Chess of Blades (BL Visual Novel)
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android
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.
- Genres: Mystery, BL/yaoi, comedy, fantasy
- ~125,000 words (12+ hours gameplay)
- 3 BxB romance options (+1 side romance!)
- 9 endings
- 30+ CGs
- Full English Voice Acting
- 1080p HD resolution
- PG-13 and R-18 versions
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What's a visual novel?
A visual novel is a game with little traditional "gameplay." The player reads text on the screen, accompanied by visuals and audio, and follows through a set story. However, they can make choices to determine the story's route and the ending. Think of it as a choose-your-own-adventure book, except in a game (and with art and sound!).
What's a BL game?
A BL game is a boy's love game - a game that focuses on a gay relationship between two males.
What will this game be rated/how do the ratings work?
We are releasing both PG-13 and R-18 versions. The PG-13 has no NSFW content, while the R-18 version contains explicit scenes.
How do I install the R-18 patch?
Unzip the patch folder. Drag the contents into the main game folder. Steam installation instructions included in the Readme.txt file located in the patch folder.
|Platforms||Windows, macOS, Linux, Android|
|Tags||2D, Anime, Comedy, LGBT, Medieval, Mystery, Romance, Story Rich, Yaoi|
|Average session||A few hours|
|Links||Steam, Twitter, Community, Steam, Patreon, Blog, Homepage|
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $24.99 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:
Also available on
- New BL Visual Novel on Kickstarter!Oct 28, 2022
- Save/Load menu bug fixJan 31, 2021
- Chess of Blades Giveaway on TwitterMar 20, 2018
- OST available for purchaseFeb 21, 2018
- RELEASE!Dec 24, 2017
- Updated DemoDec 12, 2017
- Release Window AnnouncementDec 06, 2017
- Fully voiced demo, android build availableJun 03, 2017
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Alright so I just tried playing the game today again and it seemed to work fine but now when I try to play it again an error pops up that says The code execution cannot proceed because SDL2.dll was not found . Please help
Also I would like to be refunded for one of the games since I only meant to get one. I don't know why I got charged for two games. please and thank you
Also sorry for being difficult
Please request refunds through itch support.
We will investigate this SDL2.dll error.
Hi, i've just purchased the game on steam, but i don't have any codes for the R-18 patch? What should i do?
Hi, the R-18 patch does not require any codes. You can download the free patch from here and install it into the Steam version.
Um somehow I was charged for the game twice ? I only meant to buy it once ?
what the hell i keep getting an exception has occured ?
i am so angry right now words cannot express i redid everything and still nothing im out of ideas please help
Please provide more information:
im using windows pc. im getting the exception as soon as the game starts like the first picture after he talks about fixing his hair for four hours. a screen comes up with what i can only assume is somew kind of coding junk i dont understand and it asks me to rollback quit or cintinue but if i countinue it just keeps popping up everytime i click continue but i can hear the game progressing in the background. it works okay without the 18+ patch but as sson as i add the patch it shows the exception
now when i even try to dowload the patch it says non members unzip for free three times then its saying i have to pay?
I will leave and wait for reply for 1 day and if I get no response I will cry
https://itch.io/t/215710/how-do-sales-show-up-on-credit-card-statement apparently it won't show the specific game as far as the creator of the website said so you should be fine
if I didn't get a reply I was probably just gonna give in and buy the game anyways...thanks for the reply though it's given me so much relief and I actually played Veinless Property not to long ago and it was awesome! I'll stop whining now and just buy the game lol
thank you!! and also have fun!!
uhm if I buy this what does it show up as on bank account asking for no reason at all PLEASE HELP I DONT WANT MY PARENTS TO BEAT MY BUTT I PLAYED SOME ON MY PHONE BUT THEN IT SAID I HAD TO PAY TO PLAY THE REST AND I WILL JUST PLEASE WHAT DOES IT COME UP AS IF I BUY IT BECAUSE IF THEY SEARCH FOR IT THE GAME IS THE FIRST THING THAT POPS UP AND ILL GET MY BUTT BEAT HELP SOMEONE PLEASEEE AND THEN ILL HAVE TO GET MY OWN CARD DANG IT PLEASE I DONT WANNA DIE ALSO DONT ASK WHY I STILL USE MY PARENTS CREDIT CARD IT NOTS MY FAULT OKAY GETTING MY OWN TAKES TO LONG AND IM TO LAZY ALSO MY SISTER WILL LAUGH AT ME AND ILL NEVER RECOVER NEVER AND EVEN IF I DID GET MY OWN CARD THEYD ALWAYS CHECK WHAT IM BUYING CAUSE THEYRE ANNOYING LIKE THAT pls hulp pls I dont wanna die of shame and embarrassment I cant and wont sleep until I have this game
pls someone just tell me what it comes up in bank i will be forever grateful and will always be in debt to you pls my family will chop off my limbs and eat me alive
also I'm not waiting 2 years for a response if you have bought this game then what does it come up as in bank TELL ME NOW I'm gonna die of shame this is it this is how I go
please I really don't want my family to kill me
im just gonna go cry in my shame corner
please I want the plot pls Linnaeus loves cats I love cats how much more must I beg
BRUH MY COMMENT I ACCIDENTALLY DELETED IT DANG IT
is there a walkthrough for this
Hi, so sorry for the question, is there a way to just buy the Android versions? I won't be owning a computer/laptop any time soon, and well, I wouldn't really be using the other ones. Again, sorry and thank you, I love your games :) <3
Hi, there is no way to buy just the Android version on itch, but the cost of the game includes both PC and Android versions. There wouldn't be any discount for just an Android purchase from here. If you really want to own only an Android version, the game is available on the Google Play store, but that version is missing some censored content.
