Games and Gambling
Games of skill and chance as enjoyed throughout the Middle Ages
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-09-23 13:55
As the seasons turn cooler we look to celebrate Veturaetur (otherwise known as Winter Nights), the Norse harvest festival. Join us for a day of
All Things Viking and enjoy the last games before retiring to your longhouse for the cold months ahead.
We'll be culling our herds and devouring the
crops that won't keep, so join us for a
scrumptous feast prepared by Reyni-Hrefna. A
proper Viking feast is planned. If you have any
Dominion of Myrkfaelinn (Ithaca, New York)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-09-23 12:43
The Canton of Skorragarðr Hosts Axeman V November 14 - 16, 2008 at the Will Rogers Scout Reservation, Cleveland, Oklahoma
The day will offer fun and merriment to all peoples of Ansteorra and many questions will be answered on this day. Who will be The Axeman of Skorragarðr? Who will be our next Rapier Champion? There will be a grand archery competition to determine the next Archer of Skorragarðr, as well as, as thrown weapons championship. In the grand feast hall, there will be an Arts and Science competition and after the sun kisses the horizon we will gather round the fire to determine our Titled Skald.
Canton of Skorragarðr (Cleveland, Oklahoma)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-09-23 09:30
The Incipient Canton of RavenHyrst presents... RAVEN'S FAIRE, a one-day medieval faire at the Douglas County Fairgrounds - Kirk Hall, 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock, CO 80104 Saturday, October 4, 2008, 11 am - 5 pm
Bring the entire family to this one-day medieval faire with
activities and fun for all ages!
Compete in a game of skill and chance known as "The Barter Game."
There will also be a special added component to the Barter Game - a
Incipient Canton of RavenHyrst (Castle Rock, Colorado)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-09-18 19:36
Have you ever wanted to sail the seas in search of Adventure? Have you ever had a hankering to just dig in the dirt hoping to find "Treasure". Have you ever wished that your sailing could win you riches and perhaps the favor of royalty?
Come one, Come all to an evening of Pirates and Privateers as we
celebrate our nautical heritage. With Song, dance and celebration.
There will be fun for the young and of course the young at heart!!
Barony of Eskalya (Anchorage, Alaska)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-09-13 14:18
The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna website features a 16th century mechanical, wooden doll which "plays the cittern, turns its head and seems to mince along with tiny steps while in fact running on wheels." (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-09-12 09:11
Kubb a classic Viking game, has traveled thousands of miles from a distant and magical land and now resides in the USA! KUBB is perfect for 2-6 players and for ages 8-80! Come and learn about the game, participate and ENJOY!
When: Sunday, October 26, 2008 1:00PM-6:00PM
Where: On the grounds of the Salisbury Civic Center
315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Salisbury, NC
Cost: $5.00 per participant/General Admission: FREE
SAGA (Salisbury, North Carolina)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-09-12 07:47
Lucrezia Borgia is giving a feast in honor of her father, the Pope, but beware, there is poison in the air. Caution is your only hope. Come to the feast and see who will be the last noble standing in this game of trust and betrayal. For those that wish to come and just watch the spectacle, items will be provided to ensure your safety. There will be a cap of 60 tickets sold, as the Pope is in his elder years and large crowds leave him ill.
Canton of Caer Darth (Santa Cruz, California)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-09-10 15:10
It is a time of strength and peace in the Barony of Raven's Fort. Though chorded remnants of once happy dwellings dot her out lying lands, there has been no sighting of the Viking raiders for almost a year and harvest is well under way. No doubt, this time of healing is the fruit of the Kingdom's great victory over the barbarians, stopping last year's assaults.
The scribes thus recorded, The northmen sail'd in their nailed ships, a dreary remnant, on the roaring sea; over deep water. Dublin they sought, and Ireland's shores, in great disgrace. They left behind them raw to devour, the sallow kite, the swarthy raven with horny nib, and the hoarse vulture, with the to consume his prey; the greedy gos-hawk, and that gray beast the wolf. No slaughter yet was greater made e'er in this island?? Even the dour mission bells toll somehow lighter in a new hope for tomorrow.
Barony of Raven's Fort (Huntsville, Texas)
Submitted by Vallawulf on Sun, 2008-09-07 16:24
The Barony of Atenveldt invites one and all to a day filled with merriment and frivolity! Join us for a fun filled relaxing afternoon of games, dancing, contests of skill and wit, refreshments and good company. Show off your sense of humor! Win fabulous prizes! Marvel at the Lord of Misrule! Cheer on our bravest warriors in the bouncy joust! You don’t want to miss this one!
Bring your desserts (and your purses) for a Dessert Auction to benefit the Barony. Don’t be shy, show off your favorite dessert, all desserts welcome.
