Saturday, 3 November 2018

In addition to Team Tomb Raider Community's livestream, Crystal Dynamics is also taking part in Extra Life this year with a 24 hour broadcast starting today!

To avoid confusion between Team Tomb Raider Community (captained by Stella Lune) and Team Tomb Raider (captained by Crystal Dynamics) we're going to refer to the latter as the Crystal Dynamics livestream/team as it's set to be held at the developer's studio and on the developer's Twitch channel.

This year the Crystal Dynamics team is raising money for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital (in San Francisco) which specializes with "cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, organ transplants, orthopedics, and care for newborns with critical illnesses." As the studio is based in the same city, it holds a personal importance for the team. This year, the CD team hopes to raise $15,000 for the hospital, already raising $303 (at time of writing) before the challenge has even begun.

About Extra Life

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Extra Life marathon initiative. Started in 2008, Extra Life began, as a way of honoring Victoria Enmon who battled acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. After her passing in January of that year, the event was set up to raise money for the hospital (Texas Children’s Hospital) which had cared for her so that it can help other children facing similar situations. The follow year, Extra Life expanded and in 2009, more than a hundred websites and 12,000 donors supported the campaign. In response to worldwide attention and support, the campaign turned its attention to raising money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals so that more children like Victoria can get the medical help they need.

By donating in this year's Extra Life your money will go towards caring for children in hospitals across the United States and Canada. Every minute, 62 children enter the hospitals and the donations received throughout the livestreams provide help for children regardless of whether or not they have health insurance. The money also helps the hospitals improve and maintain the level of care by paying for training, research and equipment. The Children's Miracle Network consists of 170 hospitals which provide 32 million treatments across the US and Canada. To learn more about Extra Life and The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and see the real-life stories, visit their official pages!

Crystal Dynamics' Roster

The roster for the Crystal Dynamics broadcast is seriously impressive this year! Captained by Crystal Dynamics, Team Tomb Raider consists of Meagan Marie (Senior Community Manager), Stephen Chin (Technical Designer), Melanie Gordon (Brand Assistant), Bryan Erck (Lead VFX Artist), Earl Baylon (Actor, Jonah), Melonie Mac (Streamer), Joey Sanderson (Streamer), Cira Corellia (Streamer), and Angela Song (Commissioned Artist), with possible additions added during the show.

All participants will be appearing on the Crystal Dynamics Twitch channel for a twenty-four hour straight marathon. To get notifications on when the broadcast goes live, follow the Tomb Raider social media channels on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to their Twitch channel.

Update: Cosplayers Ray Croft and Saylum Croft will be joining the Extra Life team at the Crystal Dynamics offices! And of course Crystal's lovely Community Manager, Morrigan!

Donation Tiers

Similar to Team Tomb Raider Community, fans who donate to the Crystal Dynamics stream will also receive goodies. For the broadcast hosted at developer's studios, viewers who donate will be able to unlock digital games based on their tiers.

- TIER 1: For fans donating $15 or more they will unlock Tomb Raider (1996) and Tomb Raider Anniversary on Steam.

- TIER 2: For contributions of $25 or more, fans will be able to unlock all of tier one (Tomb Raider 1996 and Anniversary) plus Tomb Raider II: The Dagger of Xian and Tomb Raider Legend.

- TIER 3: For Tomb Raider fans donating $50 or more, they will be able to get all the games from tier one and two (Tomb Raider I, Tomb Raider II, Tomb Raider Legend, Tomb Raider Anniversary) plus Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, Tomb Raider Underworld, and Tomb Raider (2013).

- TIER 4: The final and highest tier is unlocked with donations of $100 or more. It includes all from the first three tiers (Tomb Raider I, Tomb Raider II, Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, Tomb Raider Legend, Tomb Raider Anniversary, Tomb Raider Underworld, Tomb Raider 2013) plus Rise of the Tomb Raider and Life is Strange (Season One)

If you want to unlock a tier, make sure to provide an email address with your donation and choose either "Show My Name Publicly" or "Show My Name To Team Page".

All the games included in the tier rewards are digital games for Steam.

What To Look Forward To:

In addition to a star studded cast with developers, artists, actors, and steamers, including some guests making their debut on the channel, the livestream is also due to feature giveaways in addition to the return of the "wheel of misfortune". Last time, the wheel of misfortune included activities such as eating insects, dipping hands in ice cold water, taking the cinnamon challenge, or permanent marker mustaches.

