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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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1091 by LordBrand
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by Soulfinger
01/30/2015 - 00:05
Name of my mech game
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1745 by Robostrat
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by LordBrand
01/29/2015 - 15:20
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1053 by Squinshee
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by ruy343
01/14/2014 - 20:08
Poetry on cards - Help!
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1291 by Aerjen
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by Aerjen
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940 by Lofwyr
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05/17/2012 - 00:08
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05/24/2012 - 11:59
Need a little thematic help...
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506 by JustAnEye
10/05/2017 - 16:55
by FrankM
10/06/2017 - 09:05
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774 by creatorbri
09/11/2016 - 00:52
by mcobb83
09/13/2016 - 12:03
Explanation pages
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1180 by X3M
02/13/2016 - 12:00
by X3M
02/17/2016 - 12:08
What do you think of the feel of this box art?
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1147 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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1438 by Redcap
06/13/2015 - 12:52
by X3M
06/15/2015 - 17:53
Theme? Art review and critique!
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1173 by markgrafn
04/16/2015 - 21:28
by -Eberhardt-
04/19/2015 - 06:55
Game Theme
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1228 by danieledeming
03/14/2014 - 12:47
by hotsoup
03/15/2014 - 19:56
Need a name
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769 by Dralius
10/28/2013 - 12:44
by Kroz1776
10/29/2013 - 09:53
Lordly Names
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3361 by questccg
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by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:03
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1048 by ProjectPlunk
07/26/2012 - 15:57
by ProjectPlunk
08/20/2012 - 00:53
Three Different Magic Systems - Need help fleshing out the third
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742 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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1981 by Gabe
02/10/2015 - 18:11
by Gabe
02/10/2015 - 23:46
Want comments for a 5 thematic sphere of magic design
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1523 by larienna
07/28/2014 - 11:49
by larienna
07/31/2014 - 11:39
Pirate theme, needs a story...
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1133 by bmrust
06/19/2014 - 19:39
by bmrust
06/20/2014 - 12:25
Looking for semi-humorous ship names
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1361 by EdWedig
02/20/2014 - 22:57
by X3M
02/22/2014 - 18:57
Latin speakers?? (WIP The Conclave)
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1142 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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1000 by svenne
01/27/2014 - 04:51
by larienna
01/27/2014 - 12:39
Question about licensing content
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1000 by Radium84
12/10/2013 - 22:56
by KrisW
12/11/2013 - 05:04
Looking for flag game pieces
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871 by ecommgeek
08/02/2017 - 08:53
by ecommgeek
08/02/2017 - 10:43
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