Sunday, 30 September 2012

Keep Calm Tomb Raider Posters

Very talented and a hard working icon in the Tomb Raider community, Katie Fleming has created a new section on her website where she has created her own "Keep Calm Tomb Raider Posters". A few days ago, she uploaded a video to her Tomb Raider vlog channel on YouTube telling us a brief history of the popular "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters and why she decided to make them. I thought that these were a fantastic idea and had only seen one quite like it before. I think my favourite one would have to be "Keep Calm and Lock Winston In The Freezer". She said herself that we can all relate to this one!

If you would like to print them out yourself and hang them on a frame or whatever then you can visit a link  I will leave at the bottom of the page and it will take you to the posters she has made at the moment. Quite a while ago I shared on Google+ another one that I had found that looked like this:

I am now so interested in the idea of the "Keep Calm" posters that I am going to try to make my own. I did try making one in the past a while ago put it didn't go so well. To avoid huge embarrassed  I will just show you one of the posters I made using the "Keep Calm o matic" I found yesterday. It lets you fully customize you're own poster and it is really fun to look around in the gallery and find what other people have made. This is one I made yesterday.



I really love Katie's creativity and effort into these posters and I highly recommend you print them out. I am starting a "Tomb Raider wall" collection where I will collect pictures and posters and put them together by my desk in my bedroom and these posters will be PERFECT there! Thanks again Katie!

Speaking of Katie Fleming, she is also hosting another silent auction on her website called "An Evening at the Louvre". I have already spied a few things I would love to add to my collection. If you would like to expand your Tomb Raider collection then go have a peek at her new silent auction as well! :)

Keep Calm and Raid on!

Katie's Tomb Raider Posters 

"An Evening at the Louvre"; Katie's second silent auction

The "Keep Calm o matic"

Friday, 21 September 2012

LP's coming soon!

I have been persuaded and inspired by a number of YouTubers and gamers to start LPing which if you don't know stands for Let's Playing. I know a lot of people are already doing it but I would like to get into the gaming community more, especially for the Tomb Raiders. My online name for over a year has been "iJayzon" and my new channel is called "iJayzonGames". I was originally going to do Tomb Raider vlogs like Katie Fleming, but I think that doing Let's Plays will be easier and more fun for me. Around the middle of October I shall make an introduction video and introduce the games I will be playing. Obviously Tomb Raider and some TRLE games that I recommend, but I would also like some suggestions for games. I don't want to play Call of Duty or any game that is mindlessly killing people because they are really boring for me. I prefer games that have a good story line, with the right mix of action and adventure and puzzle solving. Tomb Raider is my perfect game! I will also want to play games like Portal as my friends say that it is really great. I may even toss in the strange unrelated game like Fa├žade which can be hilarious to play! :)

Thanks for reading and I hope you check out my channel! :D

Monday, 17 September 2012

TRLE Reviews: The Serpent Gemstone

Welcome to a new feature I am hosting on my blog. I will be reviewing lots of TRLE levels that I come across as well as going in depth in a video review that I am planning to do towards the end of the year. I did previously have a page for my TRLE reviews but I have decided to delete it and make it a series instead! OK! Let's get started! :)

The Serpent Gemstone by God Horus

The Serpent Gemstone was the very first TRLE level I downloaded. I was amazed to find such detail in these five levels. I had hours of fun trying to figure out the tricky traps and getting lost in Croft Manor. It really made me feel like I was replaying the Core Design games again. Not only has God Horus provided amazing gameplay but has also introduced a sequel (The Croft Curse) about one of the mercenaries that Lara tried to kill


Plot - After training in Lara's tomb-like training course underneath the Manor, she travels to Peru in search of the Serpent Gemstone. Bats, wolves and spiders try to defend the tomb but are no match for Lara. Once she acquires the gemstone she must escape from the evil Jade and her mercenaries that ambush her on the way out. After dealing with them Lara hops in her Jeep and drives off. Another artefact recovered for her collection!


