New to the SCA?
"I'm new to the SCA - so what's all this about, then?"
The SCA attempts to recreate various aspects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
We do this both through research and making or finding medieval and renaissance clothing and equipment, each to our own level of interest and ability. We hold feasts, tournaments 'a plaisance' (for pleasure), and revels (parties), where we dress in medieval or renaissance clothing, eat medieval or renaissance food, and attempt to recreate the feeling of a medieval atmospher and generally have fun. We also have 'collegium' when we arrange classes on both theoretical and practical topics related to our endeavours.
One of the ways we do all this is by taking on a 'persona'. We create a character, who didn't but could have lived in (or visited) a particular time and place in medieval or renaissance Europe, and this is who we pretend to be at our events. This is why many of us have alternate names at events. Having a persona can assist and focus our research, as well as enhance our enjoyment of our events by allowing us to play a role different to our mundane existence.
The minimum requirements for participation are (i) an attempt at pre-1600 clothing, and (ii) treat all other participants with courtesy and respect.
It is easy to get involved.
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