Games and Gambling

Games of skill and chance as enjoyed throughout the Middle Ages

"Five Centuries of Board Games" on BibliOdyssey

The BibliOdyssey blog has created a page displaying "Five Centuries of Board Games."

Scribe creates reproduction playing cards

Ingvild reports that Lady Anne Claxton of Grimwith Shire in the Kingdom of An Tir has created a set of playing cards based on the only known complete set of playing cards from period times, a 15th century deck owned by The Cloisters in New York City.)

[MID] 2009 Twelfth Night Masque

The Canton of Hawkes Keye & The Marche of Norborough Are happy to announce The 2009 Twelfth Night Masque & Baronial Artisans Championship 10 January 2009 10:30 - 22:00 at the Christ's Disciple Church in lovely Fairfield Ohio.

[NOR] Border Downs Yuletide Revel

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The people of Border Downs would like to invite you to come and celebrate with us this coming Saturday, December 6th for our annual Yuletide shindig.

We've got some really neat stuff planned, including:

  • A wicked awesome feast done by Lord Ajax Theron Marius. The theme is Feast of the Ages: Bound by Cheese. There will also be a day-board.
  • A Walking A&S competition! Walking A&S is a great way to show off the Location:
    Border Downs (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

[OUT] 12th Night: The Reconquista

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Leave behind the cold winter of the Outlands and for one evening come to the sunny climate of Spain to celebrate with the Barony of Caerthe the Twelfth Night tradition.

At the end of the 15th century, Spain sat on the brink of her most wondrous chapter in history, the Siglo de Oro, or Golden Age. The year 1492 was perhaps the most decisive in the history of Spain. King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile had realized their goal of reuniting Spain with their triumphant entry into Granada. Of course, this was also the year that Christopher Columbus, sailing under a Spanish flag, left for the Americas. Location:
Barony of Caerthe (Brighton, Colorado)

[CAI] Dreiburgen Yule

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The Barony of Dreiburgen invites you to join us at our Yule Celebration on Saturday December 6, 2008

** Donation Raffle - Bring an item to donate for the raffle. In the spirit of the season our raffle proceeds will be donated to the 2 SCA members that were affected by the Montecito Tea Fire. As you should have heard by now, 2 of our own are in the hospital with serious burn injuries and have lost their home. Please be generous. ** Location:
Barony of Dreiburgen (Yucca Valley, California)

[WES] Selviergard Yule

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The Barony of Selviergard invites the Knowne World to celebrate the joyous season of Yule with us. There will be much feasting and fun, including a gift exchange plus the annual Rock, Paper, Scissors contest to decide the Lord and Lady of Misrule!

There will be a heavy combat and rapier tournament to appoint two Holly Lords/Ladies. A&S will be a rock candy and tree ornament contests. Feast will be potluck, with meats and breads provided. Location:
Barony of Selviergard (Chugiak, Alaska)

"Modern Medieval and Fantasy Madness" discussion group created

Sir Rhydderch has created a Yahoo discussion group dealing with his favorite things: medieval and fantasy based games, toys, TV shows, and movies. The forum is called Modern Medieval and Fantasy Madness.

Kubb tournament draws interest to the Viking game

Kubb, "a modern imitation of an old Viking game," is a combination of chess, horseshoes and bowling. It was also the focus of the October 26 Kubb 2008 Championship of the Carolinas in Salisbury, NC. Brent Johnson of the Salisbury Post was there to catch the action.

[ANS] Central Regional 12th Night 2009

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Come join the groups in the Central Region in Celebrating Carnivale! January 3, 2009

Delight yourselves in the visions of Italy during this magnificent season. Enjoy the sounds of our wandering performers or compete to be the Kingdom Bard in the Eisteddfod!

Test your luck at our period gaming tables!

Autocrats:
Sior Tomas Niallagain
Sir Hrafn Olaffson Location:
Barony of Elfsea (Arlington, Texas)

[CAI] Lyondemere Yule

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Come join our barony as we end the year with merriment and laughter. Get there early and enjoy lunch and the annual LyonBard Competition. Buy your ticket(s) for the chance to be named Lord or Lady of Misrule,who will 'reign' over the evening's feast. Or just enjoy a showcase of farces, a humorous feast, a joyous revel, and the company of our populace.

  • Lunch: The barony will provide a modest lunch buffet... Location:
    Barony of Lyondemere (El Segundo, California)

[ATE] Barony of Atenveldt Yule

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Come ye one, Come ye all to the Barony of Atenveldt Yule. Show your pride in your Barony by wearing the Baronial Colors of red and white. Festivities will include games, music, singing and dancing, door prizes.

