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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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Name Suggestions for Fantasy Maze Game
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6982 by Toa Lewa
11/20/2013 - 23:58
by Toa Lewa
11/24/2013 - 13:43
Should I shut down an idea based on theme alone?
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1188 by UncleDragon
08/21/2012 - 12:16
by Kroz1776
11/15/2013 - 17:40
Need a name
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852 by Dralius
10/28/2013 - 12:44
by Kroz1776
10/29/2013 - 09:53
City of Guilds
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1411 by Voron
10/21/2013 - 18:22
by Voron
10/23/2013 - 09:42
Card Art for Kids - Looking for Feedback
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1179 by Aerjen
10/14/2013 - 19:01
by Kroz1776
10/16/2013 - 09:16
I'm The Boss Retheme
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793 by yamizero
10/16/2013 - 02:54
by yamizero
10/16/2013 - 05:16
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
What gets YOU designing?
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867 by Knicksen
10/13/2013 - 06:15
by crenshal
10/14/2013 - 11:40
Avoiding Offense
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1221 by Black Oak Games
01/09/2013 - 17:46
by Ecarots
10/12/2013 - 19:45
Time Quake - Funny Missions Wanted
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1550 by GenWash
07/09/2013 - 01:20
by RGaffney
10/12/2013 - 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
Lordly Names
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3691 by questccg
09/16/2013 - 20:55
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:03
Card Art - Looking for feedback
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1996 by Aerjen
07/03/2013 - 13:08
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 14:21
What do you think (Newer version)?
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1011 by questccg
09/27/2013 - 16:30
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 13:59
Choosing the Final Faction for Shattered Empires
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954 by Shattered Empires
11/10/2012 - 03:28
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 12:05
What do you think?
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1732 by questccg
09/08/2013 - 23:20
by NoxArt
09/22/2013 - 13:47
Help naming game for Kids
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989 by Aerjen
05/26/2013 - 17:40
by GrimFinger
09/03/2013 - 08:06
Personality types, Theme Help
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1920 by RGaffney
06/22/2013 - 08:08
by Deveration
07/14/2013 - 11:52
Poetry on cards - Help!
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1439 by Aerjen
07/01/2013 - 21:39
by Aerjen
07/02/2013 - 11:42
Need Class Name Ideas
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959 by GenWash
06/18/2013 - 14:55
by GenWash
06/19/2013 - 13:03
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
Game Designer Job offer
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1012 by Kitmaker
06/01/2013 - 23:58
n/a
Getting rid of Numbers !!!
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1389 by Martin-r-m
05/11/2013 - 11:11
by laperen
06/01/2013 - 02:49
From Theme to Name
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1042 by Word Nerd
01/17/2013 - 03:28
by Word Nerd
05/25/2013 - 21:23
Avoid being distasteful
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2313 by Sperber
01/20/2013 - 17:05
by Shoe
05/22/2013 - 15:47
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