2288: Collector's Edition

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Collector's Edition
I'm sure you can find some suitable worldbuilding material if you scavenge through the archives.
Title text: I'm sure you can find some suitable worldbuilding material if you scavenge through the archives.

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This was the tenth April fools' comic released by Randall. The previous one was 2131: Emojidome from Monday April 1, 2019. The next became 2445: Checkbox released on Thursday April 1, 2021.

It is a large draggable image that acts as a shared virtual sandbox for users to interact. Chests are "Items" (small and often humorous images) which could be collected from other comics, and then placed in this image by viewers, but today they are no longer dropped. The collection then updated for all viewers in real-time. Multiples of the same item are often seen.

There is a "backpack" at the bottom, similar to backpacks in video games containing items collected by the player. As hinted by the title text, items could be found by visiting different xkcd comics/pages. Randomly, some pages would have a treasure chest which contained the sticker related to the page. The hint would refer to the page which currently had a chest.

The sticker images can be seen at https://xkcd.com/2288/collectors/static/loot/loot_XXX.png, where XXX is a number from 001 to 253. Additionally, some images can be found at custom URLs, for example the periodic elements can be found at https://xkcd.com/2288/collectors/static/loot/element-XX.png, where XX is the element, and text loot at https://xkcd.com/2288/collectors/static/loot/loot-words-X.png, where X is the sentence.


