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19th Feb '17 7:41:47 PM jormis29
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* At the heyday of ''Advanced [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]] 2nd Edition'' in the 1990s, TSR had Lorraine Williams as their CEO, who made no secret her disdain both for gamers and the people that worked under her. Among many things that caused ''Dungeons & Dragons'' and TSR to be run into the ground before being mercifully bought out by WizardsOfTheCoast were:
** Suing people left and right, including people who ran message boards for talking about ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' on the internet on the basis that it was their intellectual property. This prevented new people from discovering the game through Internet word-of-mouth, gave their competitors who were using the new medium to promote their products an edge, and disenchanted fans.

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* At the heyday of ''Advanced [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]] TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 2nd Edition'' in the 1990s, TSR Creator/{{TSR}} had Lorraine Williams as their CEO, who made no secret her disdain both for gamers and the people that worked under her. Among many things that caused ''Dungeons & Dragons'' and TSR to be run into the ground before being mercifully bought out by WizardsOfTheCoast Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast were:
** Suing people left and right, including people who ran message boards for talking about ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' on the internet on the basis that it was their intellectual property. This prevented new people from discovering the game through Internet word-of-mouth, gave their competitors who were using the new medium to promote their products an edge, and disenchanted fans.



** TSR's solution to declining sales was to publish new settings. The problem was that the settings, modules, and rules that governed them were so incompatible with each other that the player base became fragmented. For instance, a ''Planescape'' fan would have no use for modules meant for the ''Birthright'' setting.

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** TSR's solution to declining sales was to publish new settings. The problem was that the settings, modules, and rules that governed them were so incompatible with each other that the player base became fragmented. For instance, a ''Planescape'' ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' fan would have no use for modules meant for the ''Birthright'' ''TabletopGame/{{Birthright}}'' setting.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Alternity}}'' was a generic RPG produced by TSR in last few years of their operations. And was already used as a source of "how to improve [=xD&D=] mess" ideas. When WOTC took over in 2000, they killed the system and cannibalized the settings into their d20 modern line so that it didn't compete against it.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Alternity}}'' was a generic RPG produced by TSR Creator/{{TSR}} in last few years of their operations. And was already used as a source of "how to improve [=xD&D=] mess" ideas. When WOTC took over in 2000, they killed the system and cannibalized the settings into their d20 modern line so that it didn't compete against it.
16th Feb '17 2:20:06 PM StFan
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* Vee Entertainment has a tendency to do this to shows that aren't [[Series/SesameStreet Sesame Street Live]]. [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney Live in Concert]] only toured in select parts of the United States (along with Toronto, Canada), while [[CuriousGeorge Curious George Live!]] and [[KidsBop Kids Bop Live!]] had their tours cancelled without notice. A touring Hello Kitty convention produced by the company was also cancelled after only three stops. The only aversions that VEE has done were [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 My Little Pony: The World's Biggest Tea Party!]] and [[Series/TheMuppetShow The Muppet Show Live!]], where both tours' last stop was Madison Square Garden, as well as producing DVD releases of the BearInTheBigBlueHouse and My Little Pony shows.
* The same thing Vee did happened to a few other companies' shows. [[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Alvin And The Chipmunks and the Amazing Computer]] only stopped in a handful of cities including Chicago, while some of the IceCapades shows have never come to any of the Mexican or Canadian border states, mainly the ones featuring [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin Teddy Ruxpin]] and {{Barbie}}.

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* Vee Entertainment has a tendency to do this to shows that aren't [[Series/SesameStreet Sesame Street Live]]. [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney Live in Concert]] only toured in select parts of the United States (along with Toronto, Canada), while [[CuriousGeorge Curious George Live!]] and [[KidsBop Kids Bop Live!]] had their tours cancelled without notice. A touring Hello Kitty convention produced by the company was also cancelled after only three stops. The only aversions that VEE has done were [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 My Little Pony: The World's Biggest Tea Party!]] Party!]]'' and [[Series/TheMuppetShow ''[[Series/TheMuppetShow The Muppet Show Live!]], Live!]]'', where both tours' last stop was Madison Square Garden, as well as producing DVD releases of the BearInTheBigBlueHouse ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'' and My ''My Little Pony Pony'' shows.
* The same thing Vee did happened to a few other companies' shows. [[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Alvin And The Chipmunks and the Amazing Computer]] only stopped in a handful of cities including Chicago, while some of the IceCapades shows have never come to any of the Mexican or Canadian border states, mainly the ones featuring [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin Teddy Ruxpin]] and {{Barbie}}.Franchise/{{Barbie}}.



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* ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'': The network in charge of the games in the Realm has zero problems with killing players for the sake of boosting ratings and creating drama. Keep in mind, dying in the game means you die in real life. It's tough to get screwed harder than that.


