Games and Gambling
Games of skill and chance as enjoyed throughout the Middle Ages
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-03-21 15:31
Come One Come All! The Barony of Bergental and House ICOD are proud to invite you to attend the Coronation of Gryffith and Aikaterine. With the generous help of many friends, we are planning a gala day in celebration of our new monarchs. The site is magnificent, from the stained glass and stone arches in the sanctuary to the fireplaces in the parlors and the simple Tudor feast hall. This beautiful church hosts an annual Boar's Head Festival and is the perfect setting for modern medieval activities. Location:
Barony of Bergental (Springfield, Massachusetts)
Submitted by Piers on Wed, 2007-03-21 08:05
Piers the Deaf shares a chronicle and a photo album from the All Champions event held recently at the Barony of Aquaterra, in An Tir.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-03-12 09:34
The Shire of Crystal Crags cordially invites you to come celebrate the survival of winter and the coming of spring as we host a weekend of fun games and merriment as we transform Castle Silver Oak into a medieval Carnivale.
Our entire Shire is stepping up to offer many different games and competitions:
Sponge catapults, darts, human chess and checkers, roving rapier, dice and card games, ring toss, coin toss, archery, chariot boffer jousting, caber toss for adults and smalls, boffer fighting, stone throw, and oh so many more!
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-03-09 14:55
Hear ye! Hear ye! Come one, come all to revel in the splendors of Ireland on our great day of heritage. We invite you all to cast off the cold and dreary white of winter and enjoy the succulent greens of soon-to-arrive spring. The hearth will be warm and fighting will commence before we can all sit down to feast on whatever is left after the table top siege is done. That's right; build and bring your own tabletop (food) siege weapons, decorated either in the style of the Irish defenders or the invading English, Scotts, or Vikings. Remember that the food fight will be held with Location:
Shire of Winter's Gate (North Pole, Alaska)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-03-08 19:14
Each winter during Carnival Season, hundreds gather in the town square of Ivrea, Italy to watch teams of merry-makers pelt each other with oranges. This carnage is part of the Storico Carnevale di Ivrea.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-03-02 16:29
The snow is melting. Birds are singing. Flowers are blooming. Bunnies are…well… Please consider joining the Shire of Windkeep in a celebration of spring, and Bunny Stuff. Throughout the day games involving the rascally rabbit shall occur. Prizes are on tap for the best use of bunny in garb, table setting, song, and dance. A bunny food sideboard will be available throughout the afternoon for those thoughtful grazers. See Bunny Henge, Little Bunny Foo Foo, and all manner of bunny displays. THL Noemi promises a repast fit for even the most discerning rabbit. If the Crown attends and so wishes, Court will be held. Location:
Shire of Windkeep (Cheyenne, Wyoming)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-02-15 17:14
The Dominion of Myrkfaelinn extends an invitation to one and all to visit us for a day of game(s). There will be a variety of medieval board games for all to learn and play including the wee ones. There will be heavy fighting, boffers, and fencing (if we get a marshal). Also there will be some game to eat! Heavy fighting will take place at our wonderful indoor location, though the marshal might move some activities outdoors, weather permitting. There will be children's activities, dancing for all and a prize for whomever plays the most different games during the day (fighting/fencing does count)! Location:
Dominion of Myrkfaelinn (Ithaca, New York)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-02-02 15:32
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-01-26 10:56
Join Alderford as we gather for a day of fun, friends and a fair. We will provide a full day of activities from rapier to heavy, visiting with friends, taking a class or taking part in the Science Fair.
Masque of Courtly Love XI: Intrigue, Mystery, and Games
Zion Lutheran Church of North Canton
March 3, 2007
Site Fee $5.00 pre-reg/$6.00 at the door
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-01-10 16:46
Come and join us in the First (ok maybe it's the second) Kingdom Twelfth Night in Ealdormere. There will be games and merchants and prizes and dancing, Oh MY!! No lunch table due to the late start of the event but a wonderful German feast without a schnitzel or bratwurst in sight!
