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Newcomer Resources

Newcomers’ Resources provided by the Society for Creative Anachronism:

  • Overview and description of the SCA
    How did the SCA begin? How is it organized? Why is everyone wearing odd clothing and bowing to those people with crowns on? And how can I join?
  • A Newcomer’s Guide to the SCA – Start Here!
    An eight-page brochure with color photos and information on: What is the SCA? – Getting Started – Who is Who? – Activities – Where to find SCA equipment – Recommended Reading
    Hi-res version
    Lo-res version
  • Forward Into the Past
    n introductory booklet published by the Society. Goes into a little more detail.
    What is the SCA – Getting Started – Fitting In – What to Wear and How to Behave – Making a T-tunic – Names and Personas – Kingdom & Local Officers – SCA Combat – Who is Who? – Heraldry – Guilds, Households, and Sociability – The Gentle Arts and Sciences
  • Glossary of SCA Jargon
    “Good grief – what do they mean by that?” The SCA has a vocabulary all its own. Here are definitions for the most commonly used terms you’ll hear at events or read in newsletters.
  • Advice to Newcomers
    Whether a long time SCA member brought you to your first meeting or you came by yourself, there’s always a period of adjustment. Here’s how to get yourself oriented quickly and begin to have some fun.


Newcomers’ Resources provided by the Kingdom of Atlantia:

Newcomers’ Resources provided by other Kingdoms / Groups:

  • A Guiding Hand – An Ansteorran New Member’s Guide
    While this Guide is somewhat specific to the kingdom of Ansteorra (Texas), it has lots of good information on preparing to attend your first event, courtesy and etiquette, and the structure of SCA royalty and nobility
  • SCA Demo
    This Online Demo is meant to give a general overview of some of the aspects of the SCA.







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