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The 2011 Advent Calendar


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)


Heya Folks,

I must confess to you all that I nearly didn't go ahead with the advent calendar this year, I was thinking of cutting it down to a Twelve Days of Christmas or perhaps even scrapping it altogether. Releasing a piece of content everyday for over three weeks is sheer madness to be honest. The editing, uploading and formatting tasks alone take so much time at the busiest time of year. However after more than a few very kind words from many people both directly and on the Notables Yahoo Group I decided to stick with the annual tradition and run a Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar here on Orcs in the Webbe (OITW). I'm glad I did, I think you'll all agree that this year was pretty damned awesome.

I'd like to thank everyone who submitted articles, obviously without you there would be no calendar. This year you've outdone yourselves !

I'll be returning to my weekly tasks over on Barking Irons Online from January and OITW will be continuing it's Flintloque Archive Project later in 2012.

So without further ado below is the summary of OITW's 2011 Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar.

And don't worry the Advent Calendar will return next year ;)

Keep The Flag Flying !

Craig Andrews
Orcs in the Webbe
December 25th 2011


Webmaster's Note:
The current version of Orcs in the Webbe was launched in December 2013 with most of it's exclusive content in place.
The missing non-original articles referenced below will return to the site soon.


Thursday 1st December - A Tales of Albion Mini-Game
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"The Thrill of the Race" by Matthew Hartley
Matthew Hartley once again returns to the ever popular Tales of Albion setting with this fun and fast mini-game in which two teams compete against each other in the annual Oxfud and Kambrig boat race.

Friday 2nd December - A Flintloque Mission Generator
"Mission Generator" by Andy Hoare
No scenario to fit your miniatures ? Fancy something unexpected for this week's game ? Well look no further. Freelance writer, Andy Hoare, has put together this fantastic mission generator which allows you to build units based on the miniatures you have and then fight battles with realistic objectives based on each squads raison d'être.

Saturday 3rd December - A Flintloque Scenario
Part of the Flintloque Archive Project !
"Kraggy Tor" by Mike Baumann - This was not actually re-published as part of the 2011 Advent Calendar - Craig.
During the ill-fated "Forty-five" Rebellion, Joccian patriots under Bob "Boy" Mc Groggy sought to secure their country's independence from the rule of their Orcish overlords. Re-enact one of the battles with this classic Flintloque scenario updated with notes for use with 3rd Edition.

Sunday 4th December - Brand New Flintloque Artwork
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"Glimpses of Valon 2011" by Pete Barfield
After submitting artwork for the last three years, Pete Barfield has once again created some amazing pictures to take our minds far away to the distant lands of Valon. This year he has turned his talents towards the Windy Isles with illustrations of two characters from the popular Dreadloque setting.

Monday 5th December - A Chain Reaction 3.0 Rules Supplement
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"Flintloques and Muskets" by Bob Minadeo
Long time Flintloque fan and author of several well respected wargames rulesets, Bob Minadeo, has written up some rules for using your Flintloque miniatures with THW's free Chain Reaction 3.0 rules.

Tuesday 6th December - An Original Interview
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"Sculpting: A Q&A with Eli Arndt" by Craig Andrews
Eli Arnt, one of the sculptors for 15mm.co.uk's SHM range, answers some questions about himself and his work in the first of this years Christmas Interviews.

Wednesday 7th December - A Darkestorme Story
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"Stoneheart" by Jaffa Holland
Before Wylde Magicke was lost from Valon and clouds of smoke arose from weapons powered by Blackpowder, monsters roamed the land. So did heroes. This is the start of one Dwarf's story, the first steps that led him to the road to legend.

Thursday 8th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"Foul Mouth Freddy Divides the ****ing Loot" by Tony Harwood
Valon's loveable anti-hero returns in this tale where Freddy and his companions must retreat through hostile territory with a variety of loot 'acquired' from the pointy-eared Ferach B******s.

Friday 9th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"Dai Another Day" by CJ Hooper
Austin Powys, International Hobgoblin of Mystery returns in this Flintloque scenario in which he must prevent Wheeling-Turn's secrets from falling into Ferach hands and save the life of a rival Albion Spy, Dai the Bread.

Saturday 10th December - A Flintloque Story
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"The Curse of Fu Cat Choo" by Roger Wilcox
Dear Uncle Rogipoos and Harry Oliphaunt meet the nefarious Fu Cat Choo is this tale of adventure, romance and dodgy antiquities...

