This seems familiar…
Why does this sound familiar ? It’s from the arcade game “Gauntlet“. When you’d be kicking ass and slaying goblins, the voiceover narrator might chime in with that statement. Made you feel good about yourself. Then he’d remind you that you shot the food; and that you’re about to die, guilting more quarters out of your pocket.
Who’d get one ? There were polar-opposite criteria. You could be awarded one because you leaped to the fore, hacked-and-slashed an overwhelming opposition down to a manageable threat, saved lives and rescued maidens. The other way to ‘earn’ this card was to run a character as if he had sand in his vajayjay; withdrawing from melee combat when still at half-full Hit Points … staying at the rear of combat and contributing not at all (when not a spellcaster or low Hit Dice class) … acting out of blatant self-interest when the lives of others were at stake. So a legitimate awarding, or a sarcastic one (not to be confused with another card)
How frequently were they awarded ? Given that some players were rough-and-tumble frontliners and intentionally sought out the frenzy of battle, and some other players ran their characters as if they were fragile porcelain ducklings, it was just a matter of waiting for the right “fight against overwhelming odds” for a player of each stripe to qualify for the card.
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.