Well, I'm about to start a new campaign. (D&D 3.0 in my case, but could be nearly anything) I've got the basics of the world set up, although I still need lots of names and NPCs, as well as some refinement. I have 3 players -- my husband and two friends of his/ours. Hubby created his character last night, the other two haven't yet been introduced to my world, so haven't yet created characters.
Hubby and I are more role-playing types, while the other two guys role play a bit, but are more roll-players. I MUCH prefer starting at level 1 and actually developing a character with a story rather than jumping in at level 5 because "you can actually do stuff" (my players' preference). I'd love to run a game filled with intrigue and politics, where the vast majority of their conflict is with other people rather than monsters. They prefer dungeon crawling and monster slaying.
So... I need to resolve the conflict in such a way that we all have fun. So far, I've said they WILL be starting at level 1, but I'm considering bumping that up to 2 to allow dual-class character concepts to have a level in each class. If someone wants to multi more than 2 classes, they'll just have to start with 2 and add the rest later, although I don't see any of these guys going with 3+ classes.
I'm mulling over ways to put them in catacombs and castle cellar dungeons, where they can have their dungeon crawl but I can tie it into an overall political storyline. I'm also considering throwing in some "haunted" ruins for them to investigate, where they would find some history that might throw doubt on the legitimacy of some noble's claim to their family title, or something of the sort. And of course, there's always "a local noble hires you to retrieve X artifact" which can put them into the wilderness for a while, but could also take them to the "urban jungle" in the process.
How do you resolve these types of conflicts? Any ideas on how I can integrate their styles with mine so that we all end up enjoying the game?
Personally, I like D&D because I find OCD much more interesting than ADD.