Once upon a time, Etwas the Elf was running through the forests of tall grass, under the canopies of clover and around the stems of the tall flowers when she almost ran smack into a cricket.
"Hello, Mr. Cricket!" she said.
"Chirp chirpety chirp," the cricket replied.
She watched the insect rub his front legs together and decided it looked too much like a diner getting ready for a meal and was a fair bit taller and a lot longer than Etwas, so she decided to occupy his active hands by dealing out a hand of cards. "I de-clare war!" she yelled, giggling and watched as the cricket picked up his cards and together they played until sunset when the cricket hopped away home and Etwas ran back to her mushroom, uneaten.
And ever since then, Etwas the Elf has played cards like her life depended on it instead of playing like her life depended on winning.