The Devil's Brood

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The Devil's Brood

Number of players
How long it runs
3 hours
Date written
Malcolm Harbrow
The Devil's Brood

The Devil's Brood is a 3-hour historical theatre-style larp based on the film The Lion in Winter. It is available from Larpwriter and has been run in New Zealand, South Africa, the USA and the UK.[1]

The game uses a version of kickarse to handle combat, with some characters defined as great or poor knights. It includes an abstract war mechanic so that the characters can judge who would win a war based on perceived political alliances.


A man's enemies are the men of his own House" – Giraldus Cambrensis

"From the Devil we sprang and to the Devil we shall go" – Angevin family legend

Christmas 1183: King Henry of England, the most powerful king in Christendom, has summoned his family together at Chinon to celebrate Christmas. The King of France will be in attendance, and the Queen has been released from prison for the occasion. But behind the celebration, Henry's empire is in crisis. The death of his eldest son has placed the succession in doubt, the Queen has been imprisoned for the last decade, his children war incessantly among themselves, and France waits greedily to regain what it has lost.

The Devil’s Brood is a discourse-based political larp for nine players based on "The Lion in Winter". Expected play time is three hours.


  1. The Devil's Brood. Larp Resume. retrieved on 24 June 2015. Note that the Larp Resume database is incomplete and will not list all ruins of a game.

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