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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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1362 by BenMora
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by 537h
09/09/2015 - 09:53
Different Fantasy Themes
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by Willem Verheij
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Designed for one, built for another.
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942 by Lofwyr
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by voodoodog
11/18/2012 - 19:52
Currency and VP Naming!
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1011 by Apotheothena
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by kos
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666 by Havok12
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by Havok12
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12556 by Toa Lewa
12/11/2013 - 16:52
by Toa Lewa
07/28/2014 - 14:02
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1204 by Voron
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by Voron
10/23/2013 - 09:42
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841 by Shattered Empires
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by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 12:05
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1746 by questccg
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by questccg
01/27/2014 - 16:26
Card Names
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1138 by Tbone
07/05/2015 - 01:42
by Tbone
07/05/2015 - 06:14
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
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1007 by Aerjen
10/14/2013 - 19:01
by Kroz1776
10/16/2013 - 09:16
Card Art - Looking for feedback
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1665 by Aerjen
07/03/2013 - 13:08
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 14:21
Can't think of a good name for my game.
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1432 by Shoe
11/27/2013 - 09:55
by Word Nerd
11/28/2013 - 22:08
Can I use hazard symbols on my cards
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1442 by Redcap
06/13/2015 - 12:52
by X3M
06/15/2015 - 17:53
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1391 by markgrafn
09/11/2015 - 13:46
by markgrafn
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1109 by markgrafn
09/20/2015 - 22:43
n/a
Box Art Ideas - Monaco: 1929
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1530 by Maritoe
01/29/2015 - 16:39
by Dagar
02/01/2015 - 16:03
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1074 by Black Oak Games
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by Ecarots
10/12/2013 - 19:45
Avoid being distasteful
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1885 by Sperber
01/20/2013 - 17:05
by Shoe
05/22/2013 - 15:47
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
Assistance Needed
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1560 by Kamon
02/05/2014 - 23:37
by Kamon
02/12/2014 - 10:44
Anyone have artists they would refer?
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1442 by jonathanflike
08/26/2016 - 13:03
by questccg
09/20/2016 - 20:46
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1682 by Toa Lewa
07/10/2014 - 15:33
by xaeromancer
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aliens and magic - good theme?
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864 by HarryPotter
06/25/2012 - 06:56
by HarryPotter
06/27/2012 - 17:57
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