Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Extra Life Charity Marathon and Prize Raffle

Hello friends and fellow raiders. This weekend, October 25-26, 2014, I will be participating in Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming marathon to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Please sponsor me!

I will be gaming for Boston Children's Hospital, which provides specialized care for children from across North America and more than 100 other countries. If you'd rather support a local hospital, I encourage you to check out this list of Team Tomb Raider Community members. There are 22 of us playing for 19 different hospitals.

Donating online is safe and easy. Just visit my Extra Life page to get started. If you'd like to donate offline with a check or money order made out to "Children's Miracle Network Hospitals," that's fine too. Contact me and we'll work out the details. Your contribution is tax deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help hospitalized kids.

In case you need a little incentive to help out, I will be hosting a Tomb Raider livestream and PRIZE RAFFLE throughout the marathon weekend. I hope you'll join me and the team. We'll be playing and chatting on and You can also follow me on Twitter for regular updates on the the games we're streaming, guest players, and our fundraising progress throughout the event. For a chance to win some awesome Tomb Raider swag, just click the banner below and fill out the entry form.

Extra Life Prize Raffle

Questions? Contact me by emailFacebook, or Twitter.

Thank you for caring!

Video courtesy of Extra Life.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris PC System Requirements and More

As you all know, last week I met with our Community Manager, Meagan Marie, in New York and brought her a bunch of your questions about the upcoming games Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Since the Rise release is still quite a way off, those will have to wait, but she was able to consult the Temple of Osiris developers for details about that game. She also thanked everyone for their patience as she settles in at Crystal and gets back up to speed.

Several players asked: Will the Gold Edition physical goods be available separately in Europe as they are in the North American Square Enix store? (Apparently Xbox One players can't get the Gold Edition over there.)

We don't currently have any plans to do this. The Gold Edition in Europe will contain the physical elements as well as a disc for the game, either on PS4 or PC, and a code for the season pass.

(If you don't mind paying for overseas shipping, fans outside North America can order the Gold Edition Physical Goods from the North American Square Enix Store. Note that the product description says it includes the season pass. This is not correct. The physical goods package includes the Lara figurine, art book, and map. The game and season pass are available separately. –Stella)

Harry (from The Music of Tomb Raider fansite) asks: Will there be an official soundtrack release for Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, as Al Wilmer teased.

No news as of this moment.

Filarwen asks: Will Temple of Osiris support mixed local/online coop so that 4 people play with two computers online with each other?

Yes, the game is drop-in, drop-out co-op, allowing you to play with two people on the couch, and two people online, or any mixture thereof.

And-Ray asks: Will there be any type of CD version for LCTOO?

The Gold Edition in Europe for PC and PS4 will have a disk. In North America, the Gold Edition box contains all of the physical collectibles, and then digital download codes for the game and the season pass are provided separately.

Maël asks: Does the game have some Easter eggs from past games?

We pay tribute to past games through costumes such as the Legend Lara pack. As for Easter eggs, you'll have to wait and see.

Several people asked about the PC system requirements. Meagan has promised to share them in her Friday fan-site update. In the mean time, Steam has posted the following list, which I will amend if necessary tomorrow.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris PC System Requirements

OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
Processor: 2.0 GHz high end Dual Core CPU
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6000 series or better / NVidia GeForce 500 series or better
DirectX: Version 11

OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
Processor: Quad core CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 or Intel Core i5-750
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD R7/ NVidia GTX 650
DirectX: Version 11

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris screenshot - click to enlarge

Monday, October 13, 2014

Quick, Last-Minute Tomb Raider Halloween Costumes

Sara has been a cosplayer and webmaster for nearly 10 years. Visit her site for a full bio and photos.
If you've put off your Lara Croft Halloween costume until now, don't worry; we've got you covered. Guest blogger Sara from presents six ideas to complete your costume in no time.

