So I have recently been replaying some of the old Tomb Raider games, I thought I would start with the classics. I took some screen caps of the first game. I just finished level one. I’ll probably do one level at a time. I forgot how much I loved this game. It takes me back to when I first started playing it. The enemies were very easy to kill, as far as the first few levels. The bats, wolves and bears within the first level can be killed with minimal effort. There was a total of 3 secrets, 6 pickups and about 14 kills. I took a screen cap of my stats. It took me roughly 13 minutes to complete. This of course was only the first level. That’s only because I back tracked to take some screen shots. Even though the graphics were not as great as what we have now, for its time, they are great. I found really no glitches to exploit in the first level. As I love exploiting glitches in the classic games. I will say it is kind of slow paced and (I hate to say this) slightly boring at times. Maybe this is because I have over played the game? Maybe I have spoiled myself with the new reboots? I am not sure, though I felt this way after the first level I still continue to love this game. This was the second game I played in the franchise. This is the one of the games that got me hooked on Tomb Raider.  Hopefully the game will pick up a bit further into the game. Its been awhile since I’ve played.

Tomb Raider is an action-adventure video game developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive. It was originally released in 1996 for Sega Saturn, PlayStation and MS-DOS. Tomb Raider was also released into the mobile gaming market for N-Gage devices in 2003. The game was released for the PlayStation Network in North America in August 2009, and in Europe in August 2010. Tomb Raider follows the exploits of Lara Croft, an English archaeologist in search of ancient treasures.

The game was critically and commercially successful, selling around 7.5 million copies worldwide and earning a 91 aggregate score according to Metacritic and is considered widely influential, serving as a template for many 3D action-adventure games that would follow. A remake of the game was released in 2007 in celebration of its 10th anniversary, and a reboot of its series under the same title was released in 2013.

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Thursday - August 3, 2017 @ 04:26 am CST

[So I’ve been a member of DeviantArt website for 10 years. I have had two accounts with this website. One was a personal page I used back when I went by the name of LaraCroftBaby in the Tomb Raider community. I then got one for my first design site under the name Skyes design. But I felt like both were over cluttered with old work, and I will admit I was feeling quite lazy and didn’t want to redo it. But I also wanted to keep it as a shrine to my old work. But i wanted to start anew, So I registered for a new account with them and already have a couple things uploaded. If you guys would like to check it out just click the link below.

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Wednesday - July 26, 2017 @ 08:14 am CST

[So the other day I learned I could record game play.  Well I already knew I could but on my old phone it wouldn’t work, and I couldn’t figure out how to upload them. Well as a test I uploaded a couple videos here and there of some of my game play. I even uploaded the first two levels.

This is the best and longest run I’ve done so far.

Stay tuned!

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Tuesday - March 14, 2017 @ 12:25 am CST

[Okay so recently I have decided to change my design section of my site to Jelly Bean designs. Well I wanted to show you guys video of the one who inspired the name change. My fur baby who when born looked like a tiny jelly bean. We couldn’t think of names because we were not sure which was a boy and which was a girl yet. Mama cat pepper, wouldn’t let us get near them. She was a protective mama. So we called them the jelly beans. Well when we were able to get a look at them I laid claim to this little guy, who when picking his name I decided to stick with Jelly Bean.

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Saturday - March 11, 2017 @ 01:55 pm CST

[Hello guys, it may seem like I haven’t posted in a while and I haven’t. But that does not mean I am not working. I am in the process of redoing my whole website. I just got two new domains and am working hard to get them all set up. I decided to keep the main web page’s name the same how ever I have decided to rename my design page, Jelly Bean Designs. Because I will not only be doing graphic and web designs, but I play on adding to my collection of designs. Y’all shall see what I mean very soon.

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Wednesday - January 18, 2017 @ 11:10 am CST


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Sunday - April 10, 2016 @ 01:47 pm CST

[Okay yes I admit I am a bit of a nerd. No I don’t sit and write fan fiction all the time. At least none I am willing to admit to…Never mind that. This is a story I have been working on for many years and recently decided to put it down into words. When it first started it didn’t stick to the original Tolkien idea of Middle-earth and had way too much of the script used in it. But I finally sat down and managed to find a perfect balance. Yes it uses modern day mixed with Middle-earth, which tends to be frowned upon in the Tolkien community. However I feel like my story manages to explain the holes that many try to poke into it. Plus it’s just a fun little project I worked on so just deal with it.

