December 3, 2023

Tomb Raider Community Extra Life 2023 Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the 27 winners of the Tomb Raider Community Team's Extra Life raffle! Everyone has been contacted by email. We hope to hear from you all soon so we can send you your prizes.

GRAND PRIZE: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Exclusive Edition statue by Gaming Heads - Evan M. (USA)

Rise of the Tomb Raider: The Official Art Book (Limited Edition) - Sawyer M. (USA)
TR25 Reimagined Box Art Poster Bundles - Dr. John Oakland (UK), JT (USA), and Nadia B. (UK). Alternate winners (chosen after two first-round winners didn't respond): zCroft and Rykaine (both USA).
Official Tomb Raider Cookbook - Alessandra (Denmark), Amanda (USA), fridax (Germany), GateByte (Canada)
Pixel Pals Survivor Lara Croft - DemonikTeddyBear (USA), Joel R. (USA), Maddy (USA)
Taryn Platt Lara Portrait Print - Hexzell (Canada)
Lara Croft Playmates Action Figure - OperaLC (USA)
"It's A New Adventure" Inna Vjuzhanina Art Print - Prash (Australia), Terenete (Croatia)
Hunger Club "Valley Assault" Poster - Keziah R. (South Africa)
Tomb Raider Legends: The Board Game - Melissa (USA)
Tomb Raider Collectible Card Game Two-Player Quest Deck Set - James C. (Canada)
Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel Symphony 4-CD set signed by composer Peter Connelly - Nico N. (UK)
Tomb Raider Suite Double CD set signed by composer Nathan McCree - André L. (Portugal)
Totaku Shadow of the Tomb Raider Figurine - Anthony J. (USA)
Tomb Raider I - II - III Remastered for Steam/GOG - Michelle N. (USA), Mr Mad Mothy (UK), Se-mi92 (Germany)

The team is grateful to everyone who entered the raffle, donated to our fundraiser, watched our livestreams, and helped to spread the word. As of today we have raised $11,370 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. Your contributions go directly to local children's hospitals to fund critical life-saving treatments and healthcare services, along with innovative research, vital pediatric medical equipment, and child life services.

Photo montage of all Extra Life raffle prizes. Please follow the link for detailed descriptions

We would also like to give special thanks to the following prize donors who helped make this raffle and our marathon weekend a success. 💙

  • Nicolas Fructuoso donated the Rise of the Tomb Raider art book, as well as the signed Dark Angel Symphony and Tomb Raider Suite CDS, and supports the team's efforts throughout the year.
  • Our teammate Taryn Platt gave her time and her beautiful Lara Croft portrait print.
  • Our teammate Lilly Jericho has been streaming for the cause throughout Extra Life season and donated the classic collectible Playmates figure.
  • Crystal Dynamics opened their vaults to share the TR25 Poster Bundles, Cookbooks, and Pixel Pals.
  • All of the gamers who have donated through my Ko-fi page this year. Your contributions helped us buy and ship the other great prizes!

November 2, 2023

Extra Life 2023: Play Games, Heal Kids, Win Fabulous Prizes!

We're at it again! The Tomb Raider Community team, led by yours truly, will be streaming another weekend-long charity marathon to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Join us on Twitch Saturday, November 4, starting at 6 am Eastern (10 am GMT) for two full days of gaming. Last year, we raised over $10,000. We're hoping to exceed that in 2023. You can help make it happen!

