We are playing a D&D 5e game, and our DM is constantly dropping the same hints, and re-iterating the same details over and over again, to try and get us to go where he wants.
I've played enough games to enjoy the "free-roam" style adventure, and I can appreciate the railroad approach as well. The game moves a lot quicker, and smoother, with less distractions. However, the constant reminders are getting a bit annoying.
For example, our latest adventure was to find the hag in Kingsborough. Our first hint, was after fighting hag in one area, we found a shrine with a dismembered hand, with a tattoo of the Kingsborough Guard.
We went back to town, and reported our findings. The DM gave us some pretty clear information that there were rumours of the Kingsborough Guard moving into our area, and "tales of Witches raising the dead" and a "trio of hag sisters." We then clearly stated our intentions of investigating, but decided to relax in town a bit, and prepare for the trip, then head off the next day.
Then, during the night, we were attacked by surprise, by a group of Ghouls.
During the conversation with our informant in town, a few of the player characters decided to relax and have few beers, and ended up being "too intoxicated" to leave. We decided to fast forward to the next day. In that time the DM shoved the ghoul encounter in, which did take up more game time.
These ghouls all bore the same tattoo of the Kingsborough Guard. Once again, we made the connection, and stated that we would head off at the crack of dawn the next morning.
The DM never really seemed to drop the issue until we were well on our way. We have had this issue multiple times, and we have spoken about it together, and with the DM, explaining that we do understand the hints he's dropping, and even asked if we were going the right way, which he openly agreed with.
My only thought, is that he is actually an officer in the Army, and is used to repeating instructions (it is a very common practice for military officers).
Other than just accepting it and going with the flow of it, how can we try and get the DM to stop with the excessive "railroad" approach?