Levels:

  • Croft Manor
  • Egyptian Training Area
  • The Mountain Caves
  • City of Vilcabamba 
  • The Serpent Gemstone

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Angel of Darkness Sequel

My personal favourite storyline in the Tomb Raider series will be Angel of Darkness for quite a while. The characters, the murder, the mystery, everything about it I love. In the past I have tried to write a sequel to the game but have never done it. After watching Katie Fleming's recent debate on Crystal Dynamics finishing the Angel of Darkness story before making Legend, it got me into reading what other fans thought of the game and the possible sequel. Many thought that Angel of Darkness was an amazing story and wished that the writer could have published a sequel, but others think that "It needs to be forgotten".

The ending to the Angel of Darkness was quite unclear when I first watched it, but after a few replays I discorvered that when Lara is pulled accross room by Kurtis' Chirugai, it could be Kurtis in the darkness that Lara promptly smiles to. She then walks over to the darkness and the cutscene ends. Many fans belive that Kurtis is the only one who can control his weapon as he is part of the Lux Veritatis. Perhaps this means that other members of the ancient order also have their own weapon similar to Kurtis' that they can control.

What do you think about the ending to Angel of Darkness? Even without the explained answers I think the final cinematic shows a great end to the Angel of Darkness and to Core Design's Lara Croft. I hope a great sequel is one day made for fans to enjoy. I do know though that some fans are creating a TRLE sequel so I'm looking forward to that! :)

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Tomb Raider Trading Cards

Official Tomb Raider cards
released around 1999
Cards I made when I was younger
I have a big chest of drawers full of stuff that I have kept over the years like old drawings and school work and whilst I was going through it I found some old Tomb Raider cards that I made when I was seven. They were pretty good considering my knowledge of Tomb Raider isn't as big as it is now. I only made five or six, however it did remind me of some official Tomb Raider cards that were released around 1999. About a year   or two ago I found a shop that were selling these and of course didn't hesitate to buy them and they are pretty cool.

Finding these brought back so many old memories from when I was younger. I started to think about old trading cards that I have collected over the years like Pokemon cards, Doctor Who cards and so I wanted to make a small project from now until whenever. I would like to start my own little Tomb Raider trading card game. I just want to make a few cards for myself, but I'll see how it goes. I may in the future put up  page explaining what I'm planning for it and how it will all work.

For anybody that is interested this is what the back of the cards will look like showing Lara, the logo and my blog name. I hope you will find this interesting as I am really hoping it will all work out fine. :)



Sunday, 2 September 2012

TR4 glitch

With each slot being filled as I go on through the game.
I encountered a glitch when I was playing Tomb Raider 4. I was at the bit where you have to collect the Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern shaft keys in order to gain access to the Temple of Horus level. I had only picked up three of the shaft keys and hadn't realised I forgot to find the fourth until I had to place them in The Great Pyramid.When I save in the Tomb Raider games I tend to save in each slot so it would look like this normally:

Because of this, it meant that I couldn't return to the level where you have to pick up the remaining shaft key because I had saved over that save. I know, I'm stupid. In order to continue the game I would have to forget about placing the shaft keys in The Great Pyramid and use the level skip cheat to get to the Temple of Horus. When I entered I just wanted to do a quick inventory check and noticed this:

It turns out that if you don't use some items in your inventory and skip the level that you have to use them in, the game glitches and your items become Lara's shorts. This happened to all three of the shaft keys. I encountered a similar glitch in Tomb Raider 5 where if you don't use stones in the Rome levels and skip the cutscene where she places them into the gate, the game glitches and turns your item into Lara's shorts. Such fun! :)

I hope you like my blog as if I encounter more strange bugs and glitches like this I would be more than happy to publish them. I have set up two pages to accompany the Home page tab. These are "Lara's biography" (the Core Design one(I may do a Crystal Dynamics one as well)) and a "TRLE page" where I will display screenshots and information about my favourite TRLE levels that I find. If you like then please comment telling me a TRLE level you would like me to play. :)

Saturday, 1 September 2012

New blog!


Hello all! My name is Jason Scott and welcome to my Tomb Raider blog! Here I shall be sharing news from the games including released screenshots, gameplay and other news. Hopefully you will like it as I will hope to put a lot of effort into this! I have been a fan of the Tomb Raider games since a very young age and would love to interact more with the Tomb Raider community and I think this blog will help me. I already have some ideas for competitions or debates that I would be happy to share on my blog and talk a lot more with fellow tomb raider fans like myself. I hope you find it interesting. :)