See the Queen of Fools and the foolish King and answer her riddles or forfeit. No combat in accordance with Twelfth Night traditions.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-01-04 13:30
As the cold winter has put nature to sleep, Yuletide brings forth the promise of days growing bigger and the grass awakening from its deep slumber. All and all a perfect time to come and rejoice with the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands on its celebration of the Twelfth Night! Their Excellencies, Alonzio and Tatyana will hold their Baronial Court and her Excellency will also choose her Bardic Champion. There will be performances from the Debatable Choir, the Debatable Consort and I Genisii, dancing, a pillow fight (which has now become a 12th night tradition!), an A&S display (run by THL Odriana vander Brugghe, email at firstname.lastname@example.org) with a Yule theme, a fencing tournament, children activities, our Silent Auction and much more to be scheduled! Location:
Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-01-03 17:50
As the world slumbers beneath a blanket of snow, do the people of Ard Chreag still toil. On a winters day, they invite you to sit back and relax, share an ale or tale over a game, and revel in the pleasures of days that once were.
Saturday, January 27th, 2007
Site opens 9:30 am and closes 12 Midnight
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-12-09 13:20
Kingdom Twelfth Night and Yule are over and now you can put all seriousness aside and join us for the silliness of a "reverse court" and the wonders of a "backwards feast". Foolishness you say? But of course, welcome to Fool's Twelfth Night!
Fun and merriment abound at our foolish festivities. Enter into a realm
where the garb is motley (painfully so), the games and gambling are for fun
and prizes, the most foolish soul sits the throne and dessert, of course, is
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-12-09 10:56
This event will showcase the best of Caerthe. Our Guilds, Artisans and Fighters are some of the best in the Kingdom. It's time to bring all of our finest together in 1 place, throw in some games and it is to be the most glorious event ever had in our fine Barony. Pomp and Circumstance, Heraldry and carnival style games, merchants galore, heavy & light fighting, archery (yep archery), A&S and Bardic. Location:
Barony of Caerthe (Denver, Colorado)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2006-12-07 14:07
Their Excellencies, Coronado and Jehanne, holders of the Coronet of Rivenoak, extends warm invitations out amongst the populace of the West to partake of food and drink with them at their bountiful feasting table, and to celebrate the Yuletime with the men and women of Rivenoak, as they make merry in their games, contests, dancing, and sundry amusements of the season.
This Yule Feast will be held Saturday, December 9th, in the town of
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-11-27 17:02
Once again the Shire of Windkeep will be holding a winter fun and feast. Please come and join us on the 2nd of December from 12 noon to 10:30 pm as we celebrate the coming of another wonderful yule season. We will holding a cribbage tourney that will run throughout the day with a handmade cribbage set (made by His Grace Olaf) as the prize. We will also be holding the second annual Chivalry card game tournament. As if this weren't enough, we will cap off the evening with a feast prepared by Mistress Location:
Shire of Windkeep (Cheyenne, Wyoming)
Submitted by Groomporter on Sat, 2006-11-25 18:02
MacGregor Historic Games offers a variety of board, dice and card games from the past. They have added a discounted, downloadable version of the complete collection of rules they have compiled for the historic games that they sell. Each one includes a little history of the game as well.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2006-11-17 09:58
Yule, the feast of light! Once again we will celebrate the return of the sun. This year's feast will include games, dancing, and A&S classes. Don't have a mask for the 12th Night Masquerade Ball yet? Come make one with us. After dinner there will be a White Elephant trade. Please bring a wrapped toy as well as one wrapped gift for every member of your party. (We will be donating any extra toys to Toys for Tots.) Location:
Palatine Barony of Allyshia (Eureka, California)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2006-11-17 09:55
Winter has come to Winter's Gate and it is time to celebrate Yule, with the fun merriment and good company. There will be the traditional Winter's Gate gift exchange. The feast is potluck so bring a yummy dish to warm our bellies. The competitions will be warm beverages to fight the cold winter's night (note site is DRY), also warm winter attire to ward off Ye Old Man Winter (Full outfits, cloaks and accessories). There will also be games and singing. Hope to see you all there. Location:
