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Pillagers of the Past and an Interview with Author Jordan Jacobs

For decades, Hollywood and other entertainment outlets have depicted archaeologists as globe-trotting treasure hunters with a thirst for adventure, a taste for shiny trinkets, and a flagrant disregard for the integrity and safety of the ancient sites they’re trespassing on. Lost cities are a staple plot point of your average archaeological adventure and encounters with the mystical and/or paranormal are almost a certainty. Despite the best ... [Continue Reading]

27/01/2015 // 3 Comments

What We Know About the Rise of the Tomb Raider So Far…

Despite being one of the key announcements at last year’s E3, there has been precious little news about The Rise of the Tomb Raider, the highly-anticipated sequel to 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot. Seven months have past since the announcement trailer was released and even though the game is slated for a “Holiday 2015″ release, Crystal Dynamics have remained strangely silent about Lara’s next adventure. Granted, this may ... [Continue Reading]

24/01/2015 // 10 Comments

Book Review: The Samantha Sutton Series by Jordan Jacobs

I had just turned 16 when the first Tomb Raider was released and I remember how I was instantly wowed by the game’s athletic, fiercely independent, and intelligent female protagonist. As a tomboyish bookworm, I grew up on a diet of Enid Blyton novels, encyclopaedias, and any books on Ancient Egypt I could get my hands on at our small, under-stocked local library. And despite the countless hours I spent reading, I never seemed to come ... [Continue Reading]

17/01/2015 // 1 Comment

In the Spotlight: Ana & Inna (Part 2)

Last week, I posted the first part of a two-part fan interview with Ana and Inna, the two talented ladies behind the popular and evergrowing DeviantArt group, Tomb Raider Empire. So here’s Part 2, where they talk about Lara’s image, their favourite (and least favourite) Tomb Raider games, and their hopes for future games. What are your thoughts on Lara’s image? Is she simply the product of a sexist gaming industry or can ... [Continue Reading]

04/01/2015 // 3 Comments

In the Spotlight: Ana & Inna (Part 1)

Our first fan interview of 2015 is a bumper edition that will be published in two parts due to its length. Meet Ana & Inna, the two talented ladies behind the popular DeviantArt group, Tomb Raider Empire! Here’s what they have to say about the Tomb Raider franchise, their fan art community, and their own art work. Part Two of their interview can now be found here. So, tell us a little about yourself. – Ana: I’m from Croatia, ... [Continue Reading]

03/01/2015 // 1 Comment

15 Things to Look Forward to in 2015

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, 2014 was a fairly epic year for Tomb Raider fans and I have no doubt that 2015 will try its best to top the successes of the past year. As a fan community, what should we get excited about and what can we expect to see in 2015? Well, here are 15 things we Tomb Raider fans can look forward to next year: 1) The Rise of the Tomb Raider - This one’s a no-brainer. The highly anticipated sequel to ... [Continue Reading]

31/12/2014 // 5 Comments

My Top 10 Tomb Raider Moments of 2014

2014 has been one rollercoaster of a year for Tomb Raider fans. The year kicked off with the release of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, giving new-gen console owners the chance to relive Lara’s ordeal on Yamatai in all its high-def glory. Tomb Raider fans have also been treated to a wide range of new Tomb Raider merchandise, including a brand-new comic series penned by Gail Simone and Rhianna Pratchett, ... [Continue Reading]

26/12/2014 // 5 Comments

Wishing You All a Merry Croftmas!

Christmas is almost here so I’ll be taking a few days’ break from blogging to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. New articles will be up on the blog very soon but in the meantime, here’s a short list of ways you can keep yourselves busy: Take the time to play or (re-play) Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris! Read Pfangirl’s 3-part Christmas fan fic special, A Croft Christmas. Check out Sammy’s ... [Continue Reading]

22/12/2014 // 1 Comment

In the Spotlight: Steve (aka Rident)

We’re ending this year’s batch of fan interviews by turning the spotlight on Steve, known to many within the community by his online alias, Rident. Here’s what he has to say about Tomb Raider, the fan community, and his SpecialEffect fundraising efforts. So, tell us a little about yourself. Hi, my name is Steve, known in the gaming community as Rident (which was a random name generated for an MMO I was playing). I’m 30 ... [Continue Reading]

19/12/2014 // 2 Comments

In the Spotlight: Robert (aka Mrxenomorph123)

2014 is quickly drawing to a close so this is likely to be one of the last few fan interviews of the year. I hope you’ve been enjoying these interviews as I plan to continue these throughout 2015. ^_^ But first, let’s say “hello” to Robert, known to many in the community as Mrxenomorph123. What does he have to say about the Tomb Raider series and Tomb Raider fan community? So, tell us a little about yourself. Well, my ... [Continue Reading]

16/12/2014 // 0 Comments

Gods & Demons: Ammit

This blog post is dedicated to Luke Abbott, The Oracle of Film, as a way of saying “thank you” for his generous donation towards my Extra Life 2014 fundraising efforts. Cheers Luke! The highly-anticipated Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris has finally hit the stores and those of you who’ve already played the game will no doubt be familiar with at least some of the game’s key enemies and level bosses. In the last edition of ... [Continue Reading]

12/12/2014 // 8 Comments

In the Spotlight: Savannah

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks, what with all the news of an iOS release for Tomb Raider II and the launch of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris. But that doesn’t mean there’s no room for a new fan interview! This time, it’s Savannah’s turn in the spotlight. Find out what she has to say about her favourite Tomb Raider game and how the Tomb Raider series has helped shape her life. So, tell us a little ... [Continue Reading]

10/12/2014 // 0 Comments

[Closed] Win a Copy of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris on Steam!

*** This competition has now closed. Thanks for participating! *** December is turning out to be quite an epic month for Tomb Raider fans. Not only were Apple fans treated to an iOS version of the classic game, Tomb  Raider II, the highly-anticipated co-op adventure-shooter Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris has finally come to the PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. And what’s more, TR Community Manager Meagan Marie has given me a ... [Continue Reading]

09/12/2014 // 0 Comments

Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris: First Impressions

Thanks to what I can only assume was a slight boo-boo on my local gamestore’s part, I received my copy of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris (Gold Edition) almost a week ahead of its official release date and ended up spending part of my weekend playing through the first few sections of the game in both single-player and 2-player co-op mode. Without spoiling too much, I thought I’d share my first impressions of the game with you ... [Continue Reading]

07/12/2014 // 13 Comments

In the Spotlight: Ivan Z

It’s time for another fan interview! Today’s interviewee is Ivan, an IT student from Croatia who has been playing Tomb Raider since he was a toddler. What does he have to say about the Tomb Raider franchise and the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider? So, tell us a little about yourself. Hello, my name is Ivan and I’m a 20-year-old IT student in Zagreb, Croatia. In my free time, I like to play games, spending time with friends, and ... [Continue Reading]

05/12/2014 // 0 Comments

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