We have finally reached the end! Packages have shipped and you shall soon be receiving all the rewards I've got. If you are in the US and haven't gotten them yet, I suspect you will in the next day or two. International folks, thanks to customs, it will probably be a while.
You can check out many of the digital rewards, including the mixes, custom theme songs and custom art, here. Also, there are a couple folks who I know never got their game codes - I will be re-sending those out next week via email.
Every envelope contains a letter, which I've copied below. I'd like to invite you to download our back issue archives as a consolation for any rewards we weren't able to fulfill. You can grab every issue of the Weekly here and every issue of the Monthy here. Our 100th issue is out next week, so if you dig what we've been doing with the Monthly, I hope you'll consider resubscribing (link in the letter, below).
That's all she wrote. It has been a wild ride. Thank you for all your support. If you need me for ANYTHING, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Much love,
Thank You Letter
Remember back a couple years, when Unwinnable ran a Kickstarter for a weekly magazine? On the campaign page, there’s a section provided for challenges - boy did we not have any idea what we were talking about when we filled that section in. As it turns out, producing a weekly digital magazine requires way more time and energy than I ever expected - so much so that after a year and a half, we switched over to monthly and never looked back.
The production demands of the weekly magazine left little time for anything else. The campaign was for funding the magazine, after all, and by golly, I’d be damned if I didn’t get you all 52 issues in a year’s time, as promised. All the other bonus rewards, though? They mostly wound up on the back burner. Life gets in the way.
I’ve only had a few people ask about those other rewards. No one has ever been angry about not getting them. I could probably forget all about them, continue on as we have and never address them again, but the truth is, I think about them every day and it drives me nuts that I haven’t gotten them to you. For that: I am sorry. I hope you can accept my apologies.
I’m finally in a spot where I can get these things out to you. Mostly. Prints, game codes, origami painstakingly folded by the wonderful Kris Ligman, buttons made by my mom, stickers and ID cards are all here. Other stuff...well, isn’t. And that stuff, with a couple of exceptions (the Pretension +1 collection and maybe Gus’ zines) probably never will be. To make up for the missing pieces, I’m giving you copies of every issue of the Weekly and the Monthly that you’re missing. Depending on when your subscription ran out, that’s dozens of stories that were amazing to work on. I’m as proud to share them with you now as I was when they were first published. I hope you dig them.
I’m proud of the Weekly, but the Monthly, that’s where things really started to come together for me. I think you’ll be surprised at how the publication has grown since the last time you’ve read the magazine. If you enjoy it, please consider subscribing (www.unwinnable.com/subscribe - its $4.99 these days). It’d be great to have you back.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, when you Kickstarted this magazine three and a half years ago, you allowed us to create a small, keen and welcoming community for cultural criticism that is unlike anything else out there. You gave dozens of writers a place to bring their strangest ideas. And our alumni have gone on to all kinds of positions in the world of games and beyond, bringing something of Unwinnable off-beat and thoughtful sensibility to the greater world. We’ve spent the years helping writers and artists hone their craft. We can’t pay our contributors what they’re worth - in the ecosystem of online writing, no one can - but we do pay, which is incredibly important. Unwinnable bylines have been the first paid gig for many writers. All of this is because of your support in that initial Kickstarter campaign. On behalf of all of us, past, present and future: Thank you.
That’s about it. Hope you dig your stuff!
Stu Horvath Founder, Editor in Chief