For their livestream this year, the team is taking on the full reboot trilogy with Tomb Raider (2013), Rise of the Tomb Raider and Shadow of the Tomb Raider!


In the lead-up to their livestream, Crystal Dynamics ran a charity auction on Ebay benefiting Extra Life.

Included in the line up was a Custom Shadow of the Tomb Raider Xbox One X 1TB Console, featuring Maya designs which collected 70 bids and raised $5,001. A Classic Core Design Style Guide which collected 22 bids and raised $1,075. Three XBOX One X 1 TB Shadow of the Tomb Raider Bundles which got $710 (15 bids), $810 (22 bids) and $805 (20 bids). A Tomb Raider movie poster signed by lead actor Alicia Vikander which collected 55 bids and raised $265. A Tomb Raider (2013) poster signed by the development team which raised £255 with 34 bids. A Rise of the Tomb Raider poster with 71 bids and $395. And finally Custom Tomb Raider (2013) XBOX 360 Bundle with Ice Axe Controller with 42 bids and $520.

Update: The auction also included an Original Tomb Raider Legend concept sketches by Toby Gard (Action Pose, $72.21 with 24 bids / Expressions, £236.06 with 12 bids / Motorbike, £39.34 with 15 bids).

Across the twelve items for sale, they have raised a staggering $10283.61

Friday, 2 November 2018

This year the Tomb Raider Community Extra Life team is embarking on their seventh annual Extra Life marathon, raising money for The Children's Miracle Network!

Since the formation of the group in 2012, the team has raised over $20,000 for children seeking medical treatment in the US and Canada, and at the time of writing, they have raised a staggering $3,107 already this year, charging quickly towards their 2018 team goal of $5,000.

About Extra Life

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Extra Life marathon initiative. Started in 2008, Extra Life began, as a way of honoring Victoria Enmon who battled acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. After her passing in January of that year, the event was set up to raise money for the hospital (Texas Children’s Hospital) which had cared for her so that it can help other children facing similar situations. The follow year, Extra Life expanded and in 2009, more than a hundred websites and 12,000 donors supported the campaign. In response to worldwide attention and support, the campaign turned its attention to raising money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals so that more children like Victoria can get the medical help they need.

By donating in this year's Extra Life your money will go towards caring for children in hospitals across the United States and Canada. Every minute, 62 children enter the hospitals and the donations received throughout the livestreams provide help for children regardless of whether or not they have health insurance. The money also helps the hospitals improve and maintain the level of care by paying for training, research and equipment. The Children's Miracle Network consists of 170 hospital which provide 32 million treatments across the US and Canada. To learn more about Extra Life and The Children's Miracle Network and to see the real-life stories, visit their official pages!

Team Tomb Raider Community

Captained by Stella Lune of Stella's Tomb Raider Walkthroughs, Team Tomb Raider Community consists of thirty two members this year, raising money for fifteen different organizations under The Children's Miracle network. Below is a list of fans participating in this year's livestream and the organization they are supporting. Check out the Team's page on Extra Life, here!  

Full 2018 Roster: Alonzorion (Boston's Children Hospital), Stellalune (San Jorge Children's Hospital), Seibermaki (UC Davis Children's Hospital), Kelly M (Boston Children's Hospital), Kae-Leah Williamson (The Children's Miracle Network), Chris McGee (San Jorge Children's Foundation), Nath Plays (The Children's Miracle Network), CVW 220 (Sparrow Children’s Center), L.E. Croft (St. Rose Dominican Hospitals), Jeffrey Groen (The Children's Miracle Network), Sinead Croft (The Children's Miracle Network), Michelle Nissen (Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh), Jane Deonton Gaming (IWK Foundation), Diana Dyakova (The Children's Miracle Network), Samantha Morgan (Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh), Paulo Santos (The Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation), Drayuu Gaming (Opération Engant Soleil), Taryn Platt (Children's Hospital Colorado), Lady LC (The Children's Miracle Network), Rhenia (The Children's Miracle Network), Syn Grimmes (The Children's Miracle Network), Constantine (The Children's Miracle Network), Paulo Santos (Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare Foundation), Luka Lukšić (The Children's Miracle Network), John Perkins (Children's Healthcare of Atlanta), Jamie Croft (San Jorge Children's Foundation), FMLCrispyLara (The Children's Miracle Network), Eduardo Neves (The Children's Miracle Network), David Wilson (The Children's Miracle Network), Daryl Baxter (The Children's Miracle Network), Becky Chan (Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital), and Aimee Wilds (Children's Hospital of Georgia). Update: Madenice (Children's Miracle Network Hospitals).

