IndyCroft.com’s Extra Life Raffle

Before I get into the raffle, I want to give a huge shout-out to Team Tomb Raider Community for a successful Extra Life weekend! We kicked butt and surpassed our goal! The team successfully raised almost $5,000! If you missed out this weekend don’t worry, the team and IndyCroft.com are still streaming and raising money for Extra Life until the end of the year. You can check out the team roster to see individual stream schedules.

IndyCroft.com has also reached 50% of our goal! You can help us reach our goal by donating here.

Onto the raffle! Only one Lara Croft GO code was given away during the weekend and that was the Steam code which went to Jerad Z.! Jerad has been a big supporter of Team Tomb Raider Community’s efforts and I’m glad he was able to get a code. 🙂

Since doing a stream giveaway proved to be less than ideal I’ve created a Google Form for raffle participants to complete and submit. It’s pretty simple.

  1. Fill out your info
  2. Follow us on Social Media? Cool, you get one extra entry per social media account.
  3. Did you donate to IndyCroft.com’s Extra Life? Awesome! You’ll get 5 extra entries for donating.
  4. Pick the codes you want to be entered for.

If you’re only interested in the GOG.com code, no worries you do not have to make a selection for Lara Croft GO. Or if you just want Lara Croft GO, just choose the platform you want. You can also select both. I’ll be pulling names for them separately so you could win either or both.

Entries to the raffle will be accepted until November 20th. Winners will be contacted November 21st.

ENTER HERE

(Please be aware I’m on Pacific Standard Time so please take that into consideration before sending emails inquiring about winners.)

IMPORTANT: If you win a Lara Croft GO code for iOS or Android please make sure you redeem it immediately. These codes are only good until the end of November. If you don’t redeem the code by the 30th I will not be able to get you a new one.

IndyCroft.com would like to give a big THANK YOU to Square Enix Montreal and GOG.com for donating codes. You guys rock! Thank you for your continued support of Team Tomb Raider Community and Extra Life.

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Extra Life 2017

It’s that time of year again, folks! Extra Life is here and IndyCroft.com is once again joining Team Tomb Raider Community to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The team has already raised close to $3,000, approaching our goal! With your help we can not only attain that goal, but surpass it! Please consider donating to IndyCroft.com or any of Team Tomb Raider Community’s members.

For the last few years Stella (Stella’s Tomb Raider Site) has diligently organized a team of Tomb Raider fans to participate in a weekend long gaming event to help raise money for children’s hospitals through the non-profit organization Extra Life. The amount of work she puts into this is amazing and she deserves so much kudos for making this happen.

Once again, as part of the team’s streams Stella is offering a raffle to those who support the team, either by spreading the word, participating in the team’s streams, or donating. Donors will receive one additional entry for every $10 donated, up to a maximum of 11 entries. You do not have to donate to win something, but it will get you extra chances. After all that’s why we’re here! Check out Stella’s Raffle Page for more information, see the prizes, and enter for a chance to win!

IndyCroft.com will also be giving out game codes for Lara Croft GO and redemption codes to purchase a game through GOG.com! These will be given out during my streams this weekend (see schedule below). Huge thank you to Square Enix Montreal and GOG.com for donating the codes!

The team will be live streaming games this weekend (November 4-5) and we would love for you to come check it out! Please check out the TEAM LIVE STREAM SCHEDULE  for this weekend. Also some team members are streaming during the week following Extra Life Weekend. Please check out the TEAM ROSTER for individual streaming schedules.

IndyCroft.com’s Streaming Schedule

  • Friday November 3rd (9:00PM EDT/6:00PM PDT/1:00AM GMT)
    • Until Dawn (Blind)
  • Saturday November 4th (9:00AM EDT/6:00AM PDT/1:00PM GMT)
    • Rise of the Tomb Raider: Endurance Mode Co-Op with vagabondo5591
  • Sunday November 5th (1:00PM EDT/11:00AM PDT/6:00PM GMT)
    • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Blind)
  • Additional Stream for Sunday November 5th (4:00PM EDT/1:00PM PDT/8:00PM GMT)
    • Until Dawn (Blind)

IndyCroft.com’s Stream Giveaway

During my streams you’ll have the opportunity to win one of the following codes:

Lara Croft GO

  • PS4 North America (US or Canada) code
  • PS4 Europe code
  • Steam code
  • iOS code (2 available)
  • Android code (2available)

GOG.com

  • $9.99 redemption code (2 available)
    • They have Tomb Raider game bundles that are valued at $9.99 or you can use to purchase any games you want through GOG.com.

IMPORTANT: The iOS and Android Lara Croft GO codes are only valid until the END OF NOVEMBER! If you win one of these codes please make sure you redeem it before the end of this month. I will not be able to get you a new code if you let it expire.

**UPDATE: I still have codes to give away. Please see IndyCroft.com’s Extra Life Raffle for more information.**

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Tomb Raider 30-Day Challenge: Day 11

Day 11: Do you like the movies? Why or why not?

The first movie was all right. I can’t say that I’m a big fan, because let’s be honest they are kind of bad movies. I do think Angelina Jolie made a good Lara Croft, but she certainly wouldn’t have been my top choice for the role. The fact that this was the first incarnation that introduced the parental issues is one thing I am not particularly fond of, but to each their own. I honestly would have liked them more if they had been in the same vein as the original games, but I understand that the filmmakers wanted to do their own thing and were encouraged to do so by Eidos. I am hoping that the new movie will do the Tomb Raider series more justice, but I’m not going to count on it simply because film adaptations of video games rarely go over well.

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Tomb Raider 30-Day Challenge: Day 10

Day 10: Do you like any of the novels? If so, which one?

Honestly I haven’t read any of them. I’ve only read the novelizations of the two movies. They were all right, not too different from the films. I would be more inclined to purchase and read the other novels if I heard good things about them. However, when you hear from the vast majority of the Tomb Raider community that they’re rubbish I think I’ll pass. Haha.

The fan fiction, on the other hand, is superb. Sarah Crisman, Ostercy, and J.R. Milward have all done excellent work (just to name a few, there are so many). I could be biased, being a fan fiction author as well, but I think dedicated fans really bring a lot to their stories that you don’t see very often in professional novelizations of the series. Maybe it’s the freedom to do what they want because it is fan fiction that makes the stories better. Although I don’t know much about the authors who have penned the official novelizations, I’m sure they can’t be bad writers otherwise they would not have been chosen to write a Tomb Raider novel. *shrugs*

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Tomb Raider 30-Day Challenge: Day 9

Day 9: Most challenging entry in the series.

Tomb Raider III for me was the most challenging. Probably the only games that could top it were the Gameboy Tomb Raider games. Does anyone remember those? Anyway, TR3 was the most challenging in my opinion out of the standard games. Even Croft Manor was harder! Getting through that door to get into the basement was such a pain! But I digress. It was a fun game just the same, but I won’t deny that several levels gave me pause if not outright frustration. The nice thing though was that you could take a break and crash the manor to lock Winston in the freezer.

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Tomb Raider 30-Day Challenge: Day 8

Day 8: Favorite artifact.

The Dagger of Xian: The dagger is probably my favorite artifact. Tomb Raider II was a fun game and the dagger had a really cool mythology behind it. Also I’m partial to dragons and I think of all of the artifacts Lara has found having a dagger that can turn you into a dragon is pretty f-ing cool.

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Tomb Raider 30-Day Challenge: Day 7

Day 7: Favorite weapon(s).

This is a tough one, because Tomb Raider has such a diverse selection of weapons and so many of them are good weapons. I think I will have to go with the crossbow with explosive arrows (Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation). This was a fun one. It was more accurate than the grenade launcher and just a really good weapon. It was so much fun to blow up enemies.

However, I am partial to the bow (Tomb Raider 2013 and Rise of the Tomb Raider). Yes, the dual pistols are Lara’s trademark, but I do like the introduction of the bow into the new games. Those that have watched my streams of the two games know that I rely heavily on the bow.

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Tomb Raider 30-Day Challenge: Day 6

Day 6: Favorite enemy.

T-Rex: Dinosaurs! Seriously they are the coolest enemies in the Tomb Raider franchise. I’m an archaeologist and as such I’m use to being confused with a paleontologist (we don’t dig Dinosaurs!), but I’ve always held a fascination with the prehistoric beasts. Jurassic Park was as much a part of my childhood as Tomb Raider. So naturally putting the two together gets a big thumbs up from me. It’s been said that there’s two types of Tomb Raider players, those who flee the T-Rex and those who run right at the mofo. I am definitely the latter.

Crystal Dynamics if you read this, PLEASE BRING BACK DINOSAURS! Armies of the undead are cool and all, but defeating a prehistoric beast it a testament to how truly awesome Lara is. I mean seriously, she has a T-Rex head mounted on her mantle.

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Tomb Raider 30-Day Challenge: Day 5

Day 5: Favorite outfit(s).

Nevada outfit (TRIII): Okay, I’m biased on this one. I’m from Nevada so you can imagine my thrill when I played Tomb Raider III. Also blue is my favorite color and for a period of time I was really into camouflage prints. Haha. It’s one of the few outfits that she wears in the classic games that includes pants versus shorts, which is more practical for tomb raiding. I say this as an archaeologist who can tell you that you really don’t want to wear shorts while running around in the wilderness. Pants are always the way to go, protects you from the elements, plants, and animals a lot better. The tank top, well it keeps you cool while the pants protect your legs! 😉

 

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Tomb Raider Community Article

The Tomb Raider Community article is coming along great! As we head into another year, I thought it was important to shine a light on the dedication of Tomb Raider fans. Recently fans have been inundated by negativity within the community itself and I wanted to contribute something positive.

There’s been an on-going conflict between “Core Design fans” and “Crystal Dynamics fans”. Sadly this conflict has existed for over 13 years, since Core Design was let go and Crystal Dynamics was brought on to reboot the series. This is an article in itself that I plan on writing, so I won’t go into a lot of detail here. All I will say on the subject for now is that we are all Tomb Raider fans, regardless of which version we fell in love with.

To prove that point are the fans! I encourage everyone to read the article, especially if you find yourself bullied or feeling overwhelmed by bickering. The majority of fans have not drawn a line in the sand.

I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Robert, Kelly, Alonzorion, Daniel, and Lucas who have answered the interview questions and shared their stories. You guys rock and I really appreciate your willingness to help in this endeavor. 🙂 Stella, June, and Jenni I also thank you guys for your tip and look forward to your stories too!

If you would like to participate, please do! There is a form in the article that you can fill out. There is no prerequisite to fill out the form, just that you love Tomb Raider!

 

 

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