in [DEMO] Chess of Blades [Windows/Linux] doesn't work the R-18 patch?
Correct, the R-18 patch is only applicable to the full game.
Estoy tratando de jugar desde Android pero al momento de presionar en "comprar" no pasa nada y no consigo el juego, ¿Hay algún problema?
Are you having this problem through the Google Play store or the itch store?
En la tienda de Itch.io
I can't get the patch to work in steam, as there is no Read Me file, and the contents are different.
I can't move parts of it without breaking the file somehow.
Pls send help
Can you provide more details about your setup? Are you on Mac, Linux, or Windows? Did you download patch.rar or patch.zip?
I'm on a Windows, I don't know which one I downloaded though. @_@ I have this right now, does it look correct or do I still need to move stuff?
im so FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABULOUS
I got the game last year and I didn't believe I'd actually get around to playing it anytime soon with my work schedule.
This is in fact true; I only finished all three routes plus the bonus hidden route in the span of two days. It's an underrated game and I enjoyed Franz' and Sabre's route most of all. Truthfully, I wouldn't mind if there was more backstory, a sort of after story for what happened after the happily ever after stage, just to keep up with them. Or even more background, potentially an actual meeting of Rivian's dad, or the King, etc.
10/10 will recommend.
yikes the mc voice, I can totally see why it was chosen, and it was done very well. this is just my honest opinion but it don't like it XD I was hoping something a bit more boyish and somewhat cute. however I am leaving this comment because you guys really were super considerate in allowing us to directly choose the sound lvl of certain voices or to just turn off some completely! that was really nice and considerate to people that may not agree with certain voice actors/actresses.
I find his voice really funny because I can't figure out what kinda accent they were going for. The voice actor does capture the kinda obnoxious vibe I get from the words the MC uses though, so def a good choice.
But I don't know if the voice actors are English but the accents used are veryyyy confusing and funny.
Hello, will this game have an otome version available? I love your games
Hi, there are no other versions or sequels planned for this game. Thanks for the question!
hello.years ago I buy chess of blade on steam, and recently i found that there is the R 18, I tried to found the steam key to dowload it the 18 version but is doesn´t appaer anaything, what can i do ?( also i noticed when i buy it, there was another that was a delux or something like that, does it affect if i only buy the normal one and not the delux ?)
If you have the game on Steam, then you can just download the patch and follow instructions for installing it. Instructions are listed on the store page and also in the text file within the patch. There is no Steam R18 version that does not need to be patched.
For any deluxe version, you might be referring to bundles with the music or the artbook? They do not affect the game.
Hey I downloaded the android version and it plays fine for a few screens until Silas shows up and then I get an error screen. Any way to fix this?
Can you send a screenshot of the error? What Android device are you on (android version, device type)?
Here's a screenshot. I'm using a Pixel 4a and android version 11. The sound still plays fine after the error, just no image.
Thanks! We'll work on an update for that. In the meantime, you should still be able to continue playing (if you do not want to wait for an update) by selecting the IGNORE option.
If I hit ignore, it just brings up more error screens... So I'll wait for an update. Thanks for the help and your time!
Hi! Please let us know if there are any issues with the latest update!
because I don’t see the in instructions
hey I got the game on steam and got the R-18 game but I need a little help to download the R-18 game I have windows, if u can show me that would be helpful
Hello! I was wondering if there's a way to get the R18 version on my phone?
Yes, download the version that says R18 for Android.
Will you ever make more routes
No, the game is complete as is :)
Hey, I purchased the game on steam, is there a way for me to get the android version?