Sunday 11th December - A Flintloque Campaign Framework
Part of the Flintloque Archive Project !
"Dr Deadrock, I Presume?" by Danny O'Hara
Take charge of a party of Orcs from one of Londinium's Royule Societies and head out from the edge of civilisation to explore Valon's mostly unknown Darke Continent with these open framework rules for use with any version of Flintloque.

Monday 12th December - A Firefight/Flintloque Short Story
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"Secret Lore" by Mac Coxhead
Many years ago, late one night in a crossfire of emails, I asked Mac Coxhead, Flintloque's co-creator, about the world of Firefight 1.0. He told me a little of it's background and hinted that it even shared a character with Flintloque. This year, after many years away from Valon, Mac kindly agreed to share with me the story he had referred to all that time ago...

Tuesday 13th December - A Flintloque Resource
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"Flintloque Character Card Calculator" by Craig Andrews
Quite a while back on the Notables Yahoo Group I really liked the idea someone had about using character cards for Flintloque but did not have the time to create them for the scenarios published here on OITW. I needed something quicker. After many many attempts, curses and determination I came up with the following, a partly automated Flintloque 'Character Card Calculator' with twenty tabs, one for each of your squad.

Wednesday 14th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"Foul Mouth Freddy Takes ****ing Charge" by Tony Harwood
Freddy's back ! Having been busted to Private for his excursion to Burrow Port, Freddy must take charge of a green group of Provosts when they come under enemy fire on the way to his Court Marshall.

Thursday 15th December - A Panzerfäuste Scenario
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"Shellfire and Damnation" by Luke Passingham
Two squads on opposing sides of the conflict at the Mon-Gerahnt Line are tasked with getting across No Man's Land. Not only is there the risk they may run into each other and that any noise they make may attract the attention of the gun emplacements but also there is the fear that the restless dead buried within the ground may rise to seek revenge on the living...

Friday 16th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"Death Amid Water in Llednevir" by CJ Hooper
The village of Tarrwen Harbour has been destroyed by a fearsome Elder God but the survivors of the rampage drove him back into the seas. Now the seas themselves rise to take back it's wounded master and the creatures that harmed him. Who will prevail ?

Saturday 17th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"The Cossack War Wagon" by Ed Proctor
Captain Angules and his remaining Elves of the 21st Ligne are fleeing Moskova. Harried at every step by damned Cossacks thankfully they think they now have developed the tactics to escape the Witchlands. Little did they know that Aleksander's malign forces can adapt just as well as they can...

Sunday 18th December - A Flintloque Short Story
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"The Owl and Gristle Murders" by Gavin Syme
Back in Albion for Cryptmass, Lieutenant Wullam Rossorc and his rifleorcs stopped at the Owl and Gristle coaching inn near Londinium for a warm meal and good cheer. They did not in any way expect what they found there...

Monday 19th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"Owl Gristle and The Dragons" by Gavin Syme
Lieutenant Rossorc and his brave rifleorcs find themselves pitted against deadly creatures and Magicke unseen by Orcs since before the Time of Annul.

Tuesday 20th December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"..And He Had Raisins For Eyes !" by Matthew Hartley
After a series of gruesome murders amongst the culinary community and their customers, famed detective Sherloque Holmes and his assistant, Dr Watsorc, have tracked down the cinnamon scented beast responsible in this Flintloque scenario for two players.

Wednesday 21st December - A Flintloque Short Story
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"The Great Rabbit Hunt" by Tony Harwood
Caught in a 'situation' following Wheeling-turn's orders, the Albion Spymaster Wogan must think outside the box to come up with troops for a unit charged with extending an olive branch to the Burrovians. Little did he know exactly how far outside when the adventure later known as The Great Rabbit Hunt began...

Thursday 22nd December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"A Right Royul Boxing Day" by Ben Burston
St Shakey's Day, the day after Cryptmass, is widely known throughout Albion as "Boxing Day", find out why in this Flintloque scenario for two, three or four players.

Friday 23rd December - A Flintloque Scenario
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"Sharke's Ashes" by Steve Blease
Returning from special duties in the Windy Isles, Captain Sharke and his Orc Rifles have stopped off in the Occupied Zone, a harsh tropical land and they have one hell of a battle ahead of them...

Saturday 24th December - An Orcs in the Webbe Exclusive Interview !
The 2011 Alternative Armies Interview
As has become tradition on Christmas Eve, Gavin Syme at Alternative Armies submits himself to the annual grilling about Flintloque and beyond.


Merry Cryptmass !