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Exciting news, dear raiders! Exactly one year ago this group has been brought to life and today we celebrate our very first annivesary! This year was very eventful and we hit quite a few milestones including this one! Read on because it's time to get nostalgic, and even better, time for presents!

 

Why is this important for us and what have we accomplished with your help? :heart:


:bulletgreen: Thanks to our awesome members and your responsiveness we managed to hit 2000+ members in less than just a year. Thank you so much for that, you guys are really amazing :aww:

:bulletpink: We launched our special „Challenge games“ project which started only as a test idea and you seemed to have loved it – we had 2 games so far ( I, II) so if you hadn't yet participated in them be sure to do so in our next one which is underway!

:bulletgreen:We tried to collect  and share rare and interesting things regarding Tomb Raider and therefore we created a special “Treasure Vault” (check the front page to find it). So far we unlocked 3 secrets for you and don’t worry - we haven’t forgotten about the 4th one. Keep an eye out for it, we just might reveal it very soon ;)

:bulletpink:  Something that we’re really proud of since a lot of time and effort was put into it - our very first art contest! We were truly touched by the great response that it got and once again we want to thank you guys for being so enthusiastic about it. Keep an eye out for the next one!

:bulletgreen: Launched our YouTube Channel administrated by our dearest admin Orphen5 who always makes sure to deliever the latest and most interesting TR videos so make sure to subscribe and be the first to take a look at all the exciting raider videos!  

:bulletpink: The last but not the least is another great event which is extremely important given that  dA is an art community in the first place. During this year we successfully suggested 8 Daily Deviations helping the talented artists of our community to get more exposure :heart:

Lara Croft 1 by RoyStanton Tomb Raider- Discovery by JennCroft Lara Croft statue by lussybussy Lara Croft in the jungle by Lena-Lara Legend Lara Croft - studio2 by TanyaCroft Mjollnir from Tomb Raider by Dj3r0m Tomb Raider by Jeffach TRU_The Glove of Gods by TholiaArt




And now as promised – it's presents time! Many of you took part in our group’s projects, but there are some of you who have been especially supportive and active during this year.  We truly appreciate your support, you gave us your love and it’s time to give some of it back. As a thank you for being such loyal and supportive raiders we want to award a certain circle of members for their especially active participation in the group’s life and great response to all the projects and updates we made. Each of the following people will be awarded with 50 points and a feature. Thank you so much, keep on being so amazing!

:iconisa-love-anime: :iconmeldelen: :iconbecken95: :iconplasticfrogcg: :iconsariruoskanen: :iconkrypto4catsuits: :iconilovesilenthill: :iconfishbone76: :iconjenncroft: :iconphotolight: :iconforty-fathoms:

And also, a special thanks to :icontrgamer8: for her great help in finding and submitting so many amazing TR pieces to our galleries! (Hvala, Andrea!) :blowkiss:


Crazy Coaster Ride :collab: by Isa-Love-Anime Of Light And Darkness by Meldelen An industrial world by Becken95 I have you by sariruoskanen Simple Tropic Getaway by PlasticFrogCG XNALara: Lara's Soft Landing Pose-Jungle View by Krypto4CatSuits The Angel Of Darkness. by ilovesilenthill back in egypt by fishbone76 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Beach 1 by JennCroft Beneath the Surface by photolight Forever Young? - Revamped by Forty-Fathoms




But, there’s more!  Every member of the group now has a chance to get a premium membership and enjoy the delights of the subscription for 3 whole months!

:bulletred:  How to make that happen? Get nostalgic! We want you to get back in time and remember the day when you became a fan of Tomb Raider! Add this blog to your favourites and leave a comment telling us your story :+favlove: + :note: , telling when and why you fell for this world of ancient mysteries and adventure. If you have a collection of TR goodies you want to share, even better! Go ahead and take a photo of your collection and submit it to your scraps, sta.sh or any other image hosting resource and paste the link to it in your comment!

:bulletred:   How exactly will the lucky winner be chosen?  Absolutely randomly. All of the nicknames will be collected and with the help of random.org we will pick one member who will win the prize. All you need to do is leave a comment with your story and add the blog to your favourites! After that just hope for your luck ;) You have exactly 7 days (til 14 Dec 2012) to leave your comment.

:bulletred:   What’s the point of writing stories and sending pictures of your prized collections if the winner will be chosen randomly?   Well, we will also feature the most interesting stories for the entire community to read!

So what are you waiting for, raider? We want to hear YOUR story! :heart:
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photolight Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I'm past the due date for this blog but I just wanted to chip in anyway.

I actually got started the first day Tomb Raider 1 came on Playstation 1, However I didn't actually own it at that time; a friend that got it the day it came out brought it over and I started playing it non-stop they saw that I was liking it soo much that they decided to just let me borrow it even though they had just gotten it. I played the game non-stop and right when I got to the last boss they brought their little brother over and as I was fighting the boss they took out the disc and broke it :cries: That was absolutely ridiculous :faint: I didn't have a job back then I was 11; So I started working for anyone that needed some help getting money but it took me a year to finally get the money :laughing: and then Tomb Raider 2 was about to come out and I was like :omg: must have. So I ended up getting that one instead I freak'in loved the boat part and the quads, and the snowmobile :la: Anyway I beat I beat that one pretty fast (it's what happens when your addicted :lol:) Then I saved up and got the 3rd game, Yep still hadn't beat the first.. and went through that one, after that I think that is when I got Tomb Raider 1 gold edition and finally beat it! :la: Then since then I also played Tomb Raider 4 on playstation but after that I started to get them on PC because I saw people were making levels and outfits and :la: So since then I have been getting them on PC owned and beat all of them so far! Including many user created levels!

