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10/20/2014
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Extra Life Update

We did it, folks! Not only did we hit our fundraising target, we surpassed it by over $100 thanks to 18 generous donors!

But why stop at $373? Let’s keep on pushing up that total for the kids! The sky’s the limit!

If you missed last weekend’s Extra Life live stream event (videos are archived here) but still wish to make a donation to the Children’s National Medical Centre and help sick children and their families in their hour of need, just click the button below to go to my Extra Life fundraiser page.

Every dollar counts and all proceeds go straight to the hospital. If you’re a US or Canadian resident, your donations may even be tax-deductible. Donations will be accepted until the end of November and I may even hold few more live stream events for your viewing pleasure.

And in case you need a little extra incentive, all donors are eligible for my Steam prize draw, where you can win the Tomb Raider game of your choice (PC only, Tomb Raider 1-Underworld only). For more information about this prize draw and other donor perks, click here.

So, let’s keep on raiding and raising those funds…for the kids!



Kelly M’s fundraiser profile - http://www.extra-life.org/participant/KellyM

Twitch channel - http://www.twitch.tv/trarchaeology/

My team’s page - Team Tomb Raider Community

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10/16/2014
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Details of The Archaeology of Tomb Raider’s Extra Life Charity Livestream*************************************************************************The livestream will kick off at 22:00 CET (21:00 UK time/16:00 EDT/13:00 PDT) on Friday 17th October and the game I’ll be playing is Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4), though I may also stream some Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag to keep things interesting.I’ll be streaming a total of 24 hours across Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday (a non-stop 24-hour livestream is not an option) and will take breaks from gaming as needed. If you should tune in and find out I’m not on the air, chances are I’m taking a break to eat, sleep, or carry out some chores. I’ll announce my return via Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook so keep an eye out for my messages. Other events to watch out for:
Saturday 18th - 21:30 CET - I will announce the winner of the "Early Bird" prize draw (see the blog for further details of how to enter)
Saturday 18th - 22:00 CET - A live Q&A session with Kelly M
Sunday 19th - 21:00/22:00 CET - End of livestream
(All times CET, or UTC+2)Donations are very welcome (even if you can only spare $1) and all proceeds will go straight towards helping sick children at the Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington DC.
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Make a donation - http://www.extra-life.org/participant/KellyM
Twitch feed - http://www.twitch.tv/trarchaeology/
More information - http://archaeologyoftombraider.com/2014/09/30/extra-life-2014-donor-perks-prize-draws/

Details of The Archaeology of Tomb Raider’s Extra Life Charity Livestream

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The livestream will kick off at 22:00 CET (21:00 UK time/16:00 EDT/13:00 PDT) on Friday 17th October and the game I’ll be playing is Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4), though I may also stream some Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag to keep things interesting.

I’ll be streaming a total of 24 hours across Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday (a non-stop 24-hour livestream is not an option) and will take breaks from gaming as needed. If you should tune in and find out I’m not on the air, chances are I’m taking a break to eat, sleep, or carry out some chores. I’ll announce my return via Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook so keep an eye out for my messages. 

Other events to watch out for:

  • Saturday 18th - 21:30 CET - I will announce the winner of the "Early Bird" prize draw (see the blog for further details of how to enter)
  • Saturday 18th - 22:00 CET - A live Q&A session with Kelly M
  • Sunday 19th - 21:00/22:00 CET - End of livestream


(All times CET, or UTC+2)

Donations are very welcome (even if you can only spare $1) and all proceeds will go straight towards helping sick children at the Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington DC.

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10/10/2014
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UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have had to bring my Extra Life marathon forward by a week. The live stream and gaming extravaganza will now kick off at 22:00 CET on Friday 17th October. Please note that the deadline for entry into my “Early Bird” prize draw has been adjusted accordingly but the deadline for entry into my Steam Tomb Raider giveaway remains unaffected.


Team Tomb Raider Community

As some of you already know, I will be joining StellaSinead and the rest of the Team Tomb Raider Community in this year’s Extra Life charity gaming marathon. Last year, the team managed to raise an impressive $2,809 for their chosen hospitals and, with your help, we hope to raise even more money this time around.

