Let me put on my Internet Nerd Hat for the moment and make a confession:
Yes, I play in a PBeM RPG. I've played in one, off and on, since the mid to late 1990's.
And in that time and within those games, I've had the opportunity to work with a variety of different people. Sadly enough, I find that with my participation in these games, I've found my writing ability and, more importantly, writing discipline has greatly benefited from my participation over the years.
I write for myself, by and large, to keep my creative writing skills up - and since I am trying to focus now more on content design and game writing than system design, I find the process a really fun way to keep my skills up.
Friends have come and gone through these games, and most I have lost contact with while I continue to write.
However, of late, I've been able to work again with an old friend. We'd lost contact, or, at least, extremely inconsistent contact for the last few years. We'd worked together for...six or seven years. We have had a strong friendship, and definitely have a kindred intellect and creativity.
So, it's been wonderful to work together again, even if it is for our own benefit and enjoyment.
My GameUX Summit keynote: (Dis)Assembling Games
2 weeks ago