Asides from the games I also was collecting every freak'in picture or drawing I found online of her clothed or not :lol: I was obsessed! Then a tragedy happened.. to my hard drive and I lost it all! All the pictures and movies I had gotten of her :cries: That was a devastating blow to me. :cries:

So that really left me sad so I stopped collecting photos and drawings for a long while but I picked up all the Tomb Raider novels and comic books! pretty confident I have them all, and not only do I have them all separately; I also have the compendium edition which is missing some but still cool :)
I also have some figures of her and did a resin build and paint of her. I wish I could get more of the figures but I'm poor :( I would also love love love to have a life size statue of her like they had at the stores! I've also collected the Giant Art of Tomb Raider coffee book, but the corner of the outer box got damaged in the mail :ohnoes: but the inside ones are still good :happybounce:
Oh I also have a bunch of the Tomb Raider card game cards and junk but only tried playing the card game once or twice.
Obviously I also have the movies!
I have begun recollecting photos and art work and cgi clips and stuff of her again.. but that hard hit to my hard drive still has me bummed out to this day because I can't find everything I had before even though I've searched high and low.

So presently I am a little disappointed that the PC version of the next game is not sold in the USA in physical form; but I'm getting it shipped from the UK :la: because I really want the PC version with all the extras; I ended up pre-ordering the Survival Edition even though I'd really like the Collectors but like I said I'm poor :( Wish I had money for sooo much more Tomb Raider collectibles makes me a bit sad that I don't have the money but I make the best of what I have :) I really would like to also have the Comic book that comes with the bestbuy pre-order.. I want it sooo bad *wah!*
Anyway keep on Raiding! ;)

Also if anyone is around USA CT and wants to model as Lara Croft for photos let me know; :eager: It'd be awesome :la:
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Ilionej Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Happy anniversary!!! :party:



...my story? Oh my god - that's long ago. I was 7 when my dad played the first game on the PS1 and we both totally fell in love with it. I think, there's not a single moment in any of the games I haven't watched him playing. I must say, I had some nightmares of the Great Wall when we were on pt2, but I "made my own level" for pt3(drew a map book of a Souther Pacific quest with all artefacts and hidden caves along the river aso, aso - all with colour pencils. XD I still have it somewhere. It's about 10 pages thick and I bound it myself even). That was also when I got obsessed with London. And I think, I still have egyptian sand in some of my old slippers. :roll: When Chronicles came out, I finally started my own "career" in the games and went for pt1. By the end of Legend I had caught up with my dad, basically because I had refused giving him any more advices. XD (he's good at solving riddles and fighting enemies, but it's mainly been me to find the things that eventually would lead to his success. >.>)
Goodies? Well, if you call the book I drew a goodie, well, I have one! ^^ And I once transformed a hand-size doll with long dark brown hair into Lara by sewing her those tiny clothes and a rucksack. My dad made the belt from a broad cable fixer. XD Must have that doll somewhere as well, but hidden in the depths of my room's jungle. I also bought myself round sunglasses because of Lara and when my mum and I went to Petra in Jordan, I wore them along with my hair in a braid and some adventurous clothes. Unfortunately she doesn't have a digital camera and my scanner died. Otherwise I would have uploaded the photos here already. :(
Anyway, the most recent event in my Tomb Raider history was when I found a deluxe edition CD of pt2 for PC in the plastic container. :excited: I checked it for damage, cleaned it, installed it on my laptop and - IT WORKS!!!! :iconlawooplz: Guess, who's in it again. XD
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Billy959 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
YAY!" Happy anniversary! the Best TR group!

well,can't get into too much detail,or the post will be huge!

I started playing when I was 4! My dad brought home a demo CD of TR1 and I played the same level over and over,then he bought Tomb Raider 2(came on a game magazine) and it was my very first original copy of an Tomb Raider game and I keep it safe until today!As years passed,I was more obessed with Lara than ever! I loved her,she had all the right features! I made my whole family like her!When I got my Tomb raider 3 copy my mom,dad,and sister all gathered around to help me figure out what to do,I have so much happy memories!When AOD was announced I was jawdroped and I seriously needed to get the game as fast as I could,but it took very long until I got it,but it was worthy it and it remains on my list of favourite TR game!And finally when crystal took over and I saw the Legend version I was sure crazy!I got all the magazines about the game and I heve millions of posters! Now I can't wait for the reboot because I think this will be crystal dynamics masterpiece and will be one of the most memorable TR games EVER!
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Orphen5 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you two are supposed to write your story too :iconyoukiddingmeplz:
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You just read my mind :la: I was going to do it too... if I get time, which is unlikely :iconmingplz:
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Orphen5 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
unlikely !!! :iconsurprisedcashierplz:

just a few click on your keyboard and you will be done !!

