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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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Theme? Art review and critique!
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1271 by markgrafn
04/16/2015 - 21:28
by -Eberhardt-
04/19/2015 - 06:55
Theme vs Mechanics - Finding Common Ground
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1606 by GamesPrecipice
09/12/2014 - 12:11
by Gabe
09/16/2014 - 03:43
Theme sites for my New WP website!
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1065 by Markentosh
06/09/2016 - 23:17
by Markentosh
06/10/2016 - 21:34
Theme Preference
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1206 by Squinshee
07/17/2017 - 14:24
by FrankM
07/19/2017 - 14:19
Theme help - 4 factions
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871 by Horatio252
06/12/2012 - 23:18
by Crensh3000ad
06/25/2012 - 10:41
Theme and Atmosphere at the game table
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2142 by Rick L
10/23/2017 - 19:12
by X3M
01/25/2018 - 12:19
Theme an preference
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908 by jrc5639
11/12/2015 - 18:21
n/a
The whole race - Spain - Italy Pocket Sports Cycling Tour
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940 by HPS74
04/17/2015 - 03:04
n/a
The Hidden Agenda
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1300 by markgrafn
03/03/2016 - 02:04
by markgrafn
03/03/2016 - 17:45
Tabletop Game Card Samples
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1270 by Godzirra
04/17/2014 - 00:25
by Godzirra
04/17/2014 - 19:26
Survival Horror Board Game Story Ending Cliche
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1193 by Stormyknight1976
01/25/2013 - 11:30
by Stormyknight1976
01/29/2013 - 13:03
superhero game- flavor text - input please
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875 by abdantas
01/30/2013 - 09:12
by abdantas
01/31/2013 - 10:36
Stumped - any ideas?
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1857 by vexus
05/07/2015 - 06:16
by vexus
05/12/2015 - 03:07
Steampunk exploration adventure game theme
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1161 by mithrilwisdom
03/26/2014 - 17:51
by baberahamlincoln
03/26/2014 - 18:08
Simplicity vs. Immersion: Naming Resources by Color or Theme?
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1791 by kevnburg
05/15/2014 - 19:50
by kevnburg
07/19/2014 - 22:16
Should I shut down an idea based on theme alone?
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1151 by UncleDragon
08/21/2012 - 12:16
by Kroz1776
11/15/2013 - 17:40
RTS game in testing stage
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1091 by Tbone
03/12/2013 - 21:17
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:48
RPG Board Game Story Narrative
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1593 by TwentyPercent
01/23/2013 - 17:52
by MarkKreitler
01/29/2013 - 18:07
Rock/Paper/Scissors theme ideas
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517 by Sean
01/02/2018 - 11:22
by Sean
01/02/2018 - 12:31
Representing religions in game
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1306 by Tedthebug
06/29/2016 - 02:40
by Soulfinger
07/01/2016 - 03:18
Question about licensing content
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1091 by Radium84
12/10/2013 - 22:56
by KrisW
12/11/2013 - 05:04
Presentation on Working with Freelance Artists
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560 by danielbishop56
04/03/2017 - 14:04
n/a
Poetry on cards - Help!
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1397 by Aerjen
07/01/2013 - 21:39
by Aerjen
07/02/2013 - 11:42
Pirate theme, needs a story...
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1205 by bmrust
06/19/2014 - 19:39
by bmrust
06/20/2014 - 12:25
Personality types, Theme Help
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1847 by RGaffney
06/22/2013 - 08:08
by Deveration
07/14/2013 - 11:52
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