It's all so, so clear now -- if you want to avoid combat and focus on story,
"Don't play D&D. Seriously. D&D's mechanics point you so hard at killing things, you will end up killing things 95% of the time."!
And plus also -and I never, ever, in over 38 years of being a human with social skills and roughly 25 years of having played various RPGs, noticed this- but it turns out that --
"Most people....aren't [smart, capable, and able to do a lot of the things that make for a fun roleplaying game]. ... They need the rules, story, choices, to support them and their less creative, dynamic friends, into actually having the roleplaying experience you can pull out of anything. ...Players who are extremely capable can do anything. Those who are not, they need, crave and appreciate rulesets that match their desired game."!
...wow! I am so, so, so glad that someone is willing to show me the light--to point out to me that --
-- hang on, I just thought of something. Waaaaait a second...here it comes --
THIS IS BULLSHIT
...yeah, that's what I just thought of.
I'll defend my position in a future post. Right now, my rage must be contained, and I must seek serenity at the bottom of a can of Vanilla Coke.