^ Eh, I find it just as preachy and obnoxious when someone starts going on about how people who try to add 'depth' are Doing It Wrong or everybody's full of hot air or trying too hard.
My more comedic projects are shallow as kiddie pools, and done so intentionally. I refuse to let Cerebus Syndrome happen! They run entirely on Rule of Funny and Rule of Cool and every other Rule you can think of. Well, maybe not every one. In one of them there's a few Genius Bonus
references, but those are also just for fun.
Kaegishik was meant as a typical fantasy adventure RPG game, but the storyline got quite complicated. Political intrigue and conspiracy are in the thick of it. This is one where I didn't consciously go in intending to put in any particular themes, but as the story grew out I realized how particular issues kept cropping up. I then took advantage of that, and grew the character's personal struggles and motivations around those themes. The biggies relate to duty, responsibility, leadership, 'necessary evils', and balance between respecting one's past while moving toward the future. There are so many characters, all of them with their own complicated feelings on the central plot, most of them very justifiable opinions but none of them obviously right, that of course it ends up being very multi-layered.
My world-building FAEBLES project has no central plot, since it's a sandbox world, but lots of the things I've constructed in that world have been inspired by things I've learned in school; Philosophy, Religion, Bio and Chem, Sociology and Psychology, all of that fun stuff. I feel I've got a good handle on the magic and religion/spirituality of this world/universe too, which if I were to explain it some may find similarities toward things from scientific theories like the Big Bang to the Karma and reincarnation cycles of Hinduism/Buddhism, and the like. Also ideas about dictatorship, environmental concerns, cultural and racial ethnocentrism, the nature of freedom, and heck, just whatever I feel like. It's a whole world to explore, it's got tons of stuff going on.