In July, I asked people to help me collect gamer's terms for a book project.
There were many helpful suggestions, and Metafilter user majick, via email, helped me to rank and rate the terms. I needed to make sure the terms were general enough to appeal to a broad spectrum of gamers. His help was invaluable; I'm not a gamer and couldn't make judgement calls easily.
I made an open call for illustrators and randomly assigned alphabet letters with a list of "approved" terms to use. Some letters had more options, some were tougher to illustrate, so random made it more fair. 18 people collaborated on the little book.
A Gamer's Alphabet
is now available through Blurb.
The project is a fundraiser for Marissa, a tiny little girl who is profoundly disabled as a result of a condition called "Infantile Spasm", a form of childhood epilepsy. Marissa's dad chronicles life with Marissa and his efforts to raise awareness about Infantile Spasm in his weblog.
Any profits from sales go to a fund for Marissa's future needs. She's going to need it.