Liavek, Players of Luck

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The front cover of Liavek, Players of Luck, art by Collette Slade.

Liavek, Players of Luck is the second in a series of 5 short story anthologies about a shared universe called Liavek. It was nominated for "Best Anthology/Collection" at the 1987 World Fantasy Awards Ballot. Players of Luck was published in 1986 and edited by Will Shetterly and Emma Bull. The Megan Lindholm story in it is titled Pot Luck.


  • A Happy Birthday by Will Shetterly
  • Before the Paint Is Dry by Kara Dalkey
  • The Rat's Alley Shuffle by Charles de Lint
  • Two Houses in Saltigos by Pamela Dean
  • Rikiki and the Wizard by Patricia C. Wrede
  • Dry Well by Nathan A. Bucklin
  • Choice of the Black Goddess by Gene Wolfe
  • The Ballad of the Quick Levars by Jane Yolen
  • Pot Luck by Megan Lindholm
  • Show of Faith by Gregory Frost
  • An Act of Trust by Steven Brust
  • Ishu's Gift by Charles R. Saunders
  • A Cup of Worrynot Tea by John M. Ford
  • The Well-Made Plan by Emma Bull


  • An English paperback Liavek: The Players of Luck edited by Will Shetterly and Emma Bull was published in June 1986 by Ace with ISBN 0441481841. The cover was illustrated by Collette Slade and the maps drawn by Jack Wickwire.
  • Beginning in August 2015, all the Liavek stories from the 5 anthologies are set to be published as ebooks. The fourth volume, Liavek 4, includes Pot Luck and was published the 29th of April 2016 by CatYelling with ASIN B01F0L588C.


  • "Pot Luck" and "An Act of Trust" appear in the French Liavek volume.


books: City of Luck and Wizardry | Players of Luck | Wizard's Row | Spells of Binding

stories: A Coincidence of Birth | Pot Luck | An Act Of Mercy | An Act of Love