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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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Game Theme
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1335 by danieledeming
03/14/2014 - 12:47
by hotsoup
03/15/2014 - 19:56
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
Legendary Souls: Legendary Beasts
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997 by questccg
03/09/2014 - 00:28
by questccg
03/09/2014 - 01:49
Name this game!
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1612 by questccg
03/05/2014 - 00:14
by Shoe
03/07/2014 - 10:56
Looking for semi-humorous ship names
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1443 by EdWedig
02/20/2014 - 22:57
by X3M
02/22/2014 - 18:57
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
Latin speakers?? (WIP The Conclave)
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1228 by Mansemat
02/08/2014 - 17:15
by Mansemat
02/11/2014 - 17:28
Finding artists and cost?
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1295 by smeagolthevile
02/08/2014 - 12:41
by Guido
02/09/2014 - 10:05
Need help with Art Direction.
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2955 by Three
02/07/2014 - 21:36
by Three
04/10/2014 - 18:36
Assistance Needed
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1759 by Kamon
02/05/2014 - 23:37
by Kamon
02/12/2014 - 10:44
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
Using well known game titles or not
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1110 by svenne
01/27/2014 - 04:51
by larienna
01/27/2014 - 12:39
CCG Races - help defining
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1997 by questccg
01/25/2014 - 19:24
by questccg
01/27/2014 - 16:26
What makes the concept of 'transforming' special?
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1161 by Squinshee
01/13/2014 - 12:54
by ruy343
01/14/2014 - 20:08
How important is world building to you?
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1443 by TidalGames
01/12/2014 - 00:55
by larienna
01/15/2014 - 10:38
Different Fantasy Themes
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3023 by wooberg
12/31/2013 - 16:22
by Willem Verheij
06/09/2016 - 09:06
Dream Terminology
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1085 by Aerjen
12/23/2013 - 14:15
by Aerjen
12/31/2013 - 16:22
Aalsmeer - Objective Cards
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940 by Kroz1776
12/19/2013 - 11:38
by Kroz1776
12/20/2013 - 10:40
Fantasy Name Generator App
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1180 by Toa Lewa
12/18/2013 - 15:27
by larienna
12/19/2013 - 10:20
Classical Element Combinations
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15146 by Toa Lewa
12/11/2013 - 16:52
by Toa Lewa
07/28/2014 - 14:02
Help me theme my game
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1139 by zmobie
12/11/2013 - 00:34
by zmobie
12/12/2013 - 12:36
Question about licensing content
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1115 by Radium84
12/10/2013 - 22:56
by KrisW
12/11/2013 - 05:04
Can't think of a good name for my game.
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1658 by Shoe
11/27/2013 - 09:55
by Word Nerd
11/28/2013 - 22:08
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
offending your audience
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2722 by drunknmunky
11/07/2013 - 14:43
by Word Nerd
08/03/2014 - 11:39
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