What happend to TSR?
I'll admit it: I'm new to gaming. I've been a table top roleplayer for a little over 2 years, and a GM for a little over 1 year. What this means is that I've only played 3e D&D, and I've only know TSR as it is now: Owned by WoTC, owned by Hasbro. Older gamers here (I bow, I grovel) have dropped tantalizing hints about a series of somethings that went terribly wrong in the gaming world. I've heard it called the "mismanagement of TSR". It came up in discussions about the D&D movie. It comes up in discussions about how WoTC is destroying the game. What I want to know is, exactly what the heck happened? What did TSR do?
Now, I know a little about the history of D&D. I've heard from one of the guys at my local gaming store about the history behind the Forgotten Realms world, about how they bought it from this guy who'd spent years making it because he loved the game so they could make AD&D without the original game world and thus cut the guy who made the said game world out of the loop. (That's the short, badly mangled version of the story.) I'm fascinated by this stuff.
So I beseech you, fellow gamers. Please, please, please oh please explain this chapter of gaming history.