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* ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'': ''TabletopGame/TheSplinter'': The network in charge of the games in the Realm has zero problems with killing players for the sake of boosting ratings and creating drama. Keep in mind, dying in the game means you die in real life. It's tough to get screwed harder than that.

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26th Jan '17 6:26:06 PM SonicGamer07
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* The ''TabletopGame/LuckAndLogic'' card game befell this fate in English after two years. Simply put, it didn't seem to catch on like ''Vanguard'' or ''Buddyfight'' did. The tie-in anime generally topping at "so-so" ratings didn't help either.

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* The ''TabletopGame/LuckAndLogic'' card game befell this fate in English after two years. Simply put, it didn't seem to catch on like ''Vanguard'' or ''Buddyfight'' did. The tie-in anime generally topping at "so-so" ratings didn't help either. There was also the fact that said tie-in anime, which is based on the card game, ''didn't even feature the card game.''
26th Jan '17 6:24:50 PM SonicGamer07
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* The ''TabletopGame/LuckAndLogic'' card game befell this fate in English after two years. Simply put, it didn't seem to catch on like ''Vanguard'' or ''Buddyfight'' did. The tie-in anime generally topping at "so-so" ratings didn't help either.
18th Jan '17 1:04:09 PM Mario1995
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* The UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague's contracts with its media partners can cause networks to postpone or pre-empt programming of their own in order to air football games in case of postponements or emergencies from the NFL. For instance, Creator/{{NBC}} originally scheduled an episode of the ''Series/{{Dateline}}'' news program about the Ross Harris trial for January 15, 2017, but two days before airing, an ice storm in Kansas City caused the delay of a Kansas City-Pittsburgh Steelers game that day to prime-time. Because of NBC's contractual obligations to the NFL, they decided to postpone the ''Dateline'' special to air the Chiefs/Steelers game.
11th Jan '17 2:24:04 AM Milarqui
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* Televisión Española was showing Severiano Ballesteros' run in the US Masters when it suddenly decided to cut off the signal to a horse race... which lasted through Ballesteros winning the tournament.
5th Nov '16 1:57:55 PM Mario1995
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* The closure of Disneyland's iconic ''[=PeopleMover=]'' in 1995 was part of an attempt to revamp Tomorrowland (which, in reality, was more or less a replication of their Paris park's "Discoveryland"), the attraction's residing area. Its replacement, ''Rocket Rods'', was marred with mechanical issues, and park-goers ravaged the ride for its constant breakdowns and potential damage to the [=PeopleMover=] structure it utilized. The ride closed just two years in operation, from 1998 to 2000. It is today regarded as one of Disney's biggest failures in amusement park history, and it's telling by Disney's [[UnPerson refusal to acknowledge its existence]].


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* Universal Studios Florida closed ''Ride/TheFuntasticWorldOfHannaBarbera'' and ''Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies'' in 2002 and 2003 respectively, citing lower attendance for both attractions despite being the most popular with Universal enthusiasts. Their respective replacements? ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'' and ''Ride/ShrekFourD'', two of the most polarizing rides the park had ever opened (not helped by the fact that Universal had little to no involvement in either ride's development), and ended up laying the groundwork for the park's drive toward intellectual property-driven attractions. While ''Neutron'' was eventually shuttered to make way for ''Ride/DespicableMeMinionMayhem'' in 2012, to the rejoice of many, the ''Shrek 4-D'' ride remains to this day. The attractions ended up serving as examples of everything wrong with Universal during its decade-long DorkAge.
28th Oct '16 5:06:05 PM Mario1995
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* Wrestling/{{ECW}}'s relationship with [[Creator/SpikeTV TNN]], as exemplified in a now-infamous quote one situation which TNN refused to air on their program (it ended up airing on ECW's syndicated program, ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} Hardcore TV''), was turbulent: "You have to be an ECW fan to watch this show, because, God knows, the network has never put out one freaking commercial or one press release to let you know that we're here!" Wrestling/PaulHeyman would go on to explain in the Wrestling/{{WWE}}-produced documentary ''The Rise and Fall of ECW'' that he blamed TNN's double-dealing for the demise of ECW; TNN rather publicly negotiated with, and subsequently signed, WWE to their network while marginalizing ECW further and further by the week, but refused to pull the trigger and actually cancel ECW, which prevented him from shopping the show around to other networks. In the last few months of the TNN run, Heyman was in open WriterRevolt, ramping up the show's offensive content and brazenly insulting TNN and its execs in an attempt to incite TNN to finally cancel the show in hopes of finding greener pastures elsewhere. The plan ultimately backfired on ECW when they found out they had virtually no money left, and they were driven to bankruptcy less than a year later. ECW's assets were purchased in bankruptcy court by WWE in 2003.

