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First Set Photos of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft

Tomb Raider fans have been anxiously waiting for their first look at Alicia Vikander from the set of the upcoming reboot film and, thanks to the Daily Mail Online, they need not wait any longer! The British news site published a number of exclusive photos that show the Swedish actress in action, dangling from wires, holding on to the wing of an air plane that’s seen better days, and sporting an outfit that looks very similar to the one Lara Croft wore in the 2013 game, complete with ... [Continue Reading]

February 6, 2017 // 3 Comments

Review: Lara Croft & the Blade of Gwynnever

In our latest guest article, South Africa-based writer, cosplayer, and Tomb Raider fan Noelle A (aka Pfangirl) shares her thoughts on Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent’s recent novel, Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever. Please note that the following review may contain some very minor spoilers. Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever is the second Tomb Raider novel from the husband-wife writing team of Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent. This follows 2014’s Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals. ... [Continue Reading]

January 27, 2017 // 2 Comments

Gods & Monsters: The Naga

One of the things I’ve always found intriguing about the Tomb Raider series is how often the game writers, developers, and artists draw on real-world mythology and folklore for inspiration when they’re designing ancient environments for Lara Croft to explore…and the exotic creatures that populate them. In previous instalments of my Gods & Monsters series, I looked at how Crystal Dynamics masterfully re-imagined the ancient Egyptian snake demon Apep and the ... [Continue Reading]

January 25, 2017 // 4 Comments

Talking Treasure Hunting & ‘Tomb Raider’ in VALUE’s ‘Streaming the Past: Fortune & Glory’ Live-Stream

Mark your calendars! The Archaeology of Tomb Raider will be taking part in VALUE’s upcoming live-stream event, “Streaming the Past: Fortune & Glory”, which will delve into the topics of treasure hunting and the misrepresentation of archaeology in the Tomb Raider series. The VALUE team and I will be joined by archaeological ethics scholar Meghan Dennis (University of York) for this exciting event and we’re inviting all of you to tune into the live-stream on ... [Continue Reading]

January 19, 2017 // 2 Comments

The 2016 Official Tomb Raider Fansite Program Awards

In late 2016, Crystal Dynamics launched the very first annual Official Tomb Raider Fansite Program Awards as a way of showcasing the creativity and noteworthy achievements of this diverse (and highly talented) fan community. Two winners were chosen for each category – one voted for by the community of fansite administrators and the other chosen by Crystal Dynamics staff themselves – and the award categories included “Best Live Event”, “Best Photo or Art ... [Continue Reading]

January 19, 2017 // 4 Comments

Tomb Raider China Publishes 3-Part Article on the Wei Mirror

Those of you who have been following the latest story arc of Dark Horse’s Tomb Raider comic series will no doubt be familiar with the Wei Mirror – an ancient artefact dubbed the “Prison of Souls” – that Lara Croft is searching for in her bid to save her friend Sam’s soul from the clutches of the shaman queen Himiko. But did you know that this mirror is modelled after real-life bronze mirrors found at a number of ancient sites in Japan and China? In early ... [Continue Reading]

January 18, 2017 // 2 Comments

Who’s Who in the 2018 ‘Tomb Raider’ Film

The Tomb Raider film franchise has hit the reboot button and will finally be bouncing back to the big screen next year, almost fifteen years after the release of the slightly underwhelming – but still enjoyable – Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Directed by Norwegian director Roar Uthaug (Escape, The Wave) and written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, the film will be out on March 16, 2018 and will see Lara Croft embark on an expedition to find her long-lost (and presumed ... [Continue Reading]

January 12, 2017 // 10 Comments

Rhianna Pratchett Bids a Fond Farewell to the ‘Tomb Raider’ Franchise

In their first major announcement of 2017, Crystal Dynamics announced that Rhianna Pratchett, the lead writer for the best-selling games Tomb Raider (2013) and Rise of the Tomb Raider, will be parting ways with the Tomb Raider franchise to focus on new projects. The team thanked Rhianna for her dedication and tireless efforts on both games and wrote that she was “instrumental in helping [them] find Lara’s voice in the 2013 origin story” and shaping Lara Croft “into the ... [Continue Reading]

January 4, 2017 // 2 Comments

Free Archaeology & Ancient History Online Courses for 2017

If you’ve always wanted to study archaeology or ancient history but have had to set aside those dreams due to a lack of finances, time, or suitable classes in your area, web-based MOOCs, or massive open online courses, may be just the thing for you. MOOCs have helped transform education in recent years, making it easier (and cheaper) for people across the world to enrol on a wide range of academic or professional courses offered by some the world’s leading universities and E-learning ... [Continue Reading]

January 3, 2017 // 1 Comment

Lara Croft Funko Figures Heading Our Way in 2017

Lara Croft fans have been calling for a Funko figure for months and it looks like Funko has been listening because the company has announced it will be releasing not one, but TWO figures of the iconic adventurer in 2017. The hyper-stylised 3.75-inch Lara Croft Pop! vinyl figure (read my review here) will be available in stores as from January 31, 2017, and is now available for purchase on Amazon and Amazon UK. If the Pop! vinyl aesthetic isn’t your thing, Funko will also be releasing ... [Continue Reading]

