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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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Poetry on cards - Help!
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1240 by Aerjen
07/01/2013 - 21:39
by Aerjen
07/02/2013 - 11:42
Personality types, Theme Help
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1647 by RGaffney
06/22/2013 - 08:08
by Deveration
07/14/2013 - 11:52
Need Class Name Ideas
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825 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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955 by padragan
06/06/2013 - 19:54
by padragan
06/07/2013 - 15:00
Game Designer Job offer
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879 by Kitmaker
06/01/2013 - 23:58
n/a
Help naming game for Kids
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829 by Aerjen
05/26/2013 - 17:40
by GrimFinger
09/03/2013 - 08:06
Getting rid of Numbers !!!
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1061 by Martin-r-m
05/11/2013 - 11:11
by laperen
06/01/2013 - 02:49
RTS game in testing stage
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970 by Tbone
03/12/2013 - 21:17
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:48
Need ideas to reinforce a theme
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1154 by larienna
02/05/2013 - 22:41
by larienna
02/10/2013 - 22:39
superhero game- flavor text - input please
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783 by abdantas
01/30/2013 - 09:12
by abdantas
01/31/2013 - 10:36
Survival Horror Board Game Story Ending Cliche
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1041 by Stormyknight1976
01/25/2013 - 11:30
by Stormyknight1976
01/29/2013 - 13:03
RPG Board Game Story Narrative
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1274 by TwentyPercent
01/23/2013 - 17:52
by MarkKreitler
01/29/2013 - 18:07
Avoid being distasteful
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1802 by Sperber
01/20/2013 - 17:05
by Shoe
05/22/2013 - 15:47
From Theme to Name
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853 by Word Nerd
01/17/2013 - 03:28
by Word Nerd
05/25/2013 - 21:23
Avoiding Offense
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1030 by Black Oak Games
01/09/2013 - 17:46
by Ecarots
10/12/2013 - 19:45
Designed for one, built for another.
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915 by Lofwyr
11/17/2012 - 15:57
by voodoodog
11/18/2012 - 19:52
Choosing the Final Faction for Shattered Empires
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796 by Shattered Empires
11/10/2012 - 03:28
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 12:05
Need a thematic end game reason for space game
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940 by larienna
09/11/2012 - 12:55
by Kroz1776
10/14/2013 - 14:23
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 theme for a card game
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968 by Impudent Mortal
08/14/2012 - 03:41
by Impudent Mortal
08/15/2012 - 14:55
Evil Spares None - Theme Design
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1003 by ProjectPlunk
07/26/2012 - 15:57
by ProjectPlunk
08/20/2012 - 00:53
aliens and magic - good theme?
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820 by HarryPotter
06/25/2012 - 06:56
by HarryPotter
06/27/2012 - 17:57
Theme help - 4 factions
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751 by Horatio252
06/12/2012 - 23:18
by Crensh3000ad
06/25/2012 - 10:41
Themestorming for Exhibit: Artifacts of the Ages
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875 by sedjtroll
05/17/2012 - 00:08
by ledbetter_13
05/24/2012 - 11:59
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