I’ll be streaming some of my gaming live via my Twitch channel on the 25th and 26th October 2014 **17th-19th October 2014** (exact times to be confirmed) and I invite my followers and readers to stop by during the weekend to provide morale support and company while I try not to kill off Lara or rage-quit when I fail to get through another level of Farm Heroes Saga.


Perks & Rewards:

To make things a little more fun for those who choose to donate money online, I will be offering a range of perks based on the amount donated, which range from a shout-out on social media to entries into a Steam prize draw, where the lucky winner will win the Tomb Raider game of their choice(PC only, Tomb Raider 1 – Underworld).**

The winner of the Steam prize draw will be announced on 1st November 2014 and, as with all my previous prize draws, the winner will be chosen via a random number generator.

So, here’s a breakdown of the perks donors will be eligible for:

  • $1-$4.99 - A mention on the blog;
  • $5-$9.99 - A mention on the blog, a shout-out on social media, and 1 entry into the Steam prize draw;
  • $10-$14.99 - All of the above, plus a shout-out on the live stream;
  • $15-$19.99 - All of the above, plus a blog post dedication;
  • Over $20 - All of the above, plus a personalized “Thank You” card.

I will also be holding an “Early Bird” prize draw for those who donate money (regardless of amount) before the 25th October **before the 18th October**. The prize: a £20 voucher for Insert Coin, the leading name in gaming apparel. The winner will be determined by a random number generator and will be announced on the blog and during the live stream on 26th October **18th October**.

Please note that all the aforementioned perks will be awarded either during or just after Extra Life 2014.


More information - http://archaeologyoftombraider.com/extra-life/

Donate online - http://www.extra-life.org/participant/KellyM

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9/30/2014
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Extra Life 2014 - Donor Perks & Prize Draws

Extra Life 2014 is less than a month away and The Archaeology of Tomb Raider has managed to raise a total of $105 to date thanks to 5 generous donors! Thanks so much, guys! You rock. All donors will be officially thanked on this blog at a later date so stay tuned for a proper thank you. :-)

Now, in case you were wondering what Extra Life is all about and why I’ve been promoting it so much on social media lately, please take a moment to visit the Extra Life website, watch this video, or check out the blog’s dedicated Extra Life page. Last year, some 31,000 gamers helped raised over $3.7 million and this year we hope to do even better.

But not without your help…

I’ll be streaming some of my gaming live on my Twitch channel during the weekend of 24th-26th October 2014 (exact times to be confirmed) and I invite all readers and social media followers to stop by to provide moral support and company while I try not to kill off Lara or rage-quit when I fail to get through another level of Farm Heroes Saga. And…maybe even donate some money (even if it’s as little as $1) via my Extra Life fundraiser page.

Since I don’t like to beg people for money, I thought I’d offer a little incentive for you to make a donation. Read on…


The “Early Bird” Prize Draw:

Anyone who makes a donation before the 25th October will be eligible for my “Early Bird” prize draw!

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The prize: A £20 voucher for Insert Coin, the leading name in gaming apparel. The winner will be determined by a random number generator and will be announced on the blog and during the live stream on 26th October.

NOTE: Insert Coin is based in the United Kingdom but ships worldwide. If you’d like to learn more about the awesome gaming t-shirts and hoodies on offer, visit their website!


Donor Perks:

To make things more fun and thank donors for their generosity, I will be offering a range of perks based on the amount donated, which range from a shout-out on social media to entries into a Steam prize draw, where the lucky winner will win the Tomb Raider game of their choice (PC only, Tomb Raider 1 – Underworld).**

Here’s a breakdown of the perks I’m offering:

  • $1-$4.99 - A mention on the blog;
  • $5-$9.99 - A mention on the blog, a shout-out on social media, and 1 entry into the Steam prize draw;
  • $10-$14.99 - All of the above, plus a shout-out on the live stream;
  • $15-$19.99 - All of the above, plus a blog post dedication;
  • Over $20 - All of the above, plus a personalized “Thank You” card.

