20 Years of Tomb Raider: 2016 in Review

By on January 8, 2017 | No comments yet

My new year resolution for 2016 was a goal to become more involved with the Tomb Raider community and thankfully I was afforded that opportunity. I’ve met so many incredible people, made such great friends and joined a passionate and embracing Tomb Raider family.

After my initial trip to Crystal Dynamics in Redwood City, California — I was so eager to do Tomb Raider events the following year!

In July of 2016, I was able to fly out to San Diego during Comic-Con season. My family was already vacationing there, and it made sense for me to join my family later that week, and join in on the Tomb Raider festivities, such as the Cosplay gathering where members of the community showed off their awesome costumes and hung out for the weekend!

It was super nerve-wracking, meeting so many members of the community and development team. I remember being so reluctant and afraid to show up at the “Square Enix Experience” where demos and gatherings were being held downtown by the convention center. But it was such an incredible and memorable first experience, meeting such talented and likeminded people, all gathered for our love for Croft!

At the “Square Enix Experience” I was able to get hands on with the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider, climb a  super cool rock climbing wall, and meet the ever so fabulous Camilla Luddington! I was super nervous meeting her, I never in a million years expected to ever meet this girl. But there she was, glamorous and so down to earth. I remember being so starstruck and stunned to actually see her walk on to the lot, greeting all the fans.

 

SDCC 2016 was super special, and it was an honor to finally meet everyone there!

 

More recently in November of 2016, Crystal Dynamics and a company in northern Cali called Adventure Out partnered up to host a survival training course with staff members of IGN to be grouped up with members of the community to learn basic survival skills and compete Tomb Raider style!

As a Colorado native, it was quite the trip to haul ass halfway across the country on such short notice for the next TR event! That being said, I road tripped 13 hours from Colorado to Arizona to meet up with a buddy, Isaac Cabrera aka Tom Braider — Where we drove through Los Angeles to pick up a few more members of our party, and drove up the coast to Santa Cruz to join the rest of the group for the training class! We even met up with Earl Baylon for a lunch date in LA.

During the course we learned how to build shelter, purify water, make fire by friction, and even build bundle bows like Lara’s iconic makeshift bow in TR 2013! It was a blast, and I’m super excited for what’s to come in 2017! Be sure to check out the gallery below!

I want to give a special thanks to my road trip buddies — for dealing with my shenanigans, and being the best road trip pals. It was so much fun.

PLAY Expo 2016 – How to survive a comic con

By on August 27, 2016 | No comments yet

comic conWith the huge announcement of the 20 years of Tomb Raider celebration taking place at PLAY Expo Manchester, UK this October 8-9th We’ve put together a comic con survival guide! Feel free to use it for information if you are a first time con-goer or as a check list for seasoned veterans.

Do your research before the day: Show guide, floor plans, signing / photoshoot schedules and cosplay prop weapon restrictions

It always pays to be prepared, be sure to thoroughly research the event before attending so that your day flows as smoothly as possible. Having a show guide to hand can be extremely useful! If you are attending signings and photo shoots, have a copy of the schedule nearby so that you know where you need to be and at what time.

If you are cosplaying, one of the most important things to do is to check the terms and conditions for props, it would be terrible to have your props confiscated because they did not follow the guidelines! Be prepared and research thoroughly.

Where possible, purchase early bird/entry or weekend tickets

If you are planning to attend both days of the event, it is always more financially beneficial to purchase a weekend tickets, as single day tickets are usually a little more expensive. Purchase your tickets as soon as possible as weekend tickets are usually the first to sell out. If you are attending for a single day, it is always best to purchase an early bird/entry ticket rather than a general entry ticket. This is to ensure you get into the event and through the queuing system as swiftly as possible, so you can start enjoying your day!

Prepare yourself, there can be big crowds

Each year PLAY Expo gets bigger and bigger, attracting more people every year! So do your research before the day: Show guide, floor plans, signing and photo shoot schedules.

Keep hydrated, drink lots of water

Naturally, with all of these people in one giant hall, the temperatures are bound to rise, keep well hydrated by drinking lots of water. You can either take your own or there will be stalls inside selling drinks.

Technology – Take a fully charged camera, an empty memory card and a portable phone charger

Comic cons are an amazing place to take lots of photos, the cosplayers look wonderful and put so much effort into their costumes, but remember to always ask permission before taking a photo of cosplayers. These days’ cell phone batteries deplete very fast, so a portable charger for your phone is always a good idea, you want to make sure you always have battery power.

The most important tip – Enjoy yourself

It’s not every day that we have these special events to bring us all together, make sure you enjoy PLAY Expo for everything that it is, take lots of photos, catch as many panels as you can, go shopping, just make sure to have fun.
The 20 Year celebration of Tomb Raider event was organised by PLAY Expo in partnership with Tomb of Ash. Meet other Tomb Raider fans as well as cast and crew who worked on the Tomb Raider games! Tickets are on sale now at PLAY Expo’s official website. The event takes place at Event City Manchester, United Kingdom on Saturday October 8th and Sunday October 9th 2016.

From the press release:

In tribute to gaming’s first lady of adventure, the party starts with what is set to be the largest Tomb Raider panel ever assembled! Hosted by Sky Sports™ eSports commentator Matt Andrews, and with a host of famous names throughout the history of the franchise, fans will be able to engage in a Q&A with the panel as well as hear untold stories from the development of the series. With more names yet to announce, confirmed guests so far include:

Ian Livingstone CBE: Former CEO of Eidos® Interactive

Jeremy Heath-Smith: Executive producer and Co-Founder of Core® Design

Natalie Cook: Lara Croft™ original model for Tomb Raider™

Richard Morton: Lead Game Designer / Level Designer / Environmental Artist for Tomb Raider II™ – Tomb Raider III™ – Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation™ – Tomb Raider Chronicles™ – Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness™

Gavin Rummery: Programmer for Tomb Raider – Tomb Raider II – Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness / Head of Core Design

Heather Gibson: Level Designer for Tomb Raider / Tomb Raider II

Andy Sandham: Level Designer / Artist / Script Writer for Tomb Raider III – Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation – Tomb Raider Chronicles

Murti Schofield: Lead Writer / Casting for Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness

Nathan McCree: Composer for Tomb Raider – Tomb Raider II – Tomb Raider III

Stuart Atkinson: Artist / Animator for Tomb Raider – Tomb Raider II

James Kenny: Concept / Environmental Artist for Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness

With so many cast and development members’ together at last, no reunion on this scale would be complete without the opportunity to capture the moment, and a Tomb Raider themed photo shoot will be the perfect place stand shoulder-to-shoulder with gaming’s greatest heroes!

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