Games and Gambling

Games of skill and chance as enjoyed throughout the Middle Ages

[MER] Viking Games

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Disappointed that the Beijing Olympics have come and gone? Craving more sporting competitions? Want to ogle more sweating athletes glistening in the sun? ant to play with weapons that double as sporting equipment?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, do we have the event for you!

The Barony of Bryn Madoc proudly presents: Viking Games
October 17-19, 2008

Camp Daniel Morgan Location:
Barony of Bryn Madoc (Rutledge, Georgia)

[CAI] Baroness' Bardic and Birthday Banquet

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Milords and ladies, all are invited to join in the festivities as Lyondemere raises their goblets to their beloved Baroness Angelina Nicolette de Beaumont at this, the first Baroness' Bardic and Birthday Banquet Saturday, November 1, 2008.

Prepare for an evening of bardic, revelry, gaming, bardic, dancing, feasting, and maybe some bardic thrown in for good measure. This early evening event will start off with a "beginners welcome" open bardic circle. You say you prefer to spend your time on a good game of chess or backgammon? Tables will be set up for play and some games will be provided. But if you have a favorite Tarot deck or would like to challenge someone to the new period game you just learned, feel free to bring it along. Other creative games are being invented to increase the revelry and social time. I'm not making any promises but "Gondola Races" anyone? Location:
Barony of Lyondemere (Los Alamitos, California)

[WES] Harvest Colligium

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Hear Ye Hear Ye As the Echoes of Summer Fade We are Rolling out the Welcome Mat of Colored Leaves, and Welcoming you to the Shire of Hrafnafjordr where we will be holding a Harvest Colligium attended by her Highness Prinzessin Elisa on Saturday and Sunday Nov 1st & 2nd at the Kenaitize Elder Center in Kenai, Alaska (1000 Mission Ave.)

We will have classes both days, and at this time some of the classes available will be Period Dance (taught by Her Highness), Metal Smithing, History of Period Illumination, Silk Ribbon Rose Making, Round and Flat Braid Kumihimo Braiding, Viking Wire Knitting, On Hands Cooking Class Making Period Stuffing, and a Special Bread Pudding, Team Amazing Brain Games, Beginning games like Mancala, Backgammon, Cribbage, and a few others to be announced, Small Wood Breakdown Table, History of the Roman Coliseum Games. Depending on schedules we will possibly have Period Shoes Working From Your Last to Leather, and Naalbinding, The Making of Miniature Trebuchets, and then a Marshmallow Fight to see how they work, and Chain Maille From Scratch. Location:
Shire of Hrafnafjordr (Kenai, Alaska)

[WES] Newcomers Feast

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Come and join us as we welcome newcomers to our group with a Russian style feast. There will be classes, games, and entertainment. There will also be rapier fencing during the day. An adult bardic will be held after the event for those 21 and up. Please contact the autocrat for more information.

Site Information:
St. Mary's Gym
2934 Mill Bay Rd
Kodiak AK 99615.

Site opens at 9 am and closes at 9 pm. Location:
Incipient Shire of Pavlok Gorod (Kodiak, Alaska)

[WES] Baroness' Masked Ball

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Darkwood's most gracious Baroness Liesel invites you to a Masked Ball, where you will join her in a Russian Faerie Tale. The day will be filled with social entertainments, such as period games and A&S classes on mask making and dance. In the evening there will be a Russian feast prepared by Anton Barsuk. Please contact the head cook with any food restrictions. Following dinner, there will be dancing and a mask competition. Location:
Barony of Darkwood (Santa Cruz California)

[AET] Veternaetur

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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 Location:
Dominion of Myrkfaelinn (Ithaca, New York)

[ANS] Axeman V

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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. Location:
Canton of Skorragarðr (Cleveland, Oklahoma)

[OUT] Raven's Faire

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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 Location:
Incipient Canton of RavenHyrst (Castle Rock, Colorado)

[WES] Time for Tudor: Elizabeth's Sea Dogs

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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!! Location:
Barony of Eskalya (Anchorage, Alaska)

16th century mechanical doll at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

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)

Kubb 2008 Championship of the Carolinas

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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 Location:
SAGA (Salisbury, North Carolina)

[WES] Borgia Feast

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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. Location:
Canton of Caer Darth (Santa Cruz, California)

[ANS] Defender of the Fort XXVI - CANCELLED

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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. Location:
Barony of Raven's Fort (Huntsville, Texas)

[ATE] Foole's Fayre

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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. Location:
Barony of Atenveldt (Phoenix, AZ)

[LOC] Baronial Hunt

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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. Location:
Barony of Politarchopolis (Sheldricks Lane, NSW)

[WES] Toys for Tots Tournament

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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 Location:
Incipient College of St. Guinefort (Anchorage, Alaska)

[ATL] Hidden Mountain 25th Birthday Celebration

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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. Location:
Barony of Hidden Mountain (Kings Mountain, South Carolina)

Games played role in the Viking afterlife

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.

How do you say "football" in Welsh?

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.

Brot Wurst und Spiele photos online

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.

[MER] Daggers and Hemlock II

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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 stands.

While the anniversary festivities have been re-scheduled, the Location:
Shire of Phoenix Glade (Fort Walton Beach, Florida)

[OUT] Mountain Pas and Highland Games II

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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 Location:
Shire of Drygestan (Los Alamos, New Mexico)

[DRA] R³: Rothenburg Riddle Rampage

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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! Location:
Shire of Turmstadt (Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany)

[ATE] Middle East Feast

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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. Location:
Barony of Twin Moons (Fountain Hills, Arizona)

Eirik Andersen's photos from Septentrian 12th Night and Snowed Inn

THL Eirik Andersen has posted two albums of photos from events in the Kingdom of Ealdormere on the Two Ravens website.

[MER] Pirates of the Mediterranean

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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. Location:
Shire of Owl's Nest (Dallas, Georgia)

[ATL] Lochmere 20th Baronial Birthday and Investiture

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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 Location:
Barony of Lochmere (Annapolis, Maryland)

Alfonso X's Book of Games (1283) now available online

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.

[WES] Valhalla Day on the Green

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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 contest.

The park is tree shaded and grassy and runs along the river, nice Location:
Province of Silver Desert (Sparks, Nevada)

[ATE] Barony of Atenveldt Anniversary

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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 Location:
Barony of Atenveldt (Scottsdale Arizona)