100 Decisions that would have spawned an Alternate History


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571] God looks at possible futures and realizes what his magical jealousy will result in. Jesus forms an adventuring party including the most powerful wizard, a rogue, and a paladin(one of the apostles). The current roman emperor gets slain and the second age of heros begins.


572. After witnessing the horror of Warriors Of The Wind, Hayao Miyazaki decides to never have another work of his dubbed into English ever again. His later releases are popular, but do not reach dubbie audiences. His works are never acquired by Disney, and he continues to work independently, being of slightly better humor, he never thinks of anime as being a mistake.


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573. For whatever reason, Harmony Gold decides not to sue FASA for using their designs in battletech. FASA continues to use Japanese designs for their mechs, and eventually makes use of designs from Mobile Suit Gundam. The origins of the designs becomes an open secret, and interest in Japanese animation experiences a slight uptick, with Japanese fans of the original series importing the game. Eventually FASA is approached by Bandai with the idea of creating a Japanese game system officially. It is well received on PC and later famicom. Just about every gundam video game uses this system, and later on, so do card games. The great houses/periphery/clan storyline is wrapped up tightly into the UC Federation/Zeon storyline, with Kerensky being replaced by Zeon Zum Daikum, and the trueborn of the clans being replaced by Zeon attempts to find and later create newtypes.


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574. Roger Sharp fails to pull off his famous trick shot in front of the New York City Council. As a result, pinball remains illegal. This has an unfortunate side effect of making standup coin operated video game machines illegal as well, and the arcade renaissance of the 80s remains quite small, as coin ops are found only in particularly grungy bars. Video games are associated with risque behavior; the salacious and psychedelic artwork that is regularly used in order to decorate the paneling does not help to improve its image. The only arcades that can be found with any regularity are in Atlantic City and Las Vegas and are only open to those above the age of 21. As a result, most video games reach smaller audiences and the technology associated lags. Even home computing is tarred, Bobby Fischer is seen as an embarrassment to the country for using a computer to learn better chess strategies, Russia does not hesitate to accuse him of self abuse (as he is playing with himself instead of a human opponent), and America never produces a player that defeats the Soviet Union at chess. A company by the name of Atari creates a complex and underground book detailing how individuals can create their own video game system with parts available at Radio Shack and other hobby shops; this book is seen as second only to the Anarchist's Cookbook in its associations with antisocial behavior, and is associated with the substance use that in real life was very well hidden among the company's computer programmers.
Nintendo, a Japanese company associated with love hotels and prophilactics, creates a "home entertainment system" in 1997. It is available only in the most scandalous of motels, along with pay per view adult entertainment.


575. The Supreme Court rules against the video cassette recorder, siding with the Motion Picture Association of America and similar bodies. Without home recording, broadcast television continues to enjoy its dominance in America; recordings of such shows are not commercially available. The DVD is never created, and cable television does not do as well in the face of a more vibrant, nigh unstoppable broadcast lineup. Family Guy is cancelled after its second season and never sees home release. Netflix and similar streaming services do not come into existence until the 2030s.


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576 What if that Lindhurst Dairy milk truck hadn't have gotten a flat tire in our driveway? Dad would not have had the extra hour with Mom, waiting for the mechanic to come and change the tire. Random chance or a high level of probability when you figure in sabotage. I don't care I'm here.


577. Rob Lowe is unable to get his hands on a camcorder the fateful night he gets lucky while campaigning for Dukakis. Without a shameful night to damage his career, Lowe is seen as a fresh faced political activist. Dukakis barely wins against Bush, serving a single term noted for a lack of political scandal as well as political direction.


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576 PaizoCon 2016: Erik Mona announces the development of a new edition of Pathfinder, tentatively titled Pathfinder: The Second Age to be released at GenCon 2018 after a year-long playtest.

There is a collective shock throughout the Pathfinder community, as it was viewed that PF1 had 'plenty of legs' if 'a bit of bloat'.

Due to this development, Starfinder was not pushed ahead, and the entire Paizo team is fully focused on the new edition and it is looking quite promising, perhaps even capable of wresting the tabletop RPG crown from WotC/Hasbro once more...


578- Instead of bringing in new characters for King of Fighter 94, the powers that be at Neo Geo decide to include characters from lesser known SNK games like World Heroes, Aggressors of Dark Kombat and Kizuna Encounter. The remodeled characters from these games increase the original roster by 3 countries, and bring new attention to these older, quirkier games. After the Orochi storyline is concluded, the game moves to these other "universes" and the attitude and style of the series goes through many alterations.


579- Lewis Hine gets too close to the truth during one of his investigative photoshoots and dies in an "accident" at a factory that makes heavy use of child labor. His camera is destroyed along with his film. Without his expose, child labor laws do not change for well over half a century when video enters prominence and excesses become harder to cover up.


