This morning (thanks Huffington Post twitter), I found a great article that talks about one writer's journey through table top games and how they have in turn influenced his writing. I've clipped a few of my favorite sections out below, but I recommend reading the full article.
" I am also a gamer, and have been since I was eight years old. "
My players and I have experienced tests of our ideals within my games that have served to shape us ever since. Perhaps the events did not really happen, but the ideas and emotions did. Please don't think of us stuck forever in our fantasies--my players are some of the most interesting and accomplished people I know. They are archaeologists and physicists, programmers and lawyers, but they share a secret past.
"Games, like books, involve conflicts, and conflicts are sometimes physical. "