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Cavedog Entertainment, or Cavedog, was a computer game developer based in Bothell, Washington. Cavedog released the real-time strategy games Total Annihilation; its two expansion packs (The Core Contingency and Battle Tactics); and Total Annihilation: Kingdoms, and its expansion pack The Iron Plague.

Cavedog Entertainment was a label used by Humongous Entertainment, a developer of children’s computer games founded by Ron Gilbert and Shelley Day. In 1996, the Cavedog label was created in order to pursue the creation of mainstream titles like Total Annihilation. Humongous Entertainment was itself a division of GT Interactive, a video game publisher that was later acquired by Infogrames (now Atari).

Cavedog gained the attention of gamers and the gaming press alike with the 1997 release of Total Annihilation, winning many accolades such as multiple “Game of the Year” honors. TA’s creator, Chris Taylor, left the company shortly after the release of Core Contingency and founded his own development house, Gas Powered Games. Despite the loss, Cavedog released one more expansion pack for its debut game, as well as releasing many free, downloadable enhancements and patches, and built strong community support with the Boneyards, an online service that matched opponents and provided a continuing campaign for TA players.

In 1999, Cavedog released the eagerly anticipated Total Annihilation: Kingdoms. Kingdoms largely re-used the TA game engine, replacing the science fiction theme with a fantasy theme. Despite initial success, Kingdoms did not resonate as well with critics or fans of the original title.

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  • thealee

    the battle songs are intense!

    6 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Murtain

    The first 5 battle songs are amazing

    2 Jul 2009 Reply
  • baz0r

    yes, same here...the people who looooooove this music should know the artist as well!

    15 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Plummad

    Nah, I've left mine as Cavedog

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • JackVermicelli

    Considering retagging my rips from the TA cd to attribute them to Jeremy Soule. Yae? Nae?

    4 May 2007 Reply