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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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What to do with surplus card space?
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1804 by Word Nerd
09/26/2014 - 13:05
by larienna
10/02/2014 - 09:51
What do you think (Newer version)?
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994 by questccg
09/27/2013 - 16:30
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 13:59
Avoiding Offense
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1186 by Black Oak Games
01/09/2013 - 17:46
by Ecarots
10/12/2013 - 19:45
Dream Terminology
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1044 by Aerjen
12/23/2013 - 14:15
by Aerjen
12/31/2013 - 16:22
Time Quake - Funny Missions Wanted
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1500 by GenWash
07/09/2013 - 01:20
by RGaffney
10/12/2013 - 08:06
RPG Board Game Story Narrative
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1588 by TwentyPercent
01/23/2013 - 17:52
by MarkKreitler
01/29/2013 - 18:07
Need a thematic end game reason for space game
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1075 by larienna
09/11/2012 - 12:55
by Kroz1776
10/14/2013 - 14:23
How a theme is used well in game
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1401 by cloa513
09/04/2017 - 05:40
by cloa513
09/08/2017 - 20:30
What Kids Want...
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975 by questccg
10/20/2017 - 22:33
by harmon89
10/23/2017 - 16:12
Finding cheap-ish artists for card design?
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2365 by WhtANightmare
10/08/2015 - 10:30
by Masacroso
02/15/2016 - 01:29
CCG Races - help defining
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1914 by questccg
01/25/2014 - 19:24
by questccg
01/27/2014 - 16:26
City of Guilds
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1375 by Voron
10/21/2013 - 18:22
by Voron
10/23/2013 - 09:42
What do you think?
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1678 by questccg
09/08/2013 - 23:20
by NoxArt
09/22/2013 - 13:47
Representing religions in game
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1296 by Tedthebug
06/29/2016 - 02:40
by Soulfinger
07/01/2016 - 03:18
Alien characters
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1503 by MattPlays
06/14/2015 - 22:30
by MattPlays
06/18/2015 - 22:30
Which Theme? Please Help Me Choose!
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2197 by tuscansun
03/15/2015 - 05:22
by Denniskam
08/11/2015 - 04:05
I'd like your input...
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1394 by -Eberhardt-
02/24/2015 - 16:51
by Sliverik
03/02/2015 - 10:46
Simplicity vs. Immersion: Naming Resources by Color or Theme?
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1791 by kevnburg
05/15/2014 - 19:50
by kevnburg
07/19/2014 - 22:16
How important is world building to you?
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1420 by TidalGames
01/12/2014 - 00:55
by larienna
01/15/2014 - 10:38
Need ideas to reinforce a theme
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1375 by larienna
02/05/2013 - 22:41
by larienna
02/10/2013 - 22:39
Should I shut down an idea based on theme alone?
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1151 by UncleDragon
08/21/2012 - 12:16
by Kroz1776
11/15/2013 - 17:40
What do you think about this *sample* character card?
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1210 by vertfromage
01/31/2017 - 12:09
by Evil ColSanders
02/03/2017 - 05:12
How to stay on course
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1227 by ZamjoBrash
07/18/2016 - 19:56
by JohnPace
07/21/2016 - 10:09
Need some help
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1259 by cripplefish
05/18/2016 - 11:31
by Arcuate
05/22/2016 - 05:46
Tongue-in-Cheek MMORPG CDG?
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1494 by HandsomeGames
11/06/2015 - 01:53
by HandsomeGames
11/10/2015 - 02:19
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