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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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Themestorming for Exhibit: Artifacts of the Ages
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876 by sedjtroll
05/17/2012 - 00:08
by ledbetter_13
05/24/2012 - 11:59
Theme help - 4 factions
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755 by Horatio252
06/12/2012 - 23:18
by Crensh3000ad
06/25/2012 - 10:41
aliens and magic - good theme?
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827 by HarryPotter
06/25/2012 - 06:56
by HarryPotter
06/27/2012 - 17:57
Evil Spares None - Theme Design
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1012 by ProjectPlunk
07/26/2012 - 15:57
by ProjectPlunk
08/20/2012 - 00:53
Need theme for a card game
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972 by Impudent Mortal
08/14/2012 - 03:41
by Impudent Mortal
08/15/2012 - 14:55
Should I shut down an idea based on theme alone?
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1035 by UncleDragon
08/21/2012 - 12:16
by Kroz1776
11/15/2013 - 17:40
Need a thematic end game reason for space game
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943 by larienna
09/11/2012 - 12:55
by Kroz1776
10/14/2013 - 14:23
Choosing the Final Faction for Shattered Empires
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799 by Shattered Empires
11/10/2012 - 03:28
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 12:05
Designed for one, built for another.
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916 by Lofwyr
11/17/2012 - 15:57
by voodoodog
11/18/2012 - 19:52
Avoiding Offense
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1033 by Black Oak Games
01/09/2013 - 17:46
by Ecarots
10/12/2013 - 19:45
From Theme to Name
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856 by Word Nerd
01/17/2013 - 03:28
by Word Nerd
05/25/2013 - 21:23
Avoid being distasteful
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1811 by Sperber
01/20/2013 - 17:05
by Shoe
05/22/2013 - 15:47
RPG Board Game Story Narrative
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1277 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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1044 by Stormyknight1976
01/25/2013 - 11:30
by Stormyknight1976
01/29/2013 - 13:03
superhero game- flavor text - input please
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785 by abdantas
01/30/2013 - 09:12
by abdantas
01/31/2013 - 10:36
Need ideas to reinforce a theme
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1156 by larienna
02/05/2013 - 22:41
by larienna
02/10/2013 - 22:39
RTS game in testing stage
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974 by Tbone
03/12/2013 - 21:17
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:48
Getting rid of Numbers !!!
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1062 by Martin-r-m
05/11/2013 - 11:11
by laperen
06/01/2013 - 02:49
Help naming game for Kids
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832 by Aerjen
05/26/2013 - 17:40
by GrimFinger
09/03/2013 - 08:06
Game Designer Job offer
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881 by Kitmaker
06/01/2013 - 23:58
n/a
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
Need Class Name Ideas
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826 by GenWash
06/18/2013 - 14:55
by GenWash
06/19/2013 - 13:03
Personality types, Theme Help
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1653 by RGaffney
06/22/2013 - 08:08
by Deveration
07/14/2013 - 11:52
Poetry on cards - Help!
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1245 by Aerjen
07/01/2013 - 21:39
by Aerjen
07/02/2013 - 11:42
Card Art - Looking for feedback
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1593 by Aerjen
07/03/2013 - 13:08
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 14:21
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