|Most kingdoms have a specific guide for
newcomers giving details about the kingdom's operation, structure, and practices. If none
are available at a local meeting, write to the kingdom chatelaine or information officer
to obtain one. There may be a small fee.
Through the Office of
the Stock Clerk (P.O. Box 360743, Milpitas, CA 95036-0743 USA) the SCA sells a number of
helpful publications at modest prices. The most comprehensive is the Known World Handbook
which contains over 200 pages of information on dozens of topics to help the newcomer
learn about the SCA, as well as some "how-to" articles. Ask for a list of
publications from the Stock Clerk.
If you have suggestions or additions for this newcomer's guide, if
something was not clear or was difficult to understand, or if something was missing that
you needed to know, please write to the SCA at the address above and let us know.
Keep in mind the three "P's"; patience, persistence, and
politeness. Be patient with yourself while you are learning about the Society's medieval
world. Be patient with those you meet who may be so involved with their own affairs that
they fail to notice a new person. Persist in asking questions, seeking information, and
coming to meetings. Be polite and courteous in your dealings with other Society members.
Keep these guidelines in mind and you will soon be a welcome member of the SCA.