Welcome, to the Marche of Norborough's newcomer's page. Here you'll find information about what we do, as well as links and advice to help you find your way through your first few events. (All links open in new windows)
Where we are:
Norborough's official borders encompass the Ohio counties of Darke, Mercer, Miami, and Shelby plus the southern tip of Auglaize County. (See map).
Flaming Gryphon is one of several groups in the Middle Kingdom, which covers Ohio, Indiana, Michigan (minus the upper penninsula), Illinois, most of Kentucky, plus a bit of Iowa and Ontario.
There are currently 19 kingdoms in the SCA's Known World. The Middle Kingdom, also called the Midrealm, was founded in1969 and is the third oldest of the kingdoms.
What we do:
This one's a bit tricky. We've been called a "living history" group, but most of those groups require a higher level of authenticity than we do. Its not that we're against authenticity, its just that we won't turn someone away because the hem on their tunic is machine sewn or because their shoes have rubber soles.
We've been called an "arts revival" movement, and that's a part of what we do. But we do so many other things like fencing, archery, thrown weapons, feasting, etc that "arts revival" doesn't seem sufficient,
We've been called a martial arts or medieval-combat recreation group, and although this is the big eye-catcher of the SCA it is by no means manditory that anyone take up arms.
The SCA mission statement posted on the Society's webpage may be the best way to go:
How did the SCA come about?
The SCA's story starts on May 1, 1966 in Berkeley, CA. A group of history buffs and Science Fiction/Fantasy fans decided to hold a small backyard tournament, where combatants would duel with wooden swords and everyone was encouraged to come dressed in the clothing of some era of history or fantasy when the sword was used.
The tournament was a massive success, and another was planned. Then another. Soon this fledgling group had outgrown private backyards and needed to rent a local park to support a larger event. When told that the park only rented to groups, not individuals, Science Fiction author Marion Zimmer Bradley coined the name "Society for Creative Anachronism".
Your first event
We were all new to the SCA at some point. The requirements for starting out are pretty light. You'll need:
For more info, follow these links:
A video from CBS Sunday Morning. (hosted on YouTube) A bit out of date, but with a good but short look at what we do.
An online demo for the SCA. Very brief, but with good pictures and a good overview of the many activities the SCA offers.
Forward Into The Past. The SCA's official guide for new members. Lots of good information here to get you through your first couple events.
A glossary of common terms in the SCA. Like many hobbies, we have a lot of lingo that we toss around. It can be confusing until it's been explained.