There was recently a post bemoaning the lack of "real roleplaying" in the current RPG community (specifically in the D&D Adventurers League), suggesting that, since some point in its history, more thought is now given to combat and dice and less focus toward acting in character.
I'm very new to roleplaying, and my only D&D experience is with 3.5e (when I was completely new) and 5e (the rules of which I have studied a fair amount).

How, if at all, have the different editions of D&D changed their focuses on dice-rolling and character-based roleplaying? I'm looking for answers in terms of the rules or advice given in the rulebooks or other official sources.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I think it's a great question, but I'm not sure it's a great fit for this site's Q&A model. It seems like a good answer would be a long article on the history of different phases of the RPG industry. (Which I'd love to read!) \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60
    Sep 19, 2015 at 13:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ That said, maybe I'm too narrow-minded: check out mxyzplk's amazing answer to rpg.stackexchange.com/q/29367/23970. \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60
    Sep 19, 2015 at 14:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ "Long articles" are well within our site's abilities to handle (e.g. see the counter-cystarchy answer). I can imagine both long and short answers to this, all within sizes our site can handle. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 19, 2015 at 15:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ This might seem like a simple matter, but it isn't. It's extremely broad and very much a matter of debate. If you want to hear people's thoughts, you're probably looking for a discussion forum such as one of these rather than a Stack. If you want to ask how something more specific within something more specific has changed (such as the "DM guidance" within "D&D editions", as in the question nitsua60 mentioned), that might be something we can help with. Something as broad as this current question is better off where discussion can roam freely, though. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 19, 2015 at 23:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ This is still going to be based on opinion and argument rather than fact and references. May I suggest you ask on a discussion forum instead? While this question might not work here, it will work fine as the beginning of a conversation on a site made for discussion. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 20, 2015 at 20:09


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