The winner of the Steam prize draw will be announced on the blog and social media on 1st November 2014 and, as with all my previous prize draws, the winner will be chosen via a random number generator. :)

Please note that aside from the live stream shout-outs, all other perks will be awarded after the 26th October. The Steam prize draw will be held on the 1st November 2014 and only donors who make their donations before 23:59 CET on 26th October will be eligible.


Make a Donation!:

Are you ready to make a donation towards my chosen charity, the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Then click on the button below to support my fundraising efforts!

Click on the image above to make a donation to Extra Life!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and for helping sick children and their families in their hour of need.

Let’s do this for the kids, everyone! :-D


NOTE: All of the prizes listed above have been paid for by Kelly M herself. None of the proceeds raised have gone towards purchasing the prizes, which are only being offered as extra incentive for people to donate money to her chosen charity, the Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington, DC. All donations goes straight to helping sick children and their families and donations are tax-deductible (US residents only). 

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9/28/2014
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Never Alone (or Kisima Inŋitchuŋa) is the first commercial game to be developed in partnership with an indigenous organization, the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, and is an environment-based puzzle platformer which combines buddy-based game mechanics with imagery and themes drawn from traditional Iñupiaq culture, folklore, and values. Based on the Iñupiaq story Kunuuksaayuka and narrated in the Iñupiaq language (with English subtitles), the game follows Nuna, an young Iñupiaq girl, and her pet Arctic fox as they embark on a dangerous journey across the Arctic tundra, ice floes, forests, and villages to save her people from an eternal blizzard.

Read more over on The Archaeology of Tomb Raider blog!

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9/28/2014
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stellatombraider:

Team Tomb Raider Community is now just $19 away from raising our first $1,000 for Extra Life! Can you help us meet our goal? Every dollar donated goes directly to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Thank you, kind and generous raiders!

Go team! I’ve managed to raise $105 so far but need help pushing me past my target of $250. If you’d like to help us raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and help sick children and families in their time of need, please consider making an online donation via my Extra Life profile page and/or share this on your own blog.
All proceeds raised go straight to the CMN hospital of my choice, in this case the Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington, Donations are tax-deductible (US residents only).

stellatombraider:

Team Tomb Raider Community is now just $19 away from raising our first $1,000 for Extra Life! Can you help us meet our goal? Every dollar donated goes directly to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Thank you, kind and generous raiders!

Go team! I’ve managed to raise $105 so far but need help pushing me past my target of $250. If you’d like to help us raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and help sick children and families in their time of need, please consider making an online donation via my Extra Life profile page and/or share this on your own blog.

All proceeds raised go straight to the CMN hospital of my choice, in this case the Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington, Donations are tax-deductible (US residents only).

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9/23/2014
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After a somewhat disappointing first story arc, Dark Horse Comics’ Tomb Raider comic series kicked off a brand new story arc in August 2014 with Tomb Raider #7.
Co-written by comic writer Gail Simone and acclaimed game writer and long-time Tomb Raider afficionada Rhianna Pratchett, “Losing Her Grip!” (or is it “In Memoriam”?) is the first part of a new story arc that promises a return to the globe-trotting adventures of yesteryear.
I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of the reboot game or of the new, more “human” Lara Croft so my opinion of theDark Horse comic series is certainly tainted by personal bias. Aside from Roth, I didn’t particularly care for any of the Endurance crew or Lara’s friends (especially Sam) so my heart sank when I saw Reyes on the cover and the word “Yamatai” in the synopsis. The cynic in me wondered if the ones losing their grip were Crystal Dynamics and their writing team. Will Lara ever leave Yamatai behind? And will she ever stop falling off cliffs?
Continue reading this review…

After a somewhat disappointing first story arc, Dark Horse Comics’ Tomb Raider comic series kicked off a brand new story arc in August 2014 with Tomb Raider #7.

