20 Years of the Tomb Raider Community

If you’re like me, you’ve been raiding tombs for the last 20 years (or longer if you were an Indiana Jones fan first 😉 ). Some of you may only be at the 10 year mark or under. Hell some of you may have gotten your start with Uncharted. Regardless of how long you’ve been a fan, one thing is certain, the Tomb Raider franchise has one of the most dedicated and devoted fan bases.

Point in case….

Robert (MrXenomorph123) is a Tomb Raider fan and Let’s Player on YouTube. He was kind enough to share his story with IndyCroft.com.

How did you discover Tomb Raider?

Robert: I used to watch my dad play it as a toddler, I remember seeing him play Tomb Raider 1 and 3 on the PC. When I got to 4 years old, I asked if I can have a go, he let me on the computer to play a bit of the game and I was instantly hooked! I even got so addicted my mum thought the only way to get me off the computer was to destroy the disk.

What is your favorite game in the series?

Robert: Tomb Raider 3: Adventures of Lara Croft

What would you like to see in future games?

Robert: I would love to see a similar style to Tomb Raider 4 personally. It felt like a complete package which makes it the main engine used for TRLE’s. But obviously we’re never going to see that again as time has moved on in which case visit the TRLE site. So, I’d like to see some Egypt, some jungle type levels similar to Coastal Thailand on Tomb Raider Underworld. I would also like to see some proper puzzles return, I’m talking puzzles like the ones in The Lost Library in Tomb Raider 4.

Has Tomb Raider/Lara Croft impacted your life? Explain.

Robert: I’ve never stopped playing since I started (I don’t mean I’ve been sat on my arse in one sitting for all this time of course). It’s a game that’s defined a lot of who I am today, a gamer. I grew up with very few friends, Tomb Raider was my escape from the hell that was real life. I used to talk about it a lot and even bring in the instruction booklet to read during break-time (I’ve always been an instruction booklet nerd), and I was heavily teased even by “friends” because of my love for the games. I’ve made some great friends over the last few years who play the games, sadly none live in my area. These people have made me feel much more secure in that aspect of my life! I’ve even met a couple of them last year (You know who you are) which was amazing! I do YouTube playthroughs of the Tomb Raider games and Twitch streams these days which I really enjoy. Collected a fair amount of merchandise, my favourite being an original film cell (08/200) from the first film with Angeline Jolie.

What do you think is the best part about the Tomb Raider fan community?

Robert: There’s so many great aspects. I’ve met so many genuine people through the community! We all have fun conversations over Twitter about Lara Croft, Winston, Temple of Osiris being a buggy mess etc. The only downside can be when people start bickering at the fact of how the games have changed with the recent reboot games. I’m a classic fan myself, but I prefer to stay out of the battle of the Lara’s, thank you very much! It’s a very interactive group overall, so many friendly people; Stellalune, Katie Fleming, Rident etc. All so communicative with people who admire their work on their websites and channels and also really good friends to me.

Anything else you would like to share?

Robert: Hmm… Yes, actually. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made a massive, positive impact on my life these past years. In particular I’d like to thank’ TheWorldlyGamer, Alonzorion, Sackboy123, Stellalune, Rident, L.E Croft, Izzy Noodles, and NathPlays (I think there’s more, but there’s so many!). It’s strange how being a fan of a game franchise can change your life dramatically!


Kelly (The Archaeology of Tomb Raider) runs an official Tomb Raider fan site. Being the great sport that she is also shared her story.

How did you discover Tomb Raider?

Kelly: I discovered Tomb Raider while I was visiting a friend’s house (this must have been sometime in mid to late 1996). He knew I was a gamer and that I loved Indiana Jones and archaeology so he loaded up the PC demo for a game he thought I might enjoy, which was, of course, the demo for the original Tomb Raider.

I lost track of how many times I played through that demo that day. Although I didn’t have a PC of my own at the time and had to wait another year before I could afford to buy a PS1, I knew I was hooked.

What is your favorite game in the series?

Kelly: Tomb Raider 2

What would you like to see in future games?

Kelly: A greater variety of locations, larger (and more complex) puzzles, less focus on collecting random items and crafting (it can get boring after a while), more combat-free areas, and a Lara who’s not afraid to enjoy herself. The poor girl is a little too serious for her own good…

I’d like them to bring back Endurance Mode and Croft Manor in future games as these were my favourite DLC expansions. Co-Op Endurance Mode is perfect for Extra Life live-streams. ^_^

Has Tomb Raider/Lara Croft impacted your life? Explain.

Kelly: Apart from the countless hours of entertainment I’ve gotten from the games themselves, Tomb Raider has helped me get through some challenging times, given me a role model to look up to, inspired me to run my own site, and, most importantly, allowed me to meet so many talented and wonderful people from all over the world.

What do you think is the best part about the Tomb Raider fan community?

Kelly: I’d say it’s how supportive most fans are and how willing they are to lend a hand, whether it’s answering others fans’ questions or raising money for charity. The myriad of talented fan artists, writers, website admins, and cosplayers also deserve a mention for all their hard work and dedication.

Anything else you would like to share?

Kelly: If there’s one thing I’d like to say to all fans, it’s this: No matter which incarnation of Lara is your favourite, no matter which gaming platform you prefer, keep things civil and fun. We’re all in this together and it’s all because of our love for Lara. 🙂


Caesar Salad (very funny, Alonzorion :p) is a Let’s Player on YouTube known for his Blind Let’s Plays of numerous games including the Tomb Raider series. I twisted his arm into participating, just kidding. 🙂

How did you discover Tomb Raider?

Alonzorion: Back in Christmas of 1998, I received a Playstation from my mum as a present along with a few games. Tomb Raider was a game my mum bought for herself and then let me play the next year! I was only 8 and wasn’t particularly good at the game (I think I also found it particularly scary in part) so I’d use cheats to skip levels and try them out and I never really got into the series until 2011 when I started doing Blind Playthroughs! Those being video commentary playthrough, first time, no guides, no help! Just pure guesswork. Perfect for Tomb Raider. 😉

What is your favorite game in the series?

Alonzorion: Tomb Raider III

What would you like to see in future games?

Alonzorion: Something fresh, a new story, a new adventure, no remakes. Possibly in the same vein as Guardian of Light! I enjoyed that title a surprising amount. Let’s ignore the existence of Temple of Osiris.

Has Tomb Raider/Lara Croft impacted your life? Explain.

Alonzorion: Being a part of the Tomb Raider community has impacted me hugely in a mostly positive, but somewhat negative way! Mostly through my videos, talking to viewers, making friends like yourself, L. E., and also the Extra Life community event ran hosted by Stella!

…Also, bizarrely, I used Lara as inspiration to overcome my fear of water when I was a teenager, and for swimming from what I recall, though unfortunately found I don’t have lungs of a whale like her.

What do you think is the best part about the Tomb Raider fan community?

Alonzorion: How welcoming the majority are and how much of an interest the fans will take in the games, their development and the historical settings of them!

Anything else you would like to share?

Alonzorion: I’m not a cat in real life.


Daniel, a fellow Tomb Raider fan, answered my interview questions and was sweet enough to share his tale.

How did you discover Tomb Raider?

Daniel: In 1999, my dad saw a work colleague play Tomb Raider II for the first time, and he asked him if he would let him play a bit. He fell in love with the 3D-platforming game design, the eerie atmosphere of The Great Wall, and the crazy loads amount of challenge shoved straight up at him as he started a new game. He knew after that experience that he wanted to get that game for him, but accidentally bought the recently released Tomb Raider II: Golden Mask edition. Anyway, it didn’t hinder him from trying his mistakenly purchased new game. Little four year old me remembers watching him play in awe of this woman jumping, running, traversing lava pools, swimming everywhere just to find her way out alive of outstanding temples, terrifying caves, fighting enemies as they tried to take her down, but couldn’t. We fast forward to Christmas time now, almost the beginning of a new millennium, and one of the most memorable presents I received was a new fresh copy of Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation. My small young heart was bumping with exhilaration and tried it pretty much immediately after tearing up the wrapping paper. I wasn’t disappointed. The overwhelming Eidos Interactive/Core Design logo intro, so well known and loved, the immaculate music intro composed by Peter Connelly which just hypnotised me and, even the always dreadful loading screen of the PC version weren’t any obstacle for me to keep trying and playing it every time with joy and happiness from that time until present day.

What is your favorite game in the series?

Daniel: Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation

What would you like to see in future games?

Daniel: I would like to see Lara grow her known self-confidence to overcome difficult situations as it was presented in the first entry of the series by Core Design, but keeping her real. It would be interesting to see her grow, an actual continuous development of her character. I want to feel that the new character Crystal Dynamics wants to present me is Lara Croft, a strong, sensible, smart woman but not because of that cold-hearted. As it might seem she is in her classic roots, I don’t believe she was just a rich merciless murderer of everything she encountered, but knew that she was getting into real dangerous adventures, and with skill and knowledge could overcome the hurdles.

Has Tomb Raider/Lara Croft impacted your life? Explain.

Daniel: Absolutely. Undoubtedly she was the character icon I wanted to become when I was a child. I wanted to be smart and strong as this woman. I wanted to become independent but sensibly act before taking any wrong step. I knew she could never take a break, that danger could roam around every corner, but that didn’t troubled her, instead made her eager to achieve what she seeked for so much, conserving her tranquil mood untouched. And that’s how I somehow managed myself on a way less adventurous and more modest milieu. I learned since that time that studying would get me far, and only by the course of my own actions I would achieve my wishes and objectives. Since then, that has been my pavement to run along life and perspire knowing that the effort I’m doing today will shine through the outcomes of tomorrow.

What do you think is the best part about the Tomb Raider fan community?

Daniel: I found amazing people. It feels genuinely amazing to share such a passion with people. No one in my family or in real life acquaintances shares my level of craziness for this particular game series, and finding people online who understands me and shares this icon model that Lara Croft represents is empowering to me, for sure.

Anything else you would like to share?

Daniel: I want to thank you, L.E., for letting this space become a place where people who, more or less, share this love towards Tomb Raider can let their story be read and known. It is definitely a fantastic idea to let the Tomb Raider community show itself crystal clear and the connection that bonds and immerse us together.


Lucas (Raider Daze) runs an official Tomb Raider fan site and provided his perspective on Tomb Raider and its community.

How did you discover Tomb Raider?

Lucas: I had heard of Tomb Raider but at the time I spent most of my gaming with other genres. When Tomb Raider II was released, however, all gaming magazines kept praising just how great it was and then a schoolmate brought it up. I borrowed his copy of the game and was instantly hooked.

What is your favorite game in the series?

Lucas: A tie between TR1 and Legend.

What would you like to see in future games?

Lucas: In all honesty, I like the reboot for what it offers, but I fear it’s too “grounded” for it’s own good. I wish they would open up a little and allow for more supernatural themes (fingers crossed the next game won’t be about another immortality McGuffin), it could spice up not only the environments but also add more variety to enemies. We definitely need more wildlife over armed mercenaries. Lastly, Lara needs to be kept in check in the sense that she’s throwing herself out there because she wants to, so it’s only as much an ordeal as she wants it to be. She needs to start enjoying herself more.

Has Tomb Raider/Lara Croft impacted your life? Explain.

Lucas: Absolutely. I find myself thinking about Tomb Raider pretty much all the time, and it’s definitely helped me through my darkest hours this far. I’m some sort of obsessive person who just can’t get enough of certain things, so in this case I can say I have chased all different formats Tomb Raider comes in just for the sake of doing so and spend more time with Miss Croft. I worship Tomb Raider and Lara Croft and really can’t imagine a life without either, hopefully I won’t ever have to.

What do you think is the best part about the Tomb Raider fan community?

Lucas: There are just so many talented people among us that Tomb Raider has potential to endure forever. We have amazing artists who provide us jaw dropping pieces; custom levels based on the original style gameplay that would likely cover an entire lifespan or two; incredible novel-length fan fiction – despite very different takes on Lara’s character; some people even go as far as providing us a few short fan films which sadly are rather underappreciated and usually instantly victimized by trolls… I could probably could go on forever, but you get the gist.
Of course, that’s not to say it’s all roses. Sadly we’ve been witnessing the rise of a number of people that seem to enjoy casting shade instead of light. Each to their own, I guess.


Dmitri, a fellow Tomb Raider fan, provides his story.

How did you discover Tomb Raider?

Dmitri: I saw something about it on television in 1996 and then got my hands on a demo of Tomb Raider 1.

What is your favorite game in the series?

Dmitri: Angel of Darkness and Rise of the Tomb Raider

What would you like to see in future games?

Dmitri: Bigger open areas that allow free exploration, in the fashion of such games as Fallout 4 and The Witcher, more complex puzzles and more improvised combat (melee with random objects, hand-to-hand and less linear weapon customisation)

Has Tomb Raider/Lara Croft impacted your life? Explain.

Dmitri: Yes, I met several people through the Tomb Raider fandom. I married one of them and about a dozen others became close friends.

What do you think is the best part about the Tomb Raider fan community?

Dmitri: Its diversity the fact that new young fans are joining all the time.

Anything else you would like to share?

Dmitri: I wish for the community to embrace its diversity and come to love every aspect of this multifaceted franchise and its own way.


John H. (Howling Achres Productions) is a Tomb Raider fan who runs his own production website. Below he gives his fan story.

How did you discover Tomb Raider?

John H.: I first came across Tomb Raider after an accident which left me injured unemployed. It was just after Christmas and my cousin had gotten a PS1 and a few games for Christmas. He’d also just lost his job at Christmas so we both had a lot of time on our hands. One afternoon we were just sitting at his place, it was snowing outside and he suggested that we take a look at some of the games he’d gotten, and there it was. We played through the first level and that was it. We didn’t leave his house until we’d completed the entire game.

What is your favorite game in the series?

John H.: Probably TR3 Gold

What would you like to see in future games?

John H.: I’d like to see a return to the original game play format, I really disliked the direction of the last two games. I want to explore like the originals, not run this constant gauntlet of poorly executed combat scenes. There were some good ideas in the last two games, like the ability to hunt for food but nothing was made of them.

For example dump the regenerating health in favour of a scavenging mode. If health is low have the ability to go and search for food or medical supplies. That’s fun, not sitting behind a rock watching a meter go up!

Has Tomb Raider/Lara Croft impacted your life? Explain.

John H.: More than anything, the games have stimulated my curiosity about strange and mystical lands and beast. I was very interested in Cryptozoology as a kid and Tomb Raider reignited that along with an interest in archaeology etc.

What do you think is the best part about the Tomb Raider fan community?

John H.: TRLE’s Fan made games. Nuff Said!

Anything else you would like to share?

John H.: There are other aspects of the later games I’d like to see go away.
The interactive cut-scenes. I find them pointless and boring. Furthermore the regenerating health makes the game far too easy. Finally, cut back on the combat. Lara Croft was an explorer, not a mercenary, if I want to run around killing dozens of people, there are other games out there that do it way better!


Jennifer Milward (J.R. Milward) is a Tomb Raider fan fiction author, voice actress, and part of the Survivor Reborn website’s admin team. She was kind enough to share her story with IndyCroft.com.

How did you discover Tomb Raider?

Jennifer: For Christmas 1999, we bought my mum TR4 as a joke present, after she remarked ‘that looks like fun’ to a TV advertisement for the game. I’d previously sneered at the franchise, thinking it was just dumb eye-candy for teens; hardly surprising, because advertising was my only experience up to that point!

When the menu screen came up, I was instantly swept up in Peter Connelly’s theme music and the gorgeous-looking environments. I quickly realised that Tomb Raider and Lara Croft were *far* more than just eye-candy. Lara had brains and an attitude to go with her looks, and the game itself was unforgivingly challenging and beautiful to behold. I was hooked. It definitely shows how much of a disparity there was between the marketing and the product.

What is your favorite game in the series?

Jennifer: Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness

What would you like to see in future games?

Jennifer: It’s called Tomb Raider – not Generic Adventuring With Too Many Parental Issues to Overcome Plus Optional Baby Tombs You Don’t Really Have to Complete in Order to Finish The Game.

I would like for the franchise to remember its roots as a solitary exploration and puzzle-solving experience, not a duck-and-cover combat experience with 100% completion only possible through endless collectibles and mini-challenges. I would also like for the game to remember who Lara Croft was originally envisioned as; namely, a self-confident, sarcastic, sociopathic anti-hero who was primarily out for her own gratification *not* because she had to please anyone else (either living, or dead under mysterious circumstances). Reboot-era Lara is *not* ‘less real’ than her original incarnation, but neither is she the same character (or even a less-evolved version of her). I love Core-era Lara because she combines classic British dry wit with disdain for anyone else’s opinion on her life choices. The first Lara Croft is brimming with conflict and unexplored potential, so I would like the franchise to rediscover this character – without the baggage of having to ‘make her relatable’. A good storyteller can make you relate to *anyone*, even dark anti-heroes. Nolen managed to do that with Batman, so I would like to see a similar treatment given to Lara Croft and Tomb Raider as a whole.

Has Tomb Raider/Lara Croft impacted your life? Explain.

Jennifer: It’s had a massive impact. Tomb Raider has given me a great canvas to explore the nuts and bolts of storytelling, and a character who never fails to inspire me.

I’ve always been a writer, but Tomb Raider fanfiction was a springboard for teaching me how to write *well*. I was a Tomb Raider forums moderator for many years, which opened a door into the wider Tomb Raider fan community. Through this I became well-known for doing voice acting in custom games, trailers, and animations (usually Lara, but other characters as well); that experience taught me a lot about audio production and is something I now pursue on a semi-professional basis.

It has also opened up great opportunities for me to meet, become friends, and work with many incredibly creative and skilled people, including many of the original developers (the wackiest, most wonderful dream come true!!!). Each new meeting with other fans, whether personal or public e.g. Play Expo, brings new surprises!

All in all, Tomb Raider and Lara Croft have opened many doors I didn’t even know existed when I installed my very first game back in 1999. I feel incredibly lucky to be part of this community.

What do you think is the best part about the Tomb Raider fan community?

Jennifer: By far the best aspect of the community is its legion of creators – the artists, writers, animators, 3D modellers, musicians, cosplayers, and others who defy description!

It never fails to astonish me how Tomb Raider inspires so many talented people in so many different ways. It’s not about boasting about how many times you’ve beaten a level, but about being inspired to express your passion through making or doing things. From simple doodles in an exercise book to organising fan events and spending months on a whole series of paintings – that’s true devotion, right there.

Anything else you would like to share?

Jennifer: If there’s one thing I’d love to see happen in the fan community, it’s for more fans to recognise that loving one title(s) or era of the franchise is not a free license to be hateful towards another (or those who love it in turn). Each era is different, with its own strengths and weaknesses. It’s perfectly okay – even useful – to step back and objectively discuss the highs and lows of each one. We can even poke fun at them and each other. But personal attacks and/or outright trolling is a lose-lose scenario for everyone.


Noel (Sonicphoto) is a newer member of the community and has shared his story.

How did you discover Tomb Raider?

Noel: I first saw Tomb Raider when my father was trying out a demo on PC for the game, but it was hard so he didn’t play much of it and I was still too young to understand what was going on in the game. I was mostly a Nintendo gamer also, so that made me miss out a lot on the earlier days of Tomb Raider. However, I was always curious to play it one day and even went to see the Angelina Jolie films and love them. Finally, I was able to get a decent PC and got Tomb Raider Legend as my first entry in the series. I loved every minute of Tomb Raider, I usually skipped games with a lot of puzzles like Zelda games because I was always playing quick action games. However, Legend became that very first game where I loved exploring and thinking what to do next, as well as loved the action paced combat.

What is your favorite game in the series?

Noel: Tomb Raider Legend

What would you like to see in future games?

Noel: I would like to see Lara continue to evolve as a character. I feel they are giving her a good progression as she becomes more confident with each game and hope they continue to do that. I also want to see even more developed tombs, more exotic locations to travel around the globe. I feel my only real disappointment from the new games is that we get stuck in one particular place, while the environments are always varied, I do wish we were seeing more variety on the tombs. I know the open world of the game is great for sure, but it really sacrifices that global exploration.

In terms of the Lara Croft spin off line, I would like to see them maybe do a game with a normal point of view. So far, all the games we gotten have been top down view type of camera, I want to see one that’s more traditional Lara. It doesn’t have to be with the best graphics, it can be done in an artistic style for sure and maybe not have much of a story but would be just great to have a game of just tombs of different historic places in more traditional Tomb Raider POV.

Has Tomb Raider/Lara Croft impacted your life? Explain.

Noel: Definitely! I loved right from the start of playing Tomb Raider Legend her confident personality. I loved her fascination with things of history and her sense of freedom. She would never stop to accomplish what she wants to achieve, but also does it for good. And despite that she sometimes focuses on her own goals, she still cares very much for the people around her.

What do you think is the best part about the Tomb Raider fan community?

Noel: I think what’s great about the community is how diverse and active it is! It’s also been for me pretty welcoming as a recent person that joined in during Rise’s release. I also love how well connected the team that works on the game is with the community, they become part of it as fans like the rest of us.

Anything else you would like to share?

Noel: Yes, I would like to say its okay to prefer one Lara over another, but also respect the others that prefer another type of Lara. At the end of the day, we all love the same character, Lara Croft. We all love together to raid tombs no matter what version. We must as a community support each other, so we can let Lara & its community continue to grow and let out our thoughts and ideas respectfully on how it can continue to evolve and become greater every game!


Alan, a fellow fan, answered my questions and shared his story.

How did you discover Tomb Raider?

Alan: When I was about 10 I went up to play with another boy up the stairs from me who had a PS1. We mostly played Soulblade but I remember being mesmerised by Tomb Raider III and we played the Croft Manor level a lot trying to find all the secrets. Were never quite smart enough to make it past the jungle level though. That came much later.

What is your favorite game in the series?

Alan: Rise of the Tomb Raider

What would you like to see in future games?

Alan: I want to see them take the amazing combat system from the past two games and combine with the deadly traps, puzzles, platforming and exploration of the classic games. I would also like to see Lara get over her family issues and go out searching for myths because she’s driven by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

Has Tomb Raider/Lara Croft impacted your life? Explain.

Alan: When I was young and in school I got bullied a lot. Tomb Raider provided an escapism from real life when I was growing up. As someone who also never fit in with the masculine, football loving, tough guys I felt I was supposed to be like most game protagonists, it was inspiring seeing a woman like Lara buck the trend. Gave me hope that you don’t have to fit society’s expectations to achieve what yo want.

What do you think is the best part about the Tomb Raider fan community?

Alan: The TR community is incredibly passionate. The amount of fan art, films, fanfiction, projects and of course, custom levels and even full games that this community have made should put any other fan community to shame haha.

Anything else you would like to share?

Alan: Here’s to another 20 years. 😀


Rachel is a Tomb Raider fan who answered IndyCroft.com’s questions about the franchise and fan community.

How did you discover Tomb Raider?

Rachel: After getting my son his first PlayStation, I found myself helping him with his games then playing on my own. Although I enjoyed the likes of Crash Bandicoot and Rayman, I decided I would like to try something for myself, a little more puzzle oriented. I visited a game store and asked them if they recommended something. They told me about Tomb Raider and I found Chronicles in their bargain bin. I struggled with it but was fascinated so looked for more games on the series.

What is your favorite game in the series?

Rachel: Hmm, Last Revelation followed by RotTR.

What would you like to see in future games?

Rachel: I’d like for Lara to continue evolving into a self assured confident young woman whose abilities strengthen. I’d like to see more mandatory exploration being brought into the hub system with a puzzle or two that takes exploring the area in order to solve. A large temple that is multi layered, in ruins, but still obviously splendid. With lots to do and a real feeling of isolation and discovery. With little or no combat besides the odd creature or supernatural being/entity. I’d like to see some natural occurrences that put Lara in danger rather than man made explosions.

Has Tomb Raider/Lara Croft impacted your life? Explain.

Rachel: Well, no, not in a big way. The games have captured my imagination and so inspired me to write fan fiction. I’m not a gamer, but these games keep me interested and my son and I can enjoy them together. It is a hobby that has expanded over the years.

What do you think is the best part about the Tomb Raider fan community?

Rachel: They’re certainly passionate! It’s never dull getting into discussions with them. I was very pleased and honoured to meet a few last year in London.

Anything else you would like to share?

Rachel: Just to thank you for offering up the chance to express a few thoughts.


Jason C. is an artist and Tomb Raider fan, he shared his story with IndyCroft.com

How did you discover Tomb Raider?

Jason C.: From what I can remember I first played Tomb Raider when I was about 6 (ish) years old. My dad had Tomb Raider and Age of Empires as his first 2 proper PC games and I got a try on Tomb Raider 1 and was instantly terrified by just the arrows shooting out the walls! Gradually I was introduced to TR2 and TR3 and it went from there really. I think I was about 12 when I first finished a game.

What is your favorite game in the series?

Jason C.: Tomb Raider 3: Adventures of Lara Croft

What would you like to see in future games?

Jason C.: I do like the latest Tomb Raider games, there is no doubt that they are well made and written etc. but I really would like to see the original format come back in, where you go to various exotic locations, complete a bunch of puzzles and tasks and move on. A Game made in the style of Tomb Raider 2 with today’s graphics and story telling could be amazing! I might add that seeing Lara equip her dual pistols again in the reboot series would be pretty exciting!

Has Tomb Raider/Lara Croft impacted your life? Explain.

Jason C.: IN SO MANY WAYS! Firstly if it wasn’t for Tomb Raider and Lara I don’t think I’d be as arty as I am now. Honestly every pad of paper I find in my room from my childhood has a doodle of Lara on somewhere. The Music has stuck in mind forever. I’m pretty adamant that I hum the original medley at least once a day. Whenever I needed to relax or get away from anything the Tomb Raider themes would just take me away from everything and they still do. But by far it’s biggest impact was last year in the summer. I saw that Nathan McCree was doing the TR music live and I could not afford to miss that so I got myself a VIP ticket on my own and tweeted Nathan about it. I then got a tweet from another fan, Victoria Pheasey who was going to be sitting just a few seats from me. After a few months of talking after that I am now pleased to call her my Girlfriend and gradually from this point I realised there was a massive Tomb Raider Community out there and I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to Play Expo Manchester, The Quad Derby Tomb Raider event and of course the Tomb Raider Live concert. My Confidence has improved massively in so many areas thanks to all of this and I’m even at the point now where I’m considering starting a lets play channel!

What do you think is the best part about the Tomb Raider fan community?

Jason C.: That it’s more of a huge family of people. Everyone is so kind to one another, wherever they come from or whatever background they have.

Anything else you would like to share?

Jason C.: If you like Fan art I do have some Tomb Raider bits on my YouTube and Facebook pages: JPC Artworks. Hopefully I’ll be uploading more Tomb Raider stuff soon!


