It all started with Cavedog, founded in 1995 by Ron Gilbert (of Monkey Island fame) and Shelley Day (a veteran of Lucas Arts and EA). In January 1996 they were joined by another EA escapee, Chris Taylor, who spent the next eighteen months developing the stunning real-time strategy game Total Annihilation. It was all downhill from there.
In March 1998 Taylor left the company to form his own celebrity studio, Gas Powered Games, and three years later is still working on their debut title Dungeon Siege. After that Cavedog only managed to release a couple of Total Annihilation add-on packs and TA : Kingdoms, a fantasy spin-off. One by one their other projects were cancelled as it became obvious that the games were simply far too ambitious, until in February 2000 the company was closed down entirely and its remaining staff absorbed into parent company Humongous.