I think I have the tendency to play the opposition as very reasonable people. In your opinion, does that take away from your RPG experience?
My most recent gaming group is the opposite.
We've managed to make friends with most bandits, kobolds (including the explicitly evil shaman), mites, some fae, lizard folk, swamp sorcerors, giant turtles, carnivorous mushrooms, some tatzlwyrm, a hill giant, one spriggan, enraged giant owl bears, maybe centaurs, an elasmosaur, and an eel.
We did not manage to make friends with spiders, a magically cursed bear, cultists , trolls, zombies, wyverns, or soul eaters.
So.... Our solution was
Most frequently there was some entity in the intelligent groups that was pushing them to be hostile.
So to be fair there have been several targeted "regime change" operations. We freed one mite from kobold captivity and they were thankful.
But when we visited the mites, we led with saying hello, but ended up killing all the ones who attacked us.
Eventually some stragglers led by the one we befriended asked for help.
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