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The demo for Chess of Blades features a short preview of some of our backgrounds, CGs, and music, as well as introductions to 2 of the 3 main love interests! Est. playing time: 15-20 minutes. 

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

 

What is Chess of Blades?

Chess of Blades is a 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, so we're developers with some idea of what we're doing!

Chess of Blades is a visual novel - a 2D narrative-based game that presents the user with important choices that alter the story's path. While mystery and intrigue are a central part of the story, there are also three prominent romance routes that significantly change the later portions of the game.  

The game is also a BL (boy's love) game, which means both the main character and the love interests are male. There will be an 18+ version that includes NSFW scenes as well as a PG-13 option. 

Currently, we plan to release Summer 2017! PC, Mac, and Linux will all be supported platforms.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Rivian Potential VA 1

 Rivian Potential VA 2

Rivian Voice Actor Popularity Poll

 Arden Potential VA 1

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Arden Voice Actor Popularity Poll

Linnaeus Potential VA 1

Linnaeus Potential VA 2

 Linnaeus Potential VA 3

Linnaeus Voice Actor Popularity Poll

 Potential Franz VA 1

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Franz Voice Actor Popularity Poll 

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Other Character VAs:

Silas:

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Silas Voice Actor Popularity Poll

 Alistair:

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 Potential VA 3

Alistair Voice Actor Popularity Poll

 Celeste:

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Celeste Voice Actor Popularity Poll

Sabre:

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Sabre Voice Actor Popularity Poll

Hazel:

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Hazel Voice Actor Popularity Poll

 Emily:

Potential VA 1

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Emily Voice Actor Popularity Poll

The music for Chess of Blades is a sweeping orchestral soundtrack, composed by Alec Sievern. We are planning on having a 12+ track final OST for the game, and if we hit one of our stretch goals, the 3 main love interests will get their own musical themes, which will play during their significant appearances!

Check out a few sneak peeks of some existing tracks:

 

 

 

  • Digital Wallpaper: A 1980x1080 HD wallpaper (design still to be finalized) featuring the main characters of Chess of Blades!  
  • VA Voting: After we narrow down our selection of possible voice actors (over 300 auditions right now!), you can help us decide which ones to pick!
  • 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!
  • Personalized Thank You Email: Receive an email from a character of your choice (not all characters available) thanking you for attending the ball! 
  • Copy of Requiescence: Get a free copy of our first game, Requiescence (125,000 words long)!
  • 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 Sketch: Get one of our artists to draw you a personalized sketch!  
  • Personalized Lineart: Upgrade the personalized sketch to have nice, clean lines!
  • Character Voiced Thank You Email: Upgraded "Personalized Thank You Email" with an audio recording reading the Email aloud!
  • Personalized Recording: One of our voice actors addresses you by name in a special recording!
  • Proofreading Party: Before the game's released, play through it with us (the devs) in our search for last minute bugs and enjoy our snark and self-deprecating commentary!
  • Easter Eggs: Your copy of the game has hidden easter eggs, and if you find them all, you'll unlock a super special CG!
  • Hi-Res 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!

Work with the Developers to create special in-game assets! All designs must fit the themes and settings of 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 Mask: Design a mask that one of the guests wears at the ball! 
  • Design a Character: Design a side character who plays a minor role in the story, a personalized sprite/design, and voice acting!
  • Design a 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! 
  • Physical Game:  A hard copy of Chess of Blades on a specially labeled CD!  
  • Physical OST: A hard copy of the game's soundtrack on a specially labeled CD! 
  • Postcard: Receive a personalized postcard featuring some special artwork from Chess of Blades, also signed by the devs!
  • Chibi Keychain: Choose a chibi character for a keychain of your choice, shipped to you! (Note: Designs are not final and may not all be available)
  • Wall Poster: An 11x17 poster of a special visual (design still in progress) to hang on your wall! 

 

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Digital Add-ons are available for all tiers at the Knight ($15) level and above! To get an Add-on, simply choose the tier you want and back with [Tier amount + Add-ons cost]. Please fill out the ADD-ONS FORM (https://goo.gl/forms/342q2SVI0Ax3XtU72) to indicate where you'd like your money to go!  

Example: You want the Knight tier + Chibi Set.  
1. You'll back the "Knight" tier for $25 [$15 Knight + $10 Chibis].
2. You'll fill out the ADD-ONS FORM

Everyone in Viscount/Viscountess tiers and above will receive the Personalized Thank You Email digital reward! 

 

 

Our costs for COB will primarily be going towards art -- because art is expensive, and COB has a lot of art! We have two contracted artists (background art and character art) we're working with, and they both produce beautiful work that we want to properly compensate them for.

We're also aiming for COB to be FULLY voice acted, which means paying our voice actors a decent wage for their mountain of work. That's why the second biggest chunk of our costs will be going towards supporting these cool people!

Music is a huge part of any visual novel, and we've happily contracted composer Alec Sievern to create the OST for Chess of Blades. We're aiming for 12+ tracks to give the game's atmosphere plenty of diversity.

Finally, we have to pay Kickstarter's processing fees, along with producing and sending out rewards. 

 

 

Risks and challenges

There will likely be a production delay if we hit some stretch goals or high tier rewards are given out! But the script is 70% written, and we have one KS funded and published game under our belts, so all we need is funds to pay our artists, composer, and voice actors :D

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