Co-written by comic writer Gail Simone and acclaimed game writer and long-time Tomb Raider afficionada Rhianna Pratchett, “Losing Her Grip!” (or is it “In Memoriam”?) is the first part of a new story arc that promises a return to the globe-trotting adventures of yesteryear.

I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of the reboot game or of the new, more “human” Lara Croft so my opinion of theDark Horse comic series is certainly tainted by personal bias. Aside from Roth, I didn’t particularly care for any of the Endurance crew or Lara’s friends (especially Sam) so my heart sank when I saw Reyes on the cover and the word “Yamatai” in the synopsis. The cynic in me wondered if the ones losing their grip were Crystal Dynamics and their writing team. Will Lara ever leave Yamatai behind? And will she ever stop falling off cliffs?

Continue reading this review…

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9/20/2014
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With just over a month until this year’s Extra Life charity gaming marathon, I thought it was time for a quick update on my and Team Tomb Raider Community’s fundraising efforts. Thanks to several generous donors, I’ve moved a few steps closer to reaching my target.

Furthermore, a few new faces have joined the team in the past few weeks, including Survivor Reborn co-admin AJ Rich and avid gamer Circe W. It’s going to be a fun, exciting fundraising event, folks!

So far, I’ve raised 26% of my target while Team Tomb Raider Community (which is currently 19 members strong) has raised a total of $861 in the space of a few weeks. Despite all this, I still need your help to meet my target fundraising goal of $250…

How To Help:

  • Donate! – The easiest way to help out is to donate some money via my fundraising page. Every dollar counts and all the proceeds will go to my chosen charity, the Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington, DC. You can read more about the hospital and its domestic and international health programmes here. And did I mention that donors will be eligible for a range of perks? Full details can be found on my dedicated Extra Life 2014 page.
  • Share – Help spread the word about this charity gaming marathon and our fundraising efforts by sharing this article and/or my Extra Life 2014 page on  your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or other social media sites. You’re also welcome to read and share Stella’s Extra Life FAQ article.
  • Tune In! - I’ll be streaming some of my gaming on my Twitch channel throughout the weekend of 25th and 26th October 2014 so feel free to tune in. Extra Life isn’t just about raising money for sick children (although that’s certainly the ultimate goal); it’s also a celebration of gaming and gamer communities. Let’s show the world how the Tomb Raider fan community can come together to raise money and awareness for a worthy cause!

Support Extra Life & help me make sick kids’ lives a little brighter by making an online donation. Click the banner above to get started!

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9/17/2014
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As the release date of the much-anticipated Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris edges ever closer, Crystal Dynamics have finally released some more background information on the game’s main characters. While we’re all very familar with Ms Croft (who seems to be in her early 30s in this incarnation), the game’s other three main characters have been a bit of a mystery thus far.
So here’s an introduction to the Temple of Osiris’ four playable characters!
Click here to continue reading “Meet the Main Characters of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris!”

As the release date of the much-anticipated Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris edges ever closer, Crystal Dynamics have finally released some more background information on the game’s main characters. While we’re all very familar with Ms Croft (who seems to be in her early 30s in this incarnation), the game’s other three main characters have been a bit of a mystery thus far.

So here’s an introduction to the Temple of Osiris’ four playable characters!

Click here to continue reading “Meet the Main Characters of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris!”

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9/16/2014
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Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris is looking pretty great so far. More screencaps from the opening cinematic and first level can be found here!

Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris is looking pretty great so far. More screencaps from the opening cinematic and first level can be found here!

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9/16/2014
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“Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals” Novel Coming This Autumn

Written by the bestselling author and comic book writer Dan Abnett and his partner Nik VincentTomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals will continue and build upon the events of Tomb Raider 2013 and, like the ongoing comic series, will become canon within Crystal Dynamics’ reboot timeline.

