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A collection of high-end books explaining all you need to know about popular gaming sagas. Help us translate and distribute them to you
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, we've now opened our own English website. You can fin there all of our books and news of our next projects.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, we've now opened our own English website. You can fin there all of our books and news of our next projects.
2,044 backers pledged €139,296 to help bring this project to life.

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Third Editions Books: your ultimate gamer library

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The English version of our web site (www.thirdeditions.com) is on its way.
On it, you will be able to order a part of our catalogue in English, one book at a time. 

 

 

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Third Editions is a French publisher dedicated to video games that was founded in February 2015 by Nicolas Courcier and Mehdi El Kanafi, two fans of quality books and video games. After just one year of activity, the company is already a financial success. The editorial policy of Third Editions focuses on the great series of video game, narrating their genesis, dealing with their background in depth, and figuring out their gameplay mechanics as well as the developers’ intentions.


Together, Mehdi and Nicolas have published more than 40 books, all in French. “But it’s a big world out there”, their friend Thomas Bouissaguet (Cartapouille) once told them, “why don’t you translate your books into English? I bet there are readers interested in the US”. He then convinced them by uploading some pictures on Reddit, leading to many enthusiastic reactions. Persuaded by this they decided to get this kickstarter going and have him direct it (and write about himself in the third person).

 

For the sake of having a neat collection that looks great on a shelf, all the books have the same overall dimensions. But some are thicker than others, like Dark Souls whose French version has 328 pages. Of course, it’s impossible to know the final page count after the translation, but it should be enough to make the book look as serious as it is.  

The hardcovers scream seriousness, to match the content. All the text is in black and white, they look incredible on a shelf and are packed with as much information about the saga as possible. They are up for grabs during the campaign, and subsequently on our website and in various locations. Comes with each book's ebook.

Zelda. Archive of a legendary saga  
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, Third Editions wanted to pay respect to this legendary saga, one of the most prestigious in the gaming world. This work chronicles every game of the series, from the first episode to the latest Hyrule Warriors on 3DS, deciphering the whole universe using deep analysis and reflection. Dive into this unique publication, presented as an ancient tome, which will allow adventure fans to finally (re)discover the amazing Legend of Zelda. 

This book was written by Nicolas Courcier and Mehdi El Kanafi, former authors and now publishers. The first print was release in 2010 and the book has been updated since. You can check the french page of the book or the french Amazon reviews

Download the French PDF excerpt

Dark Souls. Beyond Death
If the Dark Souls series managed to seduce players and journalists, it was mainly by word of mouth. It was such a great success that Dark Souls 2 was named “Game of the Year” 2014 by the vast majority of gaming magazines and websites. To date, this saga is one of the most important in the gaming industry. The odd thing is that these games are well known for their difficulty and their cryptic universe. This publication narrates the epic success story, but also describes its gameplay mechanics and its specific lore across more than 300 pages. Characters, plots and the scenario of the three Souls (Demon's Souls, Dark Souls and Dark Souls II) are deciphered by Damien Mecheri and Sylvain Romieu, who spent a long year studying these dense and enigmatic games down to the smallest detail.

These two authors are videogames journalists with a lot of experience. Damien has already written three books and Sylvain own a very famous blog dedicated to the Souls saga. You can check the french page of the book or the french Amazon reviews.

Download the French PDF excerpt

The Legend of Final Fantasy VII What gamer hasn’t tried Final Fantasy VII? The game, released in 1997, is now the standard-bearer of a whole generation, and it’s also the one which catapulted Sony’s PlayStation onto center stage. To celebrate this mythic video game’s 15th anniversary, Third Editions wanted to throw itself back into this unbelievable universe. This carefully crafted publication takes a look back at all the titles that helped forge Final Fantasy VII’s mythology (including the Compilation of FF VII), and deciphers their content through examination and original analysis. 

This book was written by Nicolas Courcier and Mehdi El Kanafi, former authors and now publishers. The first print was release in 2011. You can check the french page of the book or the french Amazon reviews.

Download the French PDF excerpt

The book: Metal Gear Solid: Hideo Kojima’s cult work 
The Metal Gear Saga is one of the most iconic in the video game history. It’s been 25 years now that Hideo Kojima’s masterpiece is keeping us in suspens, thanks to its complex and deep scenario. As one of the pioneer of the stealth games, Metal Gear is its author shadow and present a varied content, a rich universe, some of the most memorable characters in video games, as well as a thorough attention to details. In this book you’ll find a complete panorama of the cult saga from Hideo Kojima, exploring all its facets: genesis of every iteration and trivia from the development, study of the scenario and analysis of the gameplay mechanics and themes.

