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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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Different Fantasy Themes
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2658 by wooberg
12/31/2013 - 16:22
by Willem Verheij
06/09/2016 - 09:06
Dilema: Beautiful board vs functional board
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1330 by BenMora
09/04/2015 - 21:07
by 537h
09/09/2015 - 09:53
Dragonlance - AD&D Official Game Adventures
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1511 by questccg
04/17/2014 - 00:14
by larienna
04/20/2014 - 11:56
Dream Terminology
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909 by Aerjen
12/23/2013 - 14:15
by Aerjen
12/31/2013 - 16:22
Evil Spares None - Theme Design
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1031 by ProjectPlunk
07/26/2012 - 15:57
by ProjectPlunk
08/20/2012 - 00:53
Explanation pages
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1154 by X3M
02/13/2016 - 12:00
by X3M
02/17/2016 - 12:08
Fantasy Name Generator App
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1081 by Toa Lewa
12/18/2013 - 15:27
by larienna
12/19/2013 - 10:20
Feedback on guild names
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783 by Kirkatronics
11/02/2016 - 14:53
by bbblackwell
11/03/2016 - 22:07
Finding artists and cost?
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1153 by smeagolthevile
02/08/2014 - 12:41
by Guido
02/09/2014 - 10:05
Finding cheap-ish artists for card design?
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2192 by WhtANightmare
10/08/2015 - 10:30
by Masacroso
02/15/2016 - 01:29
From Theme to Name
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880 by Word Nerd
01/17/2013 - 03:28
by Word Nerd
05/25/2013 - 21:23
Game Designer Job offer
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901 by Kitmaker
06/01/2013 - 23:58
n/a
Game Theme
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1207 by danieledeming
03/14/2014 - 12:47
by hotsoup
03/15/2014 - 19:56
Getting rid of Numbers !!!
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1081 by Martin-r-m
05/11/2013 - 11:11
by laperen
06/01/2013 - 02:49
Ghost Stories (Desperately) Needed!
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759 by creatorbri
09/11/2016 - 00:52
by mcobb83
09/13/2016 - 12:03
Give me some feedback on my art
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1313 by IcePeddlerGames
09/14/2015 - 22:05
by Hook
09/16/2015 - 15:32
Help changing a theme?
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1186 by Robinxen
06/22/2015 - 09:44
by Soulfinger
06/23/2015 - 19:01
Help me theme my game
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983 by zmobie
12/11/2013 - 00:34
by zmobie
12/12/2013 - 12:36
Help naming game for Kids
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844 by Aerjen
05/26/2013 - 17:40
by GrimFinger
09/03/2013 - 08:06
How a theme is used well in game
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949 by cloa513
09/04/2017 - 05:40
by cloa513
09/08/2017 - 20:30
How important is historical and geographical accuracy?
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994 by alandor
08/29/2016 - 08:04
by Soulfinger
08/31/2016 - 21:19
How important is world building to you?
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1276 by TidalGames
01/12/2014 - 00:55
by larienna
01/15/2014 - 10:38
How to legally use a celebrity likeness
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1943 by Gabe
02/10/2015 - 18:11
by Gabe
02/10/2015 - 23:46
How to stay on course
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1081 by ZamjoBrash
07/18/2016 - 19:56
by JohnPace
07/21/2016 - 10:09
I'd like your input...
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1278 by -Eberhardt-
02/24/2015 - 16:51
by Sliverik
03/02/2015 - 10:46
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