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And My Axe!

Will do better tomorrow

Another of those vaguely meh ‘if I blog about it, the time I spent playing it wasn’t wasted’ webgames. Swig and Toss is a free promotional doohickey for the upcoming Lord of the Rings Online expansion, The Mines of Moria. It’s about dwarves (dwarfs? I can never remember which is Tolkien-approved), axe-throwing and booze.

A winning combination, surely. Only very, very briefly, sadly. The hoped-for incomprehensible shouting and accidental maimings are sadly absent, and instead we get a reasonable approximation of pissed-up darts. The more you drink, the more money you can bet and win – but the harder it is to land your axe, using an olde worlde golf videogame timed-click system, augmented with a faintly fun crazy-booze-vision effect. That is all. High opportunity for humour is sadly squandered in favour of nothingy ‘you aren’t very good at throwing / are quite drunk’ quips, but there is a points-battlin’ multiplayer mode if you bother to register, which could be a hoot. And, y’know, free.

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