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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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Avoiding Offense
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1075 by Black Oak Games
01/09/2013 - 17:46
by Ecarots
10/12/2013 - 19:45
Time Quake - Funny Missions Wanted
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1307 by GenWash
07/09/2013 - 01:20
by RGaffney
10/12/2013 - 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
Lordly Names
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3367 by questccg
09/16/2013 - 20:55
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:03
Card Art - Looking for feedback
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1673 by Aerjen
07/03/2013 - 13:08
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 14:21
What do you think (Newer version)?
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899 by questccg
09/27/2013 - 16:30
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 13:59
Choosing the Final Faction for Shattered Empires
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846 by Shattered Empires
11/10/2012 - 03:28
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 12:05
What do you think?
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1523 by questccg
09/08/2013 - 23:20
by NoxArt
09/22/2013 - 13:47
Help naming game for Kids
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863 by Aerjen
05/26/2013 - 17:40
by GrimFinger
09/03/2013 - 08:06
Personality types, Theme Help
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1705 by RGaffney
06/22/2013 - 08:08
by Deveration
07/14/2013 - 11:52
Poetry on cards - Help!
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1304 by Aerjen
07/01/2013 - 21:39
by Aerjen
07/02/2013 - 11:42
Need Class Name Ideas
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846 by GenWash
06/18/2013 - 14:55
by GenWash
06/19/2013 - 13:03
Auction game in need of a theme
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987 by padragan
06/06/2013 - 19:54
by padragan
06/07/2013 - 15:00
Game Designer Job offer
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913 by Kitmaker
06/01/2013 - 23:58
n/a
Getting rid of Numbers !!!
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1144 by Martin-r-m
05/11/2013 - 11:11
by laperen
06/01/2013 - 02:49
From Theme to Name
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914 by Word Nerd
01/17/2013 - 03:28
by Word Nerd
05/25/2013 - 21:23
Avoid being distasteful
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1887 by Sperber
01/20/2013 - 17:05
by Shoe
05/22/2013 - 15:47
Need ideas to reinforce a theme
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1217 by larienna
02/05/2013 - 22:41
by larienna
02/10/2013 - 22:39
superhero game- flavor text - input please
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812 by abdantas
01/30/2013 - 09:12
by abdantas
01/31/2013 - 10:36
RPG Board Game Story Narrative
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1377 by TwentyPercent
01/23/2013 - 17:52
by MarkKreitler
01/29/2013 - 18:07
Survival Horror Board Game Story Ending Cliche
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1079 by Stormyknight1976
01/25/2013 - 11:30
by Stormyknight1976
01/29/2013 - 13:03
Designed for one, built for another.
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942 by Lofwyr
11/17/2012 - 15:57
by voodoodog
11/18/2012 - 19:52
Evil Spares None - Theme Design
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1055 by ProjectPlunk
07/26/2012 - 15:57
by ProjectPlunk
08/20/2012 - 00:53
Need theme for a card game
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1018 by Impudent Mortal
08/14/2012 - 03:41
by Impudent Mortal
08/15/2012 - 14:55
aliens and magic - good theme?
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866 by HarryPotter
06/25/2012 - 06:56
by HarryPotter
06/27/2012 - 17:57
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