Cover for Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals

Little is known about the novel’s plot at this point beyond the rather vague synopsis on the BradyGames and GameStop websites:

“Haunted by what she was forced to do in order to survive her first adventure, Lara Croft wants only to put her horrifying ordeal on Yamatai island in the past. Her modest wish shatters as she’s plunged into a frantic race to save her best friend Sam from a toxic overdose. Desperate for a remedy, Lara searches for anything that could help Sam. A wisp of hope arising from a myth gives Lara purpose: the story of an ancient and mysterious artifact that could heal her dying friend, and possibly help explain the supernatural events she witnessed on Yamatai.

But Lara is not alone in her pursuit of the treasure. A nefarious magnate, a shadow society, and lethal henchmen will stop at nothing to exploit the powerful relic for their own ends. The hunt drives Lara across the globe, through a twisted web of conspiracy, suspicious contacts, and life-or-death intrigue, as she seeks salvation for her friend and the truth behind the legendary talisman.”

Continue reading “Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals” Novel Coming This Autumn…

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8/31/2014
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Wedding Bells….

Well, folks, I’m not normally one to write about my private life but let me indulge myself this one time…

After almost 13 happy years together, my partner and I will finally be tying the knot on Monday 1st September so, needless to say, I’ll be taking a little break from blogging for the next couple of weeks. Normal blogging will resume towards the end of September once the festivities are over. ;-)

Lara Croft in wedding dress

This amazing sketch was made by the talented José Cruz. Check out his blog here!

In the meantime, feel free to catch up on any old Arte-Factual or Lara’s Travels articles you may have missed out on! Or check out some of theinterviews I’ve conducted with fellow Tomb Raider fans over the past few months. And if you fancy something a little more educational, you’ll find plenty of online resources listed here.

Before I sign off, I’d like to thank everyone who’s wished me well for “The Big Day” and supported me through the exciting, but somewhat stressful, lead-up to the wedding. You’ll all be there in spirit on Monday and, as John put it, “looking collectively fabulous in blue-green tank tops and khaki shorts”. Let’s see where life’s next adventure takes us, Raiders…

Feel free to visit José’s blog, Relatively Simple, to see more of his artwork! You can also read his fan interview here or follow him on Twitter.

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8/27/2014
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Extra Life 2014: An Update (August 2014)

UPDATE: I’ve raised 20% of my target sum but I still need help to raise the remaining 80%. Feel free to share this on your own blogs and/or consider donating something (no matter how small the amount) via my Extra Life page. Anyone who makes a donation before October 25th will be eligible for my “Early Bird” prize draw and have the chance to win a voucher for Insert Coin. Full details are below!

As some of you already know, I will be joining StellaSinead and the rest of the Team Tomb Raider Community in this year’s Extra Life charity gaming marathon. Last year, the team managed to raise an impressive $2,809 for their chosen hospitals and, with your help, we hope to raise even more money this time around.

I’ll be streaming some of my gaming live via my Twitch channel on the 25th and 26th October 2014 (exact times to be confirmed) and I invite my followers and readers to stop by during the weekend to provide morale support and company while I try not to kill off Lara or rage-quit when I fail to get through another level of Farm Heroes Saga.


Perks & Rewards:

To make things a little more fun for those who choose to donate money online, I will be offering a range of perks based on the amount donated, which range from a shout-out on social media to entries into a Steam prize draw, where the lucky winner will win the Tomb Raider game of their choice (PC only, Tomb Raider 1 – Underworld).**

The winner of the Steam prize draw will be announced on 1st November 2014 and, as with all my previous prize draws, the winner will be chosen via a random number generator.

So, here’s a breakdown of the perks donors will be eligible for:

  • $1-$4.99 - A mention on the blog;
  • $5-$9.99 - A mention on the blog, a shout-out on social media, and 1 entry into the Steam prize draw;
  • $10-$14.99 - All of the above, plus a shout-out on the live stream;
  • $15-$19.99 - All of the above, plus a blog post dedication;
  • Over $20 - All of the above, plus a personalized “Thank You” card.

I will also be holding an “Early Bird” prize draw for those who donate money (regardless of amount) before the 25th October. The prize: a £20 voucher for Insert Coin, the leading name in gaming apparel. The winner will be determined by a random number generator and will be announced on the blog and during the live stream on 26th October.

