While I appreciate the time you took to make this response, your argument against D&D has the opposite effect as intended. I very much enjoy war games. From the vanilla “Risk” to Warhammer 40K. I’ve always gone for strategy over RPG. So if D&D is barely more than a table top wargame, it’s going to be a comfortably familiar gateway drug.
I never expected D&D to do all that much in story telling. It was just a happy accident I found this YouTube series with a great narrator/dungeon master.
Not to mention that D&D is still the biggest. I know that doesn’t mean best, but it does mean the most choice in players. Where I’m at, I can’t afford to be niche.