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* Wrestling/{{ECW}}'s relationship with [[Creator/SpikeTV TNN]], as exemplified in a now-infamous quote one situation on a program in which TNN refused to air on their program air (it ended up airing on ECW's syndicated program, ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} Hardcore TV''), was turbulent: "You have to be an ECW fan to watch this show, because, God knows, the network has never put out one freaking commercial or one press release to let you know that we're here!" Wrestling/PaulHeyman would go on to explain in the Wrestling/{{WWE}}-produced documentary ''The Rise and Fall of ECW'' that he blamed TNN's double-dealing for the demise of ECW; TNN rather publicly negotiated with, and subsequently signed, WWE to their network while marginalizing ECW further and further by the week, but refused to pull the trigger and actually cancel ECW, which prevented him from shopping the show around to other networks. In the last few months of the TNN run, Heyman was in open WriterRevolt, ramping up the show's offensive content and brazenly insulting TNN and its execs in an attempt to incite TNN to finally cancel the show in hopes of finding greener pastures elsewhere. The plan ultimately backfired on ECW when they found out they had virtually no money left, and they were driven to bankruptcy less than a year later. ECW's assets were purchased in bankruptcy court by WWE in 2003.
28th Oct '16 5:05:12 PM Mario1995
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* Wrestling/{{ECW}}'s relationship with [[Creator/SpikeTV TNN]], as explained in the following clip which TNN refused to air on their program (it ended up airing on ECW's syndicated program, ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} Hardcore TV''), was turbulent. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6jGyAjWqW0 "You have to be an ECW fan to watch this show, because, God knows, the network has never put out one freaking commercial or one press release to let you know that we're here!"]]. Wrestling/PaulHeyman would go on to explain in the Wrestling/{{WWE}}-produced documentary ''The Rise and Fall of ECW'' that he blamed TNN's double-dealing for the demise of ECW; TNN rather publicly negotiated with, and subsequently signed, WWE to their network while marginalizing ECW further and further by the week, but refused to pull the trigger and actually cancel ECW, which prevented him from shopping the show around to other networks. In the last few months of the TNN run, Heyman was in open WriterRevolt, ramping up the show's offensive content and brazenly insulting TNN and its execs in an attempt to incite TNN to finally cancel the show in hopes of finding greener pastures elsewhere. The plan ultimately backfired on ECW when they found out they had virtually no money left, and they were driven to bankruptcy less than a year later. ECW's assets were purchased in bankruptcy court by WWE in 2003.

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* Wrestling/{{ECW}}'s relationship with [[Creator/SpikeTV TNN]], as explained exemplified in the following clip a now-infamous quote one situation which TNN refused to air on their program (it ended up airing on ECW's syndicated program, ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} Hardcore TV''), was turbulent. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6jGyAjWqW0 turbulent: "You have to be an ECW fan to watch this show, because, God knows, the network has never put out one freaking commercial or one press release to let you know that we're here!"]]. here!" Wrestling/PaulHeyman would go on to explain in the Wrestling/{{WWE}}-produced documentary ''The Rise and Fall of ECW'' that he blamed TNN's double-dealing for the demise of ECW; TNN rather publicly negotiated with, and subsequently signed, WWE to their network while marginalizing ECW further and further by the week, but refused to pull the trigger and actually cancel ECW, which prevented him from shopping the show around to other networks. In the last few months of the TNN run, Heyman was in open WriterRevolt, ramping up the show's offensive content and brazenly insulting TNN and its execs in an attempt to incite TNN to finally cancel the show in hopes of finding greener pastures elsewhere. The plan ultimately backfired on ECW when they found out they had virtually no money left, and they were driven to bankruptcy less than a year later. ECW's assets were purchased in bankruptcy court by WWE in 2003.
19th Oct '16 2:52:11 PM Berrenta
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Okay, okay -- not ''all'' network executives are like this. There exist the individuals who intentionally seek out creative people to make shows that don't just [[FollowTheLeader copy one or another]], and as they get promoted, they may become the very predecessors these shows are inherited from. However, screwing a show happens more often than you may wish to believe, and typically it's because [[TheyJustDidntCare they just didn't care]].

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Okay, okay -- not ''all'' network executives are like this. There exist the individuals who intentionally seek out creative people to make shows that don't just [[FollowTheLeader copy one or another]], and as they get promoted, they may become the very predecessors these shows are inherited from. However, screwing a show happens more often than you may wish to believe, and typically it's because [[TheyJustDidntCare [[CreatorsApathy they just didn't care]].
were apathetic]].
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