Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 15:04:24 -0400
Subject: [SCA-AS] Links: Newcomer's Links revisited

Greetings everyone.
This week's Links list is a revisited version of the last time I ran this particular list, as I am wont to do periodically to make information easy to find for the newcomer. If you have the OLD newcomer's list, please consider updating it with this one, which has links that are all active and which has many new links to share.

As always, feel free to pass this list along wherever it will find an interested audience, and please use it to update your own links lists and web pages. I am looking for new Links List ideas--please share directly to me (I don't read all the lists, newsletters and webpages THIS list appears in).

Lastly, a huge WELCOME to all the newcomers out there. Without you, this would be a boring place. We need you to re-enthuse us with your energy.



Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon
Canton of Riverouge
Barony of the Endless Hills
Kingdom of Aethelmearc.

Ponte Alto: Newcomer's Frequently Asked Questions
(Site Excerpt) Q: Do I need to wear medieval clothing to meetings and practices?
A: No. Unlike SCA events, where participants must "make a reasonable attempt" at period clothing, people generally wear street clothes to meetings and practices.
Q: Do I need to use flowery speech with lots of "thous" and "forsooth" and stuff like that when I talk to SCA people?
A: The flowery "forsooth speech" that most people associate with chivalric behavior is a matter of choice. At most practices and meetings, people will converse as they normally would. Sometimes at events, particularly inmatters of public speaking, a way with words and the ability to turn a courtly phrase is helpful, but by no means required. If it comes naturally
to you and you like it, use it. If not, don't worry about it too much.

Jheromyn's SCA Links
(Site Excerpt) SCA Link Index
Helpful SCA Newcomer Links
General SCA Links
Gaming Links
Clothing Links
Cynnabar Links
Midrealm(Middle Kingdom) Links
Fighting Links

The Beginner's Guide to Events (Aethelmearc)
(Site Excerpt) Now that you've gotten used to the SCA, it's time to join in the fun and attend an event. If you've joined as a paid member, events will be listed in your copy of the Ćstel. If you have not joined officially, ask other members of the Shire about upcoming events. Most often, they can point you in the direction of the sort of event you would enjoy, whether it would be a tournament, an arts and crafts demo, or Pennsic. If someone you already know is going, ask to carpool with them.

Articles by Gunnbjorn Gunnarsson
Titles in the SCA
(Site Excerpt) "My lord" or "My lady:" Since we are all assumed to be of genteel, if not noble, birth, it is proper to address anyone who has no other titles or awards in this fashion.
LORD or LADY: Only someone who has received an Award of Arms may style themselves "Lord (Name) " or "Lady (Name) " even though it is always proper to address someone as "my lord" or "my lady" as a courtesy. Thus, I may be
called "Lord Gunnbjorn" since I have received an AoA, but before that I was often addressed as "my lord Gunnbjorn" or simply "my lord."

Stefan's Florilegium: Newcomer's Section
(Site Excerpt of One message in the list of messages on this topic) First, watch people. Eventually you will observe a group of people who are doing something that interests you. Then, if you can stand to, ask them questions about what they're doing and how you could get started. Basically, you have to pick out people who look like your sort of people and
then find some way to interact with them. Secondly, any relatively large group will have some sort of newcomer's
office. If you ask somebody to point you to the "Chatelaine" you might be able to get slightly more focused advice on who does what.

Practical Worksheet for Tunic Construction
by Cynthia Virtue aka Cynthia du Pré Argent
(Site Excerpt, drawing deleted) Step One:
These are the pieces of your tunic.
Think about how they go together in this drawing of the finished tunic.
A: The body piece forms the front and back of the main part of the tunic.
B: Sleeves
C: Gores: triangular pieces of fabric that give room to move in the "skirt" of the tunic. The more movement you want, the wider they should be at the bottom. 11" is good for a knee-length tunic; twice that for floor length.
D: Gusset: square pieces of material that give ease at the underarm.

Getting Started With Garb in the SCA
How to create a good looking outfit for the new member of the
Society for Creative Anachronism.
(Site excerpt) In the beginning...
When you went to your very first SCA meeting or event, you most likely wore some clothing borrowed from another member, or maybe you just happened upon a "demo" in your jeans and t-shirt. But now that the SCA has caught your
attention, you would like to look a bit more presentable. Take some time to look around at other members. See what they are wearing. Ask questions about their Personas' time-periods and countries of origin. Decide what style you
like best.

Garb Or; Mideval clothing you can live in comfortably today.
(Site Excerpt) Garb is a word we use in the SCA to describe the clothing we make to wear at events, revels and such. Garb differs from costume in that garb really is made to live in, where costume is often made to only look good from in the distance from stage to audience. It is made to copyclothing of the middle ages, in materials, look and feel. This might sound
very challenging, but it really is not.

SCA without breaking the bank
(Site Excerpt) We've all seen the people with the huge pavilions, the beautiful Elizabethan gowns, the elaborate feast gear, and whatnot. The question that always hovers in my mind is "how much did they *pay* for that?" Let's face it, the SCA can be an expensive hobby. But it doesn't have to be. I'm an unemployed college student, so I've had to find ways of staying in the SCA that don't involve lots of money. This page is devoted to tips on how to stick with the SCA without denying yourself in other areas, like food.

