It depends on how I'm feeling actually.
I remember circumventing an entire section of a mates intricately planned campaign because I sat down and have a chat with a crucial NPC. Ok so the dragon was nasty and angry and very pissed off ... but it didn't mean that I couldn't have "a good old fashioned dragon to halfling chat
" and figure out a comprimise to the dilemma.
And on other occasions I just want to hit things and make them go ouch.