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. He 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 13 - The first non-admin user named "Todd" is created. This person designed a logo that was unused for Roblox.
  • July 15 to 24 - Forums were added(?). [6]
  • 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 10 - Roblox enters alpha testing, and sign-up is closed.
  • October 23 - Characters are now controllable and posable though with limited movement. Roblox can now be called a game platform instead of a physics simulation program.
  • November 5 – David.Baszucki makes the "child on skateboard" model. 
  • Unknown date – Controllers are added, which was an important feature 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 11 – Roblox's alpha testing ends, and beta testing begins.[citation needed].
  • March 24 – The first Roblox patent claim is filed.[10]
  • May 10 – A database wipe occurs resulting assets/games and models created before May 10, 2005 being deleted.[11]
  • May 11 – The first Roblox patent is published.[10]
  • May 13 – Sign-up reopens.[citation needed]
  • May 22 – The user ROBLOX joins and the ID will soon be number 1 that was the ID for Admin.
  • Late April - Bevels are added.
  • June 6 – The "Steer the Spheres" contest begins.
  • June 25 – Roblox's first official accounts, John Doe and Jane Doe, are created.
  • July – King Arthurs Castle is created, which is seen in early versions of 2006 Crossroads.
  • July – Sign-up is closed as Roblox undergoes a complete overhaul based on early user feedback.[12][13]
  • October ?? – The 2005 Color3 values change to BrickColors.
  • October ?? - The Run menu was removed.
  • October ?? - Humanoids were added but was only built-in. Humanoid models didn't exist until 2006. [14]
  • October 4 – The default face, drawn by David Baszucki,[15] is created.
  • December 21 – Concept art for possible avatar designs is created by Mike Rayhawk (known on the platform as 3.0brickmason}}), an illustrator for various LEGO games.[16]

2006

  • January 11 – The oldest known humanoid model is made.[17]
  • January 13 – Mike Rayhawk creates more concept art for avatars.[16]
  • January 20 – Mike Rayhawk creates concept art for character arms.[16]
  • January 30 – Surface textures are added.
  • February ?? – The starter place "Ground Environment" is replaced with "Empty Platform". The first user to receive this new place is 3.0qa}}.[18]
  • February 27 – All registered users' join dates are changed to this day due to database changes.
  • March 7 – The testuser account is created, first account to to be created after registration reopened.
  • March 7 – The starter place "Community Building Site" is replaced with "Brickyard". The first user to receive this new place is 3.0david.baszucki}}.[19]
  • March 8 - David Baszucki creates the Builderman account. It was used to message every new player that joins Roblox and served as David's main account for a while.
  • March 23 –
    • Roblox is finished with beta testing and now available to everyone. The official release is not until September 1, 2006.
    • Places and descriptions can now be renamed.[20]
  • March 29 – The starter place which name used to be "room_environment_blue" is changed to "(Player Name)'s Place". The first user to receive this new place name is disenman.
  • April 6 – Camera will now focus on your avatar by default, instead of freecam.
  • June 5 – An early version of multiplayer is released, but is only available to official Roblox games.[21]
  • June 10 - Falling too far down will now kill you instead of falling forever. [22]
  • June ?? – Crossroads is created.
  • June 21 – Telamon(now known as Shedletsky) joins Roblox.
  • Sometime in July – Jumping and the Timebomb are added.[23]
  • July 22 – John Shedletsky makes the very first Roblox video, titled "Time Bomb: A Short Story", demonstrating the bomb item.[24][23]
  • August 8 – Roblox begins to use hosted servers.[25]
  • September 1 – The platform is officially released.[26] Roblox intentionally releases with no player animations, as a way of preparing for user feedback when animations are implemented.[27]
  • September 27 – Mike Rayhawk creates a rough sketch of a potential Roblox website design showing an early ratings system.[28]
  • September 28 – Games go multiplayer, and friends and private messaging are added.[29]
  • October 17 – The first moderation action is taken on an unknown user.
  • 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.[30]
  • November 6 – Places can now be set as "Friends Only" or "Public".
  • November 14 - 3.0DracoAxeMaster}} (then known as 3.0The Big Slide}}) posts the very first Roblox bloopers to Google Video.[31]
  • December 6 – The Roblox Blog is created, as a permanent home from the former forum posts in the Release Notes subforum.[32] The first post starts with a line from the Chronicles of ROBLOX.[33]
  • December 11 – Roblox reaches 10,000 registered users.[34]
  • December 21 – Santa's Winter Stronghold is revealed.[35]
  • December 22 – Roblox Badges first appear.[36]

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/20050624080035/http://www.roblox.com/Forum/User/UserProfile.aspx?UserName=erik.cassel
  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. ↑ 10.0 10.1 "Online building toy".
  11. ↑ https://www.roblox.com/library/770/Ball-4x4x4
  12. ↑ [1]
  13. ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/20060622105100/http://roblox.com/Forum/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=143
  14. ↑ https://clientsearch.tumblr.com/post/179286351133/history-of-roblox-2003-2006
  15. ↑ https://devforum.roblox.com/t/in-response-to-the-oof-sound-discussion/430686
  16. ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 http://mikerayhawk.com/roblox/phase2.htm
  17. ↑ https://www.roblox.com/library/1435/Figure5
  18. ↑ https://web.roblox.com/library/1445/Empty-Platform
  19. ↑ https://www.roblox.com/library/1496/brickyard-v2
  20. ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20060622105129/http://roblox.com/Forum/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=150
  21. ↑ https://archive.froast.io/forum/161
  22. ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20060622105218/http://roblox.com/Forum/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=162
  23. ↑ 23.0 23.1 http://web.archive.org/web/20160423172848/http://shedletsky.com/blog/living-the-dream
  24. ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGSwA0oz2NY
  25. ↑ https://archive.froast.io/forum/278
  26. ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/20190620124508/https://en.help.roblox.com/hc/en-us/articles/203313370-Roblox-Company-Information
  27. ↑ 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.
  28. ↑ http://mikerayhawk.com/roblox/website.htm
  29. ↑ https://archive.froast.io/forum/3402
  30. ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqKtILIu6ak
  31. ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv9KZWRNZ5g
  32. ↑ https://archive.froast.io/forum/10810
  33. ↑ https://blog.roblox.com/2006/12/welcome/
  34. ↑ https://blog.roblox.com/2006/12/now-we-are-10000/
  35. ↑ https://blog.roblox.com/2006/12/santas-winter-stronghold-revealed/
  36. ↑ https://blog.roblox.com/2006/12/roblox-badges
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