What To Look Forward To This Year

Throughout this month, Team Tomb Raider Community is playing a number of games including Friday the 13th: The Game, Alien: Isolation, Remothered: Tormented Fathers, Goat Simulator, Human Fall Flat, Rise of the Tomb Raider (Endurance Co-Op), Shadow of the Tomb Raider (with a fan drinking game) and Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword.

The official weekend for Extra Life is coming up on the 3rd-4th November with streamers dedicating that weekend to their main gaming time, but some participants, have already begun early including Alonzorion with others like Kelly who is scheduling their playthroughs for after the main event. The full schedule for this weekend has just been posted so check it out for details of when to tu

Team Tomb Raider Community Raffle

This year, Stella has been working hard to curate a raffle to award viewers and donators. For 2018's raffle she has gone above and beyond with an incredible line up of prizes available to be won. Fansite owners and supportors around the world have also been offering rare and exciting TR merchandise from their own collection too including Sam, Jeffrey, Alonzorion, June from Tomb Raider China, Tom from Lara Croft Online, Taryn Platt, Inna Vjuzhanina, Phillip Sevy, as well as Eidos Montréal and Crystal Dynamics.
The 2018 prizes include:
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider PS4 Ultimate Edition
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider XBOX One with Gamestop Exclusive Torch (donated by Sam)
- Signed artwork by Taryn Platt, Inna Vjuzhanina and Phillip Sevy (donated by artists)
- Tomb Raider 2013 on XBOX (donated by Tom) or PC (donated by Alonzorion)
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider Tokaku Figurine (donated by Jeffrey)
- Lara Croft GO 3D View-Master (donated by Eidos Montréal)
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider Art Book, Lara Croft Legend Poster (donated by Lara Croft Online)
- Alicia Vikander Tomb Raider Movie Poster (donated by Lara Croft Online)
- Lara Croft Barbie
- Lara Croft Classic Pop! Funko
- Lara Croft Reboot Pop! Funko
- Lara Croft Reboot Keychain Pop! Funko
- Classic Tomb Raider Card Game Decks ("Pacific Peril" and "Neptune's Fury")
- Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 Sticker Kit (donated by Lara Croft Online and Crystal Dynamics)
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Path to the Apocalypse
- Tomb Raider Mystery Treasure Box (donated by Lara Croft Online, Tomb Raider China and Crystal Dynamics).

The raffle is available to all supporters, whether they are able to donate or not this year but those who donate will get an additional entry per $10 donated.

Ways To Get Involved

There are a number of ways to help! Donating towards the team or a specific team member goes a long way and help fund medical treatment for children staying in hospital. You can also join the team and help raise awareness for the project and charity or take over live-streaming for a few hours to encourage donations. If you can't donate or take part this year, sharing news of the livestreams also go a long way to getting the word out there.

Check out the full Team Tomb Raider Community / Extra Life FAQ on Stella's blog for more details!

Sunday, 21 October 2018

This month, Floof and Sport is celebrating its second anniversary! For the past two years, Tomb Raider fans have been treated in regular comics featuring two versions of Lara; "Classic" (Sport) and "Reboot" (Floof) interacting in fun and unusual situations. The person behind those comics is the wonderful Jar Cup (Twitter: @Jar_Cup) who joined the community with Tomb Raider (2013).

The comics are light-hearted and celebrates the variations of Lara that have been created over the years in a positive way and without any real favouritism. There's the occasional cheeky jab at one of the characters, but it feels equally balanced, and done with admiration; whether it's Reboot's clumsiness or Sport's "stiff upper lip" attitude.

Created by Jar Cup.

As a result it cuts through the "which iteration of Lara is better" debates with humour, underlining that while they are different, their similarities and perspectives is what makes them interesting. One reason why I love Jar Cup's work is because it takes that traditional debate and turns it on its head; it's so often the case that a lot of the conversation revolving around that discussion position the protagonists as enemies, that it's a Lara v Lara situation. What Jar Cup does brilliantly is portray the characters as being friends, allowing for funny digs to be made without the situation feeling mean.

