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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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Personality types, Theme Help
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1903 by RGaffney
06/22/2013 - 08:08
by Deveration
07/14/2013 - 11:52
Oops, mechanic without theme
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1142 by j1hopki1
10/05/2015 - 21:18
by Soulfinger
10/07/2015 - 00:19
offending your audience
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2708 by drunknmunky
11/07/2013 - 14:43
by Word Nerd
08/03/2014 - 11:39
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
Need some help with piece and theme
3
899 by Honestman
01/29/2014 - 14:39
by Evil ColSanders
01/29/2014 - 21:10
Need some help
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1291 by cripplefish
05/18/2016 - 11:31
by Arcuate
05/22/2016 - 05:46
Need some "interesting" variation on COLORS
12
541 by questccg
05/08/2018 - 22:46
by AdamRobinGames-ARG
05/18/2018 - 12:21
Need ideas to reinforce a theme
10
1413 by larienna
02/05/2013 - 22:41
by larienna
02/10/2013 - 22:39
Need help with Art Direction.
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2937 by Three
02/07/2014 - 21:36
by Three
04/10/2014 - 18:36
Need Class Name Ideas
8
952 by GenWash
06/18/2013 - 14:55
by GenWash
06/19/2013 - 13:03
Need advice on playing piece........
2
1080 by UK_David
07/20/2014 - 05:37
by UK_David
07/20/2014 - 14:20
Need a thematic end game reason for space game
13
1090 by larienna
09/11/2012 - 12:55
by Kroz1776
10/14/2013 - 14:23
Need a name
5
845 by Dralius
10/28/2013 - 12:44
by Kroz1776
10/29/2013 - 09:53
Need a little thematic help...
5
846 by JustAnEye
10/05/2017 - 16:55
by FrankM
10/06/2017 - 09:05
Naming things
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1231 by FrankM
04/29/2017 - 16:52
by FrankM
04/30/2017 - 18:38
Name this game!
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1603 by questccg
03/05/2014 - 00:14
by Shoe
03/07/2014 - 10:56
Name Suggestions for Fantasy Maze Game
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6870 by Toa Lewa
11/20/2013 - 23:58
by Toa Lewa
11/24/2013 - 13:43
Name of my mech game
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1939 by Robostrat
12/19/2014 - 00:17
by LordBrand
01/29/2015 - 15:20
Name ideas for a game of conspiracies.
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1416 by Zorblag
03/10/2014 - 23:42
by Zorblag
03/12/2014 - 23:28
My character designs for Hero/Villain flip card game
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1119 by jedite1000
03/14/2017 - 23:18
by jedite1000
03/18/2017 - 01:46
Mini-Banner Design
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686 by Evil ColSanders
03/30/2017 - 20:33
by Evil ColSanders
04/01/2017 - 05:09
Miner's Lunch - сrazy card game for dreamers and hooligans!
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1260 by miners_lunch
10/06/2015 - 03:53
by miners_lunch
10/06/2015 - 09:10
Medieval XCOM: How to justify missions when communication is lacking
1
325 by larienna
04/11/2018 - 11:12
by Jay103
04/11/2018 - 12:20
Lore in Game Design
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1365 by jonathanflike
06/12/2017 - 17:29
by jonathanflike
06/13/2017 - 22:22
Lordly Names
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3662 by questccg
09/16/2013 - 20:55
by Kroz1776
10/11/2013 - 15:03
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