January 3, 2017 // 6 Comments

‘Star Wars’ Locations That Would Be Great Settings for a ‘Tomb Raider’ Game

The Tomb Raider video game series and films have done a tremendous job of showcasing some of the world’s historical sites and exotic locations, whether they’re well-known attractions such as the pyramids at Giza or Angkor Wat or the less commonly known Trajan’s Market and Jan Mayen island. And as one of the most successful and longest-running film franchises to date, the Star Wars films have often relied on real-world locations to serve as the backdrops of some of their ... [Continue Reading]

December 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

‘Lara Croft GO’ Released for PlayStation 4 & PS Vita, Gets a New Expansion

Tomb Raider’s 20th anniversary celebrations are still in full swing as Square Enix Montréal announced today that their immensely popular, award-winning turn-based puzzle game Lara Croft GO is now available for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita and is fully compatible with the recently released PS4 Pro. The game’s PS4 release was strongly hinted at when a list of trophies appeared online earlier this week but its release was officially announced at the 2016 PlayStation Experience. And ... [Continue Reading]

December 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Cameron Suey Talks Horror, Baba Yaga, and ‘Tomb Raider’

The Tomb Raider video game series has always drawn its inspiration from real-world archaeology and mythology as well as classic works of literature and cinema. In the well-received Rise of the Tomb Raider DLC, Baba Yaga: Temple of the Witch, gamers were invited to explore the Wicked Vale, a nightmarish landscape said to be home to a mythical witch. I asked Cameron Suey, the writer and narrative designer for Baba Yaga, about his work on the DLC, his thoughts on the use of horror elements in the ... [Continue Reading]

November 25, 2016 // 1 Comment

Great Gifts for the ‘Tomb Raider’ Bookworm

Looking for a gift for a book-loving Tomb Raider fan? Or looking for a new book to add to your library? Whatever the reason, you’ll find a range of recommended reads listed below, ranging from spin-off novels to comics, from art books to other non-fiction titles. Note: I cannot vouch for the quality of every item on this list as I have only read a handful of these. Comments or links to my reviews have been added where possible. 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging Up the Past, Defining the ... [Continue Reading]

November 25, 2016 // 7 Comments

Society for American Archaeology Publishes Magazine on Video Games & Archaeology

If you’re interested in the up-and-coming academic discipline of “archaeogaming”, you should check out the Society for American Archaeology’s November 2016 magazine, which can be downloaded as a PDF here or read online. This special issue is devoted to the study of video games and archaeology – or “archaeogaming” – and features articles by some of the leading researchers in the field. Of particular interest to visitors to this site is L. Meghan ... [Continue Reading]

November 16, 2016 // 5 Comments

Lara Croft, Guinness World Record Breaker

October 2016 was an insanely busy month for Ms Croft. Not only did Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration finally land on Playstation 4, it was also the 20th anniversary of Tomb Raider (1996), the game that launched Lara Croft into superstardom. And if that wasn’t enough, our fictional heroine was also awarded two new Guinness World Records: “Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Lara Croft” and “Most Magazine Covers for a Video Game Character”. ... [Continue Reading]

November 6, 2016 // 1 Comment

The Secrets of Croft Manor: ‘Blood Ties’ Easter Eggs

Tracking down Easter eggs in video games is one of the joys of gaming and the ‘Blood Ties’ DLC is rife with references and amusing nods to Lara’s past adventures, making it a real treat for long-time fans of the Tomb Raider series. Whether it’s a familiar object or a subtle nod to Lara’s original backstory, I’ve tried to track down and list as many of the ‘Blood Ties’ Easter eggs as I could find. Please note that this might not be a complete list ... [Continue Reading]

November 3, 2016 // 7 Comments

Arte-Factual: Lara’s Hieroglyphics Worksheet

The recently-released Blood Ties DLC gave Tomb Raider fans a glimpse into Lara Croft’s childhood and her family history. Not only did we get to learn a little more about her enigmatic parents, we also got to find out what the younger Croft used to do in her spare time. One of the collectable documents found within Croft Manor is Lara’s old hieroglyphics worksheet, which proved useful for deciphering one of the manor’s safe combination codes. As a child, Lara apparently ... [Continue Reading]

October 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

Croft Manor DLC Delves Deep Into Croft Family History

In the recently released Croft Manor DLC, “Blood Ties”, Tomb Raider fans get the chance to take some time out from pillaging ancient sites to delve deep into Croft family history and learn more about Lara Croft’s enigmatic parents and childhood, one aging document at a time. When Lara’s maternal uncle Atlas de Mornay contests the ownership of Croft Manor, she’s left with no choice but to search the derelict manor for a copy of her father’s last will and ... [Continue Reading]

October 18, 2016 // 12 Comments

Crystal Dynamics Releases New Screenshots, Trophy List For ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration’

With less than a week to go before Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is out for the PS4, Crystal Dynamics has released a bunch of new screenshots from the game as well as a comprehensive list of all the trophies up for grabs. The new screenshots give us a good idea of how visually stunning the long-awaited PS4 edition promises to be when the game hits the shelves on October 11, 2016. Eagle-eyed gamers will no doubt have noticed that Ms Croft is wearing the new orange winter gear, ... [Continue Reading]

October 4, 2016 // 0 Comments