I don’t know if this applies to your gaming groups, but anymore, my groups mostly are in it to level.  Leveling might mean raising skills, getting treasure, or literally leveling, but its rarely about motivations or personal stories.

We “try”, and we do have interesting stories, but at the end of the day, our group mostly consists of what our GM Jason calls “murdering hobos”.  Maybe thats ok, its certainly fun, but what happened to valiant paladins doing deeds of derring do?  Maybe after I max out my next character I’ll give it a try…or maybe after I max out the next character…