History of Loathing
We miss you Trog Dor, and thank you for this gift to the KoL community. - Bete Noire (#180553) & TavernWench (#358045)
Trog's original greeting: Below is the history of the online RPG parody Kingdom of Loathing. It gleaned from the Announcements and Trivial Updates pages, the forums, and the personal records of some players. Please msg me in-game (#33932) or on the forums for additions, corrections, and suggestions. Thanks are due up-front to Jick and Mr. Skullhead for a) this game b) not deleting the hundreds of old topics that have aided me greatly in this. A 'thank you' too to the folks who have filled in details and dates for me. Thanks to Chubbles and Qrrbrbirlbel for giving me a whole load of stuff to find out about and add. Special shout-out to Gigs for hosting this originally and BoozerBear for doing it currently.
- Trog Dor (#33932), October 18 2004
Sometime in July
Alliance from Hell collections every tradable item in the game. Mr Skullhead awards them all a Consolation Ribbon for their efforts.
Additionally, discussions intensify over bugmeat, exploiters, and inflation. Ironically, it would pale in comparison to the hacks that would come in future months.
After duping sober pills on the 2nd, HotStuff runs a wildly popular (and controversial) contest to distribute the pills to those who find (via haiku riddle) and pvp the character 'SoberPill.'
Anthrax101 finds an exploit that allows skills to cost negative meat, giving him an insane amount of meat.
The gourd quest now requires 5+x items, where x is the number of times you've done the quest.
A bulk price-management feature has been added to Mall stores.
You can now search for only the cheapest X instances of a given set of items, in the Mall.
Some places (The Shore, the Hedge Maze, etc.) have been given "Last Adventure" functionality.
Familiars will no longer act in combat if you're running away, or fail to select a skill.
Einekleine finds a mall pricing bug. Xkript becomes a notorious abuser of the exploit until it's patched on the 18th.
Riff begins his infamous riddle contest. It continues on for weeks and is the first forum topic to reach 20 pages.
150k accounts have been created.
In other news, /exit will now let you leave the chat.
In other other news, the player search feature has been modified a little. It now shows win/loss records for PvP-only searches, and if you leave the name field blank, it'll return 100 players in random order. This should make PvP a little easier on the players whose names start with A and B...
Elarrina and Belgarion's original Clan Looters list is handed over to Lacey and Pimonkey, where it remained until it was accidentally wiped off Pi's server.
Apart from the speed, it doesn't matter which server you're on. Everybody's still in the same world, the same chat, etc.
The dev server is set up for testing features before they're publicly released.
Elsewhere, HotStuff steals a Mr. A via PvP and becomes instrumental in getting Jick to eventually flag them as unlootable items.
Chefbot, also from Fnord7, goes public and enables all classes to cook any item.
Speaking of places, there's a new one. The Limerick Dungeon has been added to the Dungeon full of Dungeons. It's appropriate for levels 3-4, but there's some new stuff that I'm sure the higher-level players will want to see, as well. "One of those new items was the Basic Meat Fez, an item largely created for BoozerBear. Later on he would get his very own personalized one, modeled after a real-life fez Boozer owns."
Begrudgingly, Jick semi-implements containers, though they're still useless.
In other news, I think I fixed the problem with chat messages dropping out randomly. Please use the "report bug" link if you see this still happening.
If you click on the name portion of a message notification, you'll now get the sender's profile rather than the messages screen.
Muzzy creates a Hell Ramen Price Watch to track market fluctuations to help speculators and economists.
In other news, August 4 is only one day later than August 1. Seriously.
BoozerBear, with the help of many, currently owns 1125 Mr. A's but gives 1k of them back to Jick, permanently taking them out of the economy. He, and several others, promptly retire from the hitherto lucrative Mr. A market.
The clan Warehouse 23 unleash their bot to automatically sell cheap ramen to the people. Much joyous celebration (and some weeping and gnashing of teeth) ensues.
Jick adds "temulency" to the list of drunkenness synonyms on the character pane.
As the result of a serious bug Gigs and Bashy find, meat limits are now capped at 4.2B meat.
After the cap is re-introduced, there is roughly 1.5 trillion liquid meat in the economy.
I'm still reviewing my options as far as what to do about the massive influx of bugmeat and duped items. Thanks to everybody who has offered suggestions, and please know that I'm trying to figure out a way to solve this with the least possible negative impact on the innocent. It might be a few days before I arrive at any conclusions about what to do, but I feel that the current economic problems are not too high of a price to pay to avoid making a hasty decision that might have horrible unforseen consequences.
Rest assured that one way or another, things will get squared away.
UPDATE: Mall Store owners can now specify a daily per-person limit on individual items for sale. This should make it a little easier to lower your prices without having to worry about being completely bought out by people reselling your stuff at a profit.
In unrelated news, the Penguin Mafia has begun ramping up their operations in other areas of the Kingdom. Tensions are running high as the council tries to come up with a plan of action.
UPDATE: In an event ostensibly completely unrelated to the economic turmoil, Clan Armies all across the Kingdom abruptly came to the realization that they haven't had anything to eat in months. Luckily, they found a couple of days' worth of oatmeal before anyone was forced to desert. Gert Slacarach, A La-Z Archer spokesman, said of the situation: "Wow. This oatmeal makes me feel approximately twice as powerful as I was yesterday..."
Those with excessive meat (obstensibly bugmeat) have it automatically removed:
Hello, and allow me to introduce myself: I am Don Pygoscelis, and I represent a group I'm sure you're familiar with, known as the Penguin Mafia.