:iconyoukiddingmeplz: I'm waiting
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:rofl: you're so cute :huggle:

i'm afraid that my story would turn into a neverending verbal poop. but i might give it a try nonetheless :lmao:
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Orphen5 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: would love to read it
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ohh, and i forgot to add about AoD. a pain in the ass to control, but one of the best Core games. epic :heart: i think i played it around the time when i was beating the other Core games :D
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Orphen5 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: I was like ,,, what the hell is that journal in my inbox ,, that was fun to read ,, really such a sweet memories with the old TR games that pixelated lady while stay forever in our hearts :heart: , and you know what TR4 is my fave too :heart: I love that game sooo much and I also get stuck in that level when she have to jump and hold the rope and downthere ,, there is so some skeletons ,, and forget about it for a couple of months not years :XD:


what you wrote about the new game ,,GOD I couldn't say it better that is my opinion too , I said this many times I love the new game but I can't feel it as the old ones , they could have used her same bio and set this game before TRA instead of making a whole new story , I'm a loyal fan so no matter what I'm gonna love this game even though I have some takes on it ,,

are you gonna play it on PC ?
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah yes.. TR4 is my fav too :D actually, it's Tr2, 4 and AoD, but the last revelation is just buried deep into my heart :heart:

i know, they could have made something epic with the remake, not this modern-day nonsenses :iconcryforeverplz:

yep, on PC :)
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay then, i will write it as a reply to you - i'm pretty sure no one else will read each others' stories apart from us :rofl:

it all started when i got the Play Station console for my 11th birthday. it was one of the best gifts ever. my friend and i would start with some fun kiddie games, but there was something that kept us intrigued and we had no idea what it was - a picture of a badass woman in a turquoise tank-top on the box of my newly acquired console. on top of it it said Tomb Raider, but we had no idea what it was. whenever we played with each other we gave each other roles, like, who is who :rofl: there was the ultimate choice - Lara, and the second best choice Jill (from Resident Evil, what my dad used to play). but, we didn't even know what Lara's name was, or what she did. but we just knew she was awesome, just from the picture :rofl: so, we would fight - no, I AM the tomb raider! :lmao:

then one day, my cousin came with a new CD. Tomb Raider 4 - the Last Revelation. my reaction - :iconepiclaplz::iconepiclaplz::iconepiclaplz: BEST DAY EVER!
so i watched him play but never quite dared to try it myself. and when i did, i loved it to bits. i still get nostalgic when i remember how i would get stuck on the very first training level with Von Croy in Cambodia, being overly excited whenever i made it across the next gap (like, ohhh yeaaa, i'm gonna finish this game soon! ) :rofl: :lmao:

and anyways, it became my favorite game, my friend and i would play it over and over again, either trying to progress further into the game, or playing over and over from the beginning, because it was too much fun. we got badly stuck at the Sacred Lake level, and we left it like that for years. Soon after i got my PS, she got hers - along with a set of all 4 TR games. we tried them all and had so much fun with all of them, but just like with TR4 we never progressed too far and mostly played from the very beginning :rofl: :icongeniusnotplz: we got quite pro at controlling Lara, just not that smart to figure out what to do next :rofl:

despite our inability to beat the games, the TR series was our favorite ever, and Lara was undoubtedly our favorite character of all times. then years had passed and our PSs slowly got forgotten, taken out very rarely when we got nostalgic and then we played - what other than TR? from the beginning again of course :rofl: in the meantime we acquired Chronicles too, heard about AoD but never got to play it because it was for PS2. and then more years passed and once when i was visiting my cousin, he told me about a brand new TR game which was completely different. and i was at first thinking he was joking, i couldn't believe there was a new TR game, it just sounded impossible. until he let me play it - Tomb Raider Legend. my opinion was kind of split, i couldn't decide if i loved it or hated it. on one hand it was totally not tomb raider, but something entirely else. on other hand, it was still lara and tombs and puzzles and action. so i got myself that game too and played it. i was having difficulties because i had never actually played any games on the PC before, so the controls were giving me a hard time. but in time i learned to do it properly. it was an easy game to beat, and i had a lot of fun with it, so you can imagine my excitement over the rumor that there'd be a remake of the very first Tomb Raider. i was sooo excited :la: then the official TR website released a free demo of the Lost Valley level. tears of joy, literally. I LOVED IT to bits :heart: til this day it's my favorite Crystal Dynamics tomb raider game.

i don't remember if it was before or after i've played Underworld that i set myself on a serious mission of passing all the Tomb Raider games - properly :rofl: i mean, it was blasphemy to be a diehard fan and not be able to say that i have actually passed the original TR games, the ones that made me fall in love in Lara (honestly, if it weren't for those, i highly doubt i ever would have gotten the slightest interest in the new games).

so i actually went on that mission - i played the Last Revelation with my childhood friend. honestly, we used the walkthrough quite a lot :rofl: but that was more towards the end of the game, and boy was that game LONG. a true raiding experience :heart: we kept ourselves busy and animated for an entire summer :D then i beat all of the other ones myself. good ol' days :heart:

as for Underworld - i loved it and hated it :rofl: kind of the same thing as with Legend, cause they changed my Lara so much, but the levels and everything can't keep you indifferent. however, there was a serious lack of puzzles, boss fights and length. but whatever, it was fun nonetheless. not like i put my hopes high in any of the new games, cause they can't compare to the classics :D

so now here we are, awaiting the new game. as excited as i am to experience yet another Lara adventure, i can honestly say that for me (wouldn't want anyone who reads this to think that my opinion represents the group's opinion - this is my personal point of view) the franchise has died. this is definitely not tomb raider, no matter how hard they try to sugar coat it. yes, i realize it's suppose to be a starting point for lara which will eventually turn her into the badass we know today. but the way they made it, it's certainly extremely difficult to even imagine that an adventure like this could ever turn her into the icon we all know today. for starters, i wouldn't have put the young lara in the present - i would have set it in the past. the entire reboot of the character in a completely different time just instantly takes away the feeling that it is, after all, the same character. the way they presented her she doesn't seem like someone who would get out of her adventure stronger than ever and turn into our icon, she looks like she would get scarred for life and never again set foot our of her croft manor. they can sugar coat it as much as they like, but it's just not Lara :D

i will still be excited about it, i will still play it. just because of my love for Lara in general, but when someone says Tomb Raider i can only think about the funny-looking pixelated badass lady with overly-emphasized features and dual pistols. that's my story :D
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe my first introduction to Tomb Raider was when I got "Tomb Raider II: Dagger of Xian" for Christmas ages ago.
I still have it - though I like it better now than I did back then... when I first played it, I didn't have the level of gaming experience I have now and I didn't have the luxury we have now of online sources... so I got stuck a lot before figuring out how to move on! There were times that I'd have to give up - until I realised that the answer to my problem was invariably staring me in the face! The one thing that really kept me going was that I wanted to see how the story would come out at the end! :XD:

The thing that struck me right off was "Why is EVERYTHING trying to kill me?!"
I'm dead serious... even spiders, crows and rats! It was ludicrous! I was saving my game constantly, because I quickly learned that there was some other gun-toting goon lurking around the next corner ready to mindlessly shoot the first person to invade his personal space! :giggle:

Still, that aside, I learned to love the game gradually - and, after a lot of frustrations, determination and downright stubbornness and refusal to let the bad guys win... I did it! :D
And since then, I even eventually got up the nerve to play it again from time to time. I liked it even better when I got a newer computer system that didn't screw up with the cutscenes (which played jerky on the older systems and skipped a bit)
I still dread levels like the Tibetan Foothills or the marathonesque Temple of Xian, but fun more locations like the Maria Doria or Barkhang Monastery make up for the heavy bits... and I manage a lot better now, since the newer computers handle it better and my playing has improved with experience.

Apart from that, the one other Tomb Raider game I had was Angel of Darkness. It came as part of a free package with my previous WinXP computer (dubbed "Old Faithful" because I still have it attached by KVM switch so I can run old games that don't run on Win7)
I can see why TR6:AoD bombed - while updated graphically and technically from the earlier games, the controls were awful... especially in combat.
Nevertheless, I thought the storyline was pretty strong in that game, if somewhat edited (we never see why Lara suddenly changes costumes during the course of the game, and a few characters just vanished without explanation) I found it's worth playing for the story alone, even if controls make for fake-difficulty.

Then, of course, on a contemporary level, I now have what I like to call the Legend Trilogy: "Legend", "Anniversary" and "Underworld"
I really love THOSE games. They really bring Lara Croft up to date! :)
I'm glad to see she's moved with the times, despite the buggy quality of the games in parts (especially Underworld, epic as it is in other ways)

There's games I haven't played, I know... though, after the newer reboots, I doubt I'll want to go back, except perhaps for nostalgia of the games I do have! ;)
I'm also kind of curious to see how this new game is going to turn out... but hey, we'll have to wait and see...
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GenesisArclite Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't remember the first time I played Tomb Raider III, but it was my very first TR game and I loved it. It always scared me when I was little, so before I found cheat codes and saves (yay for Stella's TR site!), I never got past the spike wall in the very first India level. Years later when I grew up, I came back to the game and played it without cheat codes or saves. I never realized how cool the story was - most people don't remember III's story being all that great, but I think it's actually one of the most underrated ones. But I digress. :XD: Anyway, after I found cheats and saves, I played the game through the India levels (skipped most of Temple Ruins) and decided I hated the six-armed statues, tigers, and then later the Nevada levels. Hated the second Nevada level. But to this day the game is my favorite in the series and I've played all the mainstream TR games except the first two (and expansion packs). :)
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karadaniano Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
its a great idea, and a very original way to motivate the members.
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TawnaBandicoot Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
I have been a fan of Tomb Raider since I was 5, on my old Kindergarten schoolwork it says that "When I grow up, I want to be a Tomb Raider"! The first time I played it though was when my brother rented Tomb Raider a long time ago and, while he didn't care for it too much, I thought it was totally awesome! I thought Lara was such a strong, intelligent, classy, sexy, independent, adventurous, ambitious and bad ass character! She's been my childhood hero since and is my favorite video game character of all time (not talking about this new rebooted "Lara").

And I really loved the gameplay. I loved the climbing, the puzzles, the tombs and environments, the scary enemies that Lara had to bypass, they were such fun games! And I've been drawing Lara Croft since when I was 5 years old and I still do! Lara Croft for the win!
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing your story! :D don't forget to add this blog to your favorites so that you could participate in the Premium membership giveaway :D
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TawnaBandicoot Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
Forgot to mention, the first TR game I played was Tomb Raider II, and is still my favorite Tomb Raider game :)
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fishbone76 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Oh I totally forgot to say thank you for the 50 points. :la: my first points :iconlaplz: and I got featured with one of my best TR pics eva :la:
thank you guys for this awesome group. :blowkiss:
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fishbone76 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
I love to tell my TR story :)
I'm a TR fan from the start. I was 20 back in 1996 and my cousin showed me a 2 page article in a game mag. He was in awe and couldn't wait for the game to be released on Sega Saturn. I was all like :yawn: "yeah whateva " and didn't care about his hype.
Well the day he got the game I didn't sat beside him very long. The game fascinated me within seconds watching him play.
I don't overdo when I say I played the game every day, played it through again and again. I actually knew the game by heart, every level, every cutscene and dialogue, just everything.

I mastered TR.

The athmosphere of every level was unique, the soundtrack awesome. I got drawn into every level as if myself was there. My favorite levels St. Francis Folly, the colloseium and the egypt levels. The story and the protagonist fascinating.

My cousin didn't became a TR fan XD but I got addicted with Lady Croft.


