All posts by Jeff Alexander

Playing in Real Time

July 16, 2015
From the outset, the Nova Blitz team was determined to make a game with shared turns. One thing a fast-paced game absolutely needed to avoid was long periods of inactivity...
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Roderick Tane of the Crystal Order

July 15, 2015
As a child, Roderick Tane exhibited signs of magical talent before his twelfth year. It wasn’t strong, but developing it so soon brought him to the attention of the Crystal...
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Deep Dive: Direct Damage

July 13, 2015
“Deal 3 damage to target unit or player.” That’s what Steam Blast does right now. It’s simple. Direct. Concise. “Deal 4 soft, cuddly damage to target unit or player.” That’s...
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How the World Links to the Game

May 22, 2015

To be good, a game’s backstory needs two major qualities. First, it needs to put the player at the heart of the action. Being saddled with a minor role while…

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The Nova Blitz Universe

May 15, 2015

The five Aspects have not always been so contentious. Indeed, there was a time when they weren’t even aware of one another. Initially, their societies advanced in isolation from one…

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Building the World

April 16, 2015

Games need settings. A backstory gives a sense of direction to a game even if the player never actively thinks about it. It can even serve as a proto-tutorial for…

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The Chaos Aspect

March 20, 2015

This week, we’re talking about the fifth Nova Blitz Aspect: Chaos. Chaos is the Aspect of creativity and survival. The symbol of chaos is the Vortex, representing the endless possibilities…

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The Nature Aspect

March 13, 2015

There are five Aspects in Nova Blitz. Each Aspect has its own philosophies, strengths, and weaknesses. Nature is the Aspect of life and destruction. The Nature symbol is a leaf,…

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The Divine Aspect

March 6, 2015

There are five Aspects in Nova Blitz. Each Aspect has its own philosophies, strengths, and weaknesses. Divine is the Aspect of Heaven and Hell. The Divine symbol is the horned…

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The Tech Aspect

February 27, 2015

There are five Aspects in Nova Blitz. Each Aspect has its own philosophies, strengths, and weaknesses. Tech is the Aspect of the future. The Tech symbol is a lightning bolt,…

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