Society for Creative Anachronism

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Society for Creative Anachronism

The Society for Creative Anachronism or SCA is a non-profit organization devoted to re-creating the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The primary focus of the SCA is on western European culture, but also includes areas such as the Middle East and Japan. SCA event attendance often numbers in the thousands. Estrella, its event in Arizona, has over 6,000 attendees while its largest event, Pennsic, has well over 12,000 people attending.

Differences Between SCA and Belegarth

  • Rules of engagement are different.
    • Depending on the kingdom, the focus may be on tourney-style fighting or melee combat.
  • Fighters in SCA tend to be more honorable
    • Example: Fighters don't use the sun to an advantage. Fighters may not run around a legged fighter (called corkscrewing) to gain an advantage.
    • Backstabbing is discouraged. Many kingdoms have very specific rules regarding backstabbing.
  • From 1" above the knee going up to and including the head is the legal target area.
  • The SCA has a much higher ratio of non-combatants to fighters compared to Belegarth.
  • Knighthood is an organization-wide award. Only heavy fighters may achieve knighthood.
  • Uses royalty system.
  • Largest medieval organization.
    • Pennsic has upwards of 12,000 people
    • Smaller events have 100 to 5,000 people
  • Uses unpadded rattan weapons
  • Pads the people, not the weapons.
  • Marshals are not referees.

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