Information for Newcomers


We're really glad you're here!

This page is meant to help you find answers to questions you may have about the SCA and our Barony. Participating in the SCA is easy; all you need to do is show up. Stargate is a very active barony!

How to get involved

There is a regular monthly Populace meeting on the 1st Monday of the month, which is a great way to get to meet your fellow Stargaters and find out more about ways you can get involved.

Stargate has members involved in almost every art and craft practiced in medieval and Renaissance times, including everything from indoor pursuits like the scribal arts, weaving and other fiber arts, period costuming, period dance, brewing and vintning, and period cooking, to outdoor activities like chivalric (heavy armored) and rapier (fencing) fighting, archery, and equestrian practices.

Check out the Meetings page for more details on the different activities. The calendar listing on the Home page lists upcoming dates and times for various practices and guilds. The Events page has a listing of events being held within half a day's drive of greater Houston, and a link to the overall Kingdom Calendar of Events.

Some links to get you started:

Life in the Current Middle Ages
This excellent introduction to the SCA includes answers to questions like, "What Kind of Person Joins the SCA?" and "Fighting in the SCA, or Why are those people hitting each other?"

Advice to Newcomers (PDF)

A Newcomer's Guide to the SCA (8.5" x 11" page low-res version - PDF)
A Newcomer's Guide to the SCA (8.5" x 11" page hi-res version -PDF)

Newcomers section of Stefan's Florilegium Archive
Huge amounts of information gathered from SCA members about everything we do - special section focusing on topics of particular interest to newcomers to the SCA.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the SCA (PDF)

Kingdom and Local Mailing Lists
We may play in the Middle Ages, but we live in the 21st century, and use the Internet a lot to keep informed and in touch. Mailing lists are free to join, and a great source of information.


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News from the Barony

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Read the latest message from the Baron and Baroness.

Congratulations to HE Mistress Ellisena de Bayonne, Stargate's new Chronicler!

VIVAT to the new Stargate Champions: On April 15 at the 2017 Coastal Grand Baronial Championships, Stargate chose four new champions: Archery: Marcus Livius Antoninus; Equestrian: Kaitlin McKenna; Chivalric: Sven Randullsson; Rapier: Caelan MacRob. Stargate also hosted the Overall Archery Champion, who was Giano Luigi Diccinino.

Upcoming Populace Meeting dates (first non-holiday Monday of the month):
September 11

Make sure you are included in Stargate's Domesday Book - submission is quick and easy through our online form! More details...

Chivalric and Rapier Combat practice is now being held on Sundays at NOON at Ray Miller Park on Eldridge.. More details...

The UFO (Unfinished Objects) Guild meets Monday evenings unless there's Populace meeting that night. Please contact HL Brenna MacDonald if you are interested. More details...

Scribes Guild meets the 1st, 3rd and sometimes 5th Sundays of the month at the new earlier time of 3-6 pm at the HEB Central Market grocery store on Westheimer at Weslayan. More details

Archery Practice is held once a month, usually at Carter Park in Spring, TX. More details

Have a youth fighter looking for a practice? Check out the Houston/Beaumont area Official Youth Chivalric practice! More details...

Gate's Edge Fighter practice is being held at 10 am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at Meyer Park. More details...

Applications are being accepted for the following offices:

Herald (Sentinal Pursuivant) More details...

Minister of Children More details...