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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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Help changing a theme?
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1295 by Robinxen
06/22/2015 - 09:44
by Soulfinger
06/23/2015 - 19:01
Alien characters
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1537 by MattPlays
06/14/2015 - 22:30
by MattPlays
06/18/2015 - 22:30
Can I use hazard symbols on my cards
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1663 by Redcap
06/13/2015 - 12:52
by X3M
06/15/2015 - 17:53
VP and Game Titling Issues
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1182 by Apotheothena
05/18/2015 - 17:19
by fayinsky
05/20/2015 - 00:46
Stumped - any ideas?
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1906 by vexus
05/07/2015 - 06:16
by vexus
05/12/2015 - 03:07
Currency and VP Naming!
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1143 by Apotheothena
04/23/2015 - 12:18
by kos
04/24/2015 - 18:55
The whole race - Spain - Italy Pocket Sports Cycling Tour
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964 by HPS74
04/17/2015 - 03:04
n/a
Theme? Art review and critique!
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1289 by markgrafn
04/16/2015 - 21:28
by -Eberhardt-
04/19/2015 - 06:55
Which Theme? Please Help Me Choose!
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2237 by tuscansun
03/15/2015 - 05:22
by Denniskam
08/11/2015 - 04:05
I'd like your input...
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1419 by -Eberhardt-
02/24/2015 - 16:51
by Sliverik
03/02/2015 - 10:46
How to legally use a celebrity likeness
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2373 by Gabe
02/10/2015 - 18:11
by Gabe
02/10/2015 - 23:46
Box Art Ideas - Monaco: 1929
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1763 by Maritoe
01/29/2015 - 16:39
by Dagar
02/01/2015 - 16:03
What's in a name? - Greyscape
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1194 by LordBrand
01/29/2015 - 15:52
by Soulfinger
01/30/2015 - 00:05
Name of my mech game
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1940 by Robostrat
12/19/2014 - 00:17
by LordBrand
01/29/2015 - 15:20
What to do with surplus card space?
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1848 by Word Nerd
09/26/2014 - 13:05
by larienna
10/02/2014 - 09:51
Integrating Mechanics into Theme
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1747 by GamesPrecipice
09/18/2014 - 11:04
by firstcultural
11/09/2014 - 21:45
Theme vs Mechanics - Finding Common Ground
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1626 by GamesPrecipice
09/12/2014 - 12:11
by Gabe
09/16/2014 - 03:43
Want comments for a 5 thematic sphere of magic design
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1650 by larienna
07/28/2014 - 11:49
by larienna
07/31/2014 - 11:39
Need advice on playing piece........
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1081 by UK_David
07/20/2014 - 05:37
by UK_David
07/20/2014 - 14:20
Alternate Themes in Dungeon Crawler (Let's Throw Fantasy out the Window)
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1837 by Toa Lewa
07/10/2014 - 15:33
by xaeromancer
07/14/2014 - 17:01
Pirate theme, needs a story...
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1220 by bmrust
06/19/2014 - 19:39
by bmrust
06/20/2014 - 12:25
Simplicity vs. Immersion: Naming Resources by Color or Theme?
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1805 by kevnburg
05/15/2014 - 19:50
by kevnburg
07/19/2014 - 22:16
Tabletop Game Card Samples
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1291 by Godzirra
04/17/2014 - 00:25
by Godzirra
04/17/2014 - 19:26
Dragonlance - AD&D Official Game Adventures
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1684 by questccg
04/17/2014 - 00:14
by larienna
04/20/2014 - 11:56
Steampunk exploration adventure game theme
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1174 by mithrilwisdom
03/26/2014 - 17:51
by baberahamlincoln
03/26/2014 - 18:08
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