The jokes are tied together by sweet drawings of the two characters, line-art designs which capture the personalities and attitudes perfectly and gives the comic an iconic style. The series has also gained a fanbase and are occasionally and lovingly portrayed in real life by cosplay ambassadors @NukuNukuDash and @pfangirl. It's a well-loved series and for good reason with hilarious visuals and feel-good jokes.

We recently spoke to Jar Cup to learn more about the story behind Floof and Sport and what inspired the creator:

Tell us a little about yourself!

Well, I’m an artist currently studying animation. I’ve been a fan of Tomb Raider and have been in the fandom for about 5 years now, starting with the reboot back in 2013.

Created by Jar Cup.

What inspired you to create Floof and Sport Twitter page?

Ever since I got into Tomb Raider, I’ve always had the idea of making a parody comic series. Even way back in 2013, I had an idea for a comic series of all Lara’s, from each game, all living together in one Croft manor. I only made one comic of it, and honestly, it hasn’t aged very well! Actually, Floof and Sport is originally from Tumblr! I came up with the initial idea back in October of 2016, and funny enough the 2 year anniversary is pretty close by! I remember I wanted to improve my skill with ink pens, so I decided to try to draw a joke comic about Rise of the Tomb Raider with just ink and no pencils. So Floof came first, then I wanted to make classic Lara. While drawing Sport, I thought to myself: they should be friends and go on silly adventures. Which finally led to the parody comic series that I’ve always wanted to make since 2013, but this time I had more experience with the fandom. I saw how divided it was, so I wanted to specifically make a series that everyone from the fandom could enjoy. No biases. The number one rule with Floof and Sport is that they’re best friends. They don’t always see eye to eye, neither are perfect, but they’re friends.

How long did it take you to create the character’s looks? Was it an instantaneous thing or did you create several iterations of the characters?

I wanted to break them down to their most basic shapes. Make them simple, but still easily recognizable. Designing them was almost instantaneous. Sport has stayed mostly the same, while Floof did go through a few changes. Floof originally wore her Remnant jacket from Rise of the Tomb Raider, but I changed it to her usual tank top because it was easier to draw, and it was more recognizable as reboot Lara. Over time while making the comics, little things changed here and there until how you see them now!

Created by Jar Cup.

You’ve been running the page for a while now, how do you continually find new material for your comics?

I get my ideas either from whatever my brain comes up with, or from talking to other people. I can’t take all the credit! If someone else is involved with the idea of a comic, I tag them in the post to credit them. If it sounds funny, I’ll probably make a comic about it. The games, movies, books, etc., are so full of awesome stuff, I’ve barely scratched the surface with what can be created.

What motivates you to continue the project?

Sharing a joke and seeing people’s reactions to it is motivation enough for me to be honest. All the support from other fans of Tomb Raider, is what really keeps me going with the series.

Created by Jar Cup.

What’s your favourite Tomb Raiding memory?

That’s a tough one! My favorite right now might be when I played the ending of Shadow of the Tomb Raider for the first time. That was very emotional to me. Seeing the concept art of all three reboot games scroll by in the credits felt like looking into five years of my life. What it’s all led up to. Without Tomb Raider my life could’ve been totally different, who knows. I feel like I grew alongside Lara. I went through some crazy stuff over the past few years, but she was always there. I was learning and she was learning. I’m still learning, but I think she’s still learning too. And because of that connection, I met some absolutely wonderful people from this fandom. People who have been such a huge support through the years. I know we like to joke about the fandom being garbage, but it’s actually really lovely and I’m truly thankful to be a part of it.

A huge thank you to Jar Cup for the interview! For more Floof and Sport, make sure to follow their Twitter page at @Tomb_Raiderers!

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Earlier this month, a unique and custom Shadow of the Tomb Raider XBOX One X console raised more than eight hundred thousand dollars for Best Friends Animal Society.

Best Friends Animal Society is America's leading animal welfare organization, operating the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for cats and dogs, and working in partnership with thousands of animal welfare groups to run lifesaving programs in the hope of having a no-kill policy throughout the country by 2025. Their ongoing goal is to demonstrate compassion and respect for all living creatures, and promote that kindness throughout numerous outreaching projects. The charity was selected as part of a collaboration between XBOX and Square Enix for National Dog Day, which also saw the release of a pet-filled video twist to Shadow of the Tomb Raider's End of the Beginning trailer.

Promotional photo from the auction page.