Winter's Gate (Fairbanks, Alaska)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2006-11-09 21:10
It was a dark and stormy night... err wait, no it was a moist night... No that's been taken too.... The fjords are full, the drakkar are ready, and the seas look calm and smooth. It's time to see the Vikings come back to power in these Endless Fjords (err Hills) So pack away your sheep, for .... Ulrich is about to be sat upon his chair, given a coronet upon his head, and a stout Meade in his horn. Location:
Barony of Endless Hills (Mountain Top, Pennsylvania)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2006-10-24 17:58
A new browser-based game offers players a chance to control a small medieval village and interact with other players online.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-10-14 22:40
Lord Wat of Coombe (Walter Nelson), of the Kingdom of Caid, has released his book, The Merry Gamester: A Practical Guide to the English Speaking World's Most Popular Card Games, Dice Games and Divers Amusements from Ancient Times to 1900, a work on historical gaming, for general use. The book is available in PDF format.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-10-09 15:28
In honor of Their Excellencies Colyn and Muiriath, who are celebrating their first Anniversary as our Baron and Baroness, our theme is Scottish: In 1322, Robert the Bruce of Scotland won a decisive victory over King Edward of England at the Battle of Byland. This defeat spurred England to finally accept Scotland ’s independence. (In the words of our Baron: “ Scotland was always free; it just took a while to convince England of that.”) So get out your tartans and kilts and join us in the spirit of Scotland ! Location:
Barony of Dun Or (Quartz Hill, California)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-10-09 15:17
The populace of the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn, most mindful of the throes of winter, do invite you to join us in celebrating the bounty of the summer's crop in the manner of our friends in fair Tuscany. Dance, feast, fight and game with us as we pick from the finest of the crop and sing enough cheer into our hearts to last us till the days grow long once more.
Our site at the 4H Acres holds land for many diversions, a hall for
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-09-20 17:46
The Barony of Dun Carraig invites you to our Baronial Birthday, an event to cheer the spirit and lighten the heart before the icy grip of winter sets in. To that end, we have planned to celebrate the birth of our Barony by drawing on the holy grail of historic inspiration: Hollywood movies.
This gathering of silliness will take place on November 11, 2006 at
the Izaak Walton League, 4200 Gardiner Road, Waldorf, MD. 20601.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2006-09-14 12:25
Our event is a celebration of the way of the Romani life. Your goal at this event is to gain as much luck as you can by following the Romani way. Upon your arrival at the event, you will be given a token bag with beads. These beads symbolize good luck, but like all the Romani you must guard your luck carefully. A small group of Romani will be wandering the site. If you commit an act of bad luck, you will be asked to turn over one bead. If you are spotted doing something that will gain you luck, you may be given a bead. So pay attention! Location:
Shire of Deodar (Walker, Iowa)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2006-09-12 13:58
On Oct. 31, A.S. XX, the branch called Sentinels’ Keep was founded, in the Region of Artemisia. Since then we have grown, from incipient Shire to Barony. Many of our founding folk have wandered away, but many more have come to take their places. Now Sentinels’ Keep invites her many friends from near and far to help us celebrate 20 years of our existence, on October 21. (This year we’re half as old as the Society!) Location:
Barony of Sentinels' Keep (Arlee, Montana)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-09-02 15:43
The rattle of metal on asphalt could be heard recently as the North American Region Championships of Irish Road Bowling came to Turkey Run Road in Buckhannon West Virginia. The ancient sport consists of tossing a metal ball along winding, country roads.
Submitted by louis on Thu, 2006-08-24 15:38
A SCAdian is organizing a "fantasy football [American]" league for those interested in the modern version of period bloodsport.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2006-08-17 14:33
Have an extra 300 hours of free time? Here's a way to use it: Alexei has created a crossbow from Lego blocks, and it actually works.