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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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What do you think (Newer version)?
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896 by questccg
09/27/2013 - 16:30
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 13:59
Avoiding Offense
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1073 by Black Oak Games
01/09/2013 - 17:46
by Ecarots
10/12/2013 - 19:45
Dream Terminology
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927 by Aerjen
12/23/2013 - 14:15
by Aerjen
12/31/2013 - 16:22
Time Quake - Funny Missions Wanted
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1297 by GenWash
07/09/2013 - 01:20
by RGaffney
10/12/2013 - 08:06
RPG Board Game Story Narrative
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1369 by TwentyPercent
01/23/2013 - 17:52
by MarkKreitler
01/29/2013 - 18:07
Need a thematic end game reason for space game
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975 by larienna
09/11/2012 - 12:55
by Kroz1776
10/14/2013 - 14:23
How a theme is used well in game
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1082 by cloa513
09/04/2017 - 05:40
by cloa513
09/08/2017 - 20:30
What Kids Want...
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605 by questccg
10/20/2017 - 22:33
by harmon89
10/23/2017 - 16:12
Finding cheap-ish artists for card design?
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2225 by WhtANightmare
10/08/2015 - 10:30
by Masacroso
02/15/2016 - 01:29
CCG Races - help defining
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1741 by questccg
01/25/2014 - 19:24
by questccg
01/27/2014 - 16:26
City of Guilds
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1201 by Voron
10/21/2013 - 18:22
by Voron
10/23/2013 - 09:42
What do you think?
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1510 by questccg
09/08/2013 - 23:20
by NoxArt
09/22/2013 - 13:47
Representing religions in game
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1137 by Tedthebug
06/29/2016 - 02:40
by Soulfinger
07/01/2016 - 03:18
Alien characters
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1378 by MattPlays
06/14/2015 - 22:30
by MattPlays
06/18/2015 - 22:30
Which Theme? Please Help Me Choose!
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2100 by tuscansun
03/15/2015 - 05:22
by Denniskam
08/11/2015 - 04:05
I'd like your input...
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1292 by -Eberhardt-
02/24/2015 - 16:51
by Sliverik
03/02/2015 - 10:46
Simplicity vs. Immersion: Naming Resources by Color or Theme?
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1670 by kevnburg
05/15/2014 - 19:50
by kevnburg
07/19/2014 - 22:16
How important is world building to you?
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1297 by TidalGames
01/12/2014 - 00:55
by larienna
01/15/2014 - 10:38
Need ideas to reinforce a theme
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1206 by larienna
02/05/2013 - 22:41
by larienna
02/10/2013 - 22:39
Should I shut down an idea based on theme alone?
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1070 by UncleDragon
08/21/2012 - 12:16
by Kroz1776
11/15/2013 - 17:40
What do you think about this *sample* character card?
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994 by vertfromage
01/31/2017 - 12:09
by Evil ColSanders
02/03/2017 - 05:12
How to stay on course
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1096 by ZamjoBrash
07/18/2016 - 19:56
by JohnPace
07/21/2016 - 10:09
Need some help
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1120 by cripplefish
05/18/2016 - 11:31
by Arcuate
05/22/2016 - 05:46
Tongue-in-Cheek MMORPG CDG?
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1368 by HandsomeGames
11/06/2015 - 01:53
by HandsomeGames
11/10/2015 - 02:19
Help changing a theme?
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1199 by Robinxen
06/22/2015 - 09:44
by Soulfinger
06/23/2015 - 19:01
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