Character          Meaning             Original          Meaning            Relationship

Rainel       Wandering Star     (Arodiel)        daughter of          Legolas’ Lover

Danika           Star

Arodon       Noble                (Othon)             warrior            Rainel’s Father

— Dregnir          he who runs away

Amargil         Earth Star         (Amargil)        Earth Star         Rainel’s Mother

Maidhfind        Pale Haired                                               Rainel’s Sister

Ruinruth          Fiery Red Anger                                          Rainel’s Brother

Amarwên         Green Earth                                              Grandfather



Othon, meaning warrior, is a Sinda elf that immigrated from Doriath to Greenwood with Oropher. He was a blacksmith in Doriath, during the Second Kinslaying and the destruction of Menegroth, he served in the same “unit” as Oropher and on many occasions saved Oropher’s life. They were great friends and looked out for one another. Once they got to Greenwood and make their way among the Nandor and Oropher is declared the King, he then rewarded those of his people who had served him well and faithfully, including his good friend Othon.

Oropher gave him the name Arodon, meaning noble one, it was then Othon adopted this as his chosen-name. He was greatly proud of his nobility and before too long became cocky about it. He then married an elf named Amargil, meaning star, they had been friends for years and had both immigrated from Doriath together. They had two daughters and a son in which they named Arodiel, daughter of noble one, Maidhfind, pale haired, and their son Ruinruth, Fiery red anger.

Arodon fell in love with a human woman and began an affair with her. Something that was very taboo amongst his people. And he ran away with her abandoning his wife and daughter. His people then began calling him Dregnir, meaning he who runs away, which of course he adopts after his mistress dies of old age and his guilt begins. Arodiel being ashamed of her father’s actions decided to adopt the name of Rainel, meaning Wandering Star, Rainel being a variation of her mother’s name Amargil, meaning earth star. Amargil had always loved the stars and was the daughter of a farmer and thus was given her name. It became a tradition for mother and daughter to watch the stars. Rainel wanted to honor her mother she wanted nothing to do with her father.

Rainel was close with her mother and after her father’s dishonor, her people started to treat her differently. She was no longer happy in Mirkwood except for when she was with Legolas. Rainel and Legolas were great friends and became lovers and were set to marry. They grew up together and were very close. Though Legolas’ father had issues with Rainel because of her father’s dishonor. Rainel sometimes wished as though she was in a different world then the one she was in. Her and Legolas talked about running away from Mirkwood. Running away from the shame of her father and his father’s disapproval of their relationship.

Thranduil tries to run Rainel away from Mirkwood and Legolas, making it clear there is no future for them. Well Rainel leaves and goes traveling all this happening a couple hundred years before “The One Ring” Then during the start of the one ring/battle for middle-earth. Rainel then meets up with the fellowship after having left Rivendale and she is then part of the fight for middle-earth.

Though in the battle for Gondor Rainel is injured/dies and is reincarnated into the modern day as Danika, a name also meaning star, is a writer. She has had dreams of middle-earth and her best Friend Lexi believes it is a past life. Yet Danika does not believe until somehow magically Legolas appears and tries to make her believe to bring her back.


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

More coming soon!

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Friday - April 1, 2016 @ 10:26 am CST

[Okay so I am somewhat active in online communities. The biggest one being Tomb Raider, and I frequently visit one called tomb raider forums. I decided to post my previous blog about my review on the tomb raider franchise on there. I wanted to get some opinions from other tomb raider fans. Especially regarding the Legend reboot. Though they were not helpful much in my research on that. (I was trying to prove or disprove a theory And they didn’t cooperate with me) But they did make a lot of interesting points. If you want to read the full thread you can do that here: Reviewing the TR franchice

I would quote some stuff from the thread but its easier for y’all to understand if you just read through it yourselves. Plus I am being a bit lazy and don’t want to copy, paste and rewrite what I have already written down some where else. If y’all want to put in your thoughts, post there or you can always comment here or send me an email about it. I am trying to see if I can test a theory. I believe a lot of Core fans believe Legend was a reboot and Crystal fans think it was not. And fans of both are about 50/50. But I can’t seem to get a straight answer out of these members. So I will just have to see how it goes. Let me know what y’all think.