Hint Comic Unlocked item Item image Notes
Doctors in a row Maybe 1529: Bracket or 497: Secretary: Part 4? Need confirmation. Cory Doctorow 2288 loot 019.png These comics all have the same hint, but only one will have the chest
Get out the (US) vote 2224: Software Updates Statue of liberty 2288 loot 246.png
Find a box of nice stuff on a picture with words like these 1133: Up Goer Five 1375: Astronaut Vandalism (maybe incomplete) Signpost 2288 loot 126.png
Plug in or find another power source 1373: Screenshot 2288 loot 228.png or miniloot-words-dispenser.png (maybe incomplete)
Sweet dreams, kitty 729: Laser Pointer (maybe incomplete) Cat licking laser point 2288 loot 090.png
What is this hint pointing to? Hell if I know. 1052: Every Major's Terrible 2 + lightbulb = boat 2288 loot 185.png
Somebody set up us the bomb 286: All Your Base Exploding rock loot 197.png
Cowabunga 1412: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (maybe incomplete) Women Science Fiction Authors loot 175.png 197: Ninja Turtles also works
I want to believe 2156: Ufo Ufo loot 210.png
Bleeped 290, 398, 430, 447, 533, 549, 677, 724 or 1671 *$@#! loot 044.png Comics that involve swearing
why waste time say few word when lot word do trick 7, 111, 139, 143, 179, 217, 445, 470, 822, 823, 1022, 1247, 1491, 1921, 1991, 2182 or 2231 First Annual Award for Excellence in Being Very Smart loot 159.png
Cooler than electric scooters 139, 409, 577, 578, 579, 580 or 581 An electric skateboard loot 006.png
Take it from the top 1: Barrel - Part 1 (maybe incomplete) I am a turtle from 889: Turtles 75px
I accept the yucca gnocchi, this meal is a success! 1713: 50 ccs (maybe incomplete) Man carrying parentheses from 297: Lisp Cycles 75px
Catch up on the news 1699: Local News (maybe incomplete)
Participation trophy 2288: Collector's Edition (maybe incomplete) Server rack 75px
Find an opportunity for a sojourn 665, 681, 695, 1091, 1504, 1613, 1663 or 2111 Opportunity Mars rover from 2111: Opportunity Rover 75px
Tastier than tau day 179: e to the pi times i (maybe incomplete) First annual award for excellence in being very smart loot 159.png Need to find out the difference between this, and the entry below!
Tastier than tau day 235, 396, 872, 1029, 1342, 1655 or 1967 Pie sign 75px Published on Pi day
418 I'm a teapot 1866: Russell's Teapot (maybe incomplete) S.S. NASA: Space is Hard 75px
26th September, 1983 2052: Stanislav Petrov Day White dove 75px Might also be written "September 26th, 1983". Locale dependent?
There are 4241 as of Apr 1, 2020 1071: Exoplanets (maybe incomplete) Little girl from 2264: Satellite 75px
asableiK 645: RPS A reverse Polish hotdog loot_079.png "Kielbasa" backwards, which is "sausage" in Polish
Critical mass elements 235: Kite or 239: Blagofaire loot_203.png
Some Februarys are more equal than others 390: Nightmares? (maybe incomplete) Cueball wheelie from 272: Linux User at Best Buy loot_036.png Comic-hint connection largely conjectural; 390 was the first comic published on a leap day.
Five spice 1511: Spice Girl or 1554: Spice Girls Rock guitarist loot_022.png
Call the plumber 290: Fucking Blue Shells (maybe incomplete) loot_058.png
Was it a rat I saw? 1632: Palindrome (maybe incomplete) Cueball with a large sack, pulling a wagon loot_103.png or 1503: Squirrel Plan for Cueball holding a balloon caught in a ceiling fan.
Churchill's gonna have to seriously rehydrate 1148: Nothing to Offer Bottle of soda loot_045.png
Keep coming back
A new model released each year Triggered by visiting all xkcd phone comics in order Phone screaming "Noooo" loot_235.png
Tea Time Maybe 581: The Race: Part 5? Need confirmation. All our tea loot_232.png
Try pattern-matching! Look for comic 'bout alphabet? 1045: Constraints Two Tetris blocks loot_092.png
Where's Hilbert? 195: Map of the Internet (maybe incomplete) Hilbert Curve loot_021.png
Science fiction fetish 1585: Similarities loot_202.png
The first one was funnier 11: Barrel - Part 2 (maybe incomplete) Falling feather / Sign "The uncomfortable truths well" loot_250.png / loot_067.png
It's up to over 260 million cycles! 1941: Dying Gift Megan on a tire swing loot_127.png
Sleeping Beauty is the same everywhere though 2233: Aurora Meaning (maybe incomplete) Sleeping Cat loot_163.png
On the internet, nobody knows you're an arachnid 1530: Keyboard Mash (maybe incomplete) Cobwebbed frame from 1135: Arachnoneurology loot_191.png
Did James Cameron pay for the rice cooker too? 1598: Salvage (maybe incomplete) Rice bowl loot_152.png
