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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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Need some help
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1301 by cripplefish
05/18/2016 - 11:31
by Arcuate
05/22/2016 - 05:46
Tongue-in-Cheek MMORPG CDG?
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1537 by HandsomeGames
11/06/2015 - 01:53
by HandsomeGames
11/10/2015 - 02:19
Help changing a theme?
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1314 by Robinxen
06/22/2015 - 09:44
by Soulfinger
06/23/2015 - 19:01
Personality types, Theme Help
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1920 by RGaffney
06/22/2013 - 08:08
by Deveration
07/14/2013 - 11:52
Help naming game for Kids
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989 by Aerjen
05/26/2013 - 17:40
by GrimFinger
09/03/2013 - 08:06
RTS game in testing stage
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1144 by Tbone
03/12/2013 - 21:17
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:48
Theme help - 4 factions
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895 by Horatio252
06/12/2012 - 23:18
by Crensh3000ad
06/25/2012 - 10:41
Theme Preference
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1257 by Squinshee
07/17/2017 - 14:24
by FrankM
07/19/2017 - 14:19
Mini-Banner Design
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711 by Evil ColSanders
03/30/2017 - 20:33
by Evil ColSanders
04/01/2017 - 05:09
What do you think about these *sample* cards?!
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1439 by questccg
06/03/2016 - 21:14
by Squinshee
06/04/2016 - 18:02
Tabletop Game Card Samples
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1302 by Godzirra
04/17/2014 - 00:25
by Godzirra
04/17/2014 - 19:26
Name ideas for a game of conspiracies.
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1423 by Zorblag
03/10/2014 - 23:42
by Zorblag
03/12/2014 - 23:28
Finding artists and cost?
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1296 by smeagolthevile
02/08/2014 - 12:41
by Guido
02/09/2014 - 10:05
Help me theme my game
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1139 by zmobie
12/11/2013 - 00:34
by zmobie
12/12/2013 - 12:36
Need Class Name Ideas
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960 by GenWash
06/18/2013 - 14:55
by GenWash
06/19/2013 - 13:03
[POLL] need your thoughts on a theme.
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1147 by spaff
07/05/2017 - 11:49
by The Odd Fox
07/06/2017 - 17:30
Oops, mechanic without theme
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1155 by j1hopki1
10/05/2015 - 21:18
by Soulfinger
10/07/2015 - 00:19
Give me some feedback on my art
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1532 by IcePeddlerGames
09/14/2015 - 22:05
by Hook
09/16/2015 - 15:32
Name this game!
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1614 by questccg
03/05/2014 - 00:14
by Shoe
03/07/2014 - 10:56
Card Design input for Math Numbers?
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1369 by EduGame
02/14/2014 - 00:47
by EduGame
02/16/2014 - 14:08
Auction game in need of a theme
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1085 by padragan
06/06/2013 - 19:54
by padragan
06/07/2013 - 15:00
Survival Horror Board Game Story Ending Cliche
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1230 by Stormyknight1976
01/25/2013 - 11:30
by Stormyknight1976
01/29/2013 - 13:03
From Theme to Name
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1044 by Word Nerd
01/17/2013 - 03:28
by Word Nerd
05/25/2013 - 21:23
Need theme for a card game
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1131 by Impudent Mortal
08/14/2012 - 03:41
by Impudent Mortal
08/15/2012 - 14:55
When an artist goes off-spec
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919 by adversitygames
03/17/2017 - 00:02
by I Will Never Gr...
03/19/2017 - 16:52
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