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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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867 by Honestman
01/29/2014 - 14:39
by Evil ColSanders
01/29/2014 - 21:10
Aalsmeer - Objective Cards
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885 by Kroz1776
12/19/2013 - 11:38
by Kroz1776
12/20/2013 - 10:40
What gets YOU designing?
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811 by Knicksen
10/13/2013 - 06:15
by crenshal
10/14/2013 - 11:40
Choosing the Final Faction for Shattered Empires
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905 by Shattered Empires
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by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 12:05
Art source for Ray Caster style of video game, or suggestion on how to make my own
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370 by larienna
01/18/2018 - 16:45
by larienna
01/20/2018 - 12:51
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781 by Momtoast
02/01/2016 - 11:45
by Momtoast
02/01/2016 - 13:32
How to legally use a celebrity likeness
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2135 by Gabe
02/10/2015 - 18:11
by Gabe
02/10/2015 - 23:46
Want comments for a 5 thematic sphere of magic design
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1582 by larienna
07/28/2014 - 11:49
by larienna
07/31/2014 - 11:39
Pirate theme, needs a story...
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1164 by bmrust
06/19/2014 - 19:39
by bmrust
06/20/2014 - 12:25
Looking for semi-humorous ship names
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1399 by EdWedig
02/20/2014 - 22:57
by X3M
02/22/2014 - 18:57
Latin speakers?? (WIP The Conclave)
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1171 by Mansemat
02/08/2014 - 17:15
by Mansemat
02/11/2014 - 17:28
Using well known game titles or not
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1062 by svenne
01/27/2014 - 04:51
by larienna
01/27/2014 - 12:39
Question about licensing content
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1056 by Radium84
12/10/2013 - 22:56
by KrisW
12/11/2013 - 05:04
Weapons in a low tech space game
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341 by larienna
01/11/2018 - 10:05
by larienna
01/12/2018 - 11:17
Need a little thematic help...
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739 by JustAnEye
10/05/2017 - 16:55
by FrankM
10/06/2017 - 09:05
Ghost Stories (Desperately) Needed!
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841 by creatorbri
09/11/2016 - 00:52
by mcobb83
09/13/2016 - 12:03
Explanation pages
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1254 by X3M
02/13/2016 - 12:00
by X3M
02/17/2016 - 12:08
What do you think of the feel of this box art?
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1198 by IcePeddlerGames
12/26/2015 - 11:09
by Neil Googe
02/02/2016 - 20:58
Can I use hazard symbols on my cards
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1518 by Redcap
06/13/2015 - 12:52
by X3M
06/15/2015 - 17:53
Theme? Art review and critique!
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1222 by markgrafn
04/16/2015 - 21:28
by -Eberhardt-
04/19/2015 - 06:55
Game Theme
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1287 by danieledeming
03/14/2014 - 12:47
by hotsoup
03/15/2014 - 19:56
Need a name
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800 by Dralius
10/28/2013 - 12:44
by Kroz1776
10/29/2013 - 09:53
Lordly Names
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3452 by questccg
09/16/2013 - 20:55
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:03
Evil Spares None - Theme Design
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1121 by ProjectPlunk
07/26/2012 - 15:57
by ProjectPlunk
08/20/2012 - 00:53
When an artist goes off-spec
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796 by adversitygames
03/17/2017 - 00:02
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