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The Devil's Brood

A Plantagenet family drama LARP for 7-9 players

by Malcolm Harbrow


An updated version of this game is now available from DriveThruRPG



"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.

The following documents have been included:

  • Intro (what you're reading now)
  • Blurb - a short description of the game and cast list that can be used for advertising to potential players
  • How to run the game - instructions for the GM
  • Background - historical Background and the present situation
  • Rules -combat, war, succession, fealty, marriage, and annulment
  • Map - the Angevin territories in 1183 (derived from WikiCommons Map by Lotroo)
  • Costuming - advice on what to wear
  • Inspirations - what inspired this LARP
  • Nametags - Name badges for players to wear during the game


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. You are free to share and remix the work, provided you attribute it, share alike, and all use is non-commercial.  For the avoidance of doubt, the author grants a waiver from the non-commercial use clause for charging reasonable fees to cover expenses of running the game (e.g. venue-hire, snacks, props etc), for running it for the benefit of non-profit larp organisations (such as NZLARPS or NEIL), and for running it at conventions (whether for-profit or otherwise). 



"The Devil's Brood" was designed on Larpwriter, a website to simplify the creation of murder parties and larps (know more).

You can also download it in PDF.