Fighters, come fight in the Torchlight Tourney, sponsored by Lady Elena, to benefit the Sole della Notte Fund. This fund is to pay for the lights at Encanto Park for fighter practice. Should the need to Location:
Barony of Atenveldt (Phoenix, Arizona)

[CAI] Starkhafn Yule

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Come join us as we celebrate the Barony of Starkhafn's Yule at the winter court of Richard III! The year is 1483 and Richard has been King since late summer, with his lovely wife and Queen, Anne Neville, by his side. Shake out your brocades and furs and show your allegiance to the House of York or the House of Lancaster.

Upon arriving at the site, you will be given a site token marked with either a red or a white rose and there will be a number of intellectual challenges throughout the day to see who will triumph after feast, the White rose or the Red. Location:
Barony of Starkhafn (Boulder City, Nevada)

Junior knights' gear - now with sound!

For your young fighter - who needs his or her own sound effects - here is a foam sword and shield which makes actual sounds! Just in time for a headache-filled Christmas!

[ATL] Winter's Welcome Revel

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As the Yuletide approaches, we gather with friends and celebrate the season with music, games, dance and a lavish afternoon feast.

Arts & Sciences Activities:
Performances will be held throughout the day. If you'd like to compete for Kingdom Bard at 12th Night, use this event as your dress rehearsal! Please contact Lady Millicent Chandler (millicent.chandler@gmail.com) if you are interested in performing. Location:
Barony of Ponte Alto (Falls Church, Virginia)

[ANT] Seagirt Yule

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As the chill of winter creeps upon us, it is time to seek warmth. Seagirt Yule will warm your toes and hearts with food, entertainment, dance, games and much more! Their Excellencies of the glorious Barony of Seagirt, Ming and Elina, extend their welcome to travellers from afar, and those already familiar to Seagirts warmth.

The gathering shall be on December 6th from 4pm and not extending past midnight. Luxton Hall will be the place located at: Location:
Barony of Seagirt (Victoria, British Columbia)

[WES] Three Rivers Yule Revel

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Not going to Boar Hunt this year? Missing those old time Yule Revels? Let's make 'em come alive again! On December 13th come bring your banner to display and join us in that spirit to make merry at the first Three Rivers Yule Revel, hosted by the Shire of Betony Wood.

We plan to have games, a contest or two and even some good old country dancing organized by Master Own ap Morgan! During the early part of the day before dinner, Master Owen will also be teaching a class on Italia dances; and (weather permitting) a Silver Arrow target archery tournament is planned, with a prize for the victor hand made and donated by Lady Zara bint Talib. Location:
Shire of Betony Wood (Fair Oaks, California)

[WES] Beaconsgate Boar Hunt

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Come and join the Province of the Mists for our annual holiday celebration.

The holidays are coming, and so is the Annual Beaconsgate Boar Hunt. We will be at our traditional site, Camp Herms. In addition to the Hunt during the day, we will have many activities within the hall (dancing, singing, music, games) for non-fighters and tired fighters. Please plan to bring something for your lunch if you are coming on site early. Location:
Province of the Mists (El Cerrito, California)

[WES] Three Rivers Yule

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Not going to Boar Hunt this year? Missing those old time Yule Revels? Let's make 'em come alive again! On December 13th come bring your banner to display and join us in that spirit to make merry at the first Three Rivers Yule Revel, hosted by the Shire of Betony Wood.

We plan to have games, a contest or two and even some good old country dancing! We are also actively looking for entertainers! If you juggle, sing, tell stories or even perform Location:
Shire of Betony Wood (Fair Oaks, California)

Talking SCA Barbie

The scamps at the Socially Challenged Adults Tribe on Tribe.net have re-posted the updated, and marvelously catty, "Talking SCA Barbie" parody which finds the beloved doll taking to medieval re-creation with a wench costume, foxtail and scruffy Ken by her side.

[EAL] Glace Fete: Rising Waters 12th Night

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Experience the Magic and Pageantry of Rising Waters' 12th Night Celebration: Glace Fete

You will find the celebration at Stevensville Conservation Area W. Main Street, Stevensville, ON.

Saturday January 10, 2009

Site open 10am
Site Close Midnight

Fees:
Site and Feast: $20 adult member
($3 NMS in effect)
($1 Kingdom Tithe)
$10 Children (5-15)
Site only: $8 Location:
Barony of Rising Waters (Stevensville, Ontario)

Chinese Chess

Looking for a new period game - or an interesting A&S project? How about Tangut Chess, a game popular by the end of the Northern Song (960-1127) dynasty. The 32-piece set can be made from bronze or pottery.