580. Emanuel Augustus focuses a bit more on building muscle in his fight with Mayweather, and as a result uses his unique dance boxing fighting style to its fullest effect, knocking Mayweather out in the 7th round. Floyd Mayweather is no longer undefeated, and Augustus' unbelievably entertaining technique brings about a new interest in boxing.


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581. The creator of Macross decides to have the earth completely destroyed when the Zentradi attack, making the crew and civilians of the Macross the last humans in the galaxy. Micronization of the Zentradi happens at a much higher though not universal rate, and the Zentradi that would have gone rogue due to a long period of inactivity on earth never do, as they are kept in service defending the ship from attack by other Zentradi forces. The crew eventually settles on a planet dubbed New Earth, and Lynn Minmay and Ichiro Hikaru marry not long afterwards. Another SDF class ship is built for discovery of other planets, and the series continues in a more exploratory and less space opera vein, with the sequel Macross Plus and Macross 7 series focusing on the discovery of other planets.


582. Despite the high quality and rabid fanbase engendered by Image Comics, their high price point keep sales so low that the company shutters after only two years. Spawn, Wild C.A.T.S, and similar titles never become a household name, and are only familiar to niche comic book collectors. The lessons from that company being well learned, Wildstorm comics attempts to make a name for themselves years later, but fear of becoming a target for lawsuits- as what happened to Rob Liefield not long after Image closed when DC sued him directly and into pauperdom for trying to start a company with designs that were ruled to be too similar to what he created under contract while drawing for New Teen Titans- means the company languishes for years with low sales before teaming up with another low selling comic book company, CrossGen, to be a distant fourth as the big three of Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse dominate the comic book industry.


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583. A mere two years after his expulsion from the comics industry, Rob Liefeld is arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to Life + 199 years for racketeering and the manufacture & distribution of illegal mutagenic steroids. Government-funded research will continue for the next three decades+ in an ultimately futile attempt to cure the hundreds of thousands of Youngblood: The Next Blood Youngening #0 Ashcan Prismatic-Foil Cover readers illegally-dosed with these substances through skin contact with the comic ink.

In 2008, Michael Bay releases a documentary, Pain & Gain, chronicling the ongoing suffering and social stigma of Liefeld's steroid victims as they attempt to live normal lives feetless, with giant barrel chests perched on cantilevered spines, and covered in thousands of epidermal flesh pockets. Bay finds the documentary experience earth-shattering, renounces Hollywood film-making entirely, cosplays as a Steinway piano, and deliberately falls off a building to fatally crush Adam Sandler.


In the wild west, judges start the practice of allowing evidence no matter how it was obtained. Criminals start to flee east. The eastern states are forced to adopt the practice. Al Capone is executed early in his career. Many lawyers start to successfully argue that prohibition is encouraging violent crime despite the social scientist who made the study being an alcoholic. In any case, OJ gets life for murder and Donald Trump goes to jail for his crimes before the apprentice even gets made. His lawyers go to jail for attempted evidence tampering or negating.


585. Atari wins its lawsuit against Nintendo, which is held to be a monopoly due to its lockout codes and requiring licensing for third party companies to make games for it. The console wars become the developer wars instead, as video game companies no longer need to jump over the hurdles Nintendo crafts for them in order to make games. Super Nintendo, N64, and other consoles come out in different formats about two years after they come out in this timeline due to increased experimentation with existing technology.


586. Peter Gabriel never leaves Genesis. Many of his songs are instead released by the band and are only slightly less weird, and the band Genesis becomes incredibly popular in the early 90s among the politically minded college crowd, and they write several songs that lampoon popular political figures so badly that the very idea of George Bush Jr running for office never gets off the ground.


587. Kurt Cobain does not succeed in his suicide attempt, as an emt team was already in thr neighborhood on lunch break. With him surviving and recovering, the lawsuit filed against Nirvana by Killing Joke for using the music in their song "Eighties" to make "Come As You Are". While they do eventually settle out of court, Nirvana's reputation never recovers, and American Grunge is seen as a sellout version of British Punk.


588. Enterprising hackers that expose a certain mobile game's use of a lootcrate system that requires the user to place their thumb/finger on a phone scanner is actually directly linked to the user's pulse rate with a higher rate of excitement resulting in better rewards gets government officials to take a better look at lootcrate systems in games. Eventually a young senator begins to associate them with gambling and moves to have them removed due to their effect on impressionable youth as well as older adults. While this doesn't happen due to AAA game company lawyers working overtime, eventually many games with those systems in them are forced into the PEGI 18 or ESRB AO category, essentially ending the practice due to historically poor sales of games in those categories.


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589. In 1998, Warner Brothers doesn't cancel the production of Superman Lives. They finish making the movie, keeping with their course of casting Nicolas Cage as Superman and Christopher Walken as Braniac. In keeping with Jon Peters (the producer to whom the story was originally pitched) wishes, Superman does not fly in the movie, Braniac fights a polar bear in the movie, and the whole thing climaxes with superman fighting a giant robot spider. Tim Burton directs the movie, and they try to get Jack Nicholson to play Lex Luthor, but he says no. The movie is as terrible as you would think. His life's purpose to put a giant mechanical spider in a movie fulfilled, Jon Peters retires, and the movie Wild Wild West never gets made.

p.s. I am not kidding, all of that almost happened. Jon Peters tried to cram that giant spider into Superman Lives, Sandman, and Gaia only knows how many other movies he produced, before finally succeeding with Wild Wild West.


