It's great that this was the topic for the week as I was thinking about this the other day and wondered if theme really does matter in a game at all. Using Chess as an example, I'm sure most of us here at one point or anither have played a game of chess. No matter how much you like or hate chess, I think everyone would agree it's theme is all but non existent. So I thought how much better would chess be if it had a much better theme. What if it was Lord of the Rings chess or Marvel vs DC chess or Zombies vs Werewolves chess? The funny thing was, it was still chess, and while I likes the pieces a lot more now, the game itself was still the same. Much like Monopoly's billion interations and growing, no matter what theme we slap on top it's still monopoly. So I started to realize that while theme certainly draws me in, it's the gameplay (mechanics) that keeps me coming back. And so for those that love chess, the theme really doesn't matter and for those that don't, the theme really doesn't matter. I think what all this boils down to is that theme basically only enhances something that you already enjoy. It may initially draw you in, and it may use it's theme to inform mechanincs, which is when it's doing it's most good, but as a whole it's just not that important. What are your thoughts?