My 20 Anniversary Badges!

A re-posting of some artwork I did for the 20th! Just in time for the 20th anniversary of Tomb Raider I have created these page badges. Each one is from one of the Tomb Raider games from 1-10 I intend to add more with different themes. You can bookmark this page for further updates in this section. You can also check out my other 20th-anniversary  … Continue reading My 20 Anniversary Badges!

Exploring the Great Sphinx

January 31, 2020 11:47 am We all remember the Sphinx and several other levels involving the Sphinx in Tomb Raider 4. TR4  is on my list of favourites simply because of my background in Egyptology and how much Egypt is in this game. It was a wonderful romp for our Lara through Egypt’s ancient history and the many archaeological inspirations featured throughout the game. Through … Continue reading Exploring the Great Sphinx

My Experience with the Definitive Edition

As it says above you do get every weapon and I noticed a few extras on my inventory page. There are many upgrades as before and you will also have more freedom with outfits. You will have to adjust that in your options menu after you beat the boss. I have been having a blast with this part and more photo mode settings as well. … Continue reading My Experience with the Definitive Edition

Tezcatlipoca: a tricky and complicated Aztec god!

Tezcatlipoca The next time you get dressed up as a skeleton for Halloween, you might like to consider what the Mesoamerican world would have thought about your attire. Tezcatlipoca was an Aztec god as well as the eternal opposite of his brother  Quetzalcoatl, He is known for divination (telling the future), and that is also reflected in his name which means “Lord of the Smoking … Continue reading Tezcatlipoca: a tricky and complicated Aztec god!

The Macuahuitl From SOTTR

Welcome Tomb Raider fans! In Shadow of the Tomb Raider we see a lot of Trinity guards loyal to the cult of Kukulcan. If you notice the guard in this screenshot from Shadow of the Tomb Raider he is holding an Aztec sword called a Macuahuitl. These are an excellent example of the actual archaeological elements used in this game. Throughout the gameplay we see … Continue reading The Macuahuitl From SOTTR

Colouring History

However … what was this particular Maquizcoatl used for? This beautiful mosaic Maquizcoatl may have been a representation of a “sky-band” or celestial realm. This piece is thought to have been an authority symbol and part of ceremonial events. The base is made of cedar wood the skilful artist affixed the tiny turquoise polished mosaic pieces with pine resin. The attention to detail was astounding, … Continue reading Colouring History

Aztec History & Stone Sculpture

Exploring the influences through an art object in Shadow of the Tomb Raider and the diverse history of the collection of tribes called the “Aztec” In a name … So, now we know the name (Aztec) or Azteca is the name of the people that hailed from Aztlan, and Mexica is the name for the same people who merged with other tribes in 1325 to … Continue reading Aztec History & Stone Sculpture

The Calendar Stone

Here is the actual calendar stone which is Aztec in this case. This is the sunstone, and the Aztec drew their inspiration from the original Maya calendar. The Aztec empire thrived for 176 years and had a broad compass of dominance. Why does the Aztec and Maya Calendars work the same way? Good question. The Aztecs based their calendar on the Maya calendar. They are … Continue reading The Calendar Stone

The Grand Caiman Walk-through / Review

It has been 7 months since the release of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and we have just enjoyed another DLC for this game. I like these little windows into the base story. You can see how Lara goes adventuring into areas you have already been to in the main campaign. In this lovely chapter, Trinity is active once again and Lara must replace an … Continue reading The Grand Caiman Walk-through / Review