Most think CRPGs began with BG1, and consider Diablo a "model RPG."
LOL Not from where I come from. My first recollections of CRPG's include Phantasy, Bard's Tale (there's a remake in the works folks), and Ultima. I suppose there where Rogue-like games ahead of those mind you (or maybe text-based games), maybe on the PET or some such. However, I see you point regardless.