The auction took place on Ebay, through the Ebay for Charity program which ensures that the full amount promised by the seller is transferred to the charity; and for this specific item the 100% of the bid was donated to Best Friends Animal Society. The complete listing includes a custom XBOX One X 1TB console, XBOX Wireless Controller, and a digital download of Shadow of the Tomb Raider which unlocks on 14th September 2018.

The console itself is stunning with an ornate case embellished with Maya glyphs and decorations encircling the eclipsing sun; the logo of the upcoming game. Across the front is the game's logo, embossed and painted silver, complementing the bronze, stone palette of the rest of the console. Snaking itself around the top of the box is a green vine, similar to the foliage sneaking around the controller which too bares the matching colour scheme and Maya design.

The unique bundle of one of only a small handful that exists, with another known console being offered in a giveaway for US-only fans attending PAX West in Seattle. This auction item, available for shipping to US and Canada, saw an opening bid of $1,000 and a closing bid of $8,300 with a total of thirty-six bids across its seven day auction.

The money raised will help fund a number of programs advising pet owners on how to look after their new family member for a healthy and loving long life, fund no-kill partnerships and programs, promote adoption verses buying schemes, and to continue to help the hundreds of animals in their sanctuary.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Shadow of the Tomb Raider officially launches today on Playstation 4, XBOX One and PC!

The game is the final chapter of Lara's origin story following Tomb Raider (2013) and Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015). The latest adventure was developed by Eidos Montréal in collaboration with Crystal Dynamics, and published by Square Enix. Lara's adventure will continue over the next few months with seven upcoming DLC packs featuring new stories and co-operative gameplay.

The latest Tomb Raider title has received positive fan feedback with gamers liking the new approach to exploration, puzzles and tombs, plus a new Lara which complements the personality of the original games. 

With everyone having different gaming styles, we're going to be avoid talking about Shadow of the Tomb Raider on the site and posting spoiler tags for content we link to. If you're looking for tips to avoid story or gameplay details, we have some advice about how to avoid them until you've completed the game.

For fans checking out the game today, have a wonderful time and let us know what you think!
Official Synopsis

Experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

Key Features:

- Survive and Thrive In the Deadliest Place on Earth: Master an unforgiving jungle setting in order to survive. Explore underwater environments filled with crevasses and deep tunnel systems.
- Become One With the Jungle: Outgunned and outnumbered, Lara must use the jungle to her advantage. Strike suddenly and disappear like a jaguar, use mud as camouflage, and instill fear in enemies to sow chaos.
- Discover Dark and Brutal Tombs: Tombs are more terrifying than ever before, requiring advanced traversal techniques to reach them, and once inside they are filled with deadly puzzles.
- Uncover Living History: Discover a hidden city and explore the biggest hub space ever found in a Tomb Raider game.


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Video games is still a relatively new medium and as such the progression to make it accessible to more people has been a slow transformation. Lately the topic has received more attention and as a result more and more companies are dedicating themselves to creating peripherals to allow controllers, analogue sticks, and keyboards to be more user-friendly for gamers with disabilities.

Before we talk about the controllers, I want to mention that long-time Tomb Raider fan, Kate Sykes recently published no-spoiler review for Shadow of the Tomb Raider specifically focusing on the accessibility options available for players and analyzing how they helped her experience, in addition to shareing tips for other gamers with Quadriplegic Spastic Cerebral Palsy. Her full blog post can be read on her fansite, The Digger's Daughter.

After being announced in May of this year, Microsoft has recently launched their XBOX Adaptive Controller, for gamers with limited mobility. The controller's slim frame about a foot in length with two large pads that can be mapped to any key or buttons allowing it to be tailored to the gamer's needs. The new controller has a series of 3.5mm jacks and USB ports allowing for additional peripherals to be added to expand the usability. The Adaptive Controller is compatible with XBOX One consoles and Windows 10. The downside to the device  is that it can be a little pricey at £75 for the base model, and that's without additional attachments, but worth it if it's something that would help make gaming easier.

Organizations such as SpecialEffect and The Able Gamers Charity also help make gaming more inclusive too!

SpecialEffect is a UK-based company who works with individuals to create tailored set ups according to their needs. They make rigs for game titles with simple controls all the way to intense gameplay. "Our support is always tailored to your abilities rather than the condition you have, so depending on what's required, a visit to our Games Room in Oxfordshire with its suite of accessible gaming consoles and computers may be a suitable way to see what works for you. We can also visit you at home if your disability limits your ability to travel. Our assessors know their games and adapted technology inside out, and our occupational therapists make sure that that the positioning and mounting will be right for any tech or modifications we recommend."

