Audio Novel: Playing For Keeps by Mur Lafferty


Playing For Keeps

Mur Lafferty’s new audio novel, Playing For Keeps, tells the story of Keepsie Branson, a young woman with a unique ability: nothing she owns can be taken from her against her will. Unfortunately, in a world where superheroes are subsidized by taxpayer dollars, Keepsie doesn’t quite make the grade; she’s just not powerful enough to be officially sanctioned as a full-fledged hero. Denied the opportunity to use her ability for the betterment of humanity, Keepsie has opened a bar across the street from the Academy, the home base of Seventy City’s A-List superheroes. Keepsie’s Bar is a popular watering hole where Third Wavers—people like Keepsie, whose powers have been designated useless by the elitist metahuman snobs at the Academy—gather to commiserate.

Despite being shunned by the Academy, Keepsie and her friends find themselves swept up in the action as the criminal mastermind known as Doodad brings his latest evil plan to bear on Seventh City. Keepsie finds herself in possession of a strange object that both heroes and villains want, and suddenly her power doesn’t seem so insignificant anymore. Neither side can take the object without her permission, and now Keepsie finds herself in a position to help the heroes she despises…or the villains who just might destroy everything she loves.

The first chapter in this unconventional superhero tale is already available at the official Playing For Keeps website and a new chapter will be published each week. While you’re there, read the official PFK blog, listen to promos, download wallpaper and Twitter icons, and more!

Stories of the Third Wave

But wait, there’s more! To enhance the Playing For Keeps experience, Mur has enlisted the help of some very talented people and created Stories of the Third Wave, snippets of radio broadcasts from Seventh City. Tune in for morning drive-time radio, the evening news, interviews, talk radio and more! Subscribe to The Playing For Keeps Experience to receive the audio novel, the Stories of the Third Wave segments, and a PDF of each chapter that you can read on your PC.

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6 responses to “Audio Novel: Playing For Keeps by Mur Lafferty”

  1. Gerall Avatar

    One of the worst super-powers my old roleplaying group ever conceived was: The ability to be seen through walls.

    The poor mutant with this power couldn’t even turn the ability off.

    Quickest NPC death I’ve ever seen…

    Glad to hear that MightyMur has decided to take all those odd supers-ideas and create some fiction with it! More power to her.

  2. KJToo Avatar

    Miscellaneous G™ sometimes reminisces about a Champions game in which the entire party of player characters were what we might call B- or C-list heroes. Alas, I can’t recall what their powers were. I wish I had my own stories to tell, but I’ve never really played a superhero RPG. Perhaps that will change when the Wild Cards supplement is released for Mutants & Masterminds.

  3. Scott Avatar

    I’m guessing that you know it’s been picked up for publication?

  4. Kris Avatar

    Scott — Indeed I do. I’m sure I’ll do another post about Playing For Keeps once the publication date looms large.

  5. alphanitrate Avatar
    alphanitrate has announced that it will be available from Swarm press and

    I’m already lined up to get mine.

    1. Kris Avatar

      @alphanitrate – Yep. You can expect a blog post about PFK any day now.

      Any. Day. Now.

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