Resources and Information for Newcomers
(Site Excerpt) This page is aimed at helping newcomers to the Society for Creative Anachronism get started.
Many more links can be found on the subpages of the SCA website (see above).

DragonBear's Pennsic Links
(Site excerpt, Main Menu) Link Categories:
Official Pennsic Links
Generally Useful
Particularly Pennsic
Making Armor
Just Packing Lists
Just Recipes
Appropriate Garb
Mundane Travel Information

Camping 101
(Site Excerpt, part of a long list) Planning
Make a list of what you intend to bring at least two weeks before you leave. You are sure to remember more things, and a list will force you to think about things. (Corwyn)
Arrange for your transportation well in advance of the event.
Make sure your vehicle is in good repair.
Never travel without rope and money! (Corwyn)
Take the event announcement/directions with you
Car emergency kit. Spare, flares, flashlight, jumper cables, cellular phone,
AAA card, dry clothes, blanket, rope, tow cable, money. (Corwyn)

Saint Gabriel's Guild (Herald's website, useful for finding naming advice)
(Site Excerpt) This collection of articles on medieval and renaissance names is intended to help historical re-creators to choose authentic names. These articles were gathered from various places, and some of them appear elsewhere. In all cases, the copyright on each article belongs to its authors.

Course Outline for SCA Newcomers
"An Introduction to the SCA"
(Site Excerpt) Who we are . . .
A legally chartered, non-profit, educational society whose aims are:
To reproduce and recreate the best aspects of the Middle Ages . . . the ideals of courtesy, chivalry, and honor.
We exist to keep alive the culture and society of the Middle Ages.
We exist to support study of the arts (such as dance, music, costume, crafts, etc.) of the Middle Ages.
We provide a forum for tournament-style combat and sport.
The SCA is over 30 years old and consists of 20,000 to 30,000 people all over the world, all having fun and sharing the "Dream".

(Site excerpt from the Getting Started page) Getting Started - Your First Meeting or Event
A meeting is where the SCA members Carry on the regular business of the local group. An event is a special gathering, often publicized in the kingdom's newsletter to invite people from more distant groups. People wear medieval garb at events, although some may change out their modern clothes after they arrive. Customs vary as to whether garb is worn at local
meetings. Because people often work on various skills and crafts at meetings, Many will stay in modern clothing. Some wear everyday clothes to meetings and then change into period garb.

Glossary for Newcomers to the Kingdom of Atlantia (Useful for other kingdoms as well)
(Site Excerpt, part of the glossary) Apprentice: A Laurel's particular student, being trained in one or more medieval arts. Usually wears a green belt with the Laurel's device on the tab. Not an official SCA rank, but indicates major interest in Arts & Sciences.
Arts & Sciences (A&S): The study of the arts and crafts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
........A.S. (Anno Societatis): SCA years (literally, "the year of the society"), typically given in Roman numerals. The SCA year starts on May 1st, because the Society was founded on May 1st 1965. May 2000 began A.S. XXXV (35).

(Site Excerpt) A persona is the fictional person you wish to have been, had you lived during the period of time the SCA covers (600 A.D. to 1600 A.D.) Deciding who to be is the single most important process you will go through when first joining the SCA. This will be the name you are known as to all your SCA friends.To be able to select a SCA name for yourself and begin creating your persona story, you must first decided what culture you desire to be from. There are
many means useable to determine what culture you should choose. Some people look at the clothes worn by many cultures throughout various times and establish a selection based on what clothes they want to wear. Other people will think about what activities and crafts they are interested in and base a decision on the cultures known for expertise in those areas. Still others will investigate their personal lineage and choose the background of their family heritage as their SCA culture. Yet others will pick their SCA culture based from a historical interest on a particular society. Whatever means you
choose to use is quite acceptable.

Officers and their functions
(Site Excerpt) Seneschal: Serves as the representative for the local group in the outside world. Acts as the chief administrative officer, similar to a group's president.
Chatelaine/Castellan: Is responsible for making sure that newcomers to the local group are made to feel welcome and receive the assistance that they need to become active members of the SCA. He/she is also responsible for ensuring that that demos for recruitment and education are held.
Herald: The local heraldic officer. In charge of making announcements at events and helping people research their names and heraldic devices in preparation for submission to the College of Heralds.....

SCA Membership Form

Finding a group near you

Nobility and Titles in the SCA
(Site Excerpt) King and Queen: These are the current rulers of the kingdom, chosen by combat in the Crown Tourney. The actual winner of the tournament is indicated by the suffix "by right of arms" after his/her title. Address them as "Your Majesty".
· Prince and Princess: There are two types of Princes and Princesses--Crown and Territorial. The Crown Prince and Princess are heirs to the kingdom, chosen by combat in the Crown Tourney. They are addressed as "Your Royal Highness." They hold these titles until their coronation as King and Queen. A territorial Prince and Princess rule over a Principality, a
territory which is a subdivision of a kingdom. They are also chosen by combat. Their form of address varies from kingdom to kingdom.
· Duke or Duchess: They have served at least twice as King or Queen. Call them "Your Grace."
· Count or Countess: They have served once as King or Queen. Call them "Your Excellency." Some alternate titles are Earl (Jarl, Iarll) and Graf.
· Viscount or Viscountess: They have served at least once as territorial Prince or Princess. Call them "Your Excellency."