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Summary

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.


Features

  • 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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FAQ

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?

Instructions are included in a .txt file inside the patch zipped folder! Just drag and drop the contents into your "game" folder, located inside you extracted COB to.

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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:

[Full Game][PG-13][Windows/Linux] Chess of Blades 857 MB
Version 2
[Full Game][PG-13][Mac] Chess of Blades 841 MB
Version 3
[Full Game w/VA][PG-13][Android] Chess of Blades 673 MB
Version 4
[Full Game][R-18][PC] Chess of Blades 900 MB
Version 3
[Full Game][R-18][Mac] Chess of Blades 884 MB
Version 4
[Full Game w/VA][R-18][Android] Chess of Blades 933 MB
Version 2
[Full Game w/ no VA][R-18][Android] Chess of Blades 678 MB
Version 1

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[Patch] Chess of Blades R-18 Patch [RAR] 64 MB
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[DEMO] Chess of Blades [Windows/Linux] 279 MB
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[DEMO] Chess of Blades [Mac] 263 MB
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[DEMO] Chess of Blades [Android] 268 MB
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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?  

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Paid for this Full Game w/VA][R-18][Android] Chess of Blades version just end up like demo... android user wasted

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Hello,

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

A bit expensive but looks pretty nice

Hello, I have some questions to ask:

1) If I buy the game on steam can I apply the R18 patch?

2) Are the sex scenes voiced in the patch? 

I have to buy the game on here to get voiced sex scenes?

1) Yes, you can apply R18 patch to the game purchased on Steam. Itch has a convenient build that already includes the R18 scenes.

2) Yes.

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Played this with a friend, and honestly thinking of buying this just to have myself! Lin was my favorite, but Sabre's nsfw art and scene was... oh my. XD <3333

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Hi, this game is really great. The voice actor is good too. I just want to suggest something, a slightly chubby or stocky dateable character maybe for your other games? Since I like that type of character but its only a suggestion tho. Other than that, keep up with a bunch great game.

That would be nice. I'm starting to like that type too:)

Hi! The Sabre route is not working for me. I tried both the R-18 pc version and the PG-13 w/ R-18 patch. I found a route guide online and it appears I'm not getting one of the choice scenes I'm missing is required, it's just skipping it completely. Was this route discontinued or changed?

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Hello, the route was not changed. Can you send us an email (contact@argentgames.co) with more details on the missing choice scene? Have you already completed Arden's route?

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this is the most expensive game i've seen on itch.io, why so expensive? it had better be well worth it if i'm paying more than $10 for a game on itch.io because most games here are not worth more than  $5 even so if u are charging $25 then the game better be one of the best of it's genre ever imo (i'm not buy if u couldn't tell $25 is way too much for an 18+ visual novel, maybe if the price goes below $10 i will think about it)

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I am having the darndest time trying to install the r-18 patch. Full game was bought with steam key.  I am not too computer savy, is there any guide on how to find the file and install it? I clicked on the above and it showed it downloaded but where do I go from there?  I cannot seem to find the READ ME tzt file and unzipping didn't seem to work. :(  I wish that you made this more user friendly.  Can you implement the download from steam itself in the future?

Ps Love the game so far :)

Hello, more detailed instructions can be found here.

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Hi, I think your game chess of blades is really cool the art and the storyline is amazing butt... everytime  I open it it has a traceback stating that the background png for day 2 (the festival thing after you talk to Linnaeus) doesn't exist..... ( this is for the demo)

Hi, We've updated the build to address that bug, thanks! That is also the end of the demo. 

Oh, thanx but I'm really curious which one of these games is your first?

In order of game release:

I just finished this and it was beyond fabulous. The art, the story, the twists and turns, I love it beyond measure. Rivian is such a kitten, I'm sad to leave him behind but I've seen all the content now. 

Will there be a sequel in the future? I'd purchase it for certain, Rivian Varrison has my heart well and truly, as does every one of his suitors. <3

Thanks! We hope you'll check out (and enjoy!) some of our other games :)

We don't have plans for a sequel at the time.

I Seen that you Recently removed the R-18 rating from android devices. Is there a reson you can talk about it openly? I just got a new phone and wanted to play through it again. And on the subject of that Will the android not get a R-18 version when Red Embrace Hollywood comes out?

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Looks like it was hidden by mistake. It should be visible again for download (but do let us know if anything is broken/crashes)! It will be receiving an optimization update in the future.

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Will most definitely do.  Thank you! Been wanting to replay through everything for awhile now.  New phone is plenty good excuse now XD 

Did the R-18 patch get removed for some reason?  I am looking at the screenshots of where it is supposed to be and I'm not seeing it here.  Or am I just blind or crazy? 

We still see it: 

Thanks!  I figured out what happened (I think).  I don't see the patches when I open this page with IE.  I went to Chrome and the patches were sitting right there waiting for me.  Very bizarre!  Thanks again for making me keep looking!  :-)

А будет ли игра переведена на русский? А то я, и море моих знакомых, друзей, жаждут поиграть, но от покупки удерживает не знание языка. А сама игра визуально безумно понравилась) 

We're certainly considering it.

Sea of friends? How many do you really mean? 

so without stating any spoilers, I have now finished playing the full r18 version (played regular on my phone a long time ago) and got all the acheivements seen all 9 endings (though I do agree that the bad endings feel sort of like a game over but still got them). I went through my gallery in extras and realized I'm missing the first image in the other tab. I was wondering if you could tell me what to do to go about getting that or give a hint as don't need all the answers just really wondered what the image is of and i like completing games 

The first image in the OTHER tab should be the intro CG (the scene at the  very beginning of the game). Does it say   LOCKED or  is the game crashing when you try to view it? (Or any other  problem?)

Ah. I assumed it would have to be a beginning scene. weird that it says locked still as I did see it. Maybe cause I clicked fast as played before. I'll start a new game and see if it pops in if don't click to fast. I'll let you know if I get it to work. Thanks for the reply. 

Are you still looking for writers? I'd dearly love to apply if it's something that can be done from home. I've worked in Ren'Py before and I'm 21. 🙂

We are indeed. Please feel free to submit information! https://argentgames.co/jobs/#writers

Argent Games question for you. Who is your favorite love route?

Peacock!

I love your game but I do have a question after playing through 3 stories. Would it be safe to assume that Rivian and Franz is more canon due to the nature of the game and characters?

Nope, no route is more canon than the other!

I purchased the game on Steam and I was looking for the 18R Patch but I honestly don't see the download link for the patch. Am I missing something on the page?

It should be in the download demos section (http://prntscr.com/mjwaxt)

Absolutely loved this game. Played until I got the happy ending for my preferred love interest (Arden) and now playing on just to see all the possibilities. But I have to admit, I'm kinda sad I can't have more Arden content now. I've unlocked all of his graphics in the gallery, I've bought the art book (which I recommend, it has both additional gorgeous graphics AND some cute/funny BTS stuff) and now I want more Arden content but don't know whether there is any to be found or, if there is any, where. Please advise? Thank you!

So I bought the game again form itch.io and I can't manage to download it on my S9+. Like after I download it and play and then save my things then later open it, it says error and unable to open. And when I press download there is only one file.

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I have a question of who are the characters that have a route and how many for each and how many are there altogether.

From what I've seen so far, the main love interests are Arden, Franz and Linnaeus. I've seen 4 out of 9 possible endings, so my guess by the ones I've seen is that you have a good and bad ending for each of the love interests, plus 3 that are different (because one of the four I've seen was an ending that had little to do with any of the love interests). There's also a side romance, but I haven't unlocked it yet, so can't report on its contents...

Hello there ! I have a little problem. I played this game on my samsung s9 and bought all the routes. Unfortunately, I don't know what to do now. I just finished the route with franz. I would now like to play the route from Arden, but unfortunately I don't know how to do it. Please reply this comment :(

Hello, please play through the beginning again and make different choices. Depending on which choices you make, you'll automatically be placed on Arden's (or another character's) route.

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It's so annoying how I didn't know that there was different versions and I bought it on steam. Also I bought the art book and it never loaded. I can't find it anywhere on my steam even though it says I've bought it. Is there anyway to add the r18 version on steam? 

Please download the [Patch] file on this page (under the DOWNLOAD DEMOS) section and follow the instructions included in the README to install the R-18 patch.

You can find instructions for finding the Artbook at the link: https://blog.argentgames.co/faq/

Is there an R-18 version for Android?

Not at this time. There used to be an R-18 version available through here, but we removed it with our recent update to the PG-13 version. We may add it again later.

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Ok! Thanks for your reply. I love your games, and was gonna wait to buy it if there wasn't an R-18 version for my device. 

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I really hope so I play on my phone and would love the R-18

I was planning on getting the demo for this game, but I noticed it was no longer on the Google play store so I found it on your site. I downloaded it, but when I try to open it, it tells me it has stopped working.

I uninstalled it and reinstalled it. I downloaded it again and once again it didn't work. So I reinstalled it and restarted my phone. Still nothing.

I know I can get it on PC, but I travel a lot so my phone is more covenant.

I have a galaxy s8+.

Thank you

Hello, we have just updated the Google play version of the game. Could you try that and let us know if it works? ((https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.argentgames.chessofblades.mobi...)

Thank you. I did that and downloaded the demo, but I couldn't find where to buy it. Also when I went into the extra section and clicked on other I got a wall of code. I took a screen shot if you need to see it.

One last thing, when I clicked on credits nothing happened. It didn't even light up.

Thank you again for your time.

We've updated the Google play version to fix the bug with the Extras section. Credits will be unlocked once you've completed the game at least once. 

Purchase screen will show up once you've ended up on one of  the routes, and it will ask if you want to purchase the single route or the full game. A future update will add the ability to purchase the full game to the main menu.

Hello!

The Sabre route doesn't seem to be working or have you removed it?

It should be there? Did you meet the route conditions to get on his route? 

Yeah, I followed  some walkthroughs but still ended up with Arden in the end no matter what I picked.

Hi! I am having the same problem, I have done everything I need to do to go his route and it will not let me.

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As expected of Argent! And the soundtracks are amazing everytime.

Hi! My name is Eli and just recently I discovered your game on Google play. It wasn't until I was looking for a walkthrough for franz route that I discovered there was an 18+ scene etc. I was wondering how can I acquire this? I tried downloading the demo patch but it would not let me. Do I need to re-buy the game all over to get these scenes?

18+ version is only available through purchases here, unfortunately, so you would need to buy the game again to access them.

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Enjoyed the demo a bunch and, when I get the chance will be buying the full version.The art is great and, I really loved the background music as, it ties in well with the theme of the game. The voice actors were well played and, unique which really helped boost the atmosphere of the game.

Hi!

After meeting Linnaeus this error message shows up. What could I do? I'am using Itch.io.


Could you try downloading the game again? It sounds like not all the files were downloaded properly o_o

I'll try. Thanks ^^!

Hiii

I tried it twice, even downloading it out of Itch.io  but it happens again.

The 2 times I download it I installed the Patch 18, and when moving the file "script.rar" always asked me to exchange it instead the file w the same name in "game" carpet. Maybe this has somethingto do with?

I'll try playing the game without the Patch 18.

Let us know if it works without the patch. If it does, then something is being deleted improperly when you apply the patch.

I can't get the patch for the R18 to work. I keep getting network failed or Forbidden error issues with the download and I have tried it on multiple systems. is there another way or site I may attempt this? 

Can you try this?

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