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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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Personality types, Theme Help
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1920 by RGaffney
06/22/2013 - 08:08
by Deveration
07/14/2013 - 11:52
Oops, mechanic without theme
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1152 by j1hopki1
10/05/2015 - 21:18
by Soulfinger
10/07/2015 - 00:19
offending your audience
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2722 by drunknmunky
11/07/2013 - 14:43
by Word Nerd
08/03/2014 - 11:39
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
Need some help with piece and theme
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904 by Honestman
01/29/2014 - 14:39
by Evil ColSanders
01/29/2014 - 21:10
Need some help
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1301 by cripplefish
05/18/2016 - 11:31
by Arcuate
05/22/2016 - 05:46
Need some "interesting" variation on COLORS
12
568 by questccg
05/08/2018 - 22:46
by AdamRobinGames-ARG
05/18/2018 - 12:21
Need ideas to reinforce a theme
10
1429 by larienna
02/05/2013 - 22:41
by larienna
02/10/2013 - 22:39
Need help with Art Direction.
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2955 by Three
02/07/2014 - 21:36
by Three
04/10/2014 - 18:36
Need Class Name Ideas
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959 by GenWash
06/18/2013 - 14:55
by GenWash
06/19/2013 - 13:03
Need advice on playing piece........
2
1086 by UK_David
07/20/2014 - 05:37
by UK_David
07/20/2014 - 14:20
Need a thematic end game reason for space game
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1097 by larienna
09/11/2012 - 12:55
by Kroz1776
10/14/2013 - 14:23
Need a name
5
852 by Dralius
10/28/2013 - 12:44
by Kroz1776
10/29/2013 - 09:53
Need a little thematic help...
5
861 by JustAnEye
10/05/2017 - 16:55
by FrankM
10/06/2017 - 09:05
Naming things
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1248 by FrankM
04/29/2017 - 16:52
by FrankM
04/30/2017 - 18:38
Name this game!
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1612 by questccg
03/05/2014 - 00:14
by Shoe
03/07/2014 - 10:56
Name Suggestions for Fantasy Maze Game
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6973 by Toa Lewa
11/20/2013 - 23:58
by Toa Lewa
11/24/2013 - 13:43
Name of my mech game
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1952 by Robostrat
12/19/2014 - 00:17
by LordBrand
01/29/2015 - 15:20
Name ideas for a game of conspiracies.
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1421 by Zorblag
03/10/2014 - 23:42
by Zorblag
03/12/2014 - 23:28
My character designs for Hero/Villain flip card game
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1135 by jedite1000
03/14/2017 - 23:18
by jedite1000
03/18/2017 - 01:46
Mini-Banner Design
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705 by Evil ColSanders
03/30/2017 - 20:33
by Evil ColSanders
04/01/2017 - 05:09
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
Medieval XCOM: How to justify missions when communication is lacking
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354 by larienna
04/11/2018 - 11:12
by Jay103
04/11/2018 - 12:20
Lore in Game Design
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1382 by jonathanflike
06/12/2017 - 17:29
by jonathanflike
06/13/2017 - 22:22
Lordly Names
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3690 by questccg
09/16/2013 - 20:55
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:03
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