Voting is now open for the 2022/2023 Lindenbaum Prize!

 EDIT: We have 13 entries not 12! I'm sorry, I forgot the Endless Asylum! Please download below!

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Voting is now open for the 2022/2023 Lindenbaum Prize. Voting is open until 11:59pm GMT on the 18th April 2022.


The Lindenbaum prize is awarded to the entrant who receives the greatest number of reader votes. This prize relies on votes provided by readers who have read enough of the entries to make a considered choice as to the relative merits of the gamebooks submitted. It is expected by the sponsor of this competition that votes will be provided on this basis. For 2022-2023, the voting system applied as follows:

A valid vote must be forwarded by email to A valid vote must nominate the three gamebooks most favoured by the voter from the competition entrants. A vote with less than three nominations cannot be accepted. A vote forwarded with more than three nominations will only have the first three accounted for in the voting tabulation.

Only one voter email is allowed per reader. All votes will be checked for duplication of email addresses.

Feedback to the authors may be forwarded to the competition sponsors at All feedback given will be provided to authors at the end of competition as a part of the email notification of results.

Voting will close on the 18th April at 11:59 GMT!


Milly by Thomas Betsworth                                                    Global Gladiators! by John Withers IV

Urban Darkness by Ivailo Daskalov                                        Phoenix by Niall Turner

Ghost in the Shadows by Paul Partington                               The Horn of Blaat by Sean Loftiss


The Lindennbaum Prize is sponsored by Peter Agapov, contributor to Lloyd of Gamebooks and owner of  Augmented Reality Adventure Games who is very generously providing the first prize.

The Lindenbaum Prize is also sponsored by Crumbly Head Games who is providing free licenses to The Gamebook Authoring Tool as prizes and also has a free version of the Gamebook Authoring Tool that goes up to 100 sections.

Many thanks to Tammy Badowski for donating her time to the Lindenbaum Prize.


  1. Are there hyperlinked versions of the stories without them? I find it intensely frustrating to play games without hyperlinks, and it's hard to imagine getting through them all without them.

  2. Stuart mentioned the why in his post of 9/1.

    "Last year, I hyperlinked most of the entries. Response was lukewarm with one entrant specifically asking not to hyperlink. It seems that for a short gamebook, hyperlinks aren't completely necessary, so I won't do it this year."

  3. Thanks, Simon. That's right. Some people weren't happy with hyperlinks, which surprised me. I wasn't able to hyperlink peoples' books in a week this year either.

  4. I know why it was done, but I'm presenting the opposite complaint. I find non-hyperlinked versions so frustrating/awkward that I'm having trouble summoning up the will to play them. Consider this on entrant specifically asking *for* them to be hyperlinked in the future.

    1. I agree. Please permit or include hyperlinks

  5. Stuart, why not simply let the entrants do it if they choose to? Then the readers can decide for themselves whether to take that into consideration one way or another when voting.

  6. I could say that it's up to the writer to use hyperlinks but they must accept that some people might mark them down for it.

  7. I think this whole thing with hyperlinks is rather silly. I've played nine of these gamebooks so far, and it hasn't caused any frustration at all. These books are about the story, the game, not whether or not someone used hyperlinks for goodness' sake. Ridiculous.

    1. I guess it might depend on the device you use? I'm glad to hear that it doesn't bother you though. Like I've said, response to having hyperlinked books last year was a bit meh.