Since 2010, Unwinnable has been creating award-winning, independent writing on culture – primarily videogames, but also tabletop games, movies, television, music, books, politics and life in general.

We only care about one thing: writing good stuff. We embrace all kinds of writing, on all kinds of subjects, by all kinds of people. We want our writing to be read and our writers to be paid.

We don’t care about stuff like chasing clicks, search engine optimization, traditional internet advertising revenue models, review ratings or toxic comment sections.

Subscribers keep Unwinnable alive and make sure there is always a place on the internet for writers to write the stories they want to write.






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To celebrate the spookiest time of the year, annual subscribers get access to our entire back issue archive. That’s 156 issues of Unwinnable magazine, including our massive Monster-themed issue released this month, and 55 issues of Exploits, our collaborative cultural diary. That’s over 5,400 pages celebrating games, movies, horror and more. A $700 value!

New monthly subscribers get a lucky thirteen back issues of Unwinnable Monthly, from October 2021 through the current issue, October 2022.

Every new subscriber will get free gifts as well! You’ll receive a spooky papercraft Halloween mobile from Unwinnable cover artist Michael C. Hsiung and a set of print-and-cut Halloween masks from Unwinnable cover artist Thérèse Lanz

United States residents will also receive a copy of The Unseen: The Unwinnable Guide to Lesser-Known Horror Films and TV, 2008-2018 for free! That’s right, an 80-page, full-color, physical book, sent to your home entirely for no cost. (While supplies last. Folks outside the US, we’ll gladly send you the book as well, but we do need to charge you for shipping.)

Special offer runs through November 1.

As more subscribers sign up, you’ll unlock special rewards.

25 subscribers unlocks an issue of Unwinnable Monthly dedicated to myths, legends and folklore! Do we mean that literally, figuratively or metaphorically? Yes, probably.

When we hit 5o subscribers, we’ll unleash a special actual play tabletop RPG stream. Stu Horvath will run Heart of Darkness, a cinematic scenario for Free League’s Alien RPG, for five doomed souls. Eight+ hours of screams that no one will hear, because they’re from space.

75 subscribers means we’ll commit to an oft-requested publication, the Team Unwinnable Cookbook! No gags, no tricks, just a collection of recipes for our favorite meals and deserts.

Finally, 100 subscribers will bring forth a print collection of our very best essays on the Zelda games. We might call it Things to Do in Hyrule When You’re Dead. We might not.