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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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Assistance Needed
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1488 by Kamon
02/05/2014 - 23:37
by Kamon
02/12/2014 - 10:44
Latin speakers?? (WIP The Conclave)
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1119 by Mansemat
02/08/2014 - 17:15
by Mansemat
02/11/2014 - 17:28
Finding artists and cost?
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1130 by smeagolthevile
02/08/2014 - 12:41
by Guido
02/09/2014 - 10:05
Need some help with piece and theme
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803 by Honestman
01/29/2014 - 14:39
by Evil ColSanders
01/29/2014 - 21:10
Use of Photography
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1312 by questccg
10/22/2013 - 19:51
by questccg
01/28/2014 - 22:01
CCG Races - help defining
11
1680 by questccg
01/25/2014 - 19:24
by questccg
01/27/2014 - 16:26
Using well known game titles or not
4
975 by svenne
01/27/2014 - 04:51
by larienna
01/27/2014 - 12:39
How important is world building to you?
10
1258 by TidalGames
01/12/2014 - 00:55
by larienna
01/15/2014 - 10:38
What makes the concept of 'transforming' special?
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1026 by Squinshee
01/13/2014 - 12:54
by ruy343
01/14/2014 - 20:08
Dream Terminology
13
891 by Aerjen
12/23/2013 - 14:15
by Aerjen
12/31/2013 - 16:22
Aalsmeer - Objective Cards
3
821 by Kroz1776
12/19/2013 - 11:38
by Kroz1776
12/20/2013 - 10:40
Fantasy Name Generator App
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1071 by Toa Lewa
12/18/2013 - 15:27
by larienna
12/19/2013 - 10:20
Help me theme my game
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969 by zmobie
12/11/2013 - 00:34
by zmobie
12/12/2013 - 12:36
Question about licensing content
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970 by Radium84
12/10/2013 - 22:56
by KrisW
12/11/2013 - 05:04
Can't think of a good name for my game.
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1352 by Shoe
11/27/2013 - 09:55
by Word Nerd
11/28/2013 - 22:08
Name Suggestions for Fantasy Maze Game
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5271 by Toa Lewa
11/20/2013 - 23:58
by Toa Lewa
11/24/2013 - 13:43
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 name
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748 by Dralius
10/28/2013 - 12:44
by Kroz1776
10/29/2013 - 09:53
City of Guilds
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1145 by Voron
10/21/2013 - 18:22
by Voron
10/23/2013 - 09:42
Card Art for Kids - Looking for Feedback
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965 by Aerjen
10/14/2013 - 19:01
by Kroz1776
10/16/2013 - 09:16
I'm The Boss Retheme
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700 by yamizero
10/16/2013 - 02:54
by yamizero
10/16/2013 - 05:16
Need a thematic end game reason for space game
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942 by larienna
09/11/2012 - 12:55
by Kroz1776
10/14/2013 - 14:23
What gets YOU designing?
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718 by Knicksen
10/13/2013 - 06:15
by crenshal
10/14/2013 - 11:40
Avoiding Offense
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1033 by Black Oak Games
01/09/2013 - 17:46
by Ecarots
10/12/2013 - 19:45
Time Quake - Funny Missions Wanted
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1222 by GenWash
07/09/2013 - 01:20
by RGaffney
10/12/2013 - 08:06
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