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Thursday - February 11, 2016 @ 07:08 am CST

[Now you guys obviously know that Tomb Raider has been around for several years. Dating back to the mid 90s. The first original Tomb Raider was released in 1996 by British company Core Design. I’ve been a fan of this franchise for years, since I was about nine years old in early 2000 I’ve been playing this game. It started with the most difficult game in the series, The Last revelation, which was fourth in the series. I remember as a young kid in the mid to late 90s seeing this game on store shelves and finding it to be a horrible game. Yet I had never played it so I really had no right to judge a game by its cover. But I watched my dad play TR4 and found that it was quite interesting. Course he had the limited edition which meant this version only had 10 levels built into it. It was a limited demo edition. I don’t think he fully knew that when he was given the game. As I remember him telling me that a friend from work had issues finishing it because it would randomly stop. It wasn’t randomly stopping it was only a demo game.

My obsession for the game begun there, and it had no signs of stopping. I was falling in love with this game. My dad then brought home the first Tomb Raider game that a friend from work had given him. After watching him play it, I too wanted to try my hand at it. Tomb Raider 3 and Chronicles, which was number 5 in the series, soon followed. I had beaten them all except for TR4, as it wasn’t the full version. When I turned  13 I got my first playstation2 and the first game I went and bought was Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness, number 6 in the series. This game had so much potential! The plotline was amazing, and it would have been even better had they actually finished it. This game had so many issues as when it was finally released it was only 40% finished. Now I don’t know all of the details about exactly what happened. But from what I understand Core was working on a new system for the game and had been having issues. They continued to push back the release date over and over again. Getting frustrated Eidos forced them to release it when it wasn’t even finished. Now if you ask me Eidos cut off their nose to spite their face. It was the fault of both parties for why this game was a huge embarrassment. Eidos shouldn’t have expected Core to release this game in such a short period. From what I understand Eidos had come to rely on a steady stream of TR games. One every year.

I could be wrong on this and please correct me if I am. I feel it was a huge mistake for Eidos to have forced them to release early. I think it could have been an amazing game had they just been allowed to finish it. But then again we wouldn’t have had the games that followed either…. Well maybe but not the exact games that followed. After this embarrassment Eidos decided to rip the game from the ones who had created it. They gave the game to a more reliable company in America known as Crystal Dynamics. Now that in its self is a big slap in the face, to have your project you worked so hard on taken away and given to some one else. That seems so unfair to me! And it was unfair to the fans that had grown up with Lara. Crystal took Lara and changed her to the point she really wasn’t the same Lara. At least in my opinion.

Now here is where it gets very tricky and debatable. Though the seventh Tomb Raider game entitled Legend was not officially labeled as a ‘Reboot’. Some people may argue that it in fact was. They say it was a continuation of the past Tomb Raiders. But if you paid attention to the story line it was not really a direct continuation. By them changing Lara’s bio a bit and changing up the story it was in fact a reboot. Though it supposedly remained the same Lara, I still feel it was a reboot. Most fans would disagree because well they don’t want to admit that Crystal did another reboot just a few years after Legend. But if you still think it’s not a reboot please feel free to explain why you think its not.

Though I found it unfair how Tomb Raider was “stolen” from it’s original owners. I was quite fond of Legend. Though it was a short game that could be completed in about a week, depending on how many hours you spent on it. It was still an enjoyable game. However it did have it’s cons, I don’t like how they made Lara this emotional person. Yes its all great that she want’s to carry out her fathers work and find out what happened to mommy. But the way it was done is just off to me. There is a scene in the game in which Amanda is down on her knees and Lara is pointing a gun at her. Lara is pressing for information about her mother. Now do you really enjoy a cold-hearted, emotional woman, willing to gun down a ‘not so innocent’, unarmed woman? I didn’t like the direction they took Lara into. Now Core did this as well at the end of Tomb Raider 3, Lara killed an innocent helicopter piolet… Well as far as we can tell he was innocent. The camera did pan away so we don’t know if it was perhaps self defense. Which leaves us to believe Lara killed him in cold blood.