Halloween is about 3 weeks away and you can order all this from eBay, your favorite trusted online store, or your local clothes/sporting goods place. If you are buying online, make sure the delivery times are short before you commit.

From classic Lara to her latest incarnation, we have something for everybody, these are not meant to be exact replicas of Lara's outfits. As the title suggests, they are your last-minute DIY solutions.

Tomb Raider 1: Lara's Home Outfit

Quick and easy Lara Croft costume from Tomb Raider 1

This is one of the easiest costumes to replicate in a pinch. All you need is a sports bra, sweat pants and two wrist sweat bands.

If you are at home, you won't need any shoes. If you are going out then you can add your sneakers to this look, put your hair in a bun and you'll be good to go!

Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness Denim Outfit

Quick and easy Lara Croft costume from Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness

Also an incredibly easy outfit to recreate, since everyone owns denim jeans and some kind of black top.

If you are buying a denim jacket, make sure that it's cropped. As for your shoes, you really can't go wrong here, just plain brown/black boots will work. Add a pair of sunglasses for the finishing touch. If you don't have one, try a friend or a family member.

Tomb Raider Legend Tokyo Dress (Not Ripped)

Quick and easy Lara Croft costume from Tomb Raider Legend

This is a very classy look for maybe a club Halloween party. True, it does not look like a Lara outfit when seen by people who don't know her, but it's still an amazing outfit that is really easy and perfect for your last-minute rush. Add a pair of toy pistols and you'll be more easily recognized. I would buy the dress and shoes online. As for the accessories, I'd recommend you try to find black shoe laces to make the necklace and the bracelet out of.

The purse is not necessary but great to put your things in while out and about. You can always borrow it from a friend or family member if you don't already own one.

Tomb Raider Legend: Biker No Jacket

Quick and easy Lara Croft biker costume from Tomb Raider Legend

Biker Lara is sexy yet it's perfect for the brisk month of October. All you will need is a gray long sleeve V-neck, black faux leather leggings, your old pair of boots, a black backpack, and because you will probably not have any time to craft the holsters, you can carry your prop guns and just wear a belt over the shirt like Lara does.

ebay Search: Leggings, Shirt, Guns

Tomb Raider 2013: Clean Lara

Quick and easy Lara Croft survivor costume

Although this clean Lara costume seems simple, it might be a bit tricky to execute. Cargo pants are incredibly hard to find if you are on a tight budget. Since this is only for Halloween, you might want to just wear plain brown pants.

The tank tops and the boots are easy. Even if your boots are higher, you can pull your pants over them to hide the top portion. As for the necklace, if you don't have time to make one yourself, you can find various replicas of Lara's pendant on Etsy, including my own custom-made version. Or skip the pendant and just wear a shoelace or a piece of brown yarn around your neck.

Tomb Raider 2013: Muddy/Bloody Lara *Early in the game*

Quick and easy Lara Croft survivor costume

Dirty/Bloody Lara is probably the best costume to keep in the spirit of Halloween. You can cosplay the version of Lara where she's just out of the caves (first few minutes of gameplay) so you don't have to have all the accessories.

If you are willing to cut up your clothes, rip up your blue tank top and cargo pants. Then add blood and brown acrylic paint to simulate dirt and mud (to the clothes). Put the same brown acrylic on gauze bandages and wrap them around your thigh and boots as pictured above.

Use brown eyeshadow all over your body to simulate dirt there too, and don't forget about your face and Lara's wound (the puncture wound under her rib).

Thank you so much for reading. I really hope this helps you out. Thank you, Stella, for having me guest blog again! Have a happy and safe Halloween!

If you need more detailed tutorials, or if you want help making a different Lara Croft outfit, visit Sara's site, She has also contributed two other articles to this blog: Creating Your Own Classic Lara Croft Halloween Costume and Releasing Your Inner Lara: Tomb Raider Cosplay.

Garment pictures from eBay. Tomb Raider Pictures from Core Design and Crystal Dynamics.