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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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Fantasy Name Generator App
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1181 by Toa Lewa
12/18/2013 - 15:27
by larienna
12/19/2013 - 10:20
Explanation pages
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1374 by X3M
02/13/2016 - 12:00
by X3M
02/17/2016 - 12:08
Evil Spares None - Theme Design
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1190 by ProjectPlunk
07/26/2012 - 15:57
by ProjectPlunk
08/20/2012 - 00:53
Dream Terminology
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1087 by Aerjen
12/23/2013 - 14:15
by Aerjen
12/31/2013 - 16:22
Dragonlance - AD&D Official Game Adventures
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1703 by questccg
04/17/2014 - 00:14
by larienna
04/20/2014 - 11:56
Dilema: Beautiful board vs functional board
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1543 by BenMora
09/04/2015 - 21:07
by 537h
09/09/2015 - 09:53
Different Fantasy Themes
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3030 by wooberg
12/31/2013 - 16:22
by Willem Verheij
06/09/2016 - 09:06
Designed for one, built for another.
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1008 by Lofwyr
11/17/2012 - 15:57
by voodoodog
11/18/2012 - 19:52
Currency and VP Naming!
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1152 by Apotheothena
04/23/2015 - 12:18
by kos
04/24/2015 - 18:55
Creating games based on existing IP
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974 by Havok12
01/27/2017 - 10:03
by Havok12
01/27/2017 - 12:32
Collectible versus "Collection"
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681 by questccg
03/05/2018 - 19:33
by questccg
03/07/2018 - 23:29
Classical Element Combinations
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15190 by Toa Lewa
12/11/2013 - 16:52
by Toa Lewa
07/28/2014 - 14:02
City of Guilds
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1412 by Voron
10/21/2013 - 18:22
by Voron
10/23/2013 - 09:42
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
CCG Races - help defining
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2001 by questccg
01/25/2014 - 19:24
by questccg
01/27/2014 - 16:26
Card Names
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1256 by Tbone
07/05/2015 - 01:42
by Tbone
07/05/2015 - 06:14
Card Design input for Math Numbers?
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1370 by EduGame
02/14/2014 - 00:47
by EduGame
02/16/2014 - 14:08
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
Card Art - Looking for feedback
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2000 by Aerjen
07/03/2013 - 13:08
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 14:21
Can't think of a good name for my game.
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1663 by Shoe
11/27/2013 - 09:55
by Word Nerd
11/28/2013 - 22:08
Can I use hazard symbols on my cards
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1680 by Redcap
06/13/2015 - 12:52
by X3M
06/15/2015 - 17:53
Bushido Theme and Art Design Critique
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1531 by markgrafn
09/11/2015 - 13:46
by markgrafn
09/14/2015 - 10:28
Bushido Daimyo - options
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1246 by markgrafn
09/20/2015 - 22:43
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Box Art Ideas - Monaco: 1929
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1773 by Maritoe
01/29/2015 - 16:39
by Dagar
02/01/2015 - 16:03
Avoiding Offense
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1223 by Black Oak Games
01/09/2013 - 17:46
by Ecarots
10/12/2013 - 19:45
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