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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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Need theme for a card game
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1017 by Impudent Mortal
08/14/2012 - 03:41
by Impudent Mortal
08/15/2012 - 14:55
Need some help with piece and theme
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818 by Honestman
01/29/2014 - 14:39
by Evil ColSanders
01/29/2014 - 21:10
Need some help
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1120 by cripplefish
05/18/2016 - 11:31
by Arcuate
05/22/2016 - 05:46
Need ideas to reinforce a theme
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1208 by larienna
02/05/2013 - 22:41
by larienna
02/10/2013 - 22:39
Need help with Art Direction.
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2679 by Three
02/07/2014 - 21:36
by Three
04/10/2014 - 18:36
Need Class Name Ideas
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845 by GenWash
06/18/2013 - 14:55
by GenWash
06/19/2013 - 13:03
Need advice on playing piece........
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1007 by UK_David
07/20/2014 - 05:37
by UK_David
07/20/2014 - 14:20
Need a thematic end game reason for space game
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976 by larienna
09/11/2012 - 12:55
by Kroz1776
10/14/2013 - 14:23
Need a name
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769 by Dralius
10/28/2013 - 12:44
by Kroz1776
10/29/2013 - 09:53
Need a little thematic help...
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519 by JustAnEye
10/05/2017 - 16:55
by FrankM
10/06/2017 - 09:05
Naming things
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951 by FrankM
04/29/2017 - 16:52
by FrankM
04/30/2017 - 18:38
Name this game!
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1470 by questccg
03/05/2014 - 00:14
by Shoe
03/07/2014 - 10:56
Name Suggestions for Fantasy Maze Game
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5675 by Toa Lewa
11/20/2013 - 23:58
by Toa Lewa
11/24/2013 - 13:43
Name of my mech game
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1747 by Robostrat
12/19/2014 - 00:17
by LordBrand
01/29/2015 - 15:20
Name ideas for a game of conspiracies.
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1310 by Zorblag
03/10/2014 - 23:42
by Zorblag
03/12/2014 - 23:28
My character designs for Hero/Villain flip card game
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901 by jedite1000
03/14/2017 - 23:18
by jedite1000
03/18/2017 - 01:46
Mini-Banner Design
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503 by Evil ColSanders
03/30/2017 - 20:33
by Evil ColSanders
04/01/2017 - 05:09
Miner's Lunch - сrazy card game for dreamers and hooligans!
2
1043 by miners_lunch
10/06/2015 - 03:53
by miners_lunch
10/06/2015 - 09:10
Lore in Game Design
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970 by jonathanflike
06/12/2017 - 17:29
by jonathanflike
06/13/2017 - 22:22
Lordly Names
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3365 by questccg
09/16/2013 - 20:55
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:03
Looking for semi-humorous ship names
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1363 by EdWedig
02/20/2014 - 22:57
by X3M
02/22/2014 - 18:57
Looking for flag game pieces
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886 by ecommgeek
08/02/2017 - 08:53
by ecommgeek
08/02/2017 - 10:43
Legendary Souls: Legendary Beasts
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943 by questccg
03/09/2014 - 00:28
by questccg
03/09/2014 - 01:49
Latin speakers?? (WIP The Conclave)
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1142 by Mansemat
02/08/2014 - 17:15
by Mansemat
02/11/2014 - 17:28
Integrating Mechanics into Theme
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1667 by GamesPrecipice
09/18/2014 - 11:04
by firstcultural
11/09/2014 - 21:45
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