May 22, 2020

Cradle of Life Online Watch Party This Saturday!

The results of the Twitter polls are in. Our Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life party will be this Saturday, May 23!

Here's how it works: Everyone will start watching the movie on their own device at the same time. (See below.)

The live chat will be via Twitter. Follow the hashtag #CradleofLifeParty and be sure to include this tag in your posts so we'll all be able to see what you type.

I will be online at least an hour before the party starts, so if you have questions/issues, you can message me (@stellalune), and of course, you're welcome to contact me before then.

Since the film is available in different formats with slightly different run times, here's how we'll sync our viewing:

  • Queue up the movie, skip any opening logos, and pause at the point where the black screen just begins to fade into a view of the ocean. At exactly noon EDT (5pm UK time), we'll all press Play.

  • Intermission will be at approximately 1:09. There's a scene where Lara and another character base jump off a tall building. PAUSE THE MOVIE when Lara lands on the boat.

  • We'll then resume at exactly 1:20 pm (6:20 UK time). This will give everyone a quick break. When we start again, we should all be in sync once more.


If you don't already own the film, you can rent it on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, BBC iPlayer, etc. It's also available to stream on Netflix and Hulu in some regions, though not all. If you're having trouble finding it, let me know.


Start time is noon Eastern Daylight Time (USA). If you're not sure what that is in your local time, try, etc.


Twitter hashtags are not case sensitive, so #CradleofLifeParty, #cradleoflifeparty, and #CRaDLEoFLIFEPartY are all the same. Again, be sure to include this tag in each post so everyone following the tag will see it.

Feel free to express your opinions, but please be courteous. It's OK to disagree, but personal attacks, rudeness, etc., are not cool. If you don't want to see a particular person's posts, you can mute or block them. See Twitter help for details.

If you're using the Twitter website, rather than the app, you might want to try Tweetdeck. You can set up a column for the #CradleofLifeParty hashtag that will scroll automatically as people post. You'll see tweets in order and you won't have to refresh the page. If you need help with that, let me know in advance. I'm happy to assist but I may not have time right before the party.

I look forward to seeing you there!

May 19, 2020

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life Online Watch Party

As many of you know, I've never seen The Cradle of Life. Now that we're all isolating, I thought it would be fun to have an online watch party this weekend. Twitter is my main social media platform, so I've posted two polls there asking people's preferences. If you'd like to get involved, please check this thread.

As far as logistics go, everyone will need their own copy of the movie, either on DVD, streaming, etc. We'll synchronize our start time and probably schedule a few intermissions so people can take a quick break and make sure we're all more or less in sync. Then, we'll watch together and text chat as the action unfolds.

Date: Either Saturday, May 23, or Sunday, May 24. Vote here.

Time: Noon EDT (9 am Pacific, 5pm UK time, etc.) I know the timing is bad for people in Asia/Aus/NZ, and I'm sorry, but I chose 12pm Eastern to include as many people as possible.

Where: On Twitter using an agreed-upon hashtag (#CradleofLifeParty?), on a private Discord server set up for the occasion, or elsewhere...? Vote here.

I will post more details once the votes are in. I hope to see you there!

December 1, 2019

Extra Life 2019 Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the 24 winners of the Tomb Raider Community Team's Extra Life prize raffle! Everyone has been contacted by email. We hope to hear from you all soon so we can send you your prizes.

Gaming Heads Lara Croft Statue - Alona P., USA
Taryn Platt Artwork - Stardust Legacy, USA
Temple of Osiris Lithograph - Aaron B., UK
Art of Tomb Raider Book Set - Norbert T., UK
Tomb Raider Legends Board Game - Joshua - New Zealand
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition - Lara_Shin, UK
Loot Crate T-shirt and Minifigure - Charlotte T., Australia, and Chris A., USA
Tomb Raider Coloring Book - Ryan and Austin B., both USA
Lara Croft GO Viewmaster - Rident, UK, and Smantha K., USA
Lara Croft Totaku Figure - Vladan, Serbia
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Art Book - LuckyThirteenth, USA
Tomb Raider Collectible Card Game Set - Hexzell, Canada; Gunter M., USA; and Jack A., Mexico
ToyBiz Lara Croft Figure - Lauppfrosch, Germany
Rise of the Tomb Raider Razer Mouse - Chris M. and Michael C., both USA
Alicia Vikander Barbie - Angelo W., Netherlands
Tomb Raider Mystery Box - Sprinter_1, UK; Evan M., USA; and Vanessa, France

Thanks to everyone who entered, donated to our Extra Life efforts, watched our livestreams, and helped to spread the word! As of today we have raised $5,195 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. If you haven't donated yet but would like to, Extra Life accepts contributions through the end of the year. Visit the team's Extra Life page for details.

We would also like to give special thanks to the following prize donors for helping to make this raffle and our marathon weekend such a success. đŸ’™

  • Artist Taryn Platt (also an Extra Life team player) for donating her time and her beautiful Lara artwork.
  • Tom from Lara Croft Online for donating some of the treasure box items.
  • Crystal Dynamics for donating the computer mice and several items for the TR treasure boxes.
  • Square Enix MontrĂ©al for the Lara Croft GO Viewmasters.
  • All of the gamers who have donated through my Ko-fi page this year. Your contributions helped us buy and ship these great prizes!