I hear a lot of “I really want to play Dungeon World, but my group will only play Pathfinder/4e/whatever.” I guess it’s hard to get folks to try something new, especially when they’re having fun doing what they’re used to doing.
My experience is that playing with people who are totally unfamiliar with the hobby is a great way to create new groups and keep the hobby alive.
Last Sunday, I had the amazing experience of running a 4-hour DW session for three of my friends who had never played a pen-and-paper rpg: Mitch (tattoo artist, comic book and tv geek), Deli (foodie, cosplayer and art student), and Haylee (artist and locksmith). They had an amazing time, took to the game like fish to water, and practically begged me to make it a regular thing.
Also, it’s awesome playing at a table where everyone is both a geek and an artist.