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
Also, search results that point to items you can't buy because of these limits are now grayed out.
Also also, you can now use MP-restorative items directly from the skills page. It's convenient, and it's fun!
Alliance from Hell, one of the oldest clans, disbands.
Muzzy begins automatically buffing every player with Elemental Saucesphere in an effort to prove how "out of balance" the MP system is.
Jick awards everyone in Warehouse 23 with the W23 Bling.
Papa Zito goes public with KoLmelion, a Windows program to "take care of the mundane details of life in the Kingdom, freeing up players to concentrate on more fun things."
Familiar items won in the Arena automatically equip themselves to the appropriate familiar.
The Mr. Store initially sells Mrs. Accessory, Mr. Accessory Jr., Coffee Sprite, Cheshire Bitten, Jill-o-Lantern (first in a series of Familiar-of-the-Month), Golden Mr. Accessory, and a Custom Avatar Form. The last two were previously only the domain of a few: Darguz Parsilvan first had the GMA, and excluding Mr. Skullhead, Quato was the first with a custom avatar.
Jick gives Spazworrier a "bugbear-smiting sword" for his 16th birthday.
Changed Mrs. Accessory to Ms.
250k accounts have been created.
UPDATE:Okay, so everything should be fixed. Sorry about the inconvenience.
A bug allows clan credos and titles to have html.
D L and BoozerBear both find a bug with Golden Mr. A's that allows more than 15 casts of Smile of Mr. A if you have 3 GMA's equipped. D L is awarded his first BFB.
Made the clan training and buff purchase interface remember the last thing you selected.
Mr. Skullhead starts re-writing and adding to monster texts to increase variety and truly make them 'teh funny'.
BunBun's biggest and final Meat Day occurs, joined by the dj's on Radio KoL broadcasting live from a KoL party at Thor and Adra's house.
Riff begins his Burn Your Meat initiative to encourage personal meatsinks to "Save KoL."
The Mafia Raffle #5 is finally run.
This History of Loathing site goes online.
HotStuff and Arbitrage find another stats bug.
Added this disclaimer beneath "Enter Chat" - NOTE: By entering the chat, you are agreeing to abide by the Policies of Loathing
There's also a new section of the Hall of Records for the deepest Basement delvers.
Everybody give mad props to Riff for coming up with a lot of the monsters.
Keep all trade offers in trade. Keep all games and contests in games. Newbie is now a place for new players to ask questions. Trading in newbie is no longer allowed.
If you already passed the Altar, you'll have to do it again before you can enter the chat. Sorry about the inconvenience. Per the argument back in April, the question about George Washington now asks about his black, not "white," horse.
Cybergoat finds an exploit that allows access to any account without knowing the password. Jick awards him a BBFB.
Arbitrage, HotStuff, and BoozerBear use a loophole known since July to gain huge stats. Like the Drunk Tank before it, HotStuff determined that on Stat Days 668 scrolls, upon using hundreds or thousands, will end up signifcantly boosting your primary stat.
Birdy is fired as chat moderator.
Also, you've probably noticed that HP and MP didn't get restored at rollover last night. I forgot to announce it when I did it, but this was an intentional change -- the first step in a series of changes to the way MP and skills and buffs work that we're hoping will fix some game balance issues.
UPDATE: The second step in this process has been rolled out -- the amount of MP gained from restorative items has been adjusted to reflect the difficulty of obtaining the item. All items that previously restored MP in its entirety have been toned down to reasonable levels. The Smile of Mr. A now costs 5mp to cast instead of 50.
ALSO UPDATE: MP restorative items can now be used in quantity from the Skills screen. I'll add this feature to the regular inventory screen when I figure out a way to make it not completely clutter everything up.
What Jick posted on the forums: Okay, here's the deal. Muzzy drew my attention to the fact that the buffing and MP system was seriously broken. 150 Meat = the ability to cast one entire month's worth of turns of any buff, for a high level player.