Love your work btw :)
The Android version is only available through an itch.io purchase or through a Google Play purchase (not recommended, only censored version available).
Hey! Just want to say i'm a big fan and played almost all of your games! I recently bought COB on steam and am trying to install the R18 patch but none of the instructions actually line up with my steam files.
I've linked pictures to explain.
When I click COB -> Properties -> Local files -> Browse local files, this is what comes up. As you can see, there is no 'game' folder, only the icon to run the actual game.
I have also gone into my Mac folder for COB but there is no 'Autorun' folder that contains the 'game' folder within the 'Resources' folder.
As you can see, there is only an icon within the 'resources' folder, no 'autorun' folder. I attempted to place the patch in the folder regardless and it didn't work.
I also attempted to place it within the 'macOS' folder and it also didn't work. If you could advise me what to do and how to install the patch, I would be so so so grateful!
Thanks for making these amazing games and regardless of the patch working or not, you have a forever fan of your content in me!
For Mac, you'll need to "Show Package Contents" of the game. Screenshots below are for Red Embrace, but the same applies to CoB.
I paid for this game but I can't get it to play
Can you provide more details on the issue?
I bought your game in the google play store and just learned afterwards that there's an +18 version available as well. Is it possible to unlock it in the game I already bought, or do I have to buy the whole game again on Steam to get the +18 version?
Thanks for your amazing work!
You would need to purchase the game again if you want the 18+ content, either here or through Steam. Purchasing through Steam will not provide an Android version.
Hi! I don't really know how to install the 18+ patch. I don't think anything is wrong I'm just not to good with working with computers ;_; so if there is like a guide that I could follow to download the patch that would be great.
There should be instructions in README.txt included in the patch zip/rar file.
Hi I am new here. I bought the game from steam a few years back (learning of r18 only two days ago) and then on this website I downloaded the R18 patch that was under demo since I could not find it else where. It works but I cannot go to Sabre's route and I did try guided route from the internet. Can I please get some advice?
Did you try skipping through the game from the beginning with the correct choices?
I forgot to do ardens route first. Since I downloaded the game onto a new laptop. Thank you for your reply and guides. I love your games.
Paid for this Full Game w/VA][R-18][Android] Chess of Blades version just end up like demo... android user wasted
Can you elaborate what the bug is? Does the game end at the demo even though it is supposed to be the full version?
Are you working on anything new? I'm seriously obsessed with all of your works!
Yes! We just launched a Kickstarter for our latest project: Self-Checkout Unlimited (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/argentgames/self-checkout-unlimited-a-3d-ma...).
Actually, that game sounds like it would be super amazing to play! Can't wait to see the finished project!
Thanks! If you get a chance, we hope you'll check out the demo and share the project with your friends :)
OwO I'm new here so, is the R18 patch available on Android or is it already in the game? I just wanna ask to be sure.
The R18 patch is already in-game in the Android version available from here.
I love this game so much it was so much fun and the art and everything was great. I wish their was a route for Alistair or Silas that would be the best, but it was still really good even though it didn't have them as options. It would be the best if you could make routes for them, if you wanted to that is. I'm sure that sense more people know about it you could get more people to help if you need it and I'm sure they would love to help you if you needed it. Thank you so much for the game it was wonderful.
I brought the full package, but somehow I can not start the R-18 patch. Could you please help me with this litte problem? I play the game on steam.
Thank you :)
What part are you having difficulty with? Finding the folder to place the files in? What operating system are you using (Windows/Mac/Linux)?
I use Windows 10 Home, and I don't find the folder to place it in the files.
Sorry I forgot to write it.
Right click on the game in your Steam library, then go to Browse local files. You'll find the "game" folder there and should be able to follow the rest of the instructions in the patch.
Hello I want to ask you something
I already download in on google play and buy the packet can I apply the R-18 patch
Hello, you cannot apply the R18 patch to Android/mobile versions. The patch only works for PC versions.
I keep dying on like the second day of the game and I don't know how to make it stop. Just "Good night" and then title screen. Please help DX
Edit: I cant get past the demo it seems. I'm playing on a windows, and downloaded the 18+ full game. I'm providing a picture of what I downloaded.
You may have to start from the beginning with your choices to avoid the death ending. There's a guide available here.
Hello! I realize that the Android install instructions for the game are explained, but I'm having issues following through. I've tried asking the internet for help but can't manage to figure out how to do each step, and was hoping anyone could at least gimmie a push the right direction? Much thanks!
Hello! We've updated the instructions for installing the Android version. You'll need to unzip the file after downloading it to your phone. You might need to search the Play store for an app that can unzip files. Then, if only one file (.apk) appears, clicking it should lead you to installation instructions. If two files appear, try to follow the installation instructions.