I had an epiphany today.
Seriously, a revelation.
It's an honest to goodness breakthrough.
I get why my current group doesn't get genre tropes, and why they don't experience full immersion.
They're Metagaming. I've noticed it before, but never realized the degree. It's sort of a constant undertone. A consistent subtext of their way of thinking when gaming.
What I mistook for overthinking is actually meta-thinking.
I am not certain why though.
To figure out the why, and the what to do about it, that is my new goal in life (OK, in my gaming life. It's right behind making more money, finding a girlfriend, and other lofty, real life objectives).
Huh. To think that that's the difference between this, and earlier groups.
Who'd have thunk it.