This is ridiculous. You're not always supposed to have a Saucesphere. You're not always supposed to have Ode to Booze on. If everybody has them all the time, then they don't mean anything. They're not sought-after. They're just another thing making the game easier, and it was already easy.
MP was, effectively, the only limitless quantity in the game. And it was being horribly, horribly abused. Not due to any exploit, but due to the fact that it was a very, very bad design decision on my part to set it up the way I did.
Also, the beanbag chair, which lets you Relax instead of Resting (which heals double MP but no HP) can now be created by combining two items. Which two items? You'll just have to guess.
Fixed the bug that allowed near-infinite MP from the Skills page.
Fixed the bug that let you relax in the beanbag chair even if you didn't actually have one.
Jick announces on RKOL that KoL Coldfront is now the official KoL fansite.
Jick begins MySql consultation with a different (better) expert.
Papa Zito releases the KoL Radio Tuner.
Fixed the bug that made the Bounty Hunter ask for the same thing repeatedly.
Jick joins Warehouse 23.
November 11 (11/11 -- it's ridiculous.)
First, we spend about a half an hour trying to get the audio set up correctly, during which you hear a lot of silence and the occasional hemiconversation. Fun!
Next, we take calls from people using Skype, (username: radiojick) and we answer their questions and/or talk to them about the weather. We also field questions from people in the chat, via private messages to our faithful servant, radiobugbear.
This week, we're hoping that we can skip the first portion of the show and get straight to the good stuff. So tune in! 7PM MST, right after Vida Londres's show.
KoL appears in the December issue of Game Informer, a British gaming magazine.
More chat mods are appointed: Arbitrage, Bellytor, Bete Noire, Idiania, and Vultar.
Jick adds the promised link to KoL Coldfront on the homepage: Be sure to check out KoL Coldfront, the official unofficial KoL fan site. It's Jick-tested, Skullhead approved.
Submissions close for the official Comic of Loathing.
Note also that our older items have been reduced in price. Everything must go! Mr. Exploiters are down from 1B to 500M, Villa Documents go from 500M to 250M.
Due to the potential for multi abuse, Mall store purchases no longer add to the store's advertising budget. The only way to increase your ad budget now is to directly contribute Meat to it.
A Most Paranoid leaderboard is added to the homepage that lists those who've bought the most protection contracts.
Jick gives skipperic her own item: intergalactic pom poms.
Jick adjusts the probabilities on 668 Scrolls to close a loophole that allowed insane gains on Stat Days.
Radio items are created for dj's and contest winners on Radio KoL.
The "Back Room" in Uncle P's Antiques sells "hits" that players can put out on each other. The types of hits include:
Mafia hits eventually burn over 5B meat.
Doing a /who in the chat should now only show people who are actually logged in to the chat.
A bug where putting a slash in a familiar's name would cause it to disappear when it was put back in the terrarium was fixed. Thanks to Arbitrage and the others who reported it.
300k accounts have been created.
The Council reads: After much deliberation, the Council has determined that the best way to combat the Mob Penguin menace is to remove the conditions that allowed it to flourish in the first place -- namely, the lack of predators on the Icy Peak.
To this end, we've located a healthy breeding pair of Knott Yetis at a zoo in Distant Lands.
They've agreed to sell us the Yetis for five billion Meat, so that we may begin efforts to repopulate the Peak.
UPDATE: After being informed of the urgency of our situation, the zoo has agreed to reduce the price (from 5 billion) of the pair of Yetis to three billion. We're almost at that goal -- please give what you can so that we can get the ball rolling!
Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Citizens of Loathing, we have raised the 3 Billion Meat needed to purchase the breeding pair of Yetis. They should be arriving by boat some time tomorrow.
There is 470B liquid meat in the economy.
The Council reads: The breeding pair of Knott Yetis has arrived, but we're having a little bit of trouble getting them to... er... breed.
