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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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Theme and Atmosphere at the game table
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2446 by Rick L
10/23/2017 - 19:12
by Rick L
06/17/2018 - 20:25
A game name
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579 by X3M
05/16/2018 - 15:28
by X3M
05/20/2018 - 18:37
Need some "interesting" variation on COLORS
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568 by questccg
05/08/2018 - 22:46
by AdamRobinGames-ARG
05/18/2018 - 12:21
Starcraft/Brood War single player campaign
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332 by X3M
04/25/2018 - 01:51
n/a
Medieval XCOM: How to justify missions when communication is lacking
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353 by larienna
04/11/2018 - 11:12
by Jay103
04/11/2018 - 12:20
Collectible versus "Collection"
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670 by questccg
03/05/2018 - 19:33
by questccg
03/07/2018 - 23:29
Art source for Ray Caster style of video game, or suggestion on how to make my own
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541 by larienna
01/18/2018 - 16:45
by larienna
01/20/2018 - 12:51
Weapons in a low tech space game
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521 by larienna
01/11/2018 - 10:05
by larienna
01/12/2018 - 11:17
Rock/Paper/Scissors theme ideas
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607 by Sean
01/02/2018 - 11:22
by Sean
01/02/2018 - 12:31
How do you call "spells" in sci-fi? (SOLVED)
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1200 by Templar-kun
12/07/2017 - 09:34
by Templar-kun
12/08/2017 - 14:25
What Kids Want...
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1045 by questccg
10/20/2017 - 22:33
by harmon89
10/23/2017 - 16:12
Need a little thematic help...
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859 by JustAnEye
10/05/2017 - 16:55
by FrankM
10/06/2017 - 09:05
How a theme is used well in game
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1475 by cloa513
09/04/2017 - 05:40
by cloa513
09/08/2017 - 20:30
Looking for flag game pieces
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1515 by ecommgeek
08/02/2017 - 08:53
by ecommgeek
08/02/2017 - 10:43
Theme Preference
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1252 by Squinshee
07/17/2017 - 14:24
by FrankM
07/19/2017 - 14:19
[POLL] need your thoughts on a theme.
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1145 by spaff
07/05/2017 - 11:49
by The Odd Fox
07/06/2017 - 17:30
what makes a good dungeon crawler
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1918 by krone9
06/23/2017 - 20:28
by Mosker
06/26/2017 - 09:00
Lore in Game Design
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1382 by jonathanflike
06/12/2017 - 17:29
by jonathanflike
06/13/2017 - 22:22
Naming things
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1246 by FrankM
04/29/2017 - 16:52
by FrankM
04/30/2017 - 18:38
Presentation on Working with Freelance Artists
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592 by danielbishop56
04/03/2017 - 14:04
n/a
Mini-Banner Design
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705 by Evil ColSanders
03/30/2017 - 20:33
by Evil ColSanders
04/01/2017 - 05:09
When an artist goes off-spec
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916 by adversitygames
03/17/2017 - 00:02
by I Will Never Gr...
03/19/2017 - 16:52
My character designs for Hero/Villain flip card game
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1135 by jedite1000
03/14/2017 - 23:18
by jedite1000
03/18/2017 - 01:46
What do you think about this *sample* character card?
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1291 by vertfromage
01/31/2017 - 12:09
by Evil ColSanders
02/03/2017 - 05:12
Creating games based on existing IP
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968 by Havok12
01/27/2017 - 10:03
by Havok12
01/27/2017 - 12:32
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