The book deal with the MGS saga from the start to MGS V Phantom Pain and its very end. We also talk about the entiere scenario, the gameplay, the music, the themas and the spin-off of the serie, You can check the french page of the book or the french Amazon reviews

Download the French PDF excerpt 

 

The book: BioShock: From Rapture to Columbia 
In just three episodes, the BioShock serie managed to score some big points amongst players’ hearts. Spiritual successor of System Shock 2, the first BioShock was an Irrational Games’s game, lead by Ken Levine. Set in the 50’s ambiance, with Art Déco levels, progression in BioShock is possible through open and smart game mechanics, inciting the player to be creative and to use it’s environment. The saga is also filled with many profound and philosophical themes, while involving the player in every of its aspects. Many things granting the triptych of iconic saga.

 

Our books are beautiful, but they are not just a fancy cover. If you prefer just our text and knowledge, you can go for the ebook format. As long as you have a device that can read PDF, epub or MOBI, you can pay just a fraction of the price and still receive the total of information. A great deal with no loss, as our books are mainly black and white text. Pay 10 euros for each book you want, and at the end of the campaign just tell us in the survey which one you want. Oh, and it’s DRM free, of course.

Compared to the regular books, the text stays the same, as do the hardcover and the dimensions. But, if you remove the added dustjacket, you will discover a different cover. These Kickstarter collector's editions are true collectibles, as they are limited to 2000 copies and will not be sold after the campaign. Ever. It's your way of showing that you were there. But as the printing of these versions is limited, we have to order them in lots of three. That's why you can only order them all at once, in the Kickstarter collector's edition bundle. This includes the ebook version as well.
 

 

 

Books have a special effect on all of us; they tend to have a unique soul that we wanted to emphasize with this premium presentation box. Made in France and filled with the Kickstarter collector's edition of Zelda/Dark Souls/Final Fantasy VII, this wooden box is the best way to show the world that you were part of this journey, and the best way to store your books. The reading experience is just as interesting as with the normal edition, but it’s topped off by a gorgeous display, limited to 100 units.

 

 

Translating a book is nearly as expensive as writing one, and we are working with professional translating companies who are experienced in French to English translations. Each book has around 300 pages, so you can imagine the amount of work this entails. The biggest expense is the printing. The demand for books is bigger in English than in French, so we had to triple the copies printed for each book. And as our books are high-quality, well-protected and have detailed covers, not every printer could meet our expectations. So, of course, expenses went up too. But we wanted to have a printer in the US, so we can show that our commitment goes further than this campaign and really set foot in this market – and we found one! Also, even if we already have a logistics center for our French distribution, we can’t just send book overseas, it’s way too pricey for the reader and takes too long. That’s why we had to find someone to work with who was already located in the US. It’s better when it’s closer! 


In a little less than two years, Third Editions published at least one book per month in France. Some of them weren’t mainstream enough to be translated, but the vast majority could interest international readers. For now, the campaign is only focused on our 3 best-sellers, but if it is a success, we’ll be sure to add more in the form of stretch goals.

 

As soon as we reach the funding goal, we will submit the French texts to the translation company. It should take around two months to translate, as a lot of people will handle the manuscript simultaneously. Then, we will send it all to the printer, who will give it a final check, and then print. 5 weeks later, the books will be ready to ship! As we are shipping from the US, you can expect to receive them in under a week.


So, with an optimistic schedule, all that should take less than 4 months. But we prefer to stay cautious, and have a margin of error so as not to make false promises. That's why we prefer to announce 5 months to have the final result to each and every one of our backers.

 

 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 
Si vous êtes français et ne connaissez pas Third Editions, vous pouvez vous rendre sur notre site Internet

 

Risks and challenges

As we are already a professional publishing house, and since all the books are already written and published in French, there are very few risks. We are used to dealing with printing companies and distributors, and we already have deals that are just waiting for the funding to come in. The translation part is something new for us, but the companies we’re working with are experienced enough not to worry about possible delays and issues.

The only real risk would be being a huge success and that demand exceeds supply. We would be thrilled, but frankly we already have a lot of copies planned for the amount of money we are asking, and that should be covered even if every backer asks for the exact same book. We’re not too worried about it, and we can still adjust the quantities with our printer at the end of the campaign. We’re sure he would love to bill us for more copies if necessary.

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