Back in October of 1996, a special video game launched on the Sega Saturn followed by the PlayStation 1. Tomb Raider! Tomb Raider changed everything. Lara Croft changed everything. From the debates about her massive triangle tits to Lara traversing the lost continent of Atlantis; Lara really seemed to have it all. Behind the facade though, Lara had quite the opposite. I felt like she was alone.
Playing through the Tomb Raider games as a teenage girl, I always felt like Lara yearned for more. She never seemed happy with where she was, what she had found and after-all, she grieved over the loss of her father. She was alone for the majority of her adventures with only the company of her two pistols. Perhaps this is why so many of us like Lara? Perhaps we can relate to the never ending pursuit of adventure and happiness in the midst of grief? Or maybe it was a simple as loving her triangle tits? Whatever your reasons, Lara Croft is as renowned as ever in 2022. That's what makes events like TR26 so special.
TR26 took place on Saturday 15 October 2022 and coined itself as:
The unofficial, one day fan event celebrating all things Tomb Raider in the birthplace of Lara Croft
(Source: Derby Quad)
It was a tremendous day that saw people travel from as far as Chicago to lap up their slice of Tomb Raider pie. I felt very fortunate to meet Jonell Elliott and Eric Loren, voice actors of Lara Croft and Kurtis, from The Angel of Darkness. The reuniting of the pair at TR26 was the first time they had seen each other since the recordings, of which only took one week!
That wasn't the only surprise at TR26 though. The order of the day went like this (source: Derby Quad):
11:00 - Introduction
11:15 - Raidercast LIVE with Lara Croft and Kurtis Trent - Join Chris Carpineti in conversation with
Jonell Elliott (Lara Croft) and Eric Loren (Kurtis Trent) for a special live podcast.
12:00 - Break & Premium photography session (1 hour) - Premium photography session will take
place in the QUAD gallery. Get an instant print photograph with Jonell & Eric!
- £15 for one guest
- £20 for two guests
- £25 for a group
Any premium photography purchase will gain 1 additional item for signing.
13:00 - Tomb of Ash: Animations and preservation - Ash Kapriyelov premieres his new animation
The Myth of El Hawa and talks Tomb Raider preservation work.
13:45 - Break & Autograph session (1 hour) - Autograph session will take place in the QUAD
Guests available for autographs:
- Jonell Elliott
- Eric Loren
- Jerr O'Carroll
- Alex Davies
- Ady Smith
Each ticket holder is limited to two items for signing.
14:45 - Angel of Darkness developer talk - Raidercast goes behind the scenes and discusses
development with Jerr O'Carroll (Lead Animator), and Alex Davies (Programmer) and Ady Smith
15:30 - Break (15 mins)
15:45 - Cosplay masquerade and official TR26 giveaway - People of all ages can enter with a
bought, altered, or handmade cosplay*. A chance to showcase your inner Lara or Kurtis!
Everyone who attends #TR26 has a chance to win in the official giveaway.
- Drawing of Lara by Steve Beaumont.
- 3x bespoke arcane pages made by Murti Schofield.
- A4 Cradle of Life chirashi movie poster.
16:00 - Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life (12A) - We end TR26 with a special screening of the movie.
TR26 was a blast. It reminded me of how influential and important Lara Croft and Tomb Raider have become.
A big shout out to Luke at the team at Derby Quad for hosting a wonderful event. It followed the success of TR25 last year, which was the first to celebrate Tomb Raider in the same city Core Design developed and created the games. Lara was born here; Derby. She will always be extra special to me as I was also born here. I look forward to TR27 (and hopefully Shelly Blond).
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