We talked about something tonight that I think will make for a better D&D4 experience for me, so I wanted to share it with y'all.
Combat in D&D is (now) really, really fun. It also takes a bit of time and attention, like setting up a battlemat and cool terrain ideas and such. It's fun, but it's not totally casual and quick. But sometimes, when you're playing an RPG, you need to do a fight in a casual and quick way.
Fortunately, D&D4 has us covered: Skill challenges. You can do a skill challenge that represents combat. For those times when you need to beat up the goons at the tavern real quick, or fight a duel at court, or whatever. Failing in a skill challenge can cost healing surges, which is a perfect match for combat.
If you want to get a little hinky with it, you might even let people use their attack powers as part of the skill challenge.