History of Loathing

As of March 2006, The KoL Historians have dived back into this amazing project and should be held accountable for all errors or offences. From here on, the italics are by our conspicuous cabal. For now, we will be using Trog Dor's structure, and no matter what we change, we will always be striving to meet his standards.

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's 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.


  • I'm still working on this, give me time to add in everything (hyperlinks, more dates, better formatting, etc).
  • Most dates are approximate.
  • Plaintext is Jick's writing, italics is mine.
    - Trog Dor (#33932), October 18 2004


    January - March
    April - June
    July - September
    October - December

    January - March
    April - June
    July - September
    October - December

    January - March
    April - June


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    March 2006

    March 2
    Update: A fountain was erected in Market Square. A superfluous fountain.

    Market Square got a revamp because it was getting crowded and looked kinda funky. The fountain in MS is actually labeled "The Gigantic Superfluous Fountain." Fantastic.

    March 3

    Update: You now have the ability to remove buff effects from yourself (for free) in your Character screen. In the Effects list, each buff will have a [shrug off] link next to it.

    All "buffs," as defined by existing in the "Use Buff" section of the skills page are shruggable, regardless of the source. For instance, you can cast Ode to Booze on yourself, drink, and then shrug the effect off to replace it with another AT buff. Effects from other skills (leash, moxie of the mariachi, etc.) or items (WANG, candy, snowcones, etc.) are not shruggable.

    Smile of Mr. A is an exception, you can shrug it off whether you get it from a buff or from a box of sunshine.

    March 5
    The Armory and Leggery, in an impressive show of mercantile fortitude, has come to acquire all of the equipment that used to be sold by the Demon Market.

    OMG, this makes hardcore easier!!11 But seriously, my multi will now never make it to level 6 without real pants. (Meat pants don't count.) There are 7 melee weapons, 6 ranged weapons, 7 hats, and 6 pants. Cost is 30 meat for the lowest level (power 10) item to 1125 meat for the highest level (power 150 for everything but pants=140).

    Announcement: March 05 - A bunch of new skills are now available from your friendly neighborhood Guild Trainer. All classes now have skills up to level 14, except Turtle Tamers, who only got a level 13 skill, and Accordion Thieves, who got their skills all the way to 15.

    KoL Forum Thread

    March 6
    The new Accordion Thief songs now count properly towards one's three song limit.

    You could briefly put on more than three songs. ZOMG, this makes hardcore easier111!1

    March 9
    Community Moment: The KoL Wiki officially became part of Coldfront in order to solve speed issues.

    March 13
    A new NPC (that's non-player character, for all of you non-dorks) has been added to each of the class guilds. The Car/Shore quest has been changed such that this NPC assigns it to you, rather than the Council.

    This is all he does right now, but there'll be more in the fullness of time. Also, I was just kidding. No non-dorks play this game.

    March 14
    Turtle Tamers have skills to level 15, now. More notable, however, are the many, many changes we've made to Turtle Tamers and their skills. Several skills have been changed; some removed, some added. Check out this forum post if you want to know exactly what's up.

    March 16
    There is a new chat command, /clannies , which shows all the online members in your clan. Now only if I could think of a better name for the command.

    Xenophobe had been mucking about with chat commands already, and this was added in so you can view which clannies are online without having them all on your friends list.

    Update: Hot on the heels of /clannies, there is now an account setting which allows you to get notifications when your clan members log in.

    Works just like the friends list notifications, but was borked for the first day or so and sent you notifications even if you weren't online.

    March 19
    Combat will now remember both of the combat items you use during combat between fights. (You'll have to relogin to make it work, though.)

    Advanced Funkslinging caused some issues with the rememberance of items during and after combat, apparently, and so they fixed it.

    Announcement: The clan rank and permission system has been revamped. You can read about the changes in this forum post.

    March 20
    The tradable dictionary has had its name changed to "facsimile dictionary" to disambiguate it from the dictionary quest item.

    The dictionary that was once able to be sold was changed to the "facsimile dictionary." The description may or may not have changed, can check on that, but the only logic I can see behind this is people not mistaking one for the quest item. "Duh."

    March 22
    The clan log has been changed. Of particular interest is the fact that clan stash transactions now occur towards the bottom of the page. (So stop reporting it as a bug.)

    The clan log is now divided into Stash Activity, Expenditures and Miscellaneous. Clan Activity Log seems to show whitelist activity as well as applications and acceptances/rejections.

    March 23
    You can now set the color of your clan members' names in chat in the account menu. (Note that your contact list color overrides this choice.)

    Pretty simple, you can make sure all your clannies have a specific colour without all being on your friends list. Your contact colour overrides it for friends who are clannies.

    March 24
    Undocumented Change: The art for Willer changed from being in a can to being in a bottle. This was done by Riff while Jick was out of town, and he originally put the schlitz in the bottle. Jick saw that as an abomination and switched it to Willer upon his return.

    KoL Forum Thread

    March 27
    Some items were added to the Knob Goblin Lab store.

    Eyedrops, pet-buffing spray, nasal spray and others were added to the store. The spray adds 5lbs to a familiar, so the Elite Outfit suddenly became way more useful.

    March 30
    Mr. Skullhead has updated the documentation on scammers slightly. Check it out here and here, funk soul brother.

    March 30
    April's Item of the Month is now available in Mr. Store.

    Generally viewed as the best April Fools joke ever. An item that did not disappear, McPhee's Grimoire of Hilarious Item Summoning. It was later mentioned that they would keep adding stuff to it, making it slightly more useful.