Subscribe and Keep Unwinnable Going Into Our 12th Year!

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.

No Tricks, Only Treats

To celebrate the spookiest time of the year, we’re offering an introductory subscription rate for Unwinnable Monthly, our digital magazine: $2 for the first month, $4.99 every subsequent month.

(Alternately, you can sign up via our Patreon for the standard $5 the first month and get the 75-issue Unwinnable Weekly archive in addition to all the other stuff)

As our gift to you for signing up, United States residents will 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. (Folks outside the US, we’ll gladly send you the book as well, but we do need to charge for shipping.)

You’ll also receive access to every back issue of the magazine. That’s 69 issues (nice!) – over 4,500 pages celebrating games, movies, horror and more. A $620 value!

Every month, you’ll also receive Exploits, our recommendations magazine – think of it as monthly cultural diary – absolutely free! We’ll even throw in the archive: 43 additional magazines!

Special offer runs through November 1.


With an automatically renewing Unwinnable subscription, you’ll never miss an issue of the best culture commentary on the internet. Coming to you via direct download PDF, each 60+ page issue contains a selection of stories by some of the best writers working today, wrapped up in a beautifully designed package, sent right to your email address every month. You will also get access to our private Discord, where you can chat with Team Unwinnable and other readers like you!

If you’re already a subscriber (thank you!), you can give the gift of Unwinnable to a friend! If you do, we’ll give you the additional gift of the complete Unwinnable Weekly archive – 75 back issues filled to the brim with amazing stories.

Subscription Type

Subscribers get the current month’s issue when subscribing. When you subscribe, we will email you directly to give you the back issue archive, to set up your access to the Discord, to get your mailing address for Unseen and, if you purchase a gift subscription, to get the recipient’s email address – this is a one-time email, we won’t bug you after that. Our sales process is not automated, we fill every order manually, so please be patient if ordering at night, on weekends or during holidays. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please drop us a line at


But There’s More!

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

When we hit 25 subscribers, we’ll release a spooky print-and-cut Halloween mobile from Unwinnable cover artist Michael C. Hsiung! Hang it over the comfy chair you read Unwinnable in! Attach it to your hat, hang it over your head and be the spookiest weirdo wherever you go! 

50 subscribers unlocks an issue of Unwinnable Monthly dedicated to monsters! Do we mean that literally, figuratively or metaphorically? Yes, probably.

When we hit 75 subscribers, we’ll do an issue of Unwinnable Monthly dedicated to the classic videogame DOOM and all its permutations. Do not disappoint the barons of hell!

100 subscribers unlocks a special actual play tabletop RPG stream. Stu Horvath will run “Chariot of the Gods,” a cinematic scenario for Free League’s Alien RPG, for five doomed souls. Six plus hours of screams that no one will hear, because they’re from space.