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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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Theme? Art review and critique!
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1296 by markgrafn
04/16/2015 - 21:28
by -Eberhardt-
04/19/2015 - 06:55
Theme vs Mechanics - Finding Common Ground
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1635 by GamesPrecipice
09/12/2014 - 12:11
by Gabe
09/16/2014 - 03:43
Theme sites for my New WP website!
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1099 by Markentosh
06/09/2016 - 23:17
by Markentosh
06/10/2016 - 21:34
Theme Preference
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1253 by Squinshee
07/17/2017 - 14:24
by FrankM
07/19/2017 - 14:19
Theme help - 4 factions
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894 by Horatio252
06/12/2012 - 23:18
by Crensh3000ad
06/25/2012 - 10:41
Theme and Atmosphere at the game table
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2451 by Rick L
10/23/2017 - 19:12
by Rick L
06/17/2018 - 20:25
Theme an preference
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932 by jrc5639
11/12/2015 - 18:21
n/a
The whole race - Spain - Italy Pocket Sports Cycling Tour
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969 by HPS74
04/17/2015 - 03:04
n/a
The Hidden Agenda
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1348 by markgrafn
03/03/2016 - 02:04
by markgrafn
03/03/2016 - 17:45
Tabletop Game Card Samples
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1297 by Godzirra
04/17/2014 - 00:25
by Godzirra
04/17/2014 - 19:26
Survival Horror Board Game Story Ending Cliche
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1228 by Stormyknight1976
01/25/2013 - 11:30
by Stormyknight1976
01/29/2013 - 13:03
superhero game- flavor text - input please
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897 by abdantas
01/30/2013 - 09:12
by abdantas
01/31/2013 - 10:36
Stumped - any ideas?
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1926 by vexus
05/07/2015 - 06:16
by vexus
05/12/2015 - 03:07
Steampunk exploration adventure game theme
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1179 by mithrilwisdom
03/26/2014 - 17:51
by baberahamlincoln
03/26/2014 - 18:08
Starcraft/Brood War single player campaign
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332 by X3M
04/25/2018 - 01:51
n/a
Simplicity vs. Immersion: Naming Resources by Color or Theme?
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1811 by kevnburg
05/15/2014 - 19:50
by kevnburg
07/19/2014 - 22:16
Should I shut down an idea based on theme alone?
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1186 by UncleDragon
08/21/2012 - 12:16
by Kroz1776
11/15/2013 - 17:40
RTS game in testing stage
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1141 by Tbone
03/12/2013 - 21:17
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:48
RPG Board Game Story Narrative
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1653 by TwentyPercent
01/23/2013 - 17:52
by MarkKreitler
01/29/2013 - 18:07
Rock/Paper/Scissors theme ideas
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608 by Sean
01/02/2018 - 11:22
by Sean
01/02/2018 - 12:31
Representing religions in game
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1347 by Tedthebug
06/29/2016 - 02:40
by Soulfinger
07/01/2016 - 03:18
Question about licensing content
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1115 by Radium84
12/10/2013 - 22:56
by KrisW
12/11/2013 - 05:04
Presentation on Working with Freelance Artists
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592 by danielbishop56
04/03/2017 - 14:04
n/a
Poetry on cards - Help!
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1437 by Aerjen
07/01/2013 - 21:39
by Aerjen
07/02/2013 - 11:42
Pirate theme, needs a story...
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1223 by bmrust
06/19/2014 - 19:39
by bmrust
06/20/2014 - 12:25
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