yamizero
10/16/2013 - 05:16
Card Art for Kids - Looking for Feedback
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965 by Aerjen
10/14/2013 - 19:01
by Kroz1776
10/16/2013 - 09:16
What gets YOU designing?
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718 by Knicksen
10/13/2013 - 06:15
by crenshal
10/14/2013 - 11:40
What do you think (Newer version)?
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871 by questccg
09/27/2013 - 16:30
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 13:59
Lordly Names
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3306 by questccg
09/16/2013 - 20:55
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:03
What do you think?
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1448 by questccg
09/08/2013 - 23:20
by NoxArt
09/22/2013 - 13:47
Time Quake - Funny Missions Wanted
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1220 by GenWash
07/09/2013 - 01:20
by RGaffney
10/12/2013 - 08:06
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