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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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Opponent Picks Action/Role
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276 by Taavet
03/13/2019 - 13:06
by Taavet
03/14/2019 - 11:43
What could be interesting in a stellar system colonisation game.
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486 by larienna
02/22/2019 - 13:24
by Tim Edwards
02/24/2019 - 21:05
i need a theme
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619 by wob
01/31/2019 - 10:42
by Fri
02/05/2019 - 19:05
Theme and Atmosphere at the game table
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3651 by Rick L
10/23/2017 - 19:12
by Rick L
12/28/2018 - 23:17
Monster Keep — Take our POLL!
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730 by questccg
11/21/2018 - 20:43
by questccg
11/30/2018 - 00:38
How could I retheme my "Eldritch Express"
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484 by larienna
11/13/2018 - 15:41
by let-off studios
11/14/2018 - 09:28
SpellMasters — Pitching a game about Mastery
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528 by questccg
10/08/2018 - 01:26
by questccg
10/13/2018 - 20:08
SpellMasters — Enchanting vs. Alchemy
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481 by questccg
09/28/2018 - 21:33
by Enveroth
10/08/2018 - 04:56
SpellMasters — Which color do you prefer?
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777 by questccg
09/25/2018 - 18:15
by Jordan Laine
09/28/2018 - 22:25
Theme Suggestions For Variable Win Conditions Game
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399 by Nicklypuff
09/07/2018 - 08:50
by Fertessa
09/10/2018 - 12:22
[POLL] Customizable Card Game Theme
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361 by Nicklypuff
08/31/2018 - 00:02
by Nicklypuff
08/31/2018 - 09:51
Courtroom drama as theme
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487 by curby
08/03/2018 - 02:59
by curby
08/06/2018 - 12:45
A game name
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897 by X3M
05/16/2018 - 15:28
by X3M
05/20/2018 - 18:37
Need some "interesting" variation on COLORS
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889 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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552 by X3M
04/25/2018 - 01:51
n/a
Medieval XCOM: How to justify missions when communication is lacking
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535 by larienna
04/11/2018 - 11:12
by Jay103
04/11/2018 - 12:20
Collectible versus "Collection"
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1150 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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776 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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720 by larienna
01/11/2018 - 10:05
by larienna
01/12/2018 - 11:17
Rock/Paper/Scissors theme ideas
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932 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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1559 by Templar-kun
12/07/2017 - 09:34
by Templar-kun
12/08/2017 - 14:25
What Kids Want...
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1250 by questccg
10/20/2017 - 22:33
by harmon89
10/23/2017 - 16:12
Need a little thematic help...
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1014 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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1729 by cloa513
09/04/2017 - 05:40
by cloa513
09/08/2017 - 20:30
Looking for flag game pieces
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1980 by ecommgeek
08/02/2017 - 08:53
by ecommgeek
08/02/2017 - 10:43
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