Never going to give you up 351, 389, 396, 524, 573, 609, 802, 1212, 1757 or 1981 Cueball in car listening to music loot_010.png
If red touches yellow, that's 24 ohms 1604: Snakes, 227: Color Codes? (maybe incomplete) Yoda with an mp3 player from What If loot_247.png
An enthusiastic but questionable business opportunity 1021, 1032, 1117, 1293, 1493, 1533, 1772, 1812, 1871, 1903, 1997, 2140, 2209 or 2277 Beret guy with a goat on leash loot_115.png
Read the fine manual 293, 434, 456, 912, 1343 or 1692 Multiple: loot_106.png, miniloot-words-hair.png, miniloot-words-ominous.png, miniloot-words-eruption.png, miniloot-words-flying.png or miniloot-words-ghost.png (maybe incomplete)
That thing's undecimodal! 1347: t Distribution (maybe incomplete) Floating tentacled alien loot_209.png
Actually, it's Myanmar-Shave now 491: Twitter (maybe incomplete) Expensive bottle loot_253.png
You don't have to find all 99 121: Balloon (maybe incomplete) Balloon copter loot_002.png Or 51: Malaria ?
Going in circles 378: Real Programmers (maybe incomplete) Cueball spinning in desk chair loot_098.png
Couldn't you try knitting, or maybe stamp collecting? 37, 53, 60, 75, 79, 148, 168, 174, 236, 259, 287, 296, 326, 331, 389, 437, 451, 559, 590, 605, 687, 719, 733, 790, 845, 966, 1004, 1119, 1145, 1169, 1208, 1278, 1304, 1329, 1340, 1355, 1405, 1480, 1546, 1598, 1677, 1697, 1705, 1788, 1795, 1960, 1995, 2032, 2123, 2208 or 2252 Phishing License sign loot_158.png Mostly comics that include "My hobby:"
It's the ciiiiircle of HONK 537: Ducklings or 1729: Migrating Geese DUCKLOOP'D? loot_069.png
Fool me twice Maybe 880: Headache? Need confirmation. Raptor Attack loot_033.png The second April fools' comic
oOOOoooo Maybe 316: Loud Sex? Need confirmation. Sleeping cat
Maybe we can ask for new wishes 879: Lamp Genie and his bottle loot_004.png If you place the genie last, you get another genie (indefinitely) - Needs verification, this may also just be a bug!
HACK THE PLANET 1337: Hack (maybe incomplete) Crash and Burn in the pool from the end of Hackers loot_130.png
Monetization haute couteur 20, 23, 55, 123, 149, 150, 162, 208, 231, 242, 256, 273, 285, 303, 327, 377, 386, 420, 435, 442, 482, 505, 552, 556, 585, 614, 627, 657, 681, 688, 705, 710, 802, 821, 980, 1033, 1040, 1079, 1127, 1133, 1196, 1298 or 1428 (maybe false positives) Two bags of money loot_162.png
Maybe writing a script would help 1319: Automation miniloot-words-eater.png (maybe incomplete)
Go big to go small 1365: Inflation loot_245.png
Are you projecting 850, 977, 1500, 1784, 1799, 2242 or 2256 Squirrel on a gun loot_237.png
Do spiders really have six legs 8, 43, 126, 427, 442 or 1110 loot_007.png
Istanbul or Constantinople or St. Trimble's Island? 1688: Map Age Guide Cephalopod loot_071.png
Another rulebook? 393: Ultimate Game Merlin in a chair from 270: Merlin loot_037.png
Moooooon 482, 681, 1276, 1291, 1300, 1389, 1458, 1515, 1633, 1738, 1878 or 2258 MOOOOOON loot_192.png
Take a flight from LOL to FFS 1937: IATA Airport Abbreviations loot_049.png
Everyone deserves a second chnace All comics searched, no matches The misspelling is intentional. 745: Dyslexics would have been a good fit
Community contribution 822, 823, 824, 825, 826 [Citation Needed] protester from 285: Wikipedian Protester loot_035.png
On the other side of the wardrobe 665: Prudence, 969: Delta-P or 2218: Wardrobe (maybe incomplete) Authentic Reindeer pulling sled from 1776: Reindeer loot_154.png
Today's your lucky day 1053: Ten Thousand (maybe incomplete) Ms. Frizzle loot_105.png
[This hint has been redacted due to a copyright claim] 1005: SOPA loot_038.png
Try a different approach 55: Useless (maybe incomplete) Equals sign loot_times.png or loot_div.png (maybe incomplete)
The cake is a lie! 606: Cutting Edge Cake loot_144.png
Joanna, fire. 322: Pix Plz Joanna with EMP cannon loot_026.png
Everything changes from time to time when the fire nation attacks 965: Elements Symposium
90KG x 300M 382: Trebuchet Trebuchet loot_041.png
Copyright Enforcement Brigade 344: 1337: Part 4 loot_046.png
Where Cape Town meets Chukotka 1500: Upside-Down Map Crater loot_128.png
Take a ride in a barrel View all five barrel comics in reverse order (31, 25, 22, 11, 1) Cueball at the door to the playpen-ball-filled apartment from 150: Grownups loot_005.png
Compiling... 303: Compiling loot_030.png
2288: Collector's Edition Sheeple eye loot_109.png
2288: Collector's Edition Time machine from 1747: Spider Paleontology loot_167.png

