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2004

  • January 30 – The Roblox domain is purchased.[1]
  • March 23 - Roblox Corporation is founded by David Baszucki and Erik Cassel; David becomes one of the board of directors.[2][3]
  • March 29 – "ROBLOX" is trademarked.[4]
  • April 9 – Roblox as a business is incorporated.[5]
  • June 30 – Roblox's "first" registered user named Admin joins Roblox. It was likely that the account was created the same day that account creation was introduced, in order to test account creation. It was later banned and moved to ID 18, most likely to test moderation.
  • June 30 – The qa account is created.
  • July 1 – David Baszucki created the David.Baszucki account.
  • July 2 – Erik Cassel created the erik.cassel account.
  • July 7 - Toolbox's account is created, used to test the Toolbox models.
  • July 12 - Forums were added.[6]
  • July 13 - The first non-admin user named "Todd" is created. This person designed a logo that was unused for Roblox.
  • July 23 - The first user under the age of 13, Matt, joins Roblox.
  • July 31 – David.Baszucki creates a game called "Spasmotron2 vs. Wimpotron2".
    • Games at the time were designed directly on the browser, not on your computer. [7]
  • August 9 – David.Baszucki creates a game called "Do not disturb the dynamite".[8]
  • August 17 or 18 – Sign-up was closed.
  • October 26 – Characters are now controllable and posable though with limited movement.
  • November 5 – David.Baszucki makes the "child on skateboard" model.
  • Unknown date – Controllers are added, which were important features used for minigames before removal in May 2009.

2005

  • January 7 – Roblox is first funded.[9]
  • January 24 – Roblox raises $560,000.[9]
  • February 1 – Roblox's word mark is published for opposition.[4]
  • February 3 – CameraMenu is added.
  • February 11 – Roblox's alpha testing ends, and beta testing begins.[citation needed].
  • February 18 – Signup reopens as students from the Nueva school tests the game.[10]
  • March 24 – The first Roblox patent claim is filed.[11]
  • Late April - Bevels are added.
  • May 10 – All assets/games and models created before May 10, 2005 get deleted in a database wipe.[12]
  • May 11 – The first Roblox patent is published.[11]
  • May 22 – The user "ROBLOX" joins, their ID is soon changed to 1, which is the same as Admin's former ID.
  • May 23 – A new logo is drawn by David Baszucki's Father-in-Law.[13]
  • June -
    • A SurfaceType named "Spawn" is added, which was used for minigames like Fend off the bots.
    • June 6 – The "Steer the Spheres" contest begins.
    • June 25 – Roblox's first official accounts, John Doe and Jane Doe, are created.
  • July -
    • Sign-up is closed again as Roblox undergoes a complete overhaul based on early user feedback.[14][15]
    • King Arthurs Castle is created, which some elements of are seen in early versions of Crossroads.
    • July 28 – VelocityTool is added.
  • September 22 – The "Arrow" cursor is added, which was used until 2013.
  • October -
    • The Run menu was removed.
    • Humanoids were added, replacing PhysicalCharacter.
    • October 4 – The default face, drawn by David Baszucki,[16] is created.
  • December 10 – The "Laser" HopperBin is added.
  • December 15 - The decal for the Brickyard sign is created
  • December 21 – Concept art for possible avatar designs is created by Mike Rayhawk (known on the platform as brickmason), an illustrator for various LEGO games.[17]

2006

January-June

  • Early 2006 - A SurfaceType named "Spawn" was removed, which was added in June 2005. It was used in the now deleted models on Roblox.[18]
  • Somewhere between January 1 and January 10 - The 2005 Color3 values are replaced with BrickColor. One of the last places to use Color3 values is "Empty Platform" by Erik Cassel.[19]
  • January 11 – The oldest known humanoid model is made.[20]
  • January 13 – Mike Rayhawk creates more concept art for avatars.[17]
  • January 20 – Mike Rayhawk creates concept art for character arms.[17]
  • January 30 – Surface textures are added.
  • February 27 – All currently registered users' join dates are changed to this day due to database changes. Minigames were removed.
  • March 7 –
    • Registration re-opens, and the first account to be created is named "testuser".
    • The starter place "Community Building Site" is replaced with "Brickyard". The first user to receive this new place is David.Baszucki.[21]
  • March 8 - David Baszucki creates the Builderman account. The Builderman account was used to message every new player that joins Roblox, and it also served as David's main account for a while.
  • March 10 – The "Slingshot" HopperBin is added.
  • March 23 –
    • Roblox is finished with beta testing, and the website is now available to everyone. It does not officially release until September 1, 2006.
    • Places and descriptions can now be renamed.[22]
  • March 29 – The starter place, which was formerly named "room_environment_blue", is renamed to "(Player Name)'s Place". The user "disenman" is the first player to receive this change.
  • April 6 – Camera will lock to your avatar by default instead of being free to move. This leads to the creation of games where you control your own avatar.
  • June –
    • The game Crossroads is created.
    • June 5 – Multiplayer is released in an early state, but is restricted to official games by ROBLOX.[23]
    • June 10 - Instead of falling forever, you will die if you fall past the FallenPartsDestroyHeight.[24]
    • June 21 – Shedletsky (formerly known as Telamon) joins Roblox.

