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15th Dec '17 4:05:02 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* By the same author, ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' probably has quite a few of these, since the author has cheerfully admitted that he's adding/removing characters and chopping and changing things all the time. The only one that has been revealed is that the story was originally intended to be about 100,000 - 150,000 words, cover all seven books, then end with a Harry/Sif ship. Needless to say, with [[DoorStopper the first book]] being over 800,000 words long, making it longer than ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy]]'', the sequel being over 20,000 words long after two chapters and [[Creator/NimbusLlewelyn the author]] casually mentioning at least three ''volumes'' and over a dozen sequels planned and partially written, along with spinoffs, prequels and the odd AU, things have changed considerably.

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* By the same author, ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' probably has quite a few of these, since the author has cheerfully admitted that he's adding/removing characters and chopping and changing things all the time. The only one that has been revealed is that the story was originally intended to be about 100,000 - 150,000 words, cover all seven books, then end with a Harry/Sif ship. Needless to say, with [[DoorStopper the first book]] being over 800,000 words long, making it longer than ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy]]'', the sequel being over 20,000 350,000 words long after two 22 chapters and [[Creator/NimbusLlewelyn the author]] casually mentioning at least three ''volumes'' and over a dozen sequels planned and partially written, along with spinoffs, prequels and the odd AU, things have changed considerably.considerably. Revealed examples include:
** Originally, it was going to ship Harry/Ginny, something repeated with increasingly less conviction as time went by, before the author finally mentioned that he'd 'managed to write himself out of a corner' on that particular score.
** Vague mention was also made of Harry/Gwen Stacy, but that also seems to have been shoved firmly aside, in relation to a significant chunk of the later fic (as in, 150,000 words of story, notes, and ideas being outright deleted), including TheReveal that chief MagnificentBastard Doctor Strange was, in fact, a future version of Harry. Why this was discarded isn't entirely clear, but WordOfGod is something along the lines of the fact that it got too complicated and outright depressing to write.
2nd Dec '17 5:13:48 AM narm00
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** For Third Edition, one proposed new Exalt type was the Devianics, demon-created Exalted with a level of power comparable to the Dragon-Blooded. They didn't make the cut due to the difficulty of making them something different from "the Infernal Exalted, but weaker".
** Another proposed Exalt type for 3E was the Chosen of the Depths, who were intended to be a conceptual take on the undersea. When the writers started discussing the Chosen, they found they were pretty much Exalted pelagothropes (human {{mutant}}s adapted to saltwater life), so they provisionally decided to go with that, moving the Chosen from being a new Exalt type to being a collective term for the Exalted pelagothropes who'd fought as part of the undersea Niobraran League against the other Exalted in the distant past.
2nd Dec '17 4:13:16 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* Space exploration:
** The design of the iconic descent module used during the ''Apollo'' program to land on the Moon [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Lunar_Module#Design_phase varied]] during development. One of the earliest inceptions were informally named "The Bug".
** Space probes are a great example of this trope, as later redesigns and (especially) budget constraints may change quite significantly a design. The ''Cassini'' mission to Saturn, for example, began life as a quite [[https://d32ptomnhiuevv.cloudfront.net/en-gb/sites/default/files/product_jackets/Haynes-H6111-page-1_0.jpg Voyager-like]] spacecraft before the aforementioned money cuts transformed her into the [[https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/system/downloadable_items/1040_cassinihuygens_BTN_16_purple_final_01.jpg far more blocky design that finally went to Saturn]].
* On a similar vein, the famous ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_program Voyager]]'' probes were originally conceived as several pair of probes that would explore the five outer planets, from Jupiter to Pluto[[note]]This was during the [[TheSixties late 60's]]-[[TheSeventies early 70's]], much before Pluto [[PlutoIsExpendable was demoted]] as a dwarf planet[[/note]]. Lack of money left just the two probes we know (so no [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture Voyager-6]] at least on this timeline), and once in space ''Voyager-1'' trajectory -originally slated to flyby Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto- was changed so she would make a close pass of Saturn's largest moon Titan precluding it of going to Pluto, that would have to wait until ''New Horizons'' arrival in [[TheNewTens 2015]].

