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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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06/12/2017 - 17:29
by jonathanflike
06/13/2017 - 22:22
What to do with surplus card space?
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1848 by Word Nerd
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10/02/2014 - 09:51
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1006 by questccg
09/27/2013 - 16:30
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 13:59
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1209 by Black Oak Games
01/09/2013 - 17:46
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1074 by Aerjen
12/23/2013 - 14:15
by Aerjen
12/31/2013 - 16:22
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1533 by GenWash
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by RGaffney
10/12/2013 - 08:06
RPG Board Game Story Narrative
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1634 by TwentyPercent
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by MarkKreitler
01/29/2013 - 18:07
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1090 by larienna
09/11/2012 - 12:55
by Kroz1776
10/14/2013 - 14:23
Need some "interesting" variation on COLORS
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541 by questccg
05/08/2018 - 22:46
by AdamRobinGames-ARG
05/18/2018 - 12:21
How a theme is used well in game
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1452 by cloa513
09/04/2017 - 05:40
by cloa513
09/08/2017 - 20:30
What Kids Want...
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1026 by questccg
10/20/2017 - 22:33
by harmon89
10/23/2017 - 16:12
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by Masacroso
02/15/2016 - 01:29
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1973 by questccg
01/25/2014 - 19:24
by questccg
01/27/2014 - 16:26
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1398 by Voron
10/21/2013 - 18:22
by Voron
10/23/2013 - 09:42
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1715 by questccg
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09/22/2013 - 13:47
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1330 by Tedthebug
06/29/2016 - 02:40
by Soulfinger
07/01/2016 - 03:18
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1537 by MattPlays
06/14/2015 - 22:30
by MattPlays
06/18/2015 - 22:30
Which Theme? Please Help Me Choose!
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2236 by tuscansun
03/15/2015 - 05:22
by Denniskam
08/11/2015 - 04:05
I'd like your input...
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1417 by -Eberhardt-
02/24/2015 - 16:51
by Sliverik
03/02/2015 - 10:46
Simplicity vs. Immersion: Naming Resources by Color or Theme?
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1805 by kevnburg
05/15/2014 - 19:50
by kevnburg
07/19/2014 - 22:16
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1436 by TidalGames
01/12/2014 - 00:55
by larienna
01/15/2014 - 10:38
Need ideas to reinforce a theme
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1413 by larienna
02/05/2013 - 22:41
by larienna
02/10/2013 - 22:39
Should I shut down an idea based on theme alone?
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1178 by UncleDragon
08/21/2012 - 12:16
by Kroz1776
11/15/2013 - 17:40
What do you think about this *sample* character card?
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1275 by vertfromage
01/31/2017 - 12:09
by Evil ColSanders
02/03/2017 - 05:12
How to stay on course
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1244 by ZamjoBrash
07/18/2016 - 19:56
by JohnPace
07/21/2016 - 10:09
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