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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 Suggestions For Variable Win Conditions Game
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214 by Nicklypuff
09/07/2018 - 08:50
by Fertessa
09/10/2018 - 12:22
[POLL] Customizable Card Game Theme
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183 by Nicklypuff
08/31/2018 - 00:02
by Nicklypuff
08/31/2018 - 09:51
Courtroom drama as theme
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284 by curby
08/03/2018 - 02:59
by curby
08/06/2018 - 12:45
Theme and Atmosphere at the game table
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2817 by Rick L
10/23/2017 - 19:12
by Rick L
08/01/2018 - 14:10
A game name
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684 by X3M
05/16/2018 - 15:28
by X3M
05/20/2018 - 18:37
Need some "interesting" variation on COLORS
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651 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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387 by X3M
04/25/2018 - 01:51
n/a
Medieval XCOM: How to justify missions when communication is lacking
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411 by larienna
04/11/2018 - 11:12
by Jay103
04/11/2018 - 12:20
Collectible versus "Collection"
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804 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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612 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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573 by larienna
01/11/2018 - 10:05
by larienna
01/12/2018 - 11:17
Rock/Paper/Scissors theme ideas
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687 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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1295 by Templar-kun
12/07/2017 - 09:34
by Templar-kun
12/08/2017 - 14:25
What Kids Want...
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1107 by questccg
10/20/2017 - 22:33
by harmon89
10/23/2017 - 16:12
Need a little thematic help...
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901 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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1574 by cloa513
09/04/2017 - 05:40
by cloa513
09/08/2017 - 20:30
Looking for flag game pieces
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1679 by ecommgeek
08/02/2017 - 08:53
by ecommgeek
08/02/2017 - 10:43
Theme Preference
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1335 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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1195 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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2083 by krone9
06/23/2017 - 20:28
by Mosker
06/26/2017 - 09:00
Lore in Game Design
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1440 by jonathanflike
06/12/2017 - 17:29
by jonathanflike
06/13/2017 - 22:22
Naming things
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1307 by FrankM
04/29/2017 - 16:52
by FrankM
04/30/2017 - 18:38
Presentation on Working with Freelance Artists
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618 by danielbishop56
04/03/2017 - 14:04
n/a
Mini-Banner Design
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745 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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972 by adversitygames
03/17/2017 - 00:02
by I Will Never Gr...
03/19/2017 - 16:52
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