2016 Geek-A-Long: Tomb Raider

Megan-Anne and I are out of town for a trunk show in Huntingburg, Indiana at Serendipity Fibers. Alright, we’re also visiting with family and eating our weight in apple based goodies, but that’s besides the point. My brother-in-law (AKA Megan-Anne’s husband, Mr. Llama) is here to talk to you about Tomb Raider in our place.

To be honest, he was probably going to end up writing this blurb anyway since neither Megan-Anne or I have much experience with the game. Almost everything I know comes from the movie staring Angelina Jolie, and I’m sure video game to movie adaptation haters would rather hear from someone who has actually played the game more than once*.

*That one time being when my husband and I drank too much Not Your Fathers Root Beer and downloaded one of the games off the Playstation network. To this day I remember almost nothing about it other than the fact that there were Aztec temples, maybe? And we managed, by some miracle, to beat the game while intensely inebriated.

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FROM THE DESK OF MR. LLAMA:
I was a 13 year old boy when Tomb Raider came out. I was the target audience. Lara Croft was like a sexy Indiana Jones in short shorts with a British accent. And she had enormous… polygons. I remember my friends saying there was a cheat code where she was naked and them being really excited you could spin the camera all around. I feel weird looking back on this game.

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed playing the game. You had automatic pistols and for some reason there were dinosaurs and only a few people to shoot at. The graphics were great for the brand new Sony Playstation. The puzzles were sometimes frustrating and save points far between, but I was hitting the age where I had the attention span to really enjoy the challenge of it. I looked online to find every secret I had missed. I picked up the sequel the day it came out and played it every chance I got.

The game became one of the biggest selling franchises of all time. Recently, the series was rebooted and they toned down the sexual aspects of the character. I have heard good things about it. After writing this I may see if I can get a copy for cheap and relive the days where I would sit in my basement and spend my afternoon making her jump off ledges until I got the timing just right for her to make it over the cliff before being attacked by a velociraptor.

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Whether you’re knitting, crocheting, or cross stitching this square, you can download the Lara Croft pattern here. Instructions for both knit and crochet are listed in the pattern. When you’re finished making it, don’t forget to tweet or instagram your squares at me @jac_attacking or Megan-Anne @Doctor_Llama with the hashtag #geekalong!

If you’re having trouble with double-sided knitting, we have a how-to video here and a tutorial on crochet here. Want to hang out with other people making the blanket? You can find moral support in the Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry here.

~ Jac
“Right, so… Pretty much touch anything, and you get your head chopped off.” – Lara Croft after reading ancient writing in a tomb.

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