Tomb Raider I is one of the best games in game history.

here's some of my TR collection
Sola wetsuit figure [link]
custom x-box sticker [link]
Anniversary statue [link]
a print of one of :iconmorcegan: Lara renders [link]
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TheRaiderInside Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My first experience with Tomb Raider was when Tomb Raider: Legend had just came out, my dad bought me the game and I never found time to play it until later on in the year. The moment I first played it, my mind was blown. I played every single day after I got home from school, I never wanted to stop. The story intrigued me a lot, and I always found myself wanting more. I told my dad about how much I loved it and how next year Tomb Raider: Anniversary was coming out. I waited and waited and marked my calender for the release date. When it finally came out I would always run and wonder around the levels to see everything in detail. The game was quite hard for me, but I managed to complete it in about 3 months. :lol: Then next year when Tomb Raider: Underworld was upcoming and released, I played the game and continued the story and found myself interested by the mythology, the story of the Norse underworld had me fascinated! :love: I've done lots of research and now I hope one day I could know just as much as Lara! Since this was years ago PS2 went out of style, so I upgraded to PS3 and bought the remastered trilogy, I'm working on getting everything back and it so far it's awesome!

(I'm still waiting on TR the reboot, I can't wait!!) :iconexcitedlaplz:

Tomb Raider rules! :'D
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sariruoskanen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Aaaaaaaaw :la: I knew this group would become smth so great, you rock :heart: and aaaaw again :D for the feature o_o wow.... :heart:
And about the story, I'm not sure if you've heard some already but well I am really grateful for a childhood friend of mine who introduced me to TR, she showed me TR4 and I fell in love :love: Having some things in common and just loving Lara she became my idol and has been ever since :heart: Just lately I have understood how much she has actually affected me, I kinda grew up with her and TR is part of my lifestyle... :heart::iconyesyoucanplz:
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Becken95 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
It's been a year already?! :noes: Wow, that went quick. I'm really glad that this group has become so popular, I think it has to be one of the best groups I've been a part of because both the admins and the members are really dedicated. I don't even do that much TR-art, but I wanna be active in the group anyhow. I'm really looking forward to the next challenge! :iconexcitedplz:

I won't be competing for a membership, I'm afraid. I'm just not that interested in one right now. I'll gladly share my story though. All I can remember is that my dad used to play the first game and I would watch (I weren't old enough to play). We only had the demo though, so all that happened was that he would shoot a couple of wolves and then a bear by a pool, but it NEVER stopped being exciting. :lol:
For several years of my childhood I would run around with some sort of slingshot (I think) and yell "I'M LARA CROFT!" and hit my friend (the bear apparently) with the slingshot. When I got older, my dad bought The last revelation and I would "play" (meaning I'd be moral support while somebody older played) and it went on to The angel of darkness and to the newer games.
I actually think that my love for Tomb Raider was sparked when I played Legend (I think I was around 11-12 at the time) because I started replaying The last revelation and The angel of Darkness, including some fangames I downloaded. It saddens me though that I don't know how I can get a hold of TR 1, 2 and 3 because I really wanna play them. :/ If anybody knows an easy (and virus-free) way to get the older games, please let me know.

Also, thank you so much for featuring me! :love: I'm glad to be an active member.
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Becken95 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
.. wasn't* :nirvana: damn that english!
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TRGamer8 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Happy Anniversary :party: and thank you for the feature :hug:
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hvala, i nema na čemu :)
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay for the anniversary! :boogie:

Ahh nostalgia...
My very first encounter with Lara was when I was... about 7-8 years old (not exactly sure). My half-brother is a devoted gamer and when he visited us, he always brought the latest games with him! So, at that time, he had brought Tomb Raider 3. I remember being *mindblown* with it. I was so small, and I remember thinking "Wow, the things this girl can do!" I kept watching my brother play, I kept watching Lara jump around, fire the guns... I also remember having an obsession with her long braid, heh;)
And I believe this was the moment my gamer self began to slowly appear!
Unfortunately, when my brother left, he took the game with him. I was really sad. And then I didn't have any contact with Tomb Raider games for years. (I don't know why, it just happened. Other games came up etc)

The time when I became a real, steady fan was when I turned 12. I made two new friends who loved Lara and they suggested I play too, since they knew I liked gaming as well. I went to their house and we played Anniversary. And suddenly, all those feelings I had from my TR first encounter came back!!:D Stronger this time! I bought my own copy of Anniversary, and played like mad. Then I got Legend and loved it to bits! Then The Angel of Darkness came... (I go backwards, hehe)...then Underworld....
.....and now here I am: A devoted TR fan waiting for the new TR game with so much excitement!! I hope it wil be amazing, like then previous ones. Thank you Eidos, for giving us such a fantastic game series. :heart:
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alienmasked Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Congratulations on your aniversary! :party:

Been a tomb raider fan for.. um.. maybe 6-8 years now I think.. :XD: ever since I finally got a PS2 and bought one of my first games AoD~ The story of the game drew me in and I was hooked (despite the evil controls which I never quite mastered ahahaha~) I played AoD with my sister, and she isn't a gamer, but she too loved the game! we would sit and figure out together how to get through the game~ how to maneuver the parisian backstreet (and run away from the freaking scary dogs chasing Lara), sneaking around the Louvre (oh, I loved those parts!! taser the guards ftw!) and then when I got to Tomb of ancients my ammo ran out and I quickly discovered the stungun/taser DOES NOT work on those stupid skeleton warriors!!!! D: so I spent a great deal of time hiding Lara in the hole where the switch was ;___; ahahaha~ xDD after being forced by my sister to continue (despite my fear of the undead creature) I made Lara run for it and I was back in business!!! then I helped my sister get past the part where you get all the stones only to get stuck at that SAME part with my own game -fail- and I still haven't finished it >.< That mix of fascination with the story and game and being totally paranoid and a sissy about the enemies made me love the game :XD: terror and excitement all at once lol~
It made me go out and search game store after game store for more TR games~~ and I bought them all for PC.. TR2 is my favorite next to AoD, although I never made it past maria doria/living quarters as I played it on my school pc and had to delete the game to turn in the pc for the summer :cries: I don't think I can make it past those sharks again without having a heartattack :lmao: I did buy the original PS1 game in Finland (forgot I needed a PS1 memory card for it >.<) so I later also downloaded it to my PS3~ (three copies is juuust right~~?)

