Recently I had a chat with a friend who has previously expressed disinterest in playing Dungeons and Dragons, despite enjoying roleplaying in general. His reason: It’s too complicated; I don’t want to do math, I want to play a game!
In a large part, this is true. I play D&D v3.5 almost exclusively, and it involves a lot of rules, a lot of dice, and a lot of math. Now, I am an engineer by trade and I highly support the learning and use of math skills, but there are times when perhaps we are doing too much work and not enough play.