[OUT] Citadel 12th Night and War Practice

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Their Excellencies Nikolaus and Aine, Baron and Baroness of the Citadel of the Southern Pass, would like to invite all and sundry to celebrate Twelfth Night at their country manor.

January 10, 2009, Barony of the Citadel of the Southern Pass

Location: Tobin Park Methodist Church, 5501 Wren St., El Paso, TX, 79924-6624

Site Opens 9:00 AM and closes 9:00 PM; Site is Dry!

Autocrat: Lord Edmund Peregrine vsingleton@elp.rr.com Location:
Barony of the Citadel of the Southern Pass (El Paso, Texas)

ShadowCon XIII

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Their Graces, Duke Sir Kane and Ilissa invite the Known World to their annual party, the SCA / Sci-Fi convention, ShadowCon XIII!

Come join us for a winter weekend indoors! There will be fencing, heavy weapons and tourneys. There will be gaming, D&D, Vampire LARP, computer gaming, board games, an International game room, Merchants Masquerade (Historical, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy), Hall costume contest, Belly Dance lessons, Friday night dance with a DJ, Saturday night Haffla (Belly dance party), Kane's Auction of the Strange and Unusual, and MORE. Location:
House Shadow Legion (Memphis, Tennessee)

[WES] Yule Feast

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Come join us for games, competitions, silent auction, a potluck feast, and general revelry.

For the potluck, try to be medieval: A-G, Side Dishes; H-L, Salads; N-S, Soup/Stew; T-Z, Desserts. Competitions: Best Dressed Table, Best Toast to Baroness Cassandra, Dandy Guess Game (separate for children and adults), Blue Bowl Cooking competition (anything with ginger - documentation not required). A silent "Door Prize" will be held during the event. If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction or the "Door Prize" bring the item to the business meeting in November or email in the details and bring it to the event. There will be a Toys for Tots collection during the event. Bringing a toy will get you five prize tickets. Special Prizes TBA. Location:
Barony of Fettburg (Manteca, California)

[OUT] Hunter's Feast

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The bounty of the Northern Outlands is rich in game and the hunters of Windkeep have returned successful!

Hunters Feast
Shire of Windkeep, December 6, AS XLIII (2008)
Site opens 12 noon -- close at 10:30 p.m.

Site: Eagles Lodge
1600 Thomes Avenue
Cheyenne WY

Fees: Adult, $10.00; ages 6 – 12, $5.00; under 6, free; Family cap, $30.00 Make checks payable to SCA-Windkeep Location:
Shire of Windkeep (Cheyenne, Wyoming)

Athletic traditions of Istanbul

The city of Istanbul has a long history of interest in athletics and games dating to the earliest days of New Rome, where gladiators battled. Freelance writer John Crofoot has the story for Today's Zaman.

[WES] All Hallows Feast

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All Hallows Feast Barony Of Vinhold The Emperors Holy Holiday or A Landsknechts Food Tour of Western Europe

November 15th, 2008
Barony of Vinhold (Napa, CA)
1pm – 10pm

The picking season is done and the vineyards have yielded a wondrous bounty this year. To help celebrate, the Barony of Vinhold will be offering their All Hallows Feast for those who desire warm halls, great food, good drinks, and laughter-filled conversations. Location:
Barony Of Vinhold (Napa, California)

[GLE] Slay The Dragon

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The Shire of Vogelburg would like to invite you to . . .Slay The Dragon Oct 31st-Nov 2ndKiwanis Camp Tioga, La

Join Us For:

  • Children's Activities
  • Candle Light Adventure Bocce
  • A&S Open Bardic Competitions
  • Open Populace Vote A&S Competition Dragon Theme

Reservations: Before October 1 $18
After October 1 $20.
Tenting deduct $5
Daytip $15 Location:
Shire of Vogelburg (Camp Tioga, Louisiana)

[EAL] Florentine Masquerade II

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Two great haunted Doges and their allies match wits in 15th-century Florentine style, plotting in contests of Sword, Rapier, and Chess to win the day and be hailed as "The Most Mighty, Cultured, Cunning and, uhh... Frightening City-State."

This is a combined Tournaments and Dance event. There will be heavy, rapier, and chess tournaments as well as dancing all day, and a Masquerade Dance Ball through the evening. Everyone is encouraged to bring masks to add to the ambiance. We planned this event soon after Halloween for a reason! Location:
Shire of Trinovantia Nova (St. Thomas, Ontario)