Barony of Atenveldt (Phoenix, AZ)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-08-27 15:20
Tis the hunting season once again in Politarchopolis. Join us on Saturday in a quest, rapier tournament, roving round, kite flying and twilight heavy tournament. At night enjoy the Wild Hunt: dancing, music, feasting and masquerade under the stars. Sunday sees the excitement of the Hunt through the forests and glades of Politarchopolis. Price includes camping, lunches, masquerade and dinner. Gas cooking provided for breakfast. Prize to be awarded for best mask.
Barony of Politarchopolis (Sheldricks Lane, NSW)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-08-21 08:47
This year, to help the West show the rest of the Known World the
overwhelming generosity of the first of Kingdoms please donate unwrapped
toys worth no more than $10 at the incipient College of St. Guinefort's Toys
for Tots Tournament.
Prizes will be up for grabs in both a heavy and light tournament, the entry
fee for which shall be one toy, and an Arts and Sciences Contest in honor of
the Nine Worthies (for more information see
Incipient College of St. Guinefort (Anchorage, Alaska)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-08-19 17:15
The year was Anno Societatis 18. His most noble and Gracious Majesty, King Olaf Askoldsson was traveling the southern reaches of his Kingdom, and came upon a Mountain, Hidden at the southern tip of Atlantia. King Olaf found the people there to be good, strong, and wise. He and his beautiful Queen Aislinn Schattenwald saw fit to charter a Barony in these southern lands, and was inspired to named it for the mountain he had found. He ordered the populace to choose leaders for their new Barony, and with His Blessing, Eldon Ungol of the Phoenix and Marie-Simone de Barjavel la Fildena became the first Baron and Baroness of these new lands. Then, as the night fell, the Mountain became Hidden once more, only to reappear once a year, to celebrate her recognition and the work by these fine people, and all who have followed.
Barony of Hidden Mountain (Kings Mountain, South Carolina)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-08-03 06:51
A team of Swedish and English archaeologists have excavated a 9th century Viking ship burial which has shed new light on the life and beliefs of the pre-Christian Norse.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-07-30 07:14
Perhaps football is not as modern of a game as we believed. References to versions of the game have been found as early as the 10th century in Welsh literature and in the Black Book of Carmarthen, the first manuscript written in Welsh, in the 13th.
Submitted by Racaire on Thu, 2008-07-24 06:43
In a thank-you note to staff for the recent Brot Wurst und Spiele event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald, Robyn of Rye announced that an album of photos taken at the event is now available online.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-07-11 15:19
The seneschal and the populous of the Shire of Phoenix Glade invite
one and all to Daggers and Hemlock II: Medici Murder to be held over
Labor Day weekend.
Since the decision to re-direct the Meridian 30th year event
happened after the July issue of Popular Chivalry went to press, the
ad placed therein innaccurately represents the weekend event as it now
While the anniversary festivities have been re-scheduled, the
Shire of Phoenix Glade (Fort Walton Beach, Florida)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-07-11 14:28
You are cordially invited to join us once again for The Mountain Pas' and Highland Games II September 27, 2008 in the Shire of Drygestan
At the North Mesa picnic grounds (City of Los Alamos, NM)
Site opens at 9 am and closes at 5 pm
Site fee is $10.00 for members. $13.00 for non members
Autocrat: Lady Elanor O'Halloraine (aka Dreamweaver)
Lunch will be included
Fighters are requested to bring an item for the prize table (so no one
Shire of Drygestan (Los Alamos, New Mexico)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-07-09 14:45
Do you remember the good old days of Turmstadt's golden harvests, when you were sent through thickets and underbrush to match your wits with mud puddles and manic marshals? These days are back...with a vengeance!
Turmstadt proudly announces the R³ - Rothenburg Riddle Rampage. We have regrouped and relocated to a campground right next to the beautiful medieval town of "Rothenburg ob der Tauber" in northwestern Bavaria , one of the biggest tourist attractions for the historically inclined (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothenburg_ob_der_Tauber) . From there, we will hand you a haversack with provisions for the day and send you on a scavenger hunt to complete various cunning puzzles and obscure tasks to win the ultimate prize - namely, to decide what is supposed to happen to Nebelwald's precious banner, which is currently in Turmstadt's possession!
Shire of Turmstadt (Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-07-03 19:06
Since the birth of the honorable Barony of Twin Moons, our Noble Barons have been linked to the legend of the Grail. These Noble Barons have joined in the quest for the grail but have been unsuccessful. Our current Baron, Baron Thomas, has been privy of new information and clues linking the Grail to the lands of the Middle East. Baron Thomas has picked up his sword to become one of the Crusaders and, as this missive is being penned, is marching off to join the King in this noble battle and to follow up on his newly found information concerning the elusive Grail.