Now some people enjoy the emotional Lara, because its a refreshing change from the cold-hearted Lara we came to know and love. However I felt in Legend she was still a cold-hearted killer which made the emotional part off to me. Some people did argue about a scene from Anniversary, where Lara killed a human for the first time. Larson was actually her first human kill and you see her get emotional about it. Some people hated this, I liked it because she had never killed a human before so its understandable why she would react this way. But for her to then become a cold-hearted killer on the second and third kills threw me off.

Before I continue on that, I want to sidestep for a second. I didn’t see a whole lot on Core’s version of Anniversary but I saw a bit and thought it was nice. It would have been nice to get a remake from the actual people who created that game. Not a rip off. Though I still enjoyed the Anniversary that we got. I heard that when Core was trying to create a remake of the first game Crystal got their panties in a bunch and started creating it them selves and pushed Core out of the way. For fear they would do better on the remake and redeem themselves and regain their game back. What ever happened, it no longer matters its over and done with. I still enjoy the games we currently have.

Anyways, back to what I was saying. Now as far as the new games go I love them. The ‘actual’ Tomb Raider reboot was released in 2013. By the name of Tomb Raider, basically its an origin story. Lara’s first adventure, how she became what she is today. This game changed every thing, most of her bio was changed once again and the storyline canceled out the previous games 1-8. None of those games ever happened. I love the reboot, not just because of the graphic but because of the storyline. There are a lot of Tomb Raider fans, there are different groups of them. There are some that only play the classic games, and by classic I mean 1-5 and maybe 6. And there are some that play the newer games Legend through the current game. And then there are fans like me who play the whole series just because I am a huge fan of the game in its self. I think Crystal did a better job this time around trying to humanize Lara. They got it right this time, they didn’t start her off as a whiney …. you know what, they didn’t start her off as a cold-hearted one either. They showed her as if she were any normal human like you or I. As you play the game more and more you want to try and protect Lara. It’s funny I always use to say “you are not a true Tomb Raider fan until you get a sick satisfaction out of seeing how many ways you can kill Lara”. But I feel like in this game, you don’t want to see how many different ways you can kill her, you actually want to protect her from that.

As you go along you kill only because you are trying to stay alive. You are simply defending your self and not killing just because you can or they got in your way. It shows what any of us would do if we were thrown into a situation such as this. Now Rise of the Tomb Raider does a bit less of that. Yes there are some times when Lara may be killing just because they got in her way, but hey they’re the bad guys who most of the time shoot at her first. And she still is trying to defend herself and her friends. But they still do a good job of not throwing Lara into the “cold-hearted killer” category. I love what they have done with the new series and hope they continue it in the right direction. I don’t want to see Lara go down another dark path as she seemed to have done in previous games. I also love how realistic she looks in the newest game. This generation of technology is really truly amazing.

Another argument, which pisses me off, I heard some people got angry when they found out that Lara’s breast size was reduced…Like really?….. That is not why you play this game to stare at a fictional characters boobs all day. Now I am not a feminist but this is just getting ridiculous. Play the game because it’s a fun game, not because the character is female and has big boobs. For god sake! I love this game from the very first game every created to the new reboot to all the side games they have. From relic run to Lara Croft go. I can’t wait to see what game the create next.

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Friday - January 29, 2016 @ 10:35 am CST

Hello every one, I know it’s been a bit since I’ve posted a blog. But I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather. I’ve been mostly bed ridden when I am not working my job. I have been in and out of doctors offices for the past four months. I am hoping to find out what’s wrong with me and get it fixed. So bare with me y’all I will try to update as often as I can when I feel good enough to get online. I know a lot of my images on my posts do not work at the moment. Most of the images are saved on my other computer and I haven’t felt like turning it on and transferring them over. I will get on that soon as I can. I will hopefully be able to get my gallery up soon. For a portfolio on what I have done please check out my facebook.  Just go to the photos section to view what I’ve done so far.


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Friday - January 29, 2016 @ 04:16 am CST

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