Follow this link for our EXTRA LIFE MARATHON SCHEDULE for your local time zone.
This year, we have 30 team members, raising money for dozens of local children's hospitals. Some are offering special incentives for donors. I encourage you to check out their fundraising pages for details.
  • ArkRaiderMs (Golisano Children's Hospital, Syracuse) - Anyone who donates through Ark's fundraising page Saturday or Sunday has a chance at winning a brand new Tomb Raider Legends board game.
  • IzzyNoodles (Extra Life general fund) - Izzy has a variety of on-stream incentives linked to her Extra Life fundraising page, from novelty glasses and hot-sauce shots to choosing a game for a future stream.
  • Seibermaki (UC Davis Children's Hospital) - The Sacramento Extra Life Guild is giving away an amazing LEGO Rivendell set. Each $5 donation unlocks one chance to win. (Ends midnight PDT November 5.)
  • Stardust Legacy (Children's Hospital Los Angeles) - Jessie is offering various 'Art for Your Heart' incentives again this year. $25 unlocks a full-color drawing of your chosen character/OC, $50 a fully rendered scene of one to two characters with background. Or, you can choose a Plush Adoption Kit from World Wildlife Fund for a $75 donation.
  • Stellalune (San Jorge Children and Women's Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico) - Donate $5+ by December 1 for a chance to win a Wētā Workshop Mini Epics: Lara vs Raptor statuette.
  • Taryn Platt (Children's Hospital Colorado) - Taryn is offering a variety of art incentives, including Tomb Raider and Tombstone stickers, as well as original artwork of favorite characters, people, and pets. One of her prints is also a prize in the team raffle (below).
  • Unchart3dRaider (Riley Children's Health, Indianapolis) - Donate $100 for a one-on-one Discord chat with Earl Baylon (Jonah Maiava in the Tomb Raider games and upcoming anime), Raidercast's Chris Carpineti, or Tomb Raider streamer/YouTuber Steve of Warr. Sessions are limited, so first come, first served.

Other team members may announce giveaways and other incentives on stream, so be sure to tune in throughout the weekend.

The TOMB RAIDER COMMUNITY EXTRA LIFE RAFFLE runs through November 30. We're giving away 26 fantastic prizes, including a Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Exclusive Edition statue by Gaming Heads. No donation is necessary to enter, but Extra Life donors unlock bonus raffle entries.

Photo montage of all Extra Life raffle prizes. Please follow the link for detailed descriptions and entry form.
If you've already donated and would like to claim extra raffle entries, contact me and I'll make sure that happens.

We understand not everyone can donate. We'd be thrilled if you could help spread the word, stop by the streams, and cheer us on. Your support means everything!

The team would like to thank the Tomb Raider developers, Crystal Dynamics, and long-time friend Nicolas Fructuoso for supporting our efforts and donating prizes for the raffle. Special thanks to Earl, Chris, and Steve for generously donating their time, and to our teammates Taryn Platt and Lilly Jericho, who also donated prizes this year.

September 16, 2023

Classic Tomb Raider Remasters Launching February 2024

It's been a few decades, but at last, the first three Tomb Raider games are being remastered for modern computers and consoles. Developer Crystal Dynamics is partnering with Aspyr, the company behind previous Macintosh Tomb Raider ports, to release Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Starring Lara Croft  for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam, GOG, and Epic Games.

The official announcement, made during the Nintendo Direct livestream on September 14, featured this trailer highlighting a few iconic levels from each game.

According to the developers, players will be able to toggle between enhanced and original graphics on the fly, as well as switch between classic and modern control schemes. Naturally, the updated games will include unlockable achievements and trophies.

The bundle, priced at $29.99 U.S., will include the mainline games, as well as all of the official expansions: "Unfinished Business" and "Shadow of the Cat" for TR1, "The Golden Mask" for TR2, and the All Hallows secret level and "The Lost Artifact" expansion for TR3.* This will be the first time console players will have the opportunity to play most of these bonus levels.

Tomb Raider I-III Remastered will release on Lara Croft's birthday, February 14, 2024. Preorders are open now.
On a more personal note, as many of you know, I've been on hiatus for the past few years. This announcement has inspired me to get cracking on the major site overhaul I've been planning for a while. I'll be diving into that project soon, and I look forward to seeing you all again in February.

*Follow this link for a timeline of the various Tomb Raider game release dates.