Letter from the Editor
A brick.

Unwinnable Monthly – March 2023

A brick.This is a reprint of the letter from the editor in Unwinnable Monthly Issue 161. You can buy Issue 161 now, or purchase a monthly subscription to make sure you never miss an issue!


Dear Reader,

Meteorological spring is here! Though it may not feel like it for a lot of us . . .

In this month’s cover feature (cover by our own Stu Horvath, who keeps a pile of bricks handy for all occasions), Kiernan Elam breaks down Andor and its portrayal of resistance against fascist systems. Our second feature see Kathryn Hemmann examining what Elden Ring’s Caelid tells us about real world ecological damage.

Emily Price continues our feature series Funeral Rites, sponsored by tabletop RPG publisher and distributor Exalted Funeral, with a look at Matt Johnson’s Portents of the Degloved Hand, coming soon to Kickstarter.

As for our regular columnists, let’s start with . . . Oluwatayo Adewole on 1982, welcome back Tayo! Jay Costello goes eight ways from Sunday in Octopath Traveler 2. Maddi Chilton beckons us all to bow our heads and Prey. Deirdre Coyle wonders why Serana cannot requite her love. Amanda Hudgins tries on some thread fics. Emma Kostopolus lives, dies, repeats. Matt Marrone tries to use a map. Emily Price talks about how this moment is being willfully eluded by us. Justin Reeve sets the whole place on fire. Rob Rich puts the mobile back into handheld games. Phil Russell minds the gap. Ben Sailer’s favorite basketball team is an entire town’s least favorite team. Phoenix Simms has a sticky little ball of thoughts. And Noah Springer has some recommendations for when you’re flying high.

See you all in a few weeks in Exploits!

Wear a mask! Give blood! Do something to better the lives of your fellow human!


David Shimomura
Chicago, Illinois
March 13, 2023

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