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  • This comic is the 2020 April Fools comic and was supposed to be released Wednesday, April 1st, but did not go live until Friday, April 3. (Friday's comic, 2289: Scenario 4, was published a day later for a very rare Saturday release.) However, the message below was displayed on the top of the page from Wednesday until the comic finally went live:

Note: For technical reasons Wednesday's comic will be posted Thursday instead. Apologies for the delay!

  • This is one of the few comics released four days after the previous one. The last time this occurred was 2224: Software Updates.
  • Placement is limited to 10,000 horizontal units and 5,000 vertical units from the origin. Users received no messages if they try placing something outside the boundary, with a silent fail with the object not being placed.
  • Coordinates are relative to the bottom left corner of the canvas. As the default coordinates are (-370,-277) and the origin is in the center, the displayed portion of the canvas can be found to be twice this in magnitude, 740 x 544 units.
  • The comic contains 32993 separate images.
  • The most common image is loot-30.png, which appears 2576 times.
  • The source code for the comic was released on GitHub.


[Cueball stands to the left of a vibrating box.]
[The words "Collector's Edition" are written above him and boxed.]

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The joke[edit]

Very early on April 1st, Mojang\Microsoft released a version 20w14Infinite build of Minecraft which allows players to create millions of wildly different new worlds by writing text in a book & throwing it through a Nether portal. The world generated depends on what is written in the book, & some specific worlds contain many "starter chests" to help the player in their explorations. Players can share what they wrote in each book with others, allowing multiple players to each access the same new dimensions on their own. In this way, individual single-player Minecraft instances can essentially become a collaboratively evolving game featuring previously nonexistent block types. Given that Randall has done multiple comics referencing Minecraft & seems to be an avid player, & given the presence of "chests" & the "worldbuilding" & collaborative nature of this latest comic, I believe xkcd's April 3rd 2020 comic is a reference to this "final" Minecraft build. ProphetZarquon (talk) 14:10, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

I think this is extremely unlikely. Munroe has comics planned in advance, and a complex interactive comic like this one takes more than a couple hours to make.Matthias1 (talk) 18:43, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

The Meta-Message[edit]

Beginning one month earlier with 2275: Coronavirus Name (March 2, 2020) there was a long series of comics about the coronavirus pandemic. Superficially this April comic is not about the pandemic, but note that anybody anywhere can affect the comic's globally shared sandbox. Credit Randall with engineering a script reminding us that "We're all in this together." JohnB 19:01, 4 April 2020 (UTC)


Clicking on the URLs in the explanation return "File not found". I will remove the hyperlink so people are less confused. Fwacer (talk) 02:18, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

How the comic works[edit]

... is this going to be like 1190: Time? 04:08, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

I hope so, otherwise I don't get the joke Forresthopkinsa (talk) 04:15, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
The page just went down for me so maybe what we've seen isn't what it's supposed to be? avis_magpie (talk) 04:20, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Looks like the whole comic was just taken down. Parzivail (talk) 04:27, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Can confirm - the most recent comic is Pathogen again 04:26, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

It is still up on the mobile website, but only if you directly go to comic page https://m.xkcd.com/2288 05:10, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Perhaps this is a collector's edition because it was only up for a limited amount of time? (talk) 05:12, 3 April 2020 (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
That was my immediate assumption. The title text says, "I'm sure you can find some suitable worldbuilding material if you scavenge through the archives." And I was viewing the comic by using the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine — which, wouldn't you know it, captured the page exactly once before it went down. Between that and the title "Collector's Edition", I can't help thinking that the comic was actually intended to be viewed this way. Though for what reason, and what intended meaning, I couldn't tell you. …And jeez, in the time it took me to type this, the comic is back, but changed! Oy vey. NoriMori (talk) 06:42, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Maybe it's called collectors edition, because it was only available quite limited and to an unusual time? But that logic doesn't fit with the title text. --Lupo (talk) 05:14, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

I doubt that could be caused by "technical difficulties". 06:14, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

It looks like it went back up about 5 minutes age. I can't figure out if it's possible to do more than pan right now though. 06:39, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Yeah I see the same thing, looks like they're just testing it live. What a shame :(-- 06:47, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
what makes you assume that this is testing right now? however it doesn't seem to be very interactive apart from panning through it, and that it seems to chagne over time (the moon from 1300 wasn't there a few minutes ago, was it? --Lupo (talk) 06:49, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
It's a giant pan similar to [1], although it's mostly empty, with some content at [2]

. The title reads that you can find world building material, if you scavenge through the archives. I assume, more content will be unlocked as you read through past comics. Goatfryed (talk) 06:52, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

That would mean it is individual? That everyone gets their own picture? --Lupo (talk) 07:03, 3 April 2020 (UTC) Edit: I can kinda rule that out. I get the same picture on my phone and my work laptop, the work laptop is in a different country via vpn, and doesn't share any logins/advertisement ID's apart from explain xkcd with my phone... --Lupo (talk) 07:05, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Yeah, it definitely changes. The orange swimming pool just showed up now. Also, at the bottom of the page, it says something about "backpack", and what appears to be a reference to some other xkcd comic. For example, "Hint: why waste time say few word when lot word do trick", which I think refers to Up Goer Five. But I have no idea what to do with that info. 06:55, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

and the content seems to be related to previous comics and what-ifs... but still no clue what to do apart from exploring the page. --Lupo (talk) 06:57, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