June is a co-admin of Tomb Raider China, she was awesome enough to answer my interview questions for the article.

How did you discover Tomb Raider?

June: I started my first Tomb Raider game back in 1998, it was Tomb Raider 2, my best friend had her first PC and that was the first game that we played. I remember I spent my entire summer on this game with my friend, then we spent all of our spare time on Tomb Raider 3. Later on, I got my own PC and the only reason for getting it was to play The Last Revelation and Chronicles.

What is your favorite game in the series?

June: It is hard to pick out my most favorite, but I was so into The Last Revelation and fascinated about all of the Egyptian mythology back story, I went to bookstores and bought every book about Egypt mythology I could get my hands on after I beat the game. So, I’d say The Last Revelation remains my favorite Tomb Raider game of all time. I also love Rise of the Tomb Raider, it is a top-notch game in every single way.

What would you like to see in future games?

June: Honestly, I think both Reboot and Rise of the tomb raider games are just perfect, I cannot complain about a thing because I just love how Crystal Dynamic handled them.
I know many old Tomb Raider fans want to see the classic Lara more, but in my opinion, I like the way how they made the reboot Lara along with her personalities, she may be different from the classic version, but different in a good way, and I know many new or younger fans fell in love with this new Lara for this reason, she is more realistic than ever, and she is becoming the person she is meant to be, I don’t really expect her to become the classic version but interested in to find out what kind of new adventures she will be facing. 
So, other than not being an exclusive deal, I’d say I totally trust the studio to bring us another supreme Tomb Raider game, along with an even greater Lara!

Has Tomb Raider/Lara Croft impacted your life? Explain.

June: Tomb Raider has always been one of my biggest passions in my life, and Lara Croft has been a great role model. 
Unfortunately, compared to Lara, I am not much like her at all, I am not an archeology expert, nor an adventurer that can handle guns and axes, lol.
If there was something that Lara left an impression on me, I would say it was to always try to overcome the obstacles/fears in my life – Learning English (to be able to understand the game initially, lol) and eventually put down my fear of Math (my biggest life enemy) and become an accountant in United States. So, hoping one day that I can handle Croft’s Tax Returns and Bookkeeping (I am good at tax deductions!).

What do you think is the best part about the Tomb Raider fan community?

June: I love Tomb Raider fan community and I enjoy talking with everyone, sharing same interests/passion together makes it feel like we are like a big family! It doesn’t matter where you are from but Lara brought us all together!

Anything else you would like to share?

June: I was recruited by Zou, the founder and webmaster of Tomb Raider China in early 2016. Tomb Raider China established in 2010, although our English twitter account only has like 140 fans, but our Chinese social media channel (微博) is by far the largest Official fan site in Asia and has thousands of followers and loyal fans.
Unfortunately, the biggest problems were the language and media barriers (most of the English social media channels are banned in China) so fans over there have been feeling isolated, but please don’t ignore those passionate Chinese fans, many of us have been supporting the series for decades, and I am now glad that I can use my language skills to help with translation, updating news, sharing information with fans in China.


 

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Tomb Raider cosplay gathering at SDCC 2016

 

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Lara Crofts of all ages and incarnations at GamesCon 2015

We live all over the globe. We are artists, writers, composers, models, and actors who have paid homage to the strong female character we’ve all come to love. We even ban together in the name of Tomb Raider to raise money for good causes. Of all the things I’ve been proud to be a part of, being a member of the Tomb Raider Community is definitely one of them.

The purpose of this article is to highlight the fan community and explore how we all became fans in the first place. I will be updating the article with interviews and blurbs from you guys, the fans. If you would like to share how you became a Tomb Raider fan and/or how Lara Croft has inspired you fill out the form below. A huge thank you to those who have already shared their story! 🙂

I look forward to hearing and sharing your stories! 🙂

Happy Raiding!

L.E. Croft

PS: There is no deadline for submissions. I will be updating the article as I hear from folks. 😉

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