Obsidian Entertainment - MCA on Pen and Paper RPG as Inspiration for Writing CRPGs
According to Shacknewas, Chris Avellone spoke at a writers' workshop at GDC. He talked about how writing and playing pen and paper rpgs can help develop writing skills for crpgs. A quote:
At a writer's workshop at GDC, Avellone said he was a game master long before he got into writing for video games, and even had a module for Dungeons & Dragons published by TSR (which was later purchased by Wizards of the Coast). He explained that being a game master in a pen & paper setting with people sitting around a table "allows you to get immediate feedback as to whether you are actually entertaining them or not." He added that direct feedback like that is invaluable for determining how engaging the world and characters are that they have created.