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Throwback Thursday: Tomb Raider Meeting 2016

For today's Throwback Thursday, I introduce you to our German Tomb Raider Meeting, an annual 4-day event taking place in Bad Grund, Lower Saxony (in w [...] Thu, 05 Apr 2018

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider Announced

Today, the day of the release of the Tomb Raider movie starring Alicia Vikander, also marks the announcement of the next Tomb Raider game called Shadow of the Tomb Raider. It's release is set six months from now, on 14 September 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4 and XBox One.
15 March 2018
in Shadow of the Tomb Raider News

Site News March 2018

While I spent most of February filling the tumblr blog at with new content, March will be another month where I'll invest a lot of time in filling gaps on the website.

One of the projects I am currently working on is the revision of the Tomb Raider (2013) pages (inspired by the release of the Tomb Raider (2018) movie which borrows elements from the game).
12 March 2018
in General News

Throwback Thursday: Tomb Raider Meeting 2016

05 April 2018 in Tomb Raider Meeting

For today's Throwback Thursday, I introduce you to our German Tomb Raider Meeting, an annual 4-day event taking place in Bad Grund, Lower Saxony (in what is called the "Harz") around June, by detailing the 2016 gathering. On a side note: Anyone is invited to attend our "Tomb Raider Meeting", but we are aware that most people outside of Germany feel that the journey to get there is quite long. It is basically a follow-up article to the one from April 2016.

Tomb Raider Meeting XVII

Our 17th annual Tomb Raider Meeting was the first after the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider. Although most of those in attendance keeping up with the releases of current games had played it by now, there were a couple of PlayStation gamers - and PC gamers whose current systems were not able to run the game. Thus, playing Rise was one of the main things we did, besides playing the new Uncharted. Of course there was still the group of level builders and those who enjoyed recent custom levels as well as those that just leaned back and talked with one another.

The Main Event

As for our main event, which was organised by me and Jan from WikiRaider, we had the groups hunting for treasure, in the form of gems. With 12 willing participants we had three groups (the Adventurers, the Golddiggers - which Jan renamed into Grave Robbers half-way-through -, and the Pirates) of four members, with varying skills in gaming and outdoor exploration (especially the use of a GPS), spread evenly. On Friday these teams could search the house for gems and earn some bonus gems for playing the Endurance mode of Rise of the Tomb Raider (on Xbox). We hid the gems in pairs of two, with a piece of sellotape. Funnily the one we taped to the back of one of the most used doorknobs remained hidden the longest. Although I think that there might still be two in the  "cinema" that are yet to be found. ;-) Later that day we invited everyone to the cinema to try their luck in Endurance mode.  The rules were:  
  • escape whenever you like
  • each completed day was worth one gem
  • every three artefacts were worth another gem
Many overestimated their endurance skills and while there were some who had the chance to bring home eight gems or more, none of them managed to extract with the helicopter. Only one player, a newbie who struggled with the controls, managed to score a single gem by surviving one day and extracting immediately without a haul. Everyone had two chances to improve their previous attempt. On Saturday, the main event day, we handed each team a set of photos or drawings with clues to a larger treasure. They had to find whatever was shown on the image out in the real world (in the town of Bad Grund) and at that location we had hidden a number. Each team had to find 6 numbers to form the last three digits of a set of GPS coordinates, where their treasure was hidden. All teams managed to find their treasure quickly, which was good for them, because we had designed it in a way, where a team, once they found their own treasure, would receive the set of clues of the next team, enabling them to steal another team's haul.

Other Details abou "Tomb Raider Meeting"

For those unfamiliar with the event, let me explain it. The event is organised by fans like you and me (and in my case that is literally true). We rent a large holiday home suitable for 40+ people where we can do our own cooking (which limits our booking options severely, hence we end up in the middle of nowhere). In our case the house comes with a large kitchen, a large dining room, a large community room and a cinema room with a 46inches (a guess, no one ever measured it) flat screen TV. The bedrooms are all relatively small (2 to 4 people) keeping it comfortable. The costs for the house and the costs for food (breakfast and barbecues) and drinks (water, soft drinks, beer) are added up and divided by the number of participants which comes to about 75 Euros for the 4 days and 3 nights, our usual fee.  From the moment the event begins until the end you are free to do whatever you like, as long as you behave, keep the house relatively clean so everyone can have a great time, and lend the occasional hand in the kitchen or with cleaning up. You can join groups for hiking or geocaching (usually when one participant feels the urge to get out into the field, he or she announces so and asks the people within reach - or the people known to like that particular activity - if they'd like to come along). You can ask people to play board or card games with you. You can play a variety of video games (including Tomb Raider Custom Levels) on either your own hardware or on that of another person who invites you to use theirs (which is likely to happen if you are interested in the games they brought - or their Custom Levels). Or you can be extremely lazy (as happens often when the weather is nice) and sit outside in the sun talking, joking and having a nice time.
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