Frequently Asked Questions
What is the SCA?
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international
organization dedicated to researching and re-creating pre-17th-century
European history. Its kind of "full-contact Ren Fair with better
garb and fewer pirates".
For some, the SCA is "living history", that is to say:
they go to great legenths to research and detail the period of
history they are portraying. They work very hard at events to
be as accurate as possible in what they wear, the food they eat
and the tent they sleep in. For others, the SCA is a great party
in cool costumes. Most of us are somewhere between the two. In short, the SCA can be all things to all people. It
is what you make it.
More at the official SCA
What is an "Anachronism"?
a·nach·ro·nism: 1) The representation of someone as existing or
something as happening in other than chronological, proper, or historical
2) One that is out of its proper or chronological order, especially
a person or practice that belongs to an earlier time (like brewing,
spinning, jousting, etc).
I want to go to an event, what do I do?
First, find out what groups are in your area here
(find your area - then find events). I also recommend reading
(what to wear, what to do, etc).
How involved do I have to be in this?
How involved do you want to be? The choice is yours. No pressure
dude. If you want to be REALLY involved there's enough to keep
you very busy,
or you're welcome to be a part of the scenery.
What is a "Persona"?
A persona is an adopted personality. Your persona is the person
that you are representing who lived before the year 1600 (most
people in the SCA focus on 600 A.D. to 1600 A.D., although some
people decide to go earlier). If you're not sure what period of
history you like, don't feel pressured to pick a time and place
right away. Take your time and find what strikes your fancy.
My school/organization/library/etc would like some of
you to come and do an SCA demonstration for us. What do we do?
You'll need to find your local group and contact their Seneschal
(president), Chatelaine (newcomer office), and/or Marshal (person
in charge of fighting) and ask them if they can put something
together for you. Demos are contingent on the availability of
SCA members who are able to volunteer their time. To find your
local group, start here
and keep following the links till you find your local SCA group.
My SCA group would like to link to/download the Online
Demo to a laptop/print flyers for use at our local display/demos.
Links to this site are greatly appreciated as the more people
who see it, the more people that will be introduced to the SCA.
Yes please do link to us.
There is no problem with downloading
the demo to a local hard drive or printing it for use with your
demo purposes. The only issue is that the demo needs to be kept
in its entirety and not modified in any way. As each page is the
collaboration of several people's efforts, the desire is to avoid
any misunderstandings with the contributors. There will continue to be minor changes and alterations to this site, so please get the newest version for each time you plan to use it.
We can also burn the Demo to CD and mail it to you if you send
us a blank CD and SASE.