Recreated a limited multi-use feature for items. This is hardcoded on a per-item basis, so it will roll out slowly over time.
MaxDemian finds an exploit that essentially could allow you access (albeit limited) to anyone's account. Jick awards a BFB.
HotStuff discovers a bug that allows infinite meat via the new Mafia Hit code. He's given a BBFB.
Commas are added to the meat amount in the charpane for easier viewing, counting, and meat-grubbing.
Like /who before it, /whois now only shows a player is online if they're actually in chat.
HotStuff finds another infinite meat bug, this time with the 'use multiple' feature.
The Cool Guy Crew becomes the first clan to reach 2000 enlisted members.
The recurring KoL Calendar holiday will fall on Boozember 7th.
Also also, the Hall of Records now updates every hour, instead of every day. Also also also, clans must now have at least 5 members before they show up on any of the boards that list average stats.
Also, I fixed a bug where the second challenge (which is supposed to compare unbuffed stats) was using buffed stats, instead. Thanks to everybody who noticed this and reported it.
Added PvP rank to charsheets.
Also, to correct a gap in the distribution of the Scrumptious Reagent potions, the papotion of papower can now be made by Saucerors. Thanks, ShadowsLight!
Increased the maximum characters allowed in the quote on player profiles.
Pachelbel autosells most of his Spectral Pickles at the request of Jick. At the time, Pachelbel's stash comprised 80% of all pickles in the game.
BunnyBabs starts the Mr. Accessory Merit Scholarship to give Mr. A's to those who can't afford one or are too young to donate. It is later merged with the larger Trade Foundation, which BunnyBabs founded on December 16th. Within a month close to 50 Mr. A's and 1B+ meat has been given out.
The Goddess's Knights, the third largest clan, is looted then disbanded by SexyGoddess, the clan leader and former RKOL dj.
Marshall and Fnord7 find a dupe bug; both are awarded BBFB's.
Philanthropist starts The Rye. It quickly becomes a popular, high-level clan.
Moved the game images and graphics to a different server.
In additional other news, I think that the gluing might not actually start working until this weekend -- I've evidently been keeping track of the attack records for a few days fewer than I had initially thought. Sorry 'bout that.
[Mall searches have] changed. Item searches are now exact-match-only (e.g. a search for 'papaya' will only return papayas.) Asterisks now act as wildcards. If you want to search for everything that starts with 'papaya', search for 'papaya*'
Betrayer is appointed mod of the Random Ramblings forum.
Made the name of a Mall store's owner a link to that player's profile.
Fixed some word-wrap issues with the Mall search results.
Made it a little harder to make derivative/msg-breaking names. Now, if a player named "The Dude" exists, it will not allow a new player to create an account named "The_Dude".
Fixed that problem whereby changing clan ranks and titles would always think people with apostrophes in their titles had been changed.
/whois now no longer incorrectly reports people being in the chat if they're not.
I've given all chat mods the ability to delete posts from the graffiti wall in town.
Philanthropists, a popular high-level clan, becomes Noblesse Oblige.
The upper limit has been removed completely -- you can attack anybody more powerful than you, regardless of how much more powerful they are.
TheBub leaves the famous clan he founded, [aZn], and joins 1337 sn4x0rs.
HotStuff finds a bug that allows an infinite number of adventures; it's patched within 15 minutes.
MaxDemian begins creating his custom animated avatars, a number of which become used in-game later on.
Chat no longer accepts high ASCII characters in input.
KoL now has registered over 350k accounts.
Mick is given her own custom item, the Fuzzy Bracelets, for Christmas.
The closet has been revamped. Thanks, BoozerBear! It now allows for multiple items to be inserted and removed from it with one form submission.
Those of you with custom avatars can now turn them off from your account menu. This change also allows the handful of people who have expressed an interest in getting multiple custom avatars to do so.
Changed some of the "offer system" formatting and linkified trade notifications in chat.