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Craig Andrews
is proud to present for the benefit of several audiences...

The 2009 Advent Calendar

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Being in the main a collection of articles for a selection of much beloved and respected wargame rules

(and perhaps one or two other more unexpected diversions)

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Heya Folks!

After it's continued popularity in previous years, in 2009 I once again decided to run the Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar on OITW. For this year I decided that instead of running a mixture of reprints and new content to attempt to release a brand new piece of content everyday for the twenty four day run up to Christmas.

It was a very ambitious goal. I didn't realise how much time editing would take, let alone writing the pieces of new content I had planned. So the schedule was amended slightly and some of the planned releases did not make it online. However, thanks to the support of it's readers, 2009 still went on to become one of the most popular Advent Calendars run by Orcs in the Webbe so far...

Below you can see what was published, all original and exlcusive to Orcs in the Webbe !

Keep The Flag Flying !

Craig Andrews
Orcs in the Webbe

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Webmaster's Note:
The current version of Orcs in the Webbe was launched in December 2013 with quite a few articles having slipped through the cracks.
The missing articles referenced below will return to the site as part of the Flintloque Archive Project during 2014 and 2015.

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Tuesday 1st December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"May Contain Nuts" by Matthew Hartley
Prolific games creator Matthew Hartley returns to his Tales of Albion with this scenario for one or more players in which some of the upper class have to escape from an asylum overun with escaped lunatics.

Wednesday 2nd December - Some Flintloque Artwork
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"More Glimpses of Valon" by Pete Barfield
In which we see some more of Pete's amazing sketches of soldiers from Valon, the world of Flintloque.

Thursday 3rd December - A Flintloque Rules Supplement
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"The Turtle" by Edmund Proctor
Following on from his popular and successful 'Shiploque' articles in Ragnarok, the journal of fantasy and science fiction wargaming, we take a look at a specialised submarine for use in your games of Flintloque.

Friday 4th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"Tie a Ribbon Round the Old Dogs Neck!" by Gavin Syme
Some moments in war are brought on by having to utter ‘yes, sir, right away,sir’ through clenched teeth as some medal bedecked moron orders to you do something totally crazy and really, really unnecessary. This scenario is one of those moments...

Saturday 5th December - A Flintloque Background Piece
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Dreadloque III - Prelude: "Rise of The Baron" by Craig Andrews
What happened to our heroes after the showdown with Shambog last year ? What effect has the recent emancipation of the long suffering Halflings in the Windy Isles had on the pirate factions ? Find out in this prelude to Dreadloque III "The Goblin in the Smoke", this years tale of tale of banditry, insurrection and of course the infamous pipeweed.

Sunday 6th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"Hope" by Craig Andrews
Discover the history of the cosmopolitan town of Hope and what exactly brought the Paleodracologists Koop & Mursh there in this relatively freeform Flintloque scenario for solo play.

Monday 7th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"The Todoronni Jobbe" by Danny O'Hara
An account of base greed, untold riches, and cunning thievery in the Todoroni Lands...

Tuesday 8th December - A Flintloque Rules Supplement
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'Stampede' by Edmund Proctor
A stampede on the battlefield can be both a hinderance and a danger, find out exactly how in this rules supplement for Flintloque.

Wednesday 9th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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'Black Orc Down' by Ben Burston
Two Albion Group Captains, Wilbur and Orcville Rite have crash landed an experimental new airboat in Dark Elf infested Catalucia. It's up to a crack squad of handpicked Goblin Caçadores to rescue them and retrieve the balloon in this Flintloque 3rd Edition scenario which can be played solo or with a friend.

Thursday 10th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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'Raid on Rippoli' by Edmund Proctor
The United Secessionist Navy send a small force of marines to destroy a grounded warship to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Barfry Corsairs in this scenario for two players.

Friday 11th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"The Postman Always Kabooms Twice!" by Gavin Syme
Colonel Durandus has been tasked with carrying a vital dispatch to Marshal Ney but must first get past the Decompsa Gap and a great number of the smarter Savant kind of Zombies which have been buried along his path in this Flintloque scenario featuring Alternative Armies' limited 2009 promo miniature.

Saturday 12th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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Dreadloque III - The Goblin in the Smoke - Act I: 'The Beautiful Daughter' by Craig Andrews
This years ripping yarn set in Danny O'Hara's Dreadloque setting gets underway as three erstwhile heroes try to stop a meeting between the Catalucian Ambassador's daughter and the evil Baron Bron from going ahead in this Flintloque 3rd Edition scenario that can be played solo or with up to two friends.

Sunday 13th December
Today's release was originally intended to be a scenario for Wessex Games Panzerfäuste written by myself, sadly what with editing all the cracking new content submitted by readers I didn't have the time to write it. It would have been the first in a linked campaign based on the excellent war movie "Where Eagles Dare". This first installment would have seen some brave Orc lads landing the snow covered lands of the Dwarfs, trying to meet up with thier rebel contact whilst avoid enemy patrols. - Craig, Ed.

Monday 14th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"Horse Flesh" by Matthew Hartley
For players looking for a break from the incessant slaughter of the front lines take control of a section trying to capture a wild stallion in this solo scenario for Flintloque 3rd Edition.

Tuesday 15th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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'Foul Mouth Freddy Spikes The ****ing Gun' by Tony Harwood
See how the legend began as you take control of the foul mouthed Orc sergeant Freddy as he attempts to use a section of allied Krautian Dwarves as cover to disable a Finklestein gun emplacement in this solo scenario for Flintloque 3rd Edition.

Wednesday 16th December - A Flintloque Short Story
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"Second Chance" by Sarah English
Get all Cryptmassy in this Flintloque short story about a mean old Orc learning about the season and himself.

Thursday 17th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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'Love and Death in Llednevir' by CJ Hooper
The forbidden love ‘twixt ‘Goblin and Toad causes trouble between the Hobgoblin and Todoroni inhabitants of Tarrwen Harbour, a small fishing town in the county of Llednevir, Taffsea in this Flintloque 3rd Edition scenario for two players.

Friday 18th December - A Flintloque Short Story
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"Once Here Were Dragons" by Gavin Syme
A piece of speculative fiction written by Gavin Syme, head of the World of Valon at Alternative Armies for special use by OITW in its online Advent Calendar 2009. Gavin said: "Craig loves the Children of the Dragon, and I, as their custodian in these times, am pleased to offer him and all of you this tale with a twist in its own scaly tail. It is the longest piece of writing yet on the Dracci. I hope you like it"

Saturday 19th December - Tuesday 22nd December
These days would have seen a variety of articles written by me which sadly like the Panzerfäuste scenario from the 13th I simply didn't have time to finish off. These would have included both Acts II and III of this years Dreadloque tale, The Goblin in the Smoke. As well as these two scenarios I was also planning a campaign system set in the dirty streets of Londinium using a modified version of the Dresda campaign rules allowing street gangs to fight each other for food and coin in the aftermath of the Mordredian Wars.

Wednesday 23rd December - Flintloque/Panzerfäuste Scenario
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"Sharke's Panzerfäuste" by Steve Blease
Steve Blease, co-creator of Flintloque, returns once again to writing for his creations with this scenario which sees Sharke and Harpy travel to another world in this Flintloque/Panzerfäuste crossover scenario for two players.

Wednesday 24th December - An Orcs in the Webbe Exclusive Interview !
The 2009 Alternative Armies Interview
Once again Gavin Syme at Alternative Armies agrees to answer our questions about Flintloque and beyond in this exclusive interview.

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Merry Cryptmas!