So I've read a lot of posts recently about Action Sequences and people decrying that combat is bad and that players who like combat aren't enjoying the RP aspect of the game, etc. It has me scratching my head. Every single swashbuckling movie, book, or other piece of literature has combat in it. Heroes fight Villains. Heroes fight Henchmen. Heroes fight swarms of Brutes. It isn't the entire movie, but it often is critical to the movie and many times offers cool insights to the character's personality that might not otherwise come out.
Why then is the general feeling that "Combat in my game is a 'bad thing'"? I'll leave it at that because I truly want to understand.