Legend, Anniversary (the Egypt levels I could play over and over and over again! :love:) and Underworld were also great fun, even though they were soooo much easier than the earlier games~ and I got those for both PS2 and PS3~ sold my PS2 versions not too long ago though..
the thralls in Underworld is keeping me from playing it at the moment though ahaha~ XD Guardian of light was great fun to play with friends too~ :D

All in all from the first moment I played a TR game I loved the different elements to the games~~ the sometimes (lets face it: ALWAYS) difficult jumps and routes you have to take, the mythtical and mystical plots, Lara's strong character, the sweet panick when enemies suddenly ambush you, puzzles, treasure hunting and ah.. so much more I could list~ :heart:
bottomline is that Tomb Raider turned me into a gamer... :)

sorry for the neverending story~ >.< ;P
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Isa-Love-Anime Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
WHA, WHA... OH MY... My throat just got locked by seeing this, I can't believe it!!! O_O I, I got picked as an active and supportive member?? OMFG, I don't even know what to say!! Did I do anything special and I don't remember? I just, I don't even know what did I do to earn this! @_@ *flails*

I'm seriously speechless here, I was simply going to check the news for this great group, congratulate you guys on the Anniversary, and maybe give a look at the giveaway, and then I find this! It took me completely by surprise! o_o OMG, I'm so happy you people, this is extremely flattering and a huge honor, I didn't even thought I did so much for this community... xD (Are you sure this isn't a prank?? lol) Thank you so, so much for the feature and all, it's a real honor to be considered someone loyal and helpful for this group :heart:

(I'm so touched AND kinda out of time right now, so I may send my story of how I got into this amazing game some other time! XP)
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xXLushieXx Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, Tomb Raider... so many things have happened over the years c:

I started playing Tomb Raider when I was 3. Yes, 3. Only in her house, mind you. I loved how you could run and jump and I loved her house, it was amazing to me. I would always get my dad to lock Winston in the freezer so he would stop pestering me :P When I was a bit older, Dad let me kill a Raptor in The Lost Valley of Tomb Raider I. I sadly died. But I never gave up. I always admired her for her determination, courage and athletic ability, something I had always hoped to be. As I got older, Lara grew with me, rising to Angel of Darkness when I was 8, rebooting for Tomb Raider Legend just before my 11th birthday, and I stayed up all night when I was 13 to find Lara's mother in Underworld the day it was released. Lara has never left me.

I've followed Tomb Raider my whole life; I have all the games, I own both movies, I have a collection of the Editions Atlas figurines, and my most prized possession is my Sideshow Collectibles Premium Format figure: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Number 429 of 1500. I was also lucky enough to get one of the 5000 "The Art of Tomb Raider" book sets. I also have a Tomb Raider III PlayStation memory card. I finally became Lara this year for Oz Comic Con, and that was awesome, being able to at least pretend I was this brave and heroic woman.

I couldn't be more excited for Tomb Raider next year. It's already on my Steam account ready for download!!
So that's my story! Lara Fan from age 3 - forever. I can't wait to see where all this takes her c:
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ZinchaCondor Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy anniversary!
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smartguy123 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Happy Anniversary Tomb Raider Empire! :) :iconlaracroftplz:

My first experience with Tomb Raider was when I played Tomb Raider II on my PlayStation. I had never played a TR game before, so I didn't know what to expect. I did, however, read the manual beforehand. So what did I do with that information you might ask? Well, when the first tiger attacked Lara in the Great Wall of China, I gunned it down. I ran over and observed it. My dad, who was watching me, asked what I was doing. I told him I was looking for ammo because the manual said that defeated enemies might drop items. I was checking the tiger for ammo! Haha! I'll never forget that! :lol:

I remember when I got the orginal Tomb Raider, and saw the opening cutscene. I didn't play for about a week because I was scared to go into the caves because of the wolves! XD Since then I have collected all nine games and beaten five of them. I have also collected both TR movies, which I watch occasionally, as well as some figures of Miss Croft. My love for TR has never faultered, and I am super excited about the new TR coming up in March. It's one of the main reasons that I'm FINALLY getting an Xbox 360. Tomb Raider is my favorite video game series, and I love all the games and versions of Lara, Core and Crystal alike. Here is to 16 years of raiding, and hoping there are many more yet to come! Cheers! :D

Pics of my collection:
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Orphen5 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG Happy Anniversary!!!:iconlawooplz:,,, without you girls this group won't be that AWESOME !!! you are doing an absolutely amazing job in everything from the whole design , the Vault , the Challenge games, and the contest ,,, such a talent ,creativity and originality :love: , unlike other groups which are the same in everything and stealing ideas!! I'm so glad I'm a part of it and I couldn't believe my eyes that there's 2000+ members in less than a year , while other groups try so hard to pass the 200 , :iconbegplz:

Wish this group will be the #1 source for all TR arts and news and will continue for many years

I already tell my story with Lara in the TRblog but I'm happy to share it again =D
I have been a fan since the first game 1996 when my brother bought it for the first time , and used to watch him play it , I tried it for a couple of time but I couldn't pass the first level until I got my own PS1 for my birthday and start to play it myself , I felt in love with the game since then , but I start to love Lara as a character when I saw a huge poster promoting TR2 I felt like she was looking at me and I fell in love with her at that moment ,After a while I got a chance to visit ECTS (European Computer Trade Show) in 1997 and saw Rhona Mitra performing, That’s when I became officially crazy about Lara :heart:

long live the queen of the games!
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TheDarkNeon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now the real reason i love Tomb Raider...specifically Lara.

It once again stems back to when i first saw her in that Last Revelation trailer. She had this look to her, confident, bold, brash and the kind that doesn't take bull@#$% from anyone. She was literally a badass.

But eventually i was able to learn and peeled away at Lara's tough exterior (uh scuse the pun. ^^;) and found many many similarities to Well Bruce Wayne/Batman. Yes...I'm comparing Lara Croft to Batman. bear with me on this.

She was taken up in a life of privilage and her parents loved her so. then eventually one event changed everything. I'm borrowing more closely to the Legend storyline, saying her Mother's disappearence left lara a bit scarred. The way she furiously sketched each and every symbol of the rune and left behind her innocent e yetis showcased that a part her childhood innocence died the moment she lost her mother. She forged herself to be tough, relentless and able to adapt to any situation. with many tools at her disposal and wit as sharp as blade, she eventually had to deal with her Father's reported death and realized that it was now her against the world. True she confides to Winston and her other friends for support, but she literally dives right in, wanting to know the secrets to the entire world.

Then we have the portion on discussing her mentality. It was revealed in Underworld that lara's not really in the business to be a "Super hero", even though she constantly saves the world anyways. We figure out that she only DOES do the whole saving the world because it's in the line of her wanting to get to the bottom of things and she ends up having to clean the mess up. She would also show a bit of this in Angel of Darkness when Von Croy tries to seek her help, but she knows what he did to her. She's clearly not in the mood to do favors. Yet after what happened to him, she knew he didn't deserve a grim death and the fact she's been pointed the blame on, she strives to figure things out.

Like she said to Natla before, "I'm afraid you'v been misled. I only play for sport."

Now obviously, she does have the infamous title of raiding into tombs and taking valuable items. But really in the end, it's better in her hands than someone else's. She has zero intent on dominance, zero want to be seen as better than anyone else, nor does she have the care to be seen as a rich bachelorette. She is just herself, despite all that.

I guess the real reason why she got me hooked is that she showed herself as a mystery, which she also does to many characters in her games and stories. She's a complete mystery. Not complex. you can list her doings to a Tee. The point remains is that she remains a mystery EVEN to herself. She doesn't seem to have an intent of letting go of her tomb raiding business and trying to settle down. Most likely, she's trying to play it safe since she has even pissed off the Yakuza at times and that's pretty dicey. But i feel that she doesn't have any choice of it. It's just something that fate led her into and time and time again, she finds herself digging into more tombs and treasures. I see it as a pursuit of self. If she can figure out the world around her, she can figure out her place in it.

So take what you will, her charms, her guns, her outfit, her rogues, or her style. No one can fully know or decrypt the real adventure of Lara's franchise...the Mystery of Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider.
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ellieshep Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember exactly when mommy bought TR the last revelation to me, even if the third tomb raider was my real first, i ve played a lot the demo :D

my story is very short, cuz as every series i love, there's not really much words to write about, they just gave me a wonderful childhood: lara croft's tomb raider was my infant heroine, and the example of woman that I'd have liked to be: brilliant, cultured, beautiful such as simple, unstoppable.
at 8 y/o tomb raider came into my life, and now i still enjoy play its old titles :)
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laydiKroft Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Happy Anniversary! :party:

My story? Well, I don't remember exactly how it started. My dad got the game for PC from somewhere, I think. He used to play it every day and me, my sister and my mom used to be around him. We were part of the adventure, we were helping in solving the puzzles. When I got a bit older I sometimes helped with pushing some buttons. Through that time Lara became a part of our family. She was and still is my idol. I and my sister would often pretend to be her in simple things like walking or climbing the first rock we see. I remember how we had found cheats for maybe the second game and used to jump, step, circle as we do the cheat :D We don't have Halloween here, but I dressed as Lara once for a costume party at school. I also like to have clothes that match Lara's - for example blue tank top and brown pants.
Now that I'm older I love to play. I may even say that I'm much better than my dad. I played all the games after Angel of Darkness (even though never finished GoL - my computer got pre-installed and I didn't started it again. Plus the controls drive me crazy :P ) I also help my dad a lot with some acrobatics in Anniversary and Legend. Right now (when I have time, actually) I'm going from playing on PC to Xbox and since it's the first time I ever play with a controller it's quite difficult for me. :P
Now March can't come quick enough. This game looks so awesome! Can't wait to get my hands on it!!! :eager:

Unfortunately where I live there isn't a place where you can buy any collection stuff. I really want to have one of this huge collections with figurines and stuff. The only way to have anything is to buy from e-bay or amazon but it's very expensive :( I do have a TR shirt from TNM, though ( [link] ), hoping I'll get the other one too :)

Well, I guess that's from me. Thanks for reading and sorry if there are any mistakes (typos, grammar or anything else :P )


Keep the group up! And I'm waiting for the next "Challenge game"! I loved the first one (and missed the second) :)
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MotherofDragons Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad I could be a part of this groups First Anniversary! Happy Anniversary!!!


