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 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.


  • 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)
    Last updated 1.25.05 4:25pm

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


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    October 2005

    October 1

    Announcement: October's Item-of-the-Month is now in Mr. Store.

    October 3

    Announcement: Temporary tattoos and coffee cups are now available in the Store of Loathing.

    October 5

    Announcement: Muscle classes have been given an intrinsic 50% boost to maximum hit points.

    October 11

    Announcement: The Barrel Full of Barrels has been revamped to make it more interesting and more useful.

    Also, Custom Avatar Forms are once again available in Mr. Store. From now on, though, we're going to be enforcing the guidelines on them very, very strictly. The reason we got so far behind before is that we were indulging some pretty ludicrous requests, and that has to stop for everybody else's sake. Nothing else interesting happened today. -cough-

    October 15

    Announcement: The Typical Tavern quest has been redone to make it more interesting, and to make the rewards a little better. If you were in the middle of the quest, you'll have to start over. It just... had to be done.

    Update: Items at the maximum Mall price (999,999,999 Meat) no longer show up in mall searches.

    Update: The "Manage Store" interface has been improved. Multiple items can now be put in store stocks at the same time.

    Update: The once-and-future fez of etymology is once again craftable. The Baron quest's reward has changed slightly to make this possible.

    October 19

    Update: Doc Galaktik's Medicine Show has been modified somewhat.

    October 21

    Update: All of the typos from the Kingdom Gameplay typo thread have been corrected. The typo in tihs announcement has not.

    October 25

    Update: Item selections are now preserved from combat to combat.

    Update: The "combine stuff" link now appears whether you've got meat paste in inventory or not.

    Update: You can now /friend and /baleet people by playerid as well as name.

    October 25 Announcement: Tonight's maintenance will be longer than usual while we do some server administration type stuff. I expect it to take less than an hour, total.

    October 27 Announcement: Something is seriously wrong with time. That last hour? It took 48. Who knows how long the next one will take...

    October 31 Announcement: Trick-or-Treating is available today, and all of the previous outfit gaps have been filled in. Some more Halloween-type stuff will happen later tomorrow -- I got kind of behind and didn't get everything done tonight that I wanted to.

    October 32 Announcement: The Council has some news. November's Item-of-the-Month will be a couple of days late. Sorry 'bout that.

    November 2005

    November 01

    Update: The manage tattoo page (on the account menu) will now attempt to replace any ascension-related tattoos you may have lost.

    November 2

    Announcement: Doc Galaktik has made a breakthrough.

    November 3

    Announcement: November's Item-of-the-Month is now in Mr. Store. The doppelshifter egg will also stay in there until we're done with the item restoration.

    November 04

    Update: You can now equip and unequip familiar equipment from the Terrarium page.

    November 8

    Announcement: PvP attacks no longer use Adventures. This is the first in a series of minor tweaks/improvements/enhancements to PvP that will happen over the next couple of weeks.

    P. S. OMG, this makes Hardcore easier.

    Update: The "+PvP fights at rollover" effect of the Plexiglass Pike Pike should be working now.

    November 14

    Update: Some of the starting items (seal tooth, scroll of turtle summoning, spices, and disco ball) have had their purposes changed in a very minor way.

    Update: You can now add more than one item at a time to your clan stash. Thanks, Xenophobe!

    November 17

    Announcement: Due to popular (and by "popular" I mean "Fusilliban's") demand, we've added a Clan Whitelist feature -- you can now create a list of players who will be automatically accepted to your clan (and assigned rank and title) if they apply.

    You'll eventually be able to set a clan permission for this, but for now, it's only available to the clan leader.

    November 18

    Announcement: The temporal rifts are beginning to close...

    November 20

    Update: All of the little goofs introduced from the new optimization tricks (missing ice-cold beer, last combat item unselected) have been fixed.

    November 22

    Announcement: Kmails are now, like, paginated and stuff. The same thing will happen to the clan roster very soon.

    November 26

    Update: The Hall of Records now contains accurate totals for most normal ascensions and most hardcore ascensions.

    Update: The message screen should now display the messages per page control even if you only have one page.

    November 28

    Announcement: The "Money Making Game" guy in the casino has been repurposed as an in-game alternative to the late rafflebot, Gamacodre's popular player-vs.-player coin flip gambling game thingy. Gamble and enjoy!

    Also, you can now send stuff from Hagnk's in gift packages.

    Update: Rat whiskers now have a purpose. Sort of.

    Update: The clan roster page is now paginated.

    November 29

    Update: Rolled-up inventory sections are now preserved for the duration of your session.

    November 30

    Update: A monster's HP now increases, in addition to its power and defense, if its level is increased by any means.

    December 2005

    December 1

    Announcement: December's Item-of-the-Month is now in Mr. Store. On time! Also, Uncle Crimbo dropped by, and left a little gift in everybody's campground.

    December 02

    Update: The mysterious disappearing messages problem has been eliminated. Send gifts without fear!

    December 6

    Announcement: The Toot Oriole has been revamped. You can go through it again, if you want, by clicking the link at Mt. Noob.

    December 09

    Update: The MMG now lists the last 20 bets made. Also, when someone takes your bet, the event notification is clickable, to take you back to the MMG.

    December 12

    Announcement: The Temporal Riftlet will disappear from Mr. Store at rollover tomorrow. Also, the ability to reset the Toot Oriole will also go away, so if you haven't checked it out yet, you best get to checkin'.

    Also also, the Feast of Boris is a little more involved than it used to be.

    December 13

    Announcement: Custom Avatar Forms are now being accepted again. Please see this post if you submitted a custom avatar form prior to today and still don't have your avatar.

    December 17

    Update: Kmails now expire after 2 weeks instead of 1 week.

    December 19

    Announcement: Rollover will run long tonight, so that we can dump a set of data to use for testing on the new servers. Here's hoping it won't last as long as the last long one did.

    LATER: The long rollover went off just fine. Data is currently streaming across the Ethertron to the new servers. In the meantime, the gates of Crimbo Town have been opened, in the Big Mountains.

    December 21

    Update: Offhand item bugs (ascending, player profiles, item descriptions) go squash. *squash*

    December 26

    Announcement: After rollover tonight, we're going to be moving everything to the new servers. It'll take at least a couple of hours to get the data across.

    The maintenance page will be replaced with a page that I'll update as the situation progresses.

    December 27

    Announcement: Okay, so, here we are on the new servers. Everything will be green for a little while -- this is on purpose. Since any problems are likely to be reported by a whole bunch of people, please limit bug reports to the forums for a day or so, instead of the Report Bug link.

    December 28

    Update: The bug related to buying mall stores is fixed.

    Update: The MMG's bet archive now only shows the last two weeks' worth of bets and an overall grand total instead of the choking morass that was every bet you ever made.

    December 29

    Announcement: Sorry for the short notice, but there will be a little bit of downtime this afternoon at 3:30 MST while a piece of network hardware is replaced. It's anticipated that the switch will take less than 10 minutes.

    Update: A rather insidious bug related to being unable to log in if your password had a single quote in it has been fixed.

    December 30

    Announcement: The first task in the Guild Hall has been altered a little bit. It's now necessary to complete the task to gain access to the Barrel Full of Barrels.

    Update: Stat gains from most booze items have been doubled.