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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/

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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!