(Note: this page is not even a proper draft at present, however, it is being displayed in case someone can provide some helpful input)
If you are kinda shiny and new, that is awesome!
The SCA is really quite a warm and welcoming place, but as it has been around a while and has so much to offer, you may not know where to start!? We hope this page get’s you on the right path
Resources To Find Out More
First, let us outline some resources you may find handy to know about. It is always good to know where you can find information.
- Check the menus of this site
- Check the Where Is Everything Else Page for what is hopefully a logical list of resources not part of this site
What “Stuff” Do I Need To Do and In What Order?
Fortunately, you do not need to do anything. We request you enjoy yourself and treat others well, but isn’t that a given? There is no set path so to speak, however there are a few things that may generally help you to feel like you are on your way to wherever it is you wish to go within the organisation.
We are all plying a game
In “playing” in the SCA, one difference from other games you have played may be that you are physically role playing. You are
Your name, you know, the one most people call you in “real” life, is defined as your Mundane Name in the SCA. Once you decide to make “playing” in the SCA something you’ll actually do for a while (even if it is only every so often), you will probably notice just how often you are asked what your name is. Most likely, people are wondering what your SCA name is. It isn’t that we are being impolite, it is just something that comes with playing in an anachronistic game… you get to choose a name you play with.
This is just like a lot of other games (most computer games are a good example), you get to choose a name for your character. This will be your SCA name.
Now, you could just choose any old name, however, once you start to feel your way around the SCA, you will probably want to register the name you use when playing (just one of many things that add to the experience). To register, the SCA name you choose must meet certain criteria. You do not have to register, but if you wish to, the name you choose must be accepted by Heraldry.
Basically, the name must be something that would have been viable back in the day. There is actually a fair bit to it. Don’t let that scare you though. It just adds to the experience. Learning how Heraldry works, as with most aspects of the SCA, improves understanding of how things work in present day life. In this instance, Heraldry can provide insight into many symbols you may not even know you are aware of.