Click here now to read Thirteen1's 2nd Anniversary Issue!
Today marks the exciting 2 year anniversary of Thirteen1 magazine.
Since they began on April 13th, 2008, Thirteen1 have published 24 (with today's brand new issue being the 25th!) entirely free-to-read, online-based, multi-format magazines, rammed with content and awesome competitions that you can enter at the click of a mouse.
No anniversary issue would be complete without a look back on the year that was, and this month's edition doesn't disappoint with T1's special anniversary feature, where they take a massive swig of nostalgia-aid and look back on some of their best bits of the last 12 months. It's a handy summary of a year of gaming, with some words from the T1 members who put the mag out for free every month.
You never know, you might be so touched by it all that you have the sudden urge to send them a gift. Ehm..
Speaking of gifts, this month saw Thirteen1's resident DrunkenGamer get sent a mighty Runes of Magic statue. That's right, a statue! The guys at Frogster sent them an 18inch Demon Lord figure to put together for their display shelf. Check out the DrunkenGamer's feature now for pictures of the figure and to find out how the assembly went (somebody 'may' have glued themselves to something...)
Birthday celebrations aside, there is still the small matter of a whole month's worth of gaming to cover. To kick it off in style, Thirteen1 teamed up with Iceberg and Zoetrope to bring an exciting, exclusive first-look at Darkness Within 2: Dark Lineage! This point-and-click horror/adventure, based on H.P Lovecraft's work, is set to send the shivers up your spine this summer. Be sure to browse their early impressions of the upcoming game.
This April issue also sees T1 tackle the sword-slashing Red Steel 2, the creepy Still Life 2, gPotato's highly addictive Canaan Online, Go3's browser-based sleeper-hit Terrorism Warfare and the almost too-good-to-be-true Metro 2033. Is Metro 2033 a surprise early contender for game of the year?
As always, Thirteen1 have made sure to cover gaming's most important conferences, which really heated up recently with more news released on Codework's GameHorizon 2010, the Nordic Games Conference and the Festival of Games. Definitely set to be some of the most essential gaming events of the year, T1 round up all you need to know about them. Our advice: book your tickets ASAP.
There was also the small matter of a certain GDC to deal with. True to form, they have listed their top 13 picks from the entire event.
Throw in an hilarious 13-1 countdown, where the Thirteen1 guys rate the 13 best gaming characters to share a drink with, loads more reviews (including a selection of fine retro titles), previews and features, and of course the regular gaming-music reviews and Breakin Into the Industry special with Microsoft's Rob Miles' exclusive XNA tutorial videos, and you have yet another cracking issue of T1 to tuck into.
Comps and Giveaways!
Have Thirteen1 got a corker for you this month..
Unfortunately the guys at Blizzard were unable to deliver the promised StarCraft 2 Q&A, thanks to development on the massively anticipated upcoming game intensifying.
However, as a superb way of apology, they have offered a bundle of super-rare Blizzard goodies to giveaway to Thirteen1 readers! This not only includes a collectors edition of Wrath of the Lich King, but also comes with a bunch of items you simply cannot buy anywhere. Jump here to check it out now.
Of course there's also the regular retro-gaming blow out, courtesy of T1's good friends at Gog.com.
Enjoy the issue!