So I just stumbled upon this and it seems to be exactly as other commentors have theorised: as you read previous comics more stuff gets added to the page. There seems to be some kind of backpack mechanic where you collect items from previous ones somehow, but, perhaps because I've already read all previous comics, that didn't seem to work for me. Instead I just had to click the link above the backpack, which opened the comic in a new tab, and it had a bunch of stuff there. We may need to co-ordinate to figure out if different people end up with different sets of items, and to ensure we have all of them, but I think other than that it should be just a cut and dry thing of making a table with every item in it. 07:12, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Hang on, mine just changed: before there was only 1 pool on the left, now there are two. I only went back to pathogens and then forwards agin. This may be harder than I thought, I'm going to start keeping a screenshot log of actions vs. results. Benkor42 (talk) 07:17, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
You may need to try xkcd.com instead of www.xkcd.com - there seems to be an issue with the latter at the moment. 07:18, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
Hold up it changed again! This time without a reload! Benkor42 (talk) 07:28, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
It seems to change periodically, the url does change everytime. New stuff always seems to be added, not old stuff rremoved. Benkor42 (talk) 07:28, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
The URL is related to the coordinates, it changes when you pan the image. --Lupo (talk) 07:34, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
Timings seem to be random, working on double checking that rn. Highest first number so far is 1127, once it switches agin I'm going to experiement with manually editing the url.

I was briefly able to do things. Open the archieve, navigate it to one of the comics, that are hinted for (e.g. compiling or iata) and when viewing that comic I get a lootbox, with an image I can then place in the 2288. It worked twice, and now it doesn't again... neither with those that have worked before, nor with others I am fairly sure have been placed by other people. (such as galilean moons) --Lupo (talk) 07:21, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

I'm working on assembling an image log, wonder if we could compare? Also, the two number url could be useful, rn I'm on -1378, -152 Benkor42 (talk) 07:25, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
What do you mean by compare? Also the URL is related to the coordinates, it changes when you pan the image. --Lupo (talk) 07:34, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
Yh just got that, is that the same for other panning comics (I'm a little new)? And I was wondering if the comic changed per person/system like certain previous comics. Benkor42 (talk) 07:40, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
Just seen a previous comment from you saying it doesn't change cross-system. However, it definetely changes with time, so the question is whether that's per user or done on a sort of universal clock, so we all unlock the same new content at the same time.
I didn't complete writing up the thing I was able to do above... after opening the lootbox I got one image related to the comic I opened in my backpack and was able to place that in the actual 2288, where it now is placed. --Lupo (talk) 07:50, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
For me that didn't happen, it started with a loading screen type thing, and then objects just started appearing seemingly at random. I've also noticed some of them dissapear. I feel like the best course of action would be to start with a table of all the different objects, and then see if we can figure out when/why they appear later.
At least 2 objects appeared, because I placed them. It is a colaboration of many xkcd readers to do this world building here. I placed one of the sword fights around #439,-181 and the non-inverted kite at #-1679,-290 . --Lupo (talk) 07:55, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
Do you agree that the best course of action would therefore be a table with all the items? Benkor42 (talk) 08:03, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
Not a big fan of tables, unless there really is content of muliple categories to be entered for one line. A list would do fine I guess? Also I find lists easier to work with. Or what would be the columns you'd set up? --Lupo (talk) 08:08, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
Something along the lines of the comic that it's a reference to, an image, and an explanation. Do we know if you find the same sticker at the same comic every time? If so, then that. A list would work well too. Benkor42 (talk) 08:12, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
From looking at what image URLs don't 404, it looks like there are 253 stickers, which is quite a lot for a table.Matthias1 (talk) 10:03, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
I think we can unlock new elements by reading older comics (seemingly at random, it doesn't work with every comic read) and that everyone can see the changes once they are put on the global picture. If someone could check, I have put berret guy and his goat around (5000,0)
Yep, he's there. Benkor42 (talk) 08:01, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

I almost feel like someone needs to show them this xkcd... https://xkcd.com/169/

It seems to be an interactive canvas. You can find stickers in chests on specific comics and put them in your backpack, and then when you come back here you can choose where to put them on the canvas. The hints in the empty backpack are cryptic references to comics. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Yep, I figured the same thing, but for me it only worked twice (fly from wtf to lol was a reference to the iata thing and compiling was a reference to the compiling one) - but it didn't work again. Also: Some of the placed images are clearly references to what-if. Like the squirrel on top of an AK47 or the yoda powering an IPOD. --Lupo (talk) 07:59, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

I've made a catalog of the stickers but it's only partial because stuff keeps appearing: https://photos.app.goo.gl/dