Letter from the Editor

Unwinnable Monthly – December 2023

This is a reprint of the letter from the editor in Unwinnable Monthly Issue 170. You can buy Issue 170 now, or purchase a monthly subscription to make sure you never miss an issue!


Dear Reader,
Welcome to one of my favorite months of the year, the last one. I’m not a big believer in a calendar year being a useful measure of time but I do like ending one. I’ll be crunching through some special little tidbits for you all throughout the next few weeks.

2023 has seen some amazing and wonderful games and movies and music and everything we love here. But it’s also seen a major contraction in the workforce producing those things. Now, as always, it is difficult to see the record dollar signs flowing and the record number of layoffs being had. So, remember, as you enjoy that game, album, comic, movie or whatever, remember that real people made it. Their livelihoods depended on you loving it and some corporate asshole somewhere might have wanted to make a number go up, and suddenly, one brilliant person working so you could enjoy a thing might be looking for a new job. Workers deserve the world.

With that being said, onto features! This month we’ve got Aldo García on the super Suda-way that Killer7 operates. Backing this up is Jon Place on those little maps in the corner.

For this month’s Funeral Rites, brought to you by Exalted Funeral, Alyssa Wejebe chats with the creator of My Chivalric Bromance.

And the regular rogues! Jay Castello goes out to sea. Maddi Chilton on things that look good on shelves. Deirdre Coyle on Starfield’s goth. Emma Kostopolus on evil houses. Matt Marrone gives us his album of the year! Noah Springer does the history of hip hop in this milestone year. Emily Price sees stars and dungeons. Justin Reeve looks at all the pretty buildings and brings us 2023 in videogame architecture. And Rob Rich returns to the Commonwealth wastelands.

See you all in a few weeks in Exploits!

Welcome to a world without Henry Kissinger!

David Shimomura
Chicago, Illinois
December 11, 2023

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