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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 a theme for a solitaire worker placement game
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1342 by larienna
03/10/2020 - 11:47
by larienna
03/20/2020 - 09:15
'Trap' Card Type Name
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608 by NomadArtisan
02/29/2020 - 20:02
by Jay103
03/02/2020 - 09:48
Jazz themed card game design ...
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1879 by Isegrim
04/28/2019 - 15:55
by Isegrim
05/02/2019 - 13:27
Help with "backstory" and/or theme needed
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831 by questccg
04/24/2019 - 22:11
by questccg
04/27/2019 - 23:55
Which "Background Color" do you prefer?
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935 by questccg
04/07/2019 - 22:25
by questccg
04/13/2019 - 21:19
Art styles and what fits best
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656 by questccg
04/05/2019 - 19:26
by apeloverage
04/08/2019 - 03:26
rpg stats
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706 by wob
03/24/2019 - 10:57
by wob
03/26/2019 - 11:08
Opponent Picks Action/Role
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619 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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897 by larienna
02/22/2019 - 13:24
by Tim Edwards
02/24/2019 - 21:05
i need a theme
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952 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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4155 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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1188 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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846 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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956 by questccg
10/08/2018 - 01:26
by questccg
10/13/2018 - 20:08
SpellMasters — Enchanting vs. Alchemy
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919 by questccg
09/28/2018 - 21:33
by Enveroth
10/08/2018 - 04:56
SpellMasters — Which color do you prefer?
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1265 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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670 by Nicklypuff
09/07/2018 - 08:50
by Fertessa
09/10/2018 - 12:22
[POLL] Customizable Card Game Theme
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647 by Nicklypuff
08/31/2018 - 00:02
by Nicklypuff
08/31/2018 - 09:51
Courtroom drama as theme
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832 by curby
08/03/2018 - 02:59
by curby
08/06/2018 - 12:45
A game name
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1277 by X3M
05/16/2018 - 15:28
by X3M
05/20/2018 - 18:37
Need some "interesting" variation on COLORS
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1280 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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823 by X3M
04/25/2018 - 01:51
n/a
Medieval XCOM: How to justify missions when communication is lacking
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816 by larienna
04/11/2018 - 11:12
by Jay103
04/11/2018 - 12:20
Collectible versus "Collection"
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1489 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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979 by larienna
01/18/2018 - 16:45
by larienna
01/20/2018 - 12:51
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