Weekly Wrap Up: Issue #2


Okay, here comes another “Weekly Wrap Up” an official wrap up from events, etc. concerning Tomb Raider and its content that is authorized through Crystal Dynamics.  I hope you enjoy! Issue #2




Last week, CD announced the panelists for the #TombRaider20 kickoff panel – “Lara Croft: The Undisputed Queen of Gaming” at PAX East! Moderated by Greg Miller, representatives from press, Core Design, and Crystal Dynamics will share experiences, anecdotes, and perhaps an announcement or two. If you are unable to attend, the panel will be streamed live!

“Tomb Raider embodies the spirit of discovery, the thrill of the unknown, and the promise of adventure. At its heart is Lara Croft, a force within the gaming industry who has made an indelible mark on virtually every facet of entertainment, and reaches millions of people around the world. In short, Lara Croft has been a cultural icon for 20 years. Join Crystal Dynamics and special guests to explore Lara’s impact on gaming, and how she helped break down barriers within the industry.”

Panelists include Greg Miller, Alexa Ray Corriea [Gamespot], Nathan McCree [Core Design], and Meagan Marie, Kam Yu and Jason Botta from Crystal Dynamics!

This shall take place in Boston, MA on Friday, April 22 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT

After the panel, CD will be hosting their first Lara Croft cosplay gathering of 2016 and handing out new exclusive Tomb Raider 20-year celebration swag for everyone who attends in costume.

The gathering will take place from 4:30 – 5:30 PM, and those who attend in costume will receive special #TombRaider20 swag and professional photos.

All Lara iterations – classic or current – as well as other characters from the franchise history are welcome to attend. If you’re looking for costume reference from Rise of the Tomb Raider, check out CD’s Gear Up Guide gallery: https://flic.kr/s/aHskpEhVD2

Prior to suiting up, please ensure you’re costume is compliant with PAX East weapon and prop policies: http://east.paxsite.com/faq#can-i-bring-my-nerf-gun-lightsaber-other-weird-thing




CD is still collecting Magazine scans and are closer to reaching their goal of over 1,000 covers in the collection! Help be a part of Tomb Raider history by adding your Lara Croft magazine covers to CD’s Flickr collection!

Also, CD will be extending this call for cover uploads to the forums this week. In order to minimize the chance of duplicate covers, please upload your covers sooner rather than later so yours can be added to the collection. If members of your community have magazine covers they would like to contribute, please help CD by gathering links to the relevant flickr albums and sending them an e-mail with all the links.

A quick revision to our previous instructions – please ensure the album with the magazine covers you want to share is PUBLIC so that other contributors can see which magazines are already in the collection.
As part of our 20 year celebration, we’ve been trying to get a good count on how many covers Lara Croft has been on over the last two decades. We’ve found it to be almost impossible to track, and want to enlist your help!

We’d love for you to scan and upload the covers (covers only, no interiors) to Flickr which allows uncompressed image uploads. You can create a Flickr account for free if you don’t have one yet. Once you’ve uploaded them, send us a link to your dedicated album of Tomb Raider covers, and we’ll select those we don’t have in the collection yet and favorite them as a means to adding them to a single feed. Meagan uploaded a few to her own account so that you can see what we’re aiming for here.

A few notes:

These can be any magazine with images of Lara Croft or Tomb Raider on them related to the Tomb Raider games, comics, movies, or merchandise. Even covers with Angelina Jolie on them count, as long as they are billed as an interview about Tomb Raider. The only thing we won’t accept is adult magazines with ties to Tomb Raider.

·  The cover can be shared with another gaming character, as long as Lara takes up at least half of the image.

·  Please ensure the cover doesn’t have a mailing address on it. If it does, please Photoshop or obscure any personal details prior to scanning.

·  In the title of the image, please put the magazine name, issue number, and month/date of release. In the caption, please put the country it is from.

You can watermark the cover image if it is a rare image, but please put it somewhere small and inconspicuous so that it doesn’t detract from the overall design. We want this to feel like an art gallery.



IGN featured cosplayer Isaac Cabrera, aka ‘Tom Braider,’ last week! The feature

focuses on how Isaac captures the Croft spirit through his craft.

“My favorite thing about being a cosplayer is knowing that there are people out there

that can really understand and relate to my interests.

It’s one of the best ways to meet friends, make connections and celebrate the culture in

which we are a part of. The Tomb Raider cosplay community is incredibly encouraging,

friendly and like family to me. I am so happy to contribute and be a part of it.” 

Check out more photos on IGN!




Check out the newly released Rise of the Tomb Raider Play Arts KAI figure complete

with a range of accessories to equip Lara for any adventure – like the one above!

“We aimed for a realistic construction in this figure, so of course we have honored the fine

details, such as her jacket and other clothing, and her determined facial expression.

Her hair, pulled up into a ponytail, is articulated by an orbital joint, making it possible

to stage her in the dynamic poses characteristic of this fearless explorer.

The rugged finish on this figure, along with her many iconic accessories, such as her 

climbing axe, bow and arrows, and more, allow memorable scenes from the game to

be recreated faithfully.” 

– Square Enix Play Arts KAI Team 

Read more on the blog!

You can pick up yours up today in the Square Enix Europe Store and from

various retailers in the US.



Check out the deck from the GDC narrative panel on Rise of the Tomb Raider

featuring members of the Crystal Dynamics narrative team – Rhianna Pratchett,

John Stafford, Cameron Suey, Tore Blystad, Jeff Adams, and Noah Hughes! Now

available in the GDC Vault!

Panel description:
The narrative team behind Rise of the Tomb Raider share how they worked together to

build the next successful stage of Lara Croft’s adventures, and demonstrate how a strong

story and characterization are fundamental for AAA success.



Last month, Lara Croft GO Lead Programmer, Antoine Routon of

Square Enix Montreal delivered a GDC session called,

“Distilling a Franchise: A Lara Croft GO Postmortem” You can read the full

description below and watch video of the session in the GDC Vault!

Lara Croft GO is the next instalment in the award-winning series created by

Square Enix Montral with Hitman GO. Hitman GO boiled down the world of Agent 47

to a minimalistic puzzle inspired by chess and dioramas, Lara Croft GO captures the

essence of adventure, acrobatics and exploration. This multidisciplinary talk is a 

postmortem of Lara Croft GO, discussing how to bridge the gap between two very different

franchises, how to distill the action-packed adventures of Lara in a puzzle format, and all

the lessons that were learned in the middle.

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And that’s another wrap! I cannot believe I have just posted for issue#2! See you all later! Happy Raiding!








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