Let me explain.
Okay, first off, the name ? Here’s the explanation. Back in the halcyon days of the 1980’s one could freely use the word “retarded” … or (ideally indirectly) refer to someone who was literally or figuratively retarded, as an “eppy”. Then came the early 1990’s and the complete-horseshit first-gen Political Correctness plague. Which, among seeking to normalize gender neutralization (‘womyn’, ‘fisher’, ‘fireperson’), also ruined a number of concise words with pseudo-Orwellian replacements. “Handicapped” became ‘physically-challenged’; “fat” became ‘plus-sized’…thus in keeping with the letter of the law and not the spirit, some of us changed “retarded” to the more (or less) P.C. ‘eppily-disabled’.
How did someone earn one ? Time came to roll for the INT check, you were sure you had it nailed this time around and could write up your character’s new level stats, and that hateful, hateful “1” comes up on the d20. Quashing all hope.
How frequently were they awarded ? At least two of these went out. I’m sure I scored half of those.
The “Cards” series of posts recalls the special “trophy” business-cards awarded to players during E.G.’s original D&D v.3.5 game several years ago. This is a weekly post.