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* Space exploration:
exploration is a great example of this trope, as later redesigns and/or (especially) budget constraints may change quite significantly an early design:
** The design of the iconic descent module used during the ''Apollo'' program to land on the Moon [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Lunar_Module#Design_phase varied]] changed quite significantly during development. One of the earliest inceptions were was informally named "The Bug".
** Space probes are a great example of this trope, as later redesigns and (especially) budget constraints may change quite significantly a design. The ''Cassini'' mission to Saturn, for example, Saturn began life as a quite [[https://d32ptomnhiuevv.cloudfront.net/en-gb/sites/default/files/product_jackets/Haynes-H6111-page-1_0.jpg Voyager-like]] spacecraft before the aforementioned money cuts transformed her into the [[https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/system/downloadable_items/1040_cassinihuygens_BTN_16_purple_final_01.jpg far more blocky design that finally went to Saturn]].
* On a similar vein, the famous ** The mythical ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_program Voyager]]'' probes were originally conceived as several pair of probes that would explore the five outer planets, from Jupiter to Pluto[[note]]This was during the [[TheSixties late 60's]]-[[TheSeventies early 70's]], much before Pluto [[PlutoIsExpendable was demoted]] as a dwarf planet[[/note]]. Lack of money left just the two probes we know (so no [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture Voyager-6]] ''[[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture Voyager-6]]'' at least on this timeline), and once in space ''Voyager-1'' trajectory -originally slated to flyby Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto- was changed so she would make a close pass of Saturn's largest moon Titan precluding it of going to Pluto, that would have to wait until ''New Horizons'' arrival in [[TheNewTens 2015]].
2nd Dec '17 4:08:57 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* The famous ''[[CoolBoat Yamato]]''-class battleship could have been a far more different beast had other of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamato-class_battleship#Design two dozen design proposals]], one of which put the three gun turrets in front of the bridge and varied among other things in propulsion and armament, been chosen.

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* The famous ''[[CoolBoat Yamato]]''-class battleship could have been a far more different beast had other of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamato-class_battleship#Design two dozen design proposals]], one of which put the three gun turrets in front of the bridge and bridge, that varied quite greatly among other things in propulsion and armament, armament been chosen.


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** Space probes are a great example of this trope, as later redesigns and (especially) budget constraints may change quite significantly a design. The ''Cassini'' mission to Saturn, for example, began life as a quite [[https://d32ptomnhiuevv.cloudfront.net/en-gb/sites/default/files/product_jackets/Haynes-H6111-page-1_0.jpg Voyager-like]] spacecraft before the aforementioned money cuts transformed her into the [[https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/system/downloadable_items/1040_cassinihuygens_BTN_16_purple_final_01.jpg far more blocky design that finally went to Saturn]].
* On a similar vein, the famous ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_program Voyager]]'' probes were originally conceived as several pair of probes that would explore the five outer planets, from Jupiter to Pluto[[note]]This was during the [[TheSixties late 60's]]-[[TheSeventies early 70's]], much before Pluto [[PlutoIsExpendable was demoted]] as a dwarf planet[[/note]]. Lack of money left just the two probes we know (so no [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture Voyager-6]] at least on this timeline), and once in space ''Voyager-1'' trajectory -originally slated to flyby Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto- was changed so she would make a close pass of Saturn's largest moon Titan precluding it of going to Pluto, that would have to wait until ''New Horizons'' arrival in [[TheNewTens 2015]].
2nd Dec '17 3:51:05 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* The famous ''[[CoolBoat Yamato]]''-class battleship could have been a far more different beast had other of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamato-class_battleship#Design two dozen design proposals]], one of which put the three gun turrets in front of the bridge and varied among other things in propulsion and armament, been chosen.
* Space exploration:
**The design of the iconic descent module used during the ''Apollo'' program to land on the Moon [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Lunar_Module#Design_phase varied]] during development. One of the earliest inceptions were informally named "The Bug".
26th Nov '17 8:22:15 AM RCLeahcar
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*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/WorldOfWarcraft''
26th Nov '17 8:12:15 AM RCLeahcar
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** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Pokemon}}''


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*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Pokemon}}''
23rd Nov '17 5:00:40 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'':
** Originally, [[spoiler: Anon e Mouse Jr. had written Professor Bill Neigh’s class to include a physics question from the WhatsAHenway page. He changed it after deciding it wasn’t as funny as he’d thought it was at first.]]
** [[spoiler: Rex's Fall Formal outfit was originally a ShoutOut to a different character, before Anon e Mouse Jr. decided on the final version.]]
** [[spoiler: Chapter 41 originally began with the group getting picked up in a limo to go to the dance, as in canon, but Anon e Mouse Jr. decided it didn't feel right and skipped straight to the dance. In addition, the entire chapter was going to be from Xvital's point of view, until Anon e Mouse Jr. decided the actual dancing scenes fit better with Night Blade.]]
5th Nov '17 10:31:16 AM SparkPlugTheTroper
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** Magic Box Int. made a deal with Nintendo to make a set of Gogos based off of ''Franchise/Pokemon'' in 1998, but the plans for this set were later scrapped.

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** Magic Box Int. made a deal with Nintendo to make a set of Gogos based off of ''Franchise/Pokemon'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' in 1998, but the plans for this set were later scrapped.
5th Nov '17 10:28:56 AM SparkPlugTheTroper
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* ''Toys/GoGosCrazyBones'':
** Magic Box Int. made a deal with Nintendo to make a set of Gogos based off of ''Franchise/Pokemon'' in 1998, but the plans for this set were later scrapped.
** The Superstar set was to be released in North America in 2012, but thanks to the series losing popularity at that point, it [[NoExportForYou never got released outside of Europe]].
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