Gulf Wars is a week long SCA war traditionally between the Kingdom of Ansteorra and Kingdom of Trimaris. It takes place at Kings Arrow Ranch in Lumberton, Mississippi, and is hosted by the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.
Heavy Weapons, Rapier (war point battles, beginning with GW15, are fought with heavy rapiers), Archery, Equestrian, Coursing, Art/Sci, Live Weapons, and volunteer hours are all counted for war points; Youth Combat is also available, but is not currently a war point.
Attendance is currently three-to-four thousand, who come from almost every kingdom of the Known World. Classes are also available, as well as an Artisan's Row (Note: Gulf Wars has a lot of Middle Eastern Classes available, since there is a Middle Eastern Encampment offering classes).
In 2005 (GW 14), there was an announcement that the GW 15 would be a four-kingdom war, as Gleann Abhann would shortly become a kingdom in its own right. At the end of each Gulf Wars Knowne World Court, the four kingdoms ( Ansteorra, Trimaris, Meridies, and Gleann Abhann ) would roll dice, and the highest-rolling and lowest-rolling kingdoms would be allied against the other two kingdoms. Gleann Abhann will continue to host.
The outcome of the roll resulted in the pairing of Ansteorra and Trimaris against Meridies and Gleann Abhann for GW 15 (2006).