22 January 2012

Dominical Double-Down: Going Medieval

The reason I failed you yesterday is that I went to an SCA event yesterday. What's the SCA? It stands for Society for Creative Anachronism.
The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our "Known World" consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more. —SCA Website
In other words, we're epic geeks.

If you've seen or heard of the SCA being mentioned in movies or such, you're probably picturing a bunch of misfit teenage nerds and other weirdos hitting each other with Nerf swords and generally being nerds.

Strangely, all true (Sword and Mug)
Actually, the average age of most SCAdians (yes, it sounds like a disease on purpose) is over 30 (totally made-up observational stat), and the majority of members are not combatants.

The reason I mention this is that if you're looking for a reasonably inexpensive fun social hobby, give the SCA a look. While I will provide the disclaimer that it is a human organization with all of the benefits and problems such an organization can entail, if you can find a good group, you will not regret it.

Someday I'll tell you how being in the SCA saved our wedding.

This is not an official publication of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries. Any endorsement is for entertainment purposes and at the reader's own risk.

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