Please note that all the aforementioned perks will be awarded either during or just after Extra Life 2014.


Follow the Fun Online:

Closer to the date, I’ll be announcing a rough timetable of events so that you’ll know what you can expect on the live stream over the course of the weekend. For now, please feel free to follow me on Twitch and watch this space for further announcements!

Other Ways You Can Help:

If you’re unable to donate any money, there are other ways you can help me and the rest of the Team Tomb Raider Community meet our collective target. You can help us by:

  • Sharing this page on social media - Spread the word by sharing this page on Twitter, Facebook, and/or social media sites.
  • Tuning in to the live stream - Any moral support, company, or kind words will be welcome during the live stream. Join in the fun by visitingmy Twitch channel on the weekend of 25th October.
  • Linking to this page from your own blog/website - Let other Tomb Raider fans know about our fundraising efforts by posting a link to this page on your own blog or website.

And if you’d like to learn more about Extra Life, please visit their website or follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter. You can also find a comprehensive FAQ over on Stella’s Tomb Raider blog!


Thanks so much for reading this and for showing your support. Here’s to a successful Extra Life 2014! Let’s do this for the kids! :-D

** Please note that the prizes will be paid for out of my own pocket and that all proceeds raised will go straight to the Children’s National Medical Centre (Washington, DC) and its international programs. Family and close friends will not be eligible for the prize draw.

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8/23/2014
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If you haven’t been able to get your hands on any of the new Tomb Raider comics so far, you’ll be happy to know that Dark Horse Comics will be publishing the first six issues as a trade paperback, Tomb Raider Volume 1: Season of the Witch, later this year.

Continue reading….

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8/17/2014
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Extra Life 2014 is coming up this October and I’m on a mission to raise money for the Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington, DC!
For those who don’t know, Extra Life is 24-hour game marathon held in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America and is a fantastic way for gamers to raise money for sick kids and their families by doing what they love best: playing video games.

I plan to livestream some of my gaming over the weekend of 25th October & will be giving away a few prizes to some lucky donors. I’m about 10% of the way to meeting my fundraising target but I need your help to raise the other 90%. Please consider donating whatever you can afford (even if it’s just a dollar/euro/pound) or simply share this post via social media. Every little helps in my mission to make sick kids’ lives a little brighter. All proceeds raised will go straight to my chosen charity and US donors should note that their donations are tax-deductible.
My Extra Life profile can be found here - http://www.extra-life.org/participant/KellyM
And if you need any extra incentive, anyone who donates something (no matter how small) before October 25th will be eligible for my "Early Bird" prize draw and will have the chance to win a £20 voucher for Insert Coin, the leading name in gaming apparel. The winner will be announced on the blog and during the live stream on 26th October. 
More information about my fundraising efforts and donor rewards can be found at http://archaeologyoftombraider.com/extra-life/

Extra Life 2014 is coming up this October and I’m on a mission to raise money for the Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington, DC!

For those who don’t know, Extra Life is 24-hour game marathon held in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America and is a fantastic way for gamers to raise money for sick kids and their families by doing what they love best: playing video games.

I plan to livestream some of my gaming over the weekend of 25th October & will be giving away a few prizes to some lucky donors. I’m about 10% of the way to meeting my fundraising target but I need your help to raise the other 90%. Please consider donating whatever you can afford (even if it’s just a dollar/euro/pound) or simply share this post via social media. Every little helps in my mission to make sick kids’ lives a little brighter. All proceeds raised will go straight to my chosen charity and US donors should note that their donations are tax-deductible.

My Extra Life profile can be found here - http://www.extra-life.org/participant/KellyM

And if you need any extra incentive, anyone who donates something (no matter how small) before October 25th will be eligible for my "Early Bird" prize draw and will have the chance to win a £20 voucher for Insert Coin, the leading name in gaming apparel. The winner will be announced on the blog and during the live stream on 26th October

More information about my fundraising efforts and donor rewards can be found at http://archaeologyoftombraider.com/extra-life/