I don't really want to sound all cliche about how I got into Tomb Raider. I was twelve when it came out on the Playstation. But I was REALLY excited when my Mother purchased it for us. (My sister, and I.) We had to share the Playstation. So the deal was, I would play a level, and my sister would play a level. Of course no matter what Tomb Raider it is (My sister has ALWAYS been afraid to play the Water levels.) I mean yeah, there is something ominous about the ocean, or dark waters of Tomb Raider that don't settle well with you. You have to remember to go up for air, and I think that was partially the reason I actually 'loved' the water levels. Tomb Raider was a game (and this is how I see it) directed specifically towards us ladies. She was a strong independent woman, intelligent, and active. A female lead character with an actual story line. (Instead of the typical fighter game, where you could be a female character, and just fight other people. Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat. I love those games. But they really didn't develop much of a real story back then. Like Tomb Raider had done for Lara Croft.)

Mind you I was twelve. But Tomb Raider had me searching for a lot of female lead games. Such as Parasite Eve, Dino Crisis. Even Resident Evil (Since you could play Jill Valentine). I think things like Tomb Raider, Xena Warrior Princess, etc. Have actually made me mentally a stronger person. And that is all I really have to say about that.
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for your story! Don't forget that in order to participate in the premium membership giveaway you should also add this blog to your favourites :+favlove:
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MotherofDragons Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
xD I forgot to add it to my favorites. Sorry I've been unwell all day. :adds it now:
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Lokianna Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy anniversary! ^^

And how did I become a fan? My mom raised me to love Tomb Raider to be honest. She would always play the games on our old Mac, and when I heard the ancient computer turn on, I knew she was going to play, so I ran up the stairs to watch. There was a lot of cheering and yelping, especially with the t-rex and the mummies. Eventually I was old enou to understand how to play and she taught me, and now I play every game just to be immersed in the story. I suppose Lara is my idol in a way.

[link] Towards the middle of this meme I have some of my TR treasures. When I get home I'll try and get them all together for a nice family reunion. ^^
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww:

Your story was a pleasure to read, but don't forget that in order to participate in the premium membership giveaway you should also add this blog to your favourites :+favlove:
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Lokianna Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the reminder! I had to leave for class and forgot to hit the button. ^^;
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TheDarkNeon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A mom gamer? damn, now I'm jealous. :3

I mean sure, my dad played some games even being a dad like Metal Gear Solid and GUitar hero, but Moms being game players are like a rare and awesome breed!
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Lokianna Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My mom says thank you. xD

She and I always play TR, Guitar Hero, NFS, and a couple others. lol My dad doesn't play video games. So they're kinda the opposite of normal parents.
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TheDarkNeon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm....why i got into Tomb Raider.

Truth be told, it was curiousity. But it was a curiousity that stemmed when i first saw the Pizza hut Demo disc trailer for Tomb Raider The Last Revelation. I was really intrigued watching the trailer that i had the tune to it imbedded into my brain. Then after that, i eventually came to notice that the Tomb Raider franchise became a movie. which to me at the time when i was little was a VERY cool idea. Video games being looked upon as films? Its awesome! (ironic i would discover that good video game flicks are few and far between, but the TOmb Raider ones were pretty good in themselves)

I got even more curiouser when Tomb Raider's "Legend" series were about to begin. Eventually, i pulled Out Tomb Raider: legend, finally deciding to give Ol Lara a chance and....WOW....Just...WOW. I loved every single minute of it. It had that distinct adventure style to Indiana Jones, but taken to a higher level and modernized...and given the double X Chromosome treatment. >w> But regardless, Lara's adventure to seek out her mother's demise was really interesting. Later I picked up both Tomb Raider movies to get a good look see and was amazed that Angie Jolie was bold enough to actually IMMERSE herself to become Lara, making nearly every shot that made it into the movie be HER and not her stunt double.

I even got one of those REALLY hard to find Tomb Raider figures from the video games in her classic Teal shirt and short shorts, complete with bengal tiger.

But i think i SHOULD share thise part. I have the Entire Legend trilogy on PS3, but i'm nervous to play the Underworld game simply cause...well..how shall i put it? Giant arachnids and me aren't that great a match. But Like Lara herself, i hope to one day push myself to the limits and find away to overcome this to fully experience Lara's final adventure in that timeline. I even hope to get all her classic PS1 games. One of which i have in my grasp is..well ironically the one that got me to meet Lara for the first time. Tomb Raider The Last Revelation. :D neat huh?


Whether its watching Angie portray her on the big screen, watching her multi-animated Re/Visioned series, reading her comic books or even playing out the adventures, I can always expect to find an amazing time spending with Lady Lara Croft herself. :)


and now, I await eagerly for the amazing reboot coming next year. I've followed and supported this thing the entire time, from her reveal on Game Informer to now. :D I can't wait to be there and witness a rebirth of one of the most iconic video game fem fatale to forge her destiny as a Tomb Raider. :D
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for your story! Don't forget that in order to participate in the premium membership giveaway you should also add this blog to your favourites :+favlove:
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TheDarkNeon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my mistake!! ^^; um. can i add another comment? its not to try to get an extra leg, just i feel i haven't fully expressed the full reason i love Lara. ^^;
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely :)
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TheRaiderInside Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay!! :iconexcitedlaplz:
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:

Why don't you tell your story of becoming TR fan and get a chance to win Premium Subscription? ;)
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