July-December

  • Sometime in July – The feature Jumping and the Timebomb tool are created and added.[25]
  • July 22 – John Shedletsky makes the very first documented Roblox video, titled "Time Bomb: A Short Story", demonstrating the bomb item.[26][25]
  • August 8 – Roblox begins to use hosted servers.[27]
  • September 1 – The platform is officially released.[28] Roblox intentionally releases with no player animations, as a way of preparing for user feedback when animations are implemented.[29]
  • September 27 – Mike Rayhawk creates a rough sketch of a potential Roblox website design showing an early ratings system.[30]
  • September 28 – Games go multiplayer, and friends and private messaging are added.[31]
  • October 17 – The first moderation action is taken on an unknown user. Admin was likely one of them.
  • October 25 – Search features for Places, People, and Models are added.
  • October 27 – The first public official Roblox video on YouTube is uploaded, the video is called Chaos Canyon Firefight and was uploaded by Shedletsky.[32]
  • November 6 – Places can now be set as "Friends Only" or "Public".
  • November 14 – The first Roblox test site domain was registered.
  • December 6 – The Roblox Blog is created, as a permanent home from the former forum posts in the Release Notes subforum.[33] The first post starts with a line from the Chronicles of ROBLOX.[34]
  • December 11 – Roblox reaches 10,000 registered users.[35]
  • December 21 – Santa's Winter Stronghold is revealed.[36]
  • December 22 – Roblox Badges (not to be mistaken with user badges) are added to the website.[37]

References

  1. Who.is. ROBLOX domain history. Retrieved from https://who.is/whois/roblox.com
  2. https://www.bbb.org/us/ca/san-mateo/profile/online-gaming/roblox-corporation-1116-316031/details
  3. https://corp.roblox.com/people/
  4. 4.0 4.1 https://trademark.trademarkia.com/roblox-78392717.html
  5. https://www.bbb.org/us/ca/san-mateo/profile/online-gaming/roblox-corporation-1116-316031/details
  6. https://web.archive.org/web/20060622025054/http://roblox.com/Forum/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=10
  7. https://clientsearch.tumblr.com/post/179286351133/history-of-roblox-2003-2006
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20050624080035/http://www.roblox.com/Forum/User/UserProfile.aspx?UserName=erik.cassel
  9. 9.0 9.1 https://www.crunchbase.com/funding_round/roblox-series-a--280f2668
  10. https://web.archive.org/web/20060620031333/http://roblox.com/Forum/User/ShowAllUsers.aspx
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Online building toy".
  12. https://www.roblox.com/library/770/Ball-4x4x4
  13. https://blog.roblox.com/2017/01/introducing-our-next-generation-logo/
  14. [1]
  15. http://web.archive.org/web/20060622105100/http://roblox.com/Forum/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=143
  16. https://devforum.roblox.com/t/in-response-to-the-oof-sound-discussion/430686
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 http://mikerayhawk.com/roblox/phase2.htm
  18. https://clientsearch.tumblr.com/post/179286351133/history-of-roblox-2003-2006
  19. https://web.archive.org/web/20070527222812/http://www.roblox.com/Place.aspx?ID=1451
  20. https://www.roblox.com/library/1435/Figure5
  21. https://www.roblox.com/library/1496/brickyard-v2
  22. https://web.archive.org/web/20060622105129/http://roblox.com/Forum/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=150
  23. https://archive.froast.io/forum/161
  24. https://web.archive.org/web/20060622105218/http://roblox.com/Forum/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=162
  25. 25.0 25.1 http://web.archive.org/web/20160423172848/http://shedletsky.com/blog/living-the-dream
  26. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGSwA0oz2NY
  27. https://archive.froast.io/forum/278
  28. http://web.archive.org/web/20190620124508/https://en.help.roblox.com/hc/en-us/articles/203313370-Roblox-Company-Information
  29. When the Platform is Your Product, timestamp - 39:22-40:55. Talk given by David Baszucki on April 16, 2018, at eCorner, Stanford University. Season 13, Episode 17 of Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders.
  30. http://mikerayhawk.com/roblox/website.htm
  31. https://archive.froast.io/forum/3402
  32. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqKtILIu6ak
  33. https://archive.froast.io/forum/10810
  34. https://blog.roblox.com/2006/12/welcome/
  35. https://blog.roblox.com/2006/12/now-we-are-10000/
  36. https://blog.roblox.com/2006/12/santas-winter-stronghold-revealed/
  37. https://blog.roblox.com/2006/12/roblox-badges
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