Beloved Gamebook Authors,

Thank you for rolling high stamina scores for this one. Gamebook Authoring Tool 1.17 is finally out – and it’s a biggie.

Hidden Choices

You know those gamebooks where you can play the Magical Ukulele of the Boogeyman by adding +20 to the current section and seeing if the new paragraph makes sense? Well, now you can do that.

Hidden choice option

Tick the hidden box and the choice will no longer show up in your preview or your exported book.

Dotted choices

It does show up in your flow chart though, with a dotted line.

Top tip: You can combine this feature with turning auto shuffle off for both the section where you use the item and the section it takes you too!

It also shows up in your exported json/xml files if you’re a developer and you’re using those.

Section Per Page

Relive those Choose Your Own Adventures by making each section appear on a new page. This will work best when your sections are full of text. For shorter, snappier sections (Fighting Fantasy) you are probably better off sticking to the default continuous sections.

One section to a page option

This option will affect your book preview and your exporting – although only rtf export makes sense for now.

Sections now split by a page break

Tweaks and bug fixes

My god, so many bugs. Thank you if you reported these.

  • Fixed crash when deleting after a shuffle
  • Fixed crash when opening a non-existent file
  • Fixed ALL installation problems (hopefully)
  • Improved export flowchart when zoomed
  • Improved the shuffle score calculation to penalise similar sections more (so shuffles should look more shuffled)


Download The GameBook Authoring Tool 1.17 for free today!  Please share the word on your blog and social media.  Thanks for all of your support!

Where do we go from here?  Let us know!  Send ideas to and if they get past the troll we’ll get them implemented!

GBAT 1.17 Release
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