The Able Gamers is another charity, working to build technology and rigs to allow greater comfort and exclusivity in games. This organization is based in Washington and works with gamers in the US. Similar to Special Effects, the organization has a space called the Center for Game Accessibility and Inclusive Play (located in Charles Town, WV) which helps the company to have a greater understand of what technology is best suited to the clients needs. Grants for special equipment can be applied for on their website, easing financial concern.

There are also a number of individuals and local businesses that work to bring gaming to everyone, so if you haven't found the perfect solution here, I encourage you to look at what is available in your area and also online services. 

Monday, 10 September 2018

With codes sent out to press and excited fans, four hour previews uploaded, and detailed impressions beginning to circulate, it can be pretty hard to avoid spoilers these days. For some fans, avoiding spoilers became a full time job since Gamescom or E3, who wanted to enter the game without expectation or prior knowledge. Additional trickiness is also on the horizon as the press embargo lifted today AND with the early release for pre-orders of certain editions on Wednesday, meaning a difficult forty-eight hour spoiler-avoiding marathon until the official launch.

So it can be pretty hard to avoid game details while also excited about what's in store for Lara's upcoming adventure!

Here's a list of five ways that you can celebrate Shadow of the Tomb Raider AND avoid details about the game:

Replay Rise of the Tomb Raider

Perhaps one of the best ways to get into that SOTTR mood is replaying Rise of the Tomb Raider for that authentic trilogy feel. There are still a few days until the next game is released so it's still possible to finish, depending how many hours you can put into it. Even if you just get part of the way through it's still a good refresher on the adventure that inspired the next. Plus it's a good game! If you don't have time to devote to replaying at the moment, there are plenty of Let's Plays that you can have on in the background while you multi-task.

Rewatch the Movies or Fan Films

With the new movie starring Alicia Vikander recently released and new editions of the older movies launching on Blu-Ray, it's a pretty good time to grab some popcorn, a few friends (or your cat), and sit down for a Tomb Raider-filled night.

If you're looking for something a little different though, there are plenty of TR fan films on offer too including Tomb Raider Ascension, Croft, Tomb Raider Divinations, Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider: Hunted, and so much more!  

Catch Up on the Branching Comic Series

In 2016, a new series of Tomb Raider comics were announced which would bridge that gap between Rise of the Tomb Raider and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. There's a combination of four story arcs which continues the story between the games. While the comics aren't essential reading for the upcoming title, it expands on the story and provide greater understanding to the threat facing Lara.

For new fans looking to catch up, the world of the Tomb Raider comics can be a little daunting but the Tomb Raider Wikia will help you find the issues you are looking for.

A Co-Op Evening

While Lara Croft is usually associated with isolation and escape, a number of her adventures offer cooperative gameplay. Both Guardian of Light and Temple of Osiris are fantastic experiences for you and a buddy (or three buddies with the latter game!). In addition to the Lara Croft series, the Endurance mode is Rise of the Tomb Raider is a strong contender and a bonding experience as you and a friend plays two Lara-shaped cats in search for constant food, heat, and belly rubs... wait, what?

Even if you played the game before, playing it with different friends will lead to a very different experience. Amanda may have been dedicated to unlocking the secrets but Steve... Steve will randomly wander off the side of the level.

Create Something New

One of the best things about the Tomb Raider community is the level of passion and the variety of fan creations. One of the many ways that the fandom shows their enthusiasm is by building something new such as a fan site, an article, a cosplay photoshoot, new artwork, and more. It's also a pretty great way of being distracted enough to avoid potential spoilers for the upcoming game while channeling that energy into something creative. If you do create something, let us know!

Social Media! It's also worth adding some muted keywords on Twitter, which you can do in your profile settings. For Facebook it can be a little trickier, but if you have Chrome there's an extension that you can get called Social Fixer where posts containing specific phrases such as "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" will be hidden. You can still read them if you want, and they still show up on your feed as a "this post contains X phrase" but you won't be bombarded by them as soon as you sign in. There's also an increase in activity on the Tomb Raider Discord, and with the @everyone tag hitting phone notifications, it can be very tempting to check about the latest announcement. Resist that urge!