It has come to our attention that you have recently come into significantly more Meat than you need. We are here to help you, and as such, I have taken the liberty of instructing my associates to relieve you of a portion of this superfluous wealth.
There is no need to thank us. Your cooperation in this matter is thanks enough.
Bashy begins selling Hell Ramen for 10 meat each. It eventually, among other things, is a large reason Bashy becomes an extremely popular 'celebrity' figure.
There's also now a "Most Clan Warfare Wins" table in the Hall of Records. As always, don't touch it.
Also, thanks, everybody, for your patience, suggestions, and words of encouragement. We're getting through this.
The Villa chat channel is created and made accessible through purchasing a Villa Document for .5B meat.
Closet and inventory raids begin to clean out the millions of items some users have stashed away as a result of the recent series of bugs.
Pachelbel receives a BBFB for finding 4 or 5 different item duplication bugs.
Also, the stat gains from booze have been adjusted, slightly, to more closely correlate with the quality and rarity of individual booze items. Fermenting powder has also been made available in the Demon Market, since nobody ever bothered with it when it was at the Hermitage.
Fixed the minor bug whereby alcohol had temporarily stopped doing, well, anything.
Muscle and Moxie classes join the Mystical ones in having a PvP potion to balance out all stats.
Also, you may have noticed the pre-rollover downtime. I'm trying to reduce the amount of time the rollover and the backup (the thing that causes the hour or so of downtime in the middle of every night) take, and the best way to do that is to kick everybody off while it's running.
After the weekend, there'll probably start to be a period of about 15 minutes every night where you can't log on. I realize this is somewhat annoying, but it's a lot less annoying than what happens to all of the Europeans when they try to play between 4 and 5 CDT now.
Gigs finds a bug in the Hall of Legends that removes the daily meat cap (thus allow many more stats).
Also, you can now attach multiple items to a single message, up to (you guessed it) 11. Hit the little plus sign next to the item dropdown to add another dropdown.
Also also, I finally fixed the Cobb's Knob Lab Key bug. Y'know, the one where you'd adventure and adventure, but never get it? Yeah, sorry about that.
Darguz Parsilvan, with Jick, comes up with the Golden Mr. A for special donors. He is the first owner and it isn't widely available until the advent of the Mr. Store in early October.
The Reset FAQ is taken down, further cementing rumors that Reset plans have been scratched.
Third raffle down, fourth one ready to start.
To anybody who's gonna be at PAX: See you at PAX.
The leaderboard drunkenness cap of 255 is removed.
Rollover is now referred to as "nightly maintenance" and from this point onward everyone is booted off the servers for 15 minutes while the Kingdom updates and starts a new KoL day.
There are 5,000 registered members on the forums.
Sometime in September
The Spectral Pickle Factory re-appears for the 2nd time, again only for 24 hours.
Aelfrhian is made moderator of the KoL Help forum.
I'm back on track, and a number of minor things have been accomplished in the last couple of days.
Due to popular demand, the offer system has been changed to allow item-for-item trades as well as item-for-meat trades. It even allows multiple-items-and-meat for multiple-items-and-meat trades, in case anybody wants to do that. It's now a two-step process: offer and respond. The offerer can include a note telling the offeree what he/she wants in response. Note that the system only works for hermaphrodites.
All items that were floating in the old system have been returned to their original owners.
Jick accidentally deletes everyone's meat. Fortunately, a two-hour old backup is available and everyone's meat is restored.
Unlike the original Cake-Shaped Arena that went up in March 2003 (and removed at an unknown date in '03), this one is for familiars only - not your stats.
Jick gives BoozerBear the Mahi Fez, modeled after Boozer's real-life one. Xenophobe is given the one-of-a-kind "especially homoerotic frat-paddle."
Bartenders-in-the-box now explode after they've made a certain number of drinks.
The Untinker will now work his magic on all copies of an item.
Fixed the problem with rings of aggravate monster whereby they didn't do anything at all. Also made them a little more effective (5 instead of 3.)
I went ahead and gave everybody 3 extra, whether they were in a clan or not, because... well, because it was easier.
The problem with player store favorites still taking up space even after the stores were deleted should be fixed now.
Prices set when managing Mall inventory now ignore commas.
If both you and the player you're viewing are active in PvP, you'll now have a link to attack that person when you're viewing their profile.
The picture of the Hellion has been edited, since it apparently wasn't an ion at all, the way it was pictured. Thanks to Mantaar for noticing this.
Also, the Dice have an accessory now. Thanks, Fnord7!
A moderators forum is added to the KoL messageboard, visible only to those given access.
In completely unrelated news, there are a couple of new items for sale at the Bugbear Bakery (rolling and unrolling pins).
The chat no longer automatically does a /who when you first run it. This should make the busier channels easier to deal with.
Rolling pins and unrolling pins (thanks, Xenophobe) have been added, to facilitate the mass processing of wads of dough and flat dough.
Forum members from EHOWA make an attack on the KoL Forums, spamming the board with porn and flames. In the aftermath and clean-up Lacey/Carter is made a forum moderator, only the second person (behind Spikey) to be both chat and forum mod.
First ban = 1 hour.
And so on.
Four new "ultra-rares" enter the Kingdom (Hypnodisk, Talisman of Baio, Dense Meat Gem, and Crazy Bastard Sword). EyeSpeculum announces their existence on Radio KoL; the hypnodisk is the first one found (by Tweeky).
Also, I changed something that I meant to change a long time ago -- maximum MP is now based on your modified Mysticality, rather than the base. So, yeah. You now can hold a lot more MP if you're buffed up.