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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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2264 by Rick L
10/23/2017 - 19:12
by Rick L
1 day 11 hours ago
A game name
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546 by X3M
05/16/2018 - 15:28
by X3M
05/20/2018 - 18:37
Need some "interesting" variation on COLORS
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541 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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302 by X3M
04/25/2018 - 01:51
n/a
Medieval XCOM: How to justify missions when communication is lacking
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325 by larienna
04/11/2018 - 11:12
by Jay103
04/11/2018 - 12:20
Collectible versus "Collection"
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643 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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522 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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503 by larienna
01/11/2018 - 10:05
by larienna
01/12/2018 - 11:17
Rock/Paper/Scissors theme ideas
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575 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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1178 by Templar-kun
12/07/2017 - 09:34
by Templar-kun
12/08/2017 - 14:25
What Kids Want...
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1026 by questccg
10/20/2017 - 22:33
by harmon89
10/23/2017 - 16:12
Need a little thematic help...
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846 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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1452 by cloa513
09/04/2017 - 05:40
by cloa513
09/08/2017 - 20:30
Looking for flag game pieces
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1423 by ecommgeek
08/02/2017 - 08:53
by ecommgeek
08/02/2017 - 10:43
Theme Preference
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1238 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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1126 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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1850 by krone9
06/23/2017 - 20:28
by Mosker
06/26/2017 - 09:00
Lore in Game Design
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1365 by jonathanflike
06/12/2017 - 17:29
by jonathanflike
06/13/2017 - 22:22
Naming things
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1231 by FrankM
04/29/2017 - 16:52
by FrankM
04/30/2017 - 18:38
Presentation on Working with Freelance Artists
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583 by danielbishop56
04/03/2017 - 14:04
n/a
Mini-Banner Design
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686 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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901 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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1119 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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1275 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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945 by Havok12
01/27/2017 - 10:03
by Havok12
01/27/2017 - 12:32
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