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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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Themestorming for Exhibit: Artifacts of the Ages
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1003 by sedjtroll
05/17/2012 - 00:08
by ledbetter_13
05/24/2012 - 11:59
Theme help - 4 factions
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889 by Horatio252
06/12/2012 - 23:18
by Crensh3000ad
06/25/2012 - 10:41
aliens and magic - good theme?
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931 by HarryPotter
06/25/2012 - 06:56
by HarryPotter
06/27/2012 - 17:57
Need theme for a card game
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1116 by Impudent Mortal
08/14/2012 - 03:41
by Impudent Mortal
08/15/2012 - 14:55
Evil Spares None - Theme Design
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1175 by ProjectPlunk
07/26/2012 - 15:57
by ProjectPlunk
08/20/2012 - 00:53
Designed for one, built for another.
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1004 by Lofwyr
11/17/2012 - 15:57
by voodoodog
11/18/2012 - 19:52
Survival Horror Board Game Story Ending Cliche
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1216 by Stormyknight1976
01/25/2013 - 11:30
by Stormyknight1976
01/29/2013 - 13:03
RPG Board Game Story Narrative
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1634 by TwentyPercent
01/23/2013 - 17:52
by MarkKreitler
01/29/2013 - 18:07
superhero game- flavor text - input please
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895 by abdantas
01/30/2013 - 09:12
by abdantas
01/31/2013 - 10:36
Need ideas to reinforce a theme
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1414 by larienna
02/05/2013 - 22:41
by larienna
02/10/2013 - 22:39
Avoid being distasteful
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2292 by Sperber
01/20/2013 - 17:05
by Shoe
05/22/2013 - 15:47
From Theme to Name
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1024 by Word Nerd
01/17/2013 - 03:28
by Word Nerd
05/25/2013 - 21:23
Getting rid of Numbers !!!
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1375 by Martin-r-m
05/11/2013 - 11:11
by laperen
06/01/2013 - 02:49
Game Designer Job offer
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1004 by Kitmaker
06/01/2013 - 23:58
n/a
Auction game in need of a theme
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1079 by padragan
06/06/2013 - 19:54
by padragan
06/07/2013 - 15:00
Need Class Name Ideas
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952 by GenWash
06/18/2013 - 14:55
by GenWash
06/19/2013 - 13:03
Poetry on cards - Help!
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1426 by Aerjen
07/01/2013 - 21:39
by Aerjen
07/02/2013 - 11:42
Personality types, Theme Help
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1907 by RGaffney
06/22/2013 - 08:08
by Deveration
07/14/2013 - 11:52
Help naming game for Kids
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983 by Aerjen
05/26/2013 - 17:40
by GrimFinger
09/03/2013 - 08:06
What do you think?
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1719 by questccg
09/08/2013 - 23:20
by NoxArt
09/22/2013 - 13:47
Choosing the Final Faction for Shattered Empires
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950 by Shattered Empires
11/10/2012 - 03:28
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 12:05
What do you think (Newer version)?
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1006 by questccg
09/27/2013 - 16:30
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 13:59
Card Art - Looking for feedback
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1980 by Aerjen
07/03/2013 - 13:08
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 14:21
Lordly Names
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3666 by questccg
09/16/2013 - 20:55
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:03
RTS game in testing stage
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1122 by Tbone
03/12/2013 - 21:17
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:48
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