A suffusion of yellow
yeah one things that really irks me is whenpeople want to get all the strengths of a particular creature but none of the drawbacks/weaknesses. Lycanthorpes are often in that boat with cool wolf powers but ‘no curse’ and then you have the whole peeve of sexy vampires and pretty orcs (Tieflings and Dragonborn are offenders too)I don't think you are reading the rules on this. The PC is CURSED and refuses to remove the curse. That is what makes the game miserable for him .... and not really miserable but just difficult.
I actually have the opposite view here - Some people are trying to accomodate the player are looking for an excuse to make the curse fun to have.
I like to play tiny gnomes precisely necause they are too small to be acombat threat and have to rely on other strategies. Drawbacks and weaknesses (even curses) are fun challenges not punishments to make a players life miserable.