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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
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
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876 by sedjtroll
05/17/2012 - 00:08
by ledbetter_13
05/24/2012 - 11:59
Need a little thematic help...
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212 by JustAnEye
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by FrankM
10/06/2017 - 09:05
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728 by creatorbri
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by mcobb83
09/13/2016 - 12:03
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1127 by X3M
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by X3M
02/17/2016 - 12:08
What do you think of the feel of this box art?
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1119 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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1389 by Redcap
06/13/2015 - 12:52
by X3M
06/15/2015 - 17:53
Theme? Art review and critique!
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1143 by markgrafn
04/16/2015 - 21:28
by -Eberhardt-
04/19/2015 - 06:55
Game Theme
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1187 by danieledeming
03/14/2014 - 12:47
by hotsoup
03/15/2014 - 19:56
Need a name
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747 by Dralius
10/28/2013 - 12:44
by Kroz1776
10/29/2013 - 09:53
Lordly Names
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3304 by questccg
09/16/2013 - 20:55
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:03
Evil Spares None - Theme Design
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1003 by ProjectPlunk
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by ProjectPlunk
08/20/2012 - 00:53
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712 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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1877 by Gabe
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by Gabe
02/10/2015 - 23:46
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1491 by larienna
07/28/2014 - 11:49
by larienna
07/31/2014 - 11:39
Pirate theme, needs a story...
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1100 by bmrust
06/19/2014 - 19:39
by bmrust
06/20/2014 - 12:25
Looking for semi-humorous ship names
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1327 by EdWedig
02/20/2014 - 22:57
by X3M
02/22/2014 - 18:57
Latin speakers?? (WIP The Conclave)
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1118 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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972 by svenne
01/27/2014 - 04:51
by larienna
01/27/2014 - 12:39
Question about licensing content
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969 by Radium84
12/10/2013 - 22:56
by KrisW
12/11/2013 - 05:04
Looking for flag game pieces
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551 by ecommgeek
08/02/2017 - 08:53
by ecommgeek
08/02/2017 - 10:43
Naming things
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690 by FrankM
04/29/2017 - 16:52
by FrankM
04/30/2017 - 18:38
Feedback on guild names
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761 by Kirkatronics
11/02/2016 - 14:53
by bbblackwell
11/03/2016 - 22:07
The Hidden Agenda
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1139 by markgrafn
03/03/2016 - 02:04
by markgrafn
03/03/2016 - 17:45
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