For those of you who don’t know, that stands for Society for Creative Anachronism. Put simply, they play medieval, but without the cholera epidemics. It is on my mind today because I am shortly taking some friends to lunch after they finish up a local SCA event. I was invited, very kindly, but declined partly due to feeling so out of place. I am not sure how often I can say ‘forsooth’, and I’m always nervous if I don’t know the social etiquette of any situation. Nonetheless, they seem like a group of the sort of people I nearly always like. My friends are good examples, using many of the skills in real life agriculture and householding. I find them hardworking, energetic, cheery and intelligent.
Is it silliness? I play Dungeons & Dragons, so if roleplay is silliness, then I guess I’m silly myself. Sure, anyone can go overboard on pretending to be a brave knight. One can go overboard on golf, too, or crocheting or cat ownership. SCA seems like a very crafts(wo)manly way to have a good time roleplaying and understanding how people lived back when, thus teaching history.
You’ll get real bored and real old standing around waiting for me to utter the sentence “Teaching history isn’t worth while.”