Games and Gambling

Games of skill and chance as enjoyed throughout the Middle Ages

Shakespeare and Olympics share billing in 2012 London

In 2012, England will celebrate hosting the Olympic Games, but the year will also include a huge celebration of the works of William Shakespeare. Vanessa Thorpe of the Guardian offers a rundown of cultural events involving Shakespeare.

[CAI] Saint Corrigan's Day

Saint Corrigan's "Day" is once again an entire weekend long in the hopes that our beloved patron saint might someday actually find the park!

[WES] War Practice

Ever faithful vassals to The Crown, and mindful of their duty to provide trained soldiers to the army of The West, Their Excellencies, Aurelia, Baroness of Vinhold, Joel and Custodia, Baron and Baroness of Westermark, call upon all fighters and archers to take up arms and meet on the field for war practice at Skyline Park in Napa California on June 25, 2011.

[CAI] Cast Iron Chef Lyondemere

The Lyondemere Cooking Guild is happy to invite one and all to attend and participate in our 2nd Annual Cast Iron Chef Competition on Sunday, June 26, 2011. Up to four teams will compete to see whose medieval meal reigns supreme and which head chef will win the title of "Cast Iron Chef Lyondemere."

[WES] Vikings Vs. Ninjas!

Greetings O Foolish Ones!  The time for grand silliness has come.late, but better than never!  Break out your most horrid/silly garb, polish your sense of humor and your thirst for silliness for the time is near!

[DRA] Cudgel War

The honourable Canton of Humalasalo offers you once more a wonderful opportunity to participate in an Aarnimetsän tent camp.

[AET] Spring Thing

Long ago in the Barony of St. Swithin's Bog, upon a section of land once called the Western Border, a tradition began known as Spring Thing at which the Barony and all her family and friends gathered to dispel the winter's cobwebs and celebrate the return of Spring in a day of frivolous fun!

[LOC] Tocal Token Tourney 2011

Tocal Token Tourney will take place on the weekend of July 9 & 10, 2011. This year the event will be Norse themed, come a-Viking.

Lewis Chessmen to visit Cloisters

Visitors to New York City this winter will have a rare opportunity outside of the United Kingdom to view an exhibit featuring the Lewis Chessmen.

Trebuchets for schoolrooms

Michael Woods of Mountain View, California, has a vision: School children learn science by constructing and using desktop trebuchets. To that end, he has created a trebuchet project open to public support. (video & photos)

[ATE] Twin Moons Birthday

Roll up, Roll up for a most Amazing Event. Twin Moons celebrates Their Birthday in Grand Style with a Medieval Fayre. Their Excellencies Morgan and Elizabeth welcome you on Saturday June 18, 2011 to pit your wits in sideshows of chance and skill. 

[DRA] Revel in the Midnight Sun VI

Oyez, oyez! As the sun nears its zenith, the people of the northern most isles gather to celebrate the endless day. We would be honoured to have you join us in the land of fire, ice and geothermal pools for a day of games, competitions and martial activity, all to be rounded off with a grand feast in the midnight sunlight.

"Inscrutable" Lewis Chessman on display in Stornoway, Scotland

"The enigma of the Lewis Chessmen has intrigued and puzzled those who have viewed these inscrutable faces in the last 200 years or so," said Alex MacDonald, convener of Western Isles Council in Scotland about an exhibit of more than 30 of the game pieces.

[OUT] Plague Picnic

Join us for the Plague Picnic.  A fun filled day of Plague, Punishment, and Pleasure

D&D comes to life in Illinois park

Reality meets fantasy in Jeremy "Boo" Rochman Memorial Park in Carbondale, Illinois where kids and adults alike can experience the Dungeons and Dragons fantasies come to life.

[ART] Gaelic Games

Come all ye round the bonnie brae for highland games and a wee day of fellowship midst the bitterroot, nae thistle to impede our play.

[EAL] Pikeman's Pleasure XXI

King Arthur, along with Sir Gawain, and the troops loyal to the King have pursued Sir Lancelot to France to lay siege to his castle. Mordred has seized the throne of Camelot.  Arthur is returning and a great battle will be fought at Camlann.  Who will be the victor?

[OUT] May Fair

It is on May 7th 10-4pm. Cost is 5.00 adult members children 6-18 2.00 under 6 free

[AET] May Day II: When Pigs Fly!

The newly-minted Shire of Angels Keep invite all and sundry to join us for May Day II: When Pigs Fly!

[ATE] Bacchanal

It's time to don your chiton or toga again this spring with the College of Brymstonne! Springtime calls us with faint melodies of laughter and play. Soon the cozy warmth of the sun will have us basking in its beauty! And with April at its end, we celebrate May Day in the Roman tradition of the festival of Floralia!

[ATE] Wasteland Wars

As the warm dry winds "gently" blow across the high desert wasteland...the Shire of Windale brings you the Wasteland Games!

Playing Seven-Sided Backgammon

Historical game expert Master Justin du Coeur shares a description and rules for Astronomical Tables, also known as "Seven-Sided Backgammon."

[GLE] Academy of Performing Arts

The Shire of Iron Ox in Gleann Abhann is proud to present "Academy of Performing Arts" July 30, 2011, at Cabot Lodge, Millsaps, in Jackson Mississippi.

Henry VIII is a doll!

Tudor parents and children will want to take a look at a charming set of felt dolls depicting the Court of King Henry VIII. The dolls were created by Deriana, and photos are posted on her Live Journal page. (photos)

[ANT] Sir Edward Zifran's Memorial Championship Tournament

Once again, friends and comrades will descend upon the verdant fields of our sleepy shire to challenge one another to perform deeds of unparalleled greatness. Shittimwoode invites one and all to laugh, revel, and vie for several Shire Championships. 

[ANT] Bar Gemels XXV

As Spring Begins and tourney season opens it comes time for the gathering of Folk at the Tavern of Bar Gemels. With Good Food, Good Company, and much merriment our spirits will become renewed for the coming year.

[EAS] Feast of Fools

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Come one, come all to Lyndhaven's 8th Feast of Fools to be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at the Lindsay Valley Lodge at CFB Gagetown (Oromocto, New Brunswick).

[WES] Rivenoak's Fool's / Newcomer's Tourney

The Barony of Rivenoak wishes to invite all to join us for a day full of fun and adventure in our majestic Bidwell Park. The King and Queen of Misrule will be divined through Rivenoak’s arcane art of Divination by Cupcake. 

[EAS] King Lucan VIII and Queen Jana V Coronation

Come one, come all and join the Barony of the Bridge at this most magnificent occasion when the East Kingdom will celebrate the passing of the Crown to Lucan VIII & Jana V.

[WES] Westermark’s Feast of St. George

Here there be Dragons (Well there where, until...)!  With the wise council of St. George, the noble hunters of the Westermark tracked down and vanquished the dire beasty that had been terrorizing our dear vast forests, friends, comrades, small children, and stuffed animals...