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A Boy's Love/Yaoi 18+ fantasy game of murder, mystery, and romance in the ballroom!
A Boy's Love/Yaoi 18+ fantasy game of murder, mystery, and romance in the ballroom!
A Boy's Love/Yaoi 18+ fantasy game of murder, mystery, and romance in the ballroom!
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NOW REACHED! More CGs (SFW and NSFW), and extra sprites/poses!

 Ever wanted to romance a feisty, rough-around-the-edges fighter? Here's your chance!

The hot butler becomes dateable?? Uncover his mysterious secrets! 

Click to play the demo!
Click to play the demo!

 

 The demo for Chess of Blades features a preview of some of our characters, backgrounds, CGs, voice acting, and music, as well as introductions to the 3 main love interests! Est. playing time: 20-30 minutes. 

Questions, comments, or concerns? Email us at contact@argentgames.co!

 

What is Chess of Blades?

Chess of Blades is a Boy's Love (or yaoi) mystery/romance visual novel game being developed by Argent Games. We have one game that was already Kickstarter funded, Greenlit, and is now available on Steam (Requiescence), so we're excited to have the opportunity to bring a second BL VN to Kickstarter.

For those unfamiliar with visual novels, they are primarily 2D narrative-based games that present the user with important choices that alter the story's path. For Chess of Blades, mystery and intrigue are a central part of the story, but there are also three prominent romance routes that significantly change the later portions of the game.

There will be an 18+ version that includes NSFW scenes as well as a PG-13 option. Currently, we plan to release Fall 2017! PC, Mac, and Linux will all be supported platforms.

 

Murder, mystery, and romance

The king is having a huge birthday celebration! Five days of dancing, festivals, and drinking, culminating in a grand masquerade ball. It just so happens that Rivian Varrison, the introverted son of a famous nobleman, is forced to attend this giant event by his father. 

By chance, or maybe something more deliberate, he runs into a host of colorful and shady characters, all with their own stories to tell. But when a sudden and mysterious crime happens on the second day of the celebration, Rivian finds himself thrown into the middle of it, and has to discover the truth behind what really happened -- and who the people around him really are.  

Featuring:

  • 70,000 words -- roughly 7 hours of gameplay
  • 3 BxB romance options
  • 8 endings
  • 25+ CGs
  • Full English Voice Acting
  • 12+ track OST
  • PG-13 and R-18 versions
  • Itch.io AND Steam keys
  • Windows/Mac/Linux platforms

 

 

 [Voice Actor: To be revealed soon!]

 Arden's Voice Actor

 

 Franz's Voice Actor

 

 Linnaeus' Voice Actor

 

 

 

 

 

 

The music for Chess of Blades is a sweeping orchestral soundtrack, intended to transport the listener into COB's Baroque and Victorian inspired dances! We are planning on having a 12+ track final OST for the game, which is included with some of the rewards (and as an add-on!)

Check out some sneak peeks of the soundtrack!

Waltz Theme

 Exploring the Castle

 

 

 

Handy dandy chart of reward tiers
Handy dandy chart of reward tiers

 Standard Rewards

  • Our Eternal Gratitude + Name in Credits: Thanks so much for showing your support! Your chosen name will appear in the credits of Chess of Blades!
  • Digital Wallpaper: A 1980x1080 HD wallpaper (design still to be finalized) featuring the main characters of Chess of Blades! 
  • Digital Game: A digital copy of Chess of Blades through Steam and Itch! 
  • Digital OST: A digital copy of the full Chess of Blades OST! Beta Access: You get to play Chess of Blades before it's officially released to the public, during a beta phase! 
  • Copy of Requiescence: Get a free copy of our first game, Requiescence (125,000 words long)! You'll receive an Itch/Steam key that you can give away if you already own the game. 
  • Digital Artbook: A full color artbook that shows off the sketches and WIPs/bloopers in the design process of characters, backgrounds, and CGs -- all of the glorious behind-the-scenes detail! 
  • Personalized Fanart: Get a personalized fanart of your favorite character(s) from COB! 
  • HD CGs: Want the highest, best quality of the CGs in all their glorious detail? We'll send them in the original 4k resolution so you can admire them in their full magnificence! 

Customized Rewards

Work with the Developers to create special in-game assets! All designs must fit the themes and settings of the game. 

  • Design a Mask: Design a mask that one of the guests wears at the ball! 
  • OC Cameo: Have your OC make an appearance in the game!
  • Design a Conversation: Design a short conversation for some of our characters to have! They can be flirty or serious, silly or vicious~ (400-600 words max)
  • Design a Side Story: Design a short story featuring the existing characters of your choice with a special CG to feature as a standalone side branch to the main game! 

Both Physical and Digital add-ons are available! To get an add-on, simply select the backer tier and change the backing amount to [backer tier] + [add-ons total]. Afterwards, fill out this add-ons form so that we know what to get you! Add-ons fulfillment will coincide with backer rewards fulfillment.

Example: Earl tier + 1 poster

1. Back the Earl tier for [$60 (Earl)] + [$15 (poster)] = $75
2. Fill out THIS FORM making sure to select the Poster checkbox and fill in shipping information.

  • Physical Copy of Chess of Blades/OST: Receive a physical copy of the game/soundtrack with Kickstarter exclusive art! 
  • Physical Poster: An 11in x 17in poster to hang up on your wall
  • Keychain: A cute keychain either with version 1 or 2 designs. Vote on your fav!
  • Digital Chibis: Receive high-res chibis of the cast!
  • Digital Copy of Requiescence: Want our first BL game while supporting Chess of Blades? Here's your chance, at 30% off its normal price!

Our costs for Chess of Blades are almost entirely art! We're obviously paying for our voice acting and music as well, but the sales from our last game (Requiescence) are largely able to cover those expenses. However, because the art load for COB is so intense and we only have a single artist (Mizuwe're seeking out funding so that we can afford to pay off all the pretty anime sexiness! o(≧∇≦)o

"Kissy kissy" -Franz
"Kissy kissy" -Franz

 

So who are the minds behind Argent Games, the developers of Chess of Blades and Requiescence?

We are a 2-person team, comprised of a writer/programmer (Dovah) and a producer/manager (Gamma). Bonded together over a shared love of things such as games, anime, and Yaoi, we formed Argent Games in 2016 for launching our first title, Requiescence. 

The two of us wear many different hats, each of us dabbling in graphic design, video editing, web dev, and so on. However, we also work with many outside contractors to manage the large scope for our games, while still retaining the independence and flexibility of a small partnership. 

The team of Argent Games!
The team of Argent Games!

 

Risks and challenges

We want to bring Chess of Blades to life on a quicker timeline, and in order to do that, we need more immediate funds! We are very dedicated to completing the game regardless of what happens, so the only real risk/challenge is meeting our expected shipment date.

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