I've got fond memories of playing DnD (Dungeons and Dragons) with my history teacher and a bunch of school friends. Our first campaign literally started off with us attacking each other in a bar, because we were so bad at the whole getting to initial phase of introducing characters to each other. 5+ Years later, our party has pretty much developed the line "Cut the crap. Join the party" since we're still pretty awkward with the whole introductions.
Anyhow it doesn't have to be dungeons and dragons. I've heard there are alot of alternative systems, some that don't even require a game master/dungeon master to carry the storyline. But... How many people here play roleplaying games online or in real life?
There appears to be several different camps in the roleplaying arena though. Some that like to focus purely on the storytelling, while others that like the feel of dice-rolling mechanics and collecting stuff. Over time I've found myself moving more towards the roleplaying aspect (with minor elements of dice-rolling) in order to capture the feeling that I'm playing an RPG rather than that I'm just in a story. But I know there are others that hate it when there's a large element of story without any combat/skill check.
So which camps do people usually fall into here? What sort of combinations create the perfect roleplaying game for yourself?