Where in the entire section that you quoted am I asserting that system doesn't matter? Where? If anything... what I asserted was that just declaring a game's major playstyle A doesn't make it so. Even the example you provided seemed to indicate that actual AP/pure railroad style play was in the minority for you. So I'm not sure where you're getting system doesn't matter from. How about this... point me to the system parts of 5e that directly push one to adventure path play or even adventure of the week type of play. That's what I'm asking for. something besides a blanket assertion with nothing to back it up.I find it telling that the response to "people seem determined to ignore the differences between these types of games" is exactly to once again assert that these differences don't exist. Its like a perfect little capsule of the whole thing. Are you REALLY asserting that system doesn't matter? I mean, I'm sure you've been around this community a long time. You must have some sense of the long history and salient factors in that 'debate'. I personally don't find that kind of position really tenable.