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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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Jazz themed card game design ...
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797 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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561 by questccg
04/24/2019 - 22:11
by questccg
04/27/2019 - 23:55
Which "Background Color" do you prefer?
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673 by questccg
04/07/2019 - 22:25
by questccg
04/13/2019 - 21:19
Art styles and what fits best
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408 by questccg
04/05/2019 - 19:26
by apeloverage
04/08/2019 - 03:26
rpg stats
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475 by wob
03/24/2019 - 10:57
by wob
03/26/2019 - 11:08
Opponent Picks Action/Role
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419 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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628 by larienna
02/22/2019 - 13:24
by Tim Edwards
02/24/2019 - 21:05
i need a theme
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731 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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3809 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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869 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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596 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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656 by questccg
10/08/2018 - 01:26
by questccg
10/13/2018 - 20:08
SpellMasters — Enchanting vs. Alchemy
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618 by questccg
09/28/2018 - 21:33
by Enveroth
10/08/2018 - 04:56
SpellMasters — Which color do you prefer?
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908 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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506 by Nicklypuff
09/07/2018 - 08:50
by Fertessa
09/10/2018 - 12:22
[POLL] Customizable Card Game Theme
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463 by Nicklypuff
08/31/2018 - 00:02
by Nicklypuff
08/31/2018 - 09:51
Courtroom drama as theme
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603 by curby
08/03/2018 - 02:59
by curby
08/06/2018 - 12:45
A game name
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1019 by X3M
05/16/2018 - 15:28
by X3M
05/20/2018 - 18:37
Need some "interesting" variation on COLORS
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999 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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637 by X3M
04/25/2018 - 01:51
n/a
Medieval XCOM: How to justify missions when communication is lacking
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604 by larienna
04/11/2018 - 11:12
by Jay103
04/11/2018 - 12:20
Collectible versus "Collection"
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1265 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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847 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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816 by larienna
01/11/2018 - 10:05
by larienna
01/12/2018 - 11:17
Rock/Paper/Scissors theme ideas
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1053 by Sean
01/02/2018 - 11:22
by Sean
01/02/2018 - 12:31
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