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590. Wizards of the Coast makes a last minute change and turns the Sorcerer into the 3e equivalent of a specialist wizard instead of a Charisma based spellcaster. This results in the upcoming Psionicist being reworked into a Charisma based class and the mathematics for power points much simpler. In 3.5, the psionicist becomes a new base class.


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591. At the height of the panic buying in April 2020 the entirety of the 'essential' retail workers walk off the job citing 'inability of management to protect their workers'.

The resulting riots as people are unable to purchase necessary living items for the lockdown period expand into general warfare, as retail giants attempt to 'draft' minimum wage or marginally better paid workers into service while paying the same 'normal' rates.

It goes about as well as one might think.

After the supply chain collapses, the infrastructure to support things like the Internet collapse shortly thereafter.

Against a wall and desperate for any good press, the President orders an immediate conscription of all retail workers 'for the duration of the crisis'. In a rare show of solidarity and because they were tired of having to handle ALL of the work middle management walks out in response.

The only things still operational yet struggling to keep up are small 'Mom and Pop' stores and the Post Office despite administrative efforts to dismantle it.

The election, given the situation, reverts back to previous eras, and Congress is not seated until April with a different President elected, someone who had been warning consistently about the pandemic but had not campaigned, just simply kept trying to get the message out about social distancing and wearing masks via shortwave radio -- Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Now in the second year of the pandemic, the world is slowly recovering, and the Internet just came back on last week.


592. After a few dreams due to a poor night's sleep, Tomino decides to make Camille female in Zeta Gundam. This results in a few of the series iconic scenes changing, and a quiet love triangle developing between Camille, Four, and Fa(for some reason Char isn't interested in the main character) although the storyline remains more or less the same. This brings more women into the series in general, and ZZ ends up being seen as a weak attempt to return the series to a shonen sensibilities. More female protagonists show up in more serious shonen/seinen mecha war epics, and the genre overall becomes more female based. Gunbuster, Bubblegum Crisis are still made but are less popular as they are seen as par for the course, although the shojo-ai aspects of the show are a bit more obvious due to the influence of Zeta Gundam.


593. Due to increased political infighting and a populace that spreads throughout the land instead of settling mainly in Prussia, Germany remains a collection of individual nation states lead by four kings, with the role of thr Kaiser never being officially created, although Otto von Bismarck remains a politically potent and respected entity. Some attempts at colonization and border redrawing remain, but these are at the behest of politically disparate kings and princes. World War I happens still due to distrust of Prussia and French and Russian alliances going wrong but it is a much smaller and more Chaotic conflict that America never bothers with.


594. The Russian army is met with truly awful weather during their March to intervene in Egypt moving against the ottoman empire and Mohammad Ali quietly becomes the caliph of the now Egyptian Empire. Realizing his vulnerable position, he quickly declares the Balkans free and exiles the Christians in the Ottoman Empire there to keep Russia and associated Christian nations from intervening in his new nation on religious grounds. War breaks our across the Balkans and various European nations intervene, leaving the Egyptian empire quite independent and strong.


595- Similar to an earlier entry, TSR, hitting on the idea that people should play together rather than apart, decides to have the various planets of the various settings exist within the same gigantic solar system. While Athas is seen as akin to Mercury, and has a haze over the atmosphere that gives the Dark Sun setting its name, the remaining planets are within more reasonable distances from the systems single star, and the Spelljammer setting is more based in travelling to other planets "the old fashioned way" with a slightly more scientific approach(although it is still a highly magical campaign setting), while Planescape incorporates other planets through travel across other planes of existence. Players with dreams of invading other settings continue to do so, save with armadas of Spelljamming vessels moreso than mundane ones. Ravenloft is the only setting to not be given its own planet, as it is seen as a demiplane of existence, albeit a powerful one overseen by unknown Dark Powers.


596. Burger Chef decides to press their lawsuit instead of settling with McDonald's out of court. Winning their case, McDonalds is forced to remove the Happy Meal from their menu, and Burger Chef splits the market with their rival. Burger Chef quietly acquires Ronald McDonald from McDonalds, and Burger Chef appeals to children, while Mc Donald's appeals to adults. The appearance of a Burger Chef in a neighborhood is seen as akin to it being one made for new families, even as the presence of McDonalds in a neighborhood sees it slated for business. Attached to the American economic and city planning subconscious as they are, the companies eventually merge under the McDonalds heading but are even more widespread across the country, with McDonalds finally achieving their dream of being associated with a more mature sit down restaurant and Burger Chef being a platform for experimental fare aimed at children and then adults as the demographic ages.

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