THE CRACKERS is a new two-part book series set in Europe and the USA in the 1980s and 1990s decades. Unlike previous works on perhaps the most controversial topic of the disk era, this book doesn't try to have an answer for everything, rather it raises questions: on law & justice, digital freedoms & boundaries, industry practice, hacker ideology, reverse engineering, cracker ethos, copyright, freedom of the press, freedom of the digital, club & scene mentality, product promotion, software development & quality, gameplay, youth empowerment, crime, software distribution... and much more.       

Since the creative process got its start in the summer of 2020, the concept has continuously evolved. THE CRACKERS will not only deliver an eye-opening narrative on a hitherto barely discussed topic of our youth, but also aims to provide all retro-interested people with an artful and dramatic insight into the conspiratorial teenage connections of the floppy disk era. In doing so, we have worked hard to illuminate the topic of software piracy from as many sides as possible. Now, for a limited time, you can pre-order the first tome with a 15% discount. The Power Pack+ includes the Indiegogo goodies.




We rewind you far back and forward. In doing so, the story moves through a dynamic time capsule. We stop at the players, the makers, the sellers. Then with the hackers and crackers, swappers and coders. With the digital artists. We look deep underground and dig even deeper into the encryption and decryption enthusiasm of a fascinating digital age, where copy protection was the pastime of many young students. The reader learns how it all began in Silicon Valley, with its incredible head start in digital developments, and how Europe could become a headquarters for illegal software distribution...



The Crackers vol. 1

Software piracy in the 80s and 90s. A two-volume book series. This is the first part. The developments of the games industry, the roots of hacking, difference to cracking and the building of computer scenes in Europe. A narrative journey back to the last century when data was stored on floppy disks, computer games became entertainment and the law was unprepared for what happened next. The amazing youth of nowadays computer, AI and security experts. Available for a limited pre-order price.

 

1 × THE CRACKERS // volume 1

1 × Bookmark

 

High Quality book printing

English Hardback Edition

170 x 230 mm portrait format 

Offset printing, 120 raster 

320+ colour pages 

135 gr/m² semi-matt paper 

Surface sealing (varnished pages)

Special cover refinement

Made in Germany

 

Please note: photos are used for the purpose of illustration. The number of delivered goods are listed above

The Crackers (pre-order, 15% off)
35,00 €

30,00 €

  • 1,3 kg
  • Available
  • Pre-order (delivery in April 2021)

The Crackers vol. 1 – Power Pack+

Software piracy in the 80s and 90s. A two-volume book series. This is the first part. The developments of the games industry, the roots of hacking, difference to cracking and the building of computer scenes in Europe. A narrative journey back to the last century when data was stored on floppy disks, computer games became entertainment and the law was unprepared for what happened next. The amazing youth of nowadays computer, AI and security experts. Available for a limited pre-order price.

 

1 × THE CRACKERS // volume 1

1 × Bookmark

 

POWER PACK+

2 × Cracker’s Coaster

2 × Cracker’s Delight

1 × Cracker’s Opener

1 × Cracker’s Postcards (6-pack)

1 × Volume 1 (Digital PDF)

1 × Anthology Bookmarks (3 pcs)

 

High Quality book printing

English Hardback Edition

170 x 230 mm portrait format 

Offset printing, 120 raster 

320+ colour pages 

135 gr/m² semi-matt paper 

Surface sealing (varnished pages)

Special cover refinement

Made in Germany

 

Please note: photos are used for the purpose of illustration. The number of delivered goods are listed above

The Crackers PP+ (pre-order, 28% off)
55,00 €

40,00 €

  • 1,5 kg
  • Available
  • Pre-order (delivery in April 2021)

The Power Pack+


The Power Pack+. For only 10 euros you will receive one of three exclusive metal key rings inscribed with “Cracking is good for you!”, two coasters, a delicious surprise (Delight) and a six-pack of postcards from our new Cracktro series. In addition, the Digital Download of Breakin’ The Borders is yours. All at a special price of 28% off.



“THE CRACKERS will be an exciting and exploratory experience in the spirit of the Borders Trilogy.   In it, we will look at the illegal side of computer creativity and how cracking computer games evolved as a unique contemporary phenomenon in the 80s.​”




Volume 2 will be published by the end of 2021. Another crowdfunding will take place in the summer. Stay up to date with our Newsletter!