Barony of Twin Moons (Fountain Hills, Arizona)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-06-29 15:10
THL Eirik Andersen has posted two albums of photos from events in the Kingdom of Ealdormere on the Two Ravens website.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-06-12 15:15
On behalf of meself an' me crew from the Shire of Owl's Nest, I be invitin' ye seaworthy populace to set sail with us Pirates of the Mediterranean. We be weighin' anchor from familiar waters sheltered by the forests of Pickett's Mill in Dallas, GA at the time of the third bell of the forenoon watch on the 21st day of June, bein' a Saturday. We be stoppin' at various ports in the Med to take on provisions, fresh water, trade goods with local merchants, an' soak up some of the local colour.
Shire of Owl's Nest (Dallas, Georgia)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-06-12 14:51
Twenty years ago, on the fields of Pennsic XVII, the shires of Myrkwood and Airendale were formally united into the Barony of Lochmere by their august Atlantian Majesties, Dafydd and Elizabeth. In celebration of that glorious day, we invite you to attend our baronial birthday where the Eighth Baron and Baroness will be invested and take on the responsibilities of leadership.
The weekend's activities will have something for just about
Barony of Lochmere (Annapolis, Maryland)
Submitted by TristantheTroubadour on Thu, 2008-06-12 11:06
Lord Tristan d'Avignon provides an online copy of his teaching document for medieval games, based on Alfonso X's Book of Games from the thirteenth century.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-06-05 18:32
Join us for a resurrection of Valhalla Day on the Greenwith some of the old
games and some new ones! Fighting: ship to ship team list, holmgang, axe and
shield list, spear list.
Games: bear pit wrestling, spear throwing,
tug-of-war, ship races, oar dancing.
Arts: Viking haiku, riddles,
storytelling, period style clothing contest, Hollywood style clothing
The park is tree shaded and grassy and runs along the river, nice
Province of Silver Desert (Sparks, Nevada)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-06-05 14:39
Join with Their Excellencies Otto and Lizbetta as they celebrate the
anniversary of Barony of Atenveldt. In addition it is time consider the
courtly graces and choose a couple who are the personification of these
things as your new Lord and Lady of Love.
Saturday, June 28th 2008; 12-6pm
Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85253
(west side of Scottsdale Rd, next to Renaissance Resort, before Lincoln
Barony of Atenveldt (Scottsdale Arizona)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-06-05 12:15
Castle Fever '08: A day at Sterling Castle. A relxaing day of fun & games June 6-8, 2008.
Oronoco State Park
310 3rd Ave NW
Oronoco, MN 55960
Children: $7 (Ages 5 and under free
(No pre-Reg Please )
$3 Non-member Surcharge
please bring your own target blanks
Fighters & Archers, please bring already made coat of Arms/Device (Size 8x11)
Shire of Silfren Mere (Oronoco, Minnesota)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-04-26 13:17
The great Baroness of Caerthe, Mary of Blackthorn has spent this long, cold winter dreaming of the great fighters of her realm. She sent a missive to the beautiful Baroness of Dragonsspine, Lydia of the Pines, to challenge her to a chess match at the first thaw. At the behest of their Excellencies, fighters will meet on the chessboard of battle to support their most excellent Baronesses. Each move on the chessboard by the baronesses will be fought on the tourney field by their fighters.
Barony of Caerthe (Franktown,
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-04-24 15:18
O hearken, most glorious Kingdom of the Outlands! The sweet siren call of Spring is upon us, and the Barony of Caer Galen requires the assistance of the Kingdom's budding lords and ladies to come to her aid in locating again the fabled Unicorn Horn. It has come to the attention of the Horn's current guardian that this marvelous and magical device has been whisked away to an otherworldly and fey castle in the sky. We need children of all ages to come and fetch it back for us. The stoutest of heart and mien will be granted the noble task of guarding our Horn for the coming year.
Barony of Caer Galen (Longmont, Colorado)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-04-24 14:55
Yes it’s that time of year again! The Barony March of Mons Tonitrus is hosting its annual Barmaids event at the Lower Garden Canyon site on Ft. Huachuca. Trees, shade, babbling brooks (maybe) and competitions with prizes are available for all!
Saturday morning will see Opening Court at 9:00 followed by armor inspection. Prizes will be contested in both Armored and Rapier scenarios "in the tavern" as well as weird weapons (Rapier and Armored) and of course The Barmaid competition! Following the conclusion of the tavern tourneys we will begin the "Boar Hunt" in the forest for those armored fighters who just can’t get enough stick time. Saturday late afternoon will also see a Siege Engine accuracy demonstration. Come fire a bolt high into the sky for a small donation to the American Cancer Society.
Barony March of Mons Tonitrus (Ft. Huachuca, Arizona)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-04-16 15:58
His Excellency Baron Wulfric sends his greetings, and invites one and all to
join the Barony of Gyldenholt on Sunday, April 20, 2008 for a day of
feasting, revelry, gaming, feasting, dancing, good fellowship and, of
course, feasting. As this will be Their Excellencies last Baron's Feast, Her
Excellency is promising a memorable repast.
Once again we will gather at Irvine Regional Park (1 Irvine Park Road,
Barony of Gyldenholt (Orange, California)