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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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Weird and Random Themes
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1067 by Gabe
01/05/2017 - 15:02
n/a
Feedback on guild names
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1019 by Kirkatronics
11/02/2016 - 14:53
by bbblackwell
11/03/2016 - 22:07
Ghost Stories (Desperately) Needed!
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935 by creatorbri
09/11/2016 - 00:52
by mcobb83
09/13/2016 - 12:03
How important is historical and geographical accuracy?
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1321 by alandor
08/29/2016 - 08:04
by Soulfinger
08/31/2016 - 21:19
Anyone have artists they would refer?
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1836 by jonathanflike
08/26/2016 - 13:03
by questccg
09/20/2016 - 20:46
How to stay on course
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1256 by ZamjoBrash
07/18/2016 - 19:56
by JohnPace
07/21/2016 - 10:09
Representing religions in game
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1347 by Tedthebug
06/29/2016 - 02:40
by Soulfinger
07/01/2016 - 03:18
Theme sites for my New WP website!
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1098 by Markentosh
06/09/2016 - 23:17
by Markentosh
06/10/2016 - 21:34
What do you think about these *sample* cards?!
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1438 by questccg
06/03/2016 - 21:14
by Squinshee
06/04/2016 - 18:02
Need some help
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1301 by cripplefish
05/18/2016 - 11:31
by Arcuate
05/22/2016 - 05:46
The Hidden Agenda
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1348 by markgrafn
03/03/2016 - 02:04
by markgrafn
03/03/2016 - 17:45
Explanation pages
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1373 by X3M
02/13/2016 - 12:00
by X3M
02/17/2016 - 12:08
Three Different Magic Systems - Need help fleshing out the third
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838 by Momtoast
02/01/2016 - 11:45
by Momtoast
02/01/2016 - 13:32
What do you think of the feel of this box art?
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1296 by IcePeddlerGames
12/26/2015 - 11:09
by Neil Googe
02/02/2016 - 20:58
Which logo/box cover do you prefer?
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2067 by questccg
12/01/2015 - 22:18
by Neil Googe
02/02/2016 - 20:25
Theme an preference
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932 by jrc5639
11/12/2015 - 18:21
n/a
Tongue-in-Cheek MMORPG CDG?
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1533 by HandsomeGames
11/06/2015 - 01:53
by HandsomeGames
11/10/2015 - 02:19
Finding cheap-ish artists for card design?
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2415 by WhtANightmare
10/08/2015 - 10:30
by Masacroso
02/15/2016 - 01:29
Miner's Lunch - сrazy card game for dreamers and hooligans!
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1286 by miners_lunch
10/06/2015 - 03:53
by miners_lunch
10/06/2015 - 09:10
Oops, mechanic without theme
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1152 by j1hopki1
10/05/2015 - 21:18
by Soulfinger
10/07/2015 - 00:19
Bushido Daimyo - options
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1241 by markgrafn
09/20/2015 - 22:43
n/a
Give me some feedback on my art
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1527 by IcePeddlerGames
09/14/2015 - 22:05
by Hook
09/16/2015 - 15:32
Bushido Theme and Art Design Critique
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1527 by markgrafn
09/11/2015 - 13:46
by markgrafn
09/14/2015 - 10:28
Dilema: Beautiful board vs functional board
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1534 by BenMora
09/04/2015 - 21:07
by 537h
09/09/2015 - 09:53
Card Names
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1256 by Tbone
07/05/2015 - 01:42
by Tbone
07/05/2015 - 06:14
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