If this is your first time on our website - welcome! Whether you know alot about the SCA or re-enacting; or nothing at all, then this page will help you navigate your way through those first days, weeks and months as you become familiar with the game we like to call the SCA.
On this page you will find resources from local folk, other SCA players in Australia and New Zealand (Lochac), and all over the world. Some sites will also be from other re-enactment groups whose information is relevant to what we do in the SCA. The links will have information pertaining to getting started in the SCA, projects people are working on and so forth.
Info for Newbies
There are four ways to find out what is happening within Mordenvale: this website, from chatting with everyone at Sunday Gathering (see calender), Mordenvale page on Facebook and the email list. To join the emailing list please click this link: "Mords List".
It is also worthwhile taking a look at our "mother" site: http://lochac.sca.org . This site has all of the information about the SCA's logistics, rules, etc...and you can see who the current King and Queen are and find out all about them!
There are many information handouts and websites for newbie's to get information from. Here are a few favorites.
SCA Basics - A collegia done for our newbies.
Mordenvale Newbie Pamphlet (.pdf)
Politarchopolis's Newbie Handout (.pdf) - Politarchopolis in the SCA group in Canberra.
A lovely handout from NZ (.pdf)
Your Teenager and the SCA - A Guide for Parents - GREAT resource from the US. I hand this out to kids who's parents are a little "iffy" about the SCA.
Advice for Newcomers (.pdf)
Forward Into The Past : Great article on starting in the SCA, also has patterns for making first garb.
For older members to remember what being a newcomer was like: Newcomers are nice, once you get to know them.
Getting About In the SCA Game
The SCA is a game. To help you feel as though you are playing the game to the best of your "newbie" potential; here are some articles that will introduce you to the basics.
· Mordenvale - A History Lesson
· You've heard them talk about a particular place - but where is that? A map of Lochac.
· An article about how to address people in the SCA - The Use & Misuse of Titles -or- “Lordship” Isn’t a Title!
· Nuances in the game - Concerning Consistency or Ignorance is Bliss
· So This is Your First SCA Event - a great guide to explain everything you need to survive!
· SCA Newbies - SCAlife.com
· To help you learn that song you heard - The Knowne World Virtual Songbook
· Coloured Belts - What do they mean?
Once you have played for a bit you will want to get your own garb. Here are some links to help you on your way.
· Introduction to SCA Clothing: http://thehoodedhare.com/clothing_intro.htm
. Tips from Dawn - Dawn has wonderful patterns plus these great tips for newbies!
· Introduction to Garb: A Seminar
A great Viking handout that I couldn't resist adding: Viking clothing
There are two main camping events that Mordenvale attend each year on masse. They are Rowany Festival at Easter time, and Spring War on the October long weekend.
So to help out those who have not camped "medieval" before here are some great links to check out.
. SCA Camping Gear- What it's all about
· Medieval Pavillion Resources - Camping Tips.
Information and guide books on fighting methods, weapon construction and rank within the fighting forces.
· Check out YouTube - there are many great fights to watch, and many top bloopers of what not to do.
· SCA Fighting - you are interested but a complete newby!
· SCA Fighting - What is it?
· SCA Combat - An Introduction for New and Prospective Fighters
· Headology (Psychology for Heavy Combat in the SCA)
· On Fighting in a Crown Tourney: Musings of a "still not King"
Other Fun Stuff
The Birthday Song/Durge - An SCA tradition sung to the tune of "The Volga Boatmen".
The Cloved Lemon - meet and greet the SCA way!
If anyone has a great link that they would like to recommend as a great resource for newbies (or those of us who need a little brushing up on how to behave) then please email them to the webright.
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