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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/

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8/17/2014
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Pretty much anyone who has been following this week’s gaming industry news already knows about the “Great Tomb Raider PR Blunder of 2014″. When Crystal Dynamics’ Head of Studios Darrell Gallagher posted his special announcement on the official Tomb Raider Blog on Tuesday, there was a great disturbance in the TR fan community, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in anger and yelled “Oh, hell no!”

And understandably so. Tomb Raider has been a multi-platform series practically since Day 1 so it’s not hard to see why PC and PlayStation gamers would be furious about Crystal Dynamics’ decision to make Rise of the Tomb Raider an Xbox exclusive. Although Xbox boss Phil Spencer has since stepped in to clarify that Microsoft’s exclusivity deal “has a duration” (which could indicate that Rise of the Tomb Raider will actually be a timed exclusive), Crystal Dynamics’ announcement has succeeded in alienating a significant portion of the TR fanbase and ushered in yet another round of “console wars”.

Continue reading “The Rise of the Console Exclusive Raider?”

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8/16/2014
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More screencaps of PlayStation Blog’s Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris demo gameplay video can be found on the Archaeology of Tomb Raider blog!

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8/15/2014
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As some of you already know, I will be joining Stella, Sinead 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 post 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 visiting my 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.

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 post 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 visiting my 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

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** 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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8/10/2014
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Earlier this week, PlayStation Blog’s Justin Massongill met up with Crystal Dynamics Executive Producer Scott Amos to play a demo of the upcoming spin-off title, Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris.

A gallery of screencaps of the game’s opening cinematic and first level can be found over on the Archaeology of Tomb Raider blog!

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8/8/2014
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When rumours of a new Tomb Raider film failed to come to fruition, fans wasted no time filling in the void in their fandom. Last year, we were treated to Croft, a 20-minute film shot in British Columbia, Canada, and starring Cassandra Ebner. And now there’s another fan-produced film on the horizon: Hunted.

Hunted: A fan film based on Tomb Raider 2013

The Hunted promo banner, created by Sara LaRochelle

Hunted is the brainchild of a group of talented actors, artists, and writers and is based on the hugely successful Tomb Raider 2013. Written by Kate Sykes and directed by Josh PateHunted stars actress and cosplayer Anne Roig (aka “The Cosplay Mum”) as Lara Croft, cosplayer and Lara Croft Cosplay admin Sara LaRochelle as Sam Nishimura, director Josh Pate as Mathias, and artist and cosplayer Carla Lemley as Queen Himiko. Fans may know Carla for her amazing “Polygon Lara” cosplay, which was featured on the Kotaku website in June 2014.

Continue reading “Hunted: A Fan Film Based on Tomb Raider”…

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8/7/2014
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Howdy, Tumblr followers! Did you know that The Archaeology of Tomb Raider also has a Facebook page?

http://www.facebook.com/archaeologyoftombraider

Feel free to stop by and give the page a “like”! ^_^

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8/5/2014
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Team Tomb Raider CommunityAs 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.

Read more over at the Archaeology of Tomb Raider blog!

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8/3/2014
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Only 4 more days to help fund the first colour Simon’s Cat film, Off to the Vet

If you’re a fan of this beloved animated web series, please consider donating something (no matter how small) towards getting this project off the ground. There’s even an awesome selection of goodies for those who contribute.  :-)

For more information, please visit the Simon’s Cat IndieGogo page!

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8/2/2014
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Continuing with our ongoing series of fan interviews, our latest fan interview was with Eldin M, a Tomb Raider fan and fan fiction writer from Bosnia & Herzegovina. 

So, tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Eldin and I am from Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country in the heart of the Europe. I am 21 years old and a gamer from the heart, but, most of all, I am a big fan of Tomb Raider. In my free time, I like to write all kind of stories and, of course, play games.

When and how did you learn about the Tomb Raider series?

I remember that I was in 6th grade of elementary school. Back then, we had PlayStation Clubs and I was so hooked that my parents were giving me money almost every day. On my birthday that same year, my father had had enough and he decided to surprise me with a PlayStation 1 as a birthday gift. As luck would have it, it came with a copy of Tomb Raider 2 and that was the firstTomb Raider game I played. I was not hooked right away but when I bought TR4 some time later, that was the time when Lara stole my heart. And I have been playing ever since.

Click here to read the full interview!

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7/27/2014
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Over the years, Lara Croft has visited some of the coldest and most remote places on the planet and the Aleutian Islands, which feature in the mini-adventure The Golden Mask, are no exception. In Golden Mask, Lara travels to Melnikov Island in search of the legendary Golden Mask of Tornarsuk and ends up infiltrating an old Soviet base in the process. While Melnikov Island is completely fictional, the Aleutian Islands themselves are very much real and may have been home to some of the first humans to settle in North America during the last Ice Age. And while there may not be rivers of molten gold flowing under the Aleutian Islands, the islands’ real-life history and archaeological remains more than make up for it.

Continue reading “Lara’s Travels: The Aleutian Islands”…

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7/26/2014
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Extra Life 2014

This year, I will be joining the Team Tomb Raider Community and the hundreds of other gamers who have signed up to take part in Extra Life 2014, the largest charitable fundraising event in the gaming world!

I wrote a short piece about Extra Life last year but for those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a 24-hour game marathon held in support ofChildren’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.

Last year, the Team Tomb Raider Community raised a whopping $2,809 for charity and, with your help, we hope to top that figure this year. I haven’t decided yet whether I will stream my gaming online (this depends on time and technical restrictions) but I plan to spend the weekend playing a variety of games, ranging from the “classic” Tomb Raider games to the less taxing puzzle games on Facebook, and will live-blog/tweet about my (mis)adventures as they happen.

This year’s event will be held on the weekend of 25th October 2014, though participants also have the option of dividing the 24 hours between two or more days or choosing a day that suits them. People can, however, donate money at any time in the lead-up to Extra Life 2014 so if you have a few dollars/pounds/euros to spare and would like to do your part to help sick kids and their families in their time of need, you can make your donation online via my fundraising page.

All donations are tax-deductible and all proceeds will go straight to the hospital of my choice, the Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington, DC. Every little helps, so please consider sharing this link with your friends, family, and followers.

And if you’d like to learn more about Extra Life, please visit their website or follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter. Thanks so much for reading this and for showing your support. Let’s do this for the kids!

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7/24/2014
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A throwback to the Tomb Raider games of old: the rotating chamber in the Last Revelation level, Burial Chambers.
If you’d like to learn more about the real-life art, artefacts, and places seen in the Tomb Raider games, visit The Archaeology of Tomb Raider!
You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

A throwback to the Tomb Raider games of old: the rotating chamber in the Last Revelation level, Burial Chambers.

If you’d like to learn more about the real-life art, artefacts, and places seen in the Tomb Raider games, visit The Archaeology of Tomb Raider!

You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.