MELF, MELF, MELF…!
How did someone earn one ? A player receiving this card was typically afflicted with B.A.M.S … aka Bitch And Moan Syndrome. This is a player who either whined incessantly to the DM about a mild or imaginary injustice (whether fouled by a rule or a judgement call by the DM), or a player who’d go above and beyond reasonable indignation in their sniffling about a bad decision they made or a bad roll of the dice. This was the print version of the “Oh, Muffin !” verbal declaration made by players to condescendingly soothe a pouting friend.
How frequently were they awarded ? Probably less often than they should have been.
It was bad enough to require a card ? Some times, yes. Remember, we used to drink at our D&D games back then, and some players would be shucking fittered or halfway there. That was often a recipe for a pity-party (“…table for one”) about an “injustice” that would drag on for five or ten minutes until finally the card came down and the player mostly got the message.
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.