Ludum Dare 31 — December 5th-8th, 2014 — Theme: Entire Game on One Screen

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Chess Chatter

by caryoscelus - Jam Entry

A short visual novel about a dangerous post-apocalyptic sport of chess. In a world where stakes are high and food is shit, one man and one woman find themselves in the arena. Watch as their story unfolds.


Make sure to play with sound.

Accidently, text displaying speed wasn't saved. If you would like to play with text appearing effect, set speed in preferences.

If you have trouble with interface, see

If you want to play, play Post-jam, it's slightly better. If you want to judge, consider following differences.

Post-jam vs Jam

- chess positions graphics instead of static board
- minor sfx change
- extended credits
- typos
- minor fix of text speed

caryoscelus - idea, text, scripting, music, sound mixing, minor gfx
lonely2012 - character design, backgrounds, editing, minor text
transient team - moral support

Using Ren'Py engine:


Downloads and Links




cyrus says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:40am

Very well-made game, especially the mood, audio and the drawings. The dialogue was a bit too long for my taste.

I'm not sure how it fits to the current LD theme.

TheColorMan says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:56am

Amazing art! I really like the atmosphere and the setting of the game.

nine baobabs says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:01am

Wow! Awesome premise. How can you not love it? Wonderful art too, I really got into it at the start.

I'll admit with some shame I lost interest during one of david's monologues during the chess game (I was so hoping to watch a game, too! ^.^)

Wish there was a bit more interaction.

One of the best impressions I've had so far though, nicely done.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:18am

Great art and audio! I'm not really into the visual novel aesthetic so I lost interest after about 10 minutes, but you set up a great atmosphere.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:22am

i'm not a fan of reading games, but i'm impressed of how polished it seems to be :)

caryoscelus says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:27am

Thanks for comments!

"I'm not sure how it fits to the current LD theme." - in sorta "literal", there's a game and there's a screen.

"(I was so hoping to watch a game, too! ^.^)" - that was planned, but i postponed it too much and didn't have time to finish. Will be in post-jam soon, though.

// caryoscelus

Forge says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:54am

Great entry. I loved the art work unfortunatly I am one of those players who constantly presses "Spacebar to skip" but a solid entry and great promise for its genre.

HUMANICS says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:40pm

Very nice art and sound!

Ted Brown says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:53pm

I was deeply entranced the entire time. Fantastic use of sound and art. A moving story... felt very eastern European.

XTremEive says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:09pm

One of the longest game in the jam I guess. It was interesting. Cool to see some Ren'py entries too.

Zimennik says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:45pm

Graphics looks amazing!

Pestel Crew says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:45pm

Interesting idea! It would be great if there were more characters =) Nice music!

Pulsartronic says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:55pm

ohhh chess .. i love it ...

Leaghorn says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:57pm

way too much reading, but awesome art

Nitrodeus says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:38pm

Really impressive artwork

michel94 says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:09pm

Really interesting story. Nice graphics and audio.

Mr.Greenhat says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:50pm

Love the graphics! :)

Dec 11, 2014 @ 1:44pm

Very unique game. Great art, but a little too overwhelming after a few minutes.

alfadur says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 1:33am

Nice story, and presentation generally feels very polished. Also, story branch based on what character thinks seems quite original.

johannesl says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 1:05pm

Too extensive dialogs in the beginning. Beautiful art!

Grindstorm says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 5:18pm

This visual novel has good potential. You should polish the art and it'd be awesome. Also I felt bad I didn't get the girl ending (I guess there are two endings).

In the bad part, I felt introducing the narrator that long started the game made it a bit confusing at the start, which is something you could fix.

alyphen says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 7:23pm

Very well-made and polished game. The story was interesting, and the characters were quite deep, although there were numerous grammatical errors. The art was absolutely beautiful, and the soundscapes matched that. The desperate mood of the club was perfect. It would be nice to see an expansion of this, with a little more grammatical checking - this could probably be turned into something I'd be willing to pay for.

DonovanWu says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 11:02pm

Very nice visual novel! The audio is impressive!

MrBadIvan says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 12:12pm

Great story and atmosphere, I didnt think that it is possible to create such apocalyptical mood around...chess=) very special feel.

Shivur says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 5:41am

Excellent experience.

Dec 22, 2014 @ 2:59am

Really awesome art! I Included it in part 15 of my Ludum Dare 31 compilation video series, if you would like to check it out :)

mathmadlen says ...
Dec 23, 2014 @ 12:42am

Thought provoking glimpse into another world with beautiful artwork and fitting music. It would take some experimenting to determine, what were the repercussions of my choices.
Good to know that we can lose our humanity, but we'll always have chess...

Mach60KAS says ...
Dec 27, 2014 @ 2:34pm

Hey, I always love to see visual novels at ludum dare! The art style was a little unusual, but it added to the dirty, post-apocalyptic world. The world building was very well handled and the characters seemed interesting, but the grammar in almost all of the text could have done with some more revision. The music went with the game quite well, good job there. I felt it could have been longer, with maybe some more explanation about Susie (who wandered off into the sunset, I guess), but I understand you were under time constraints. I never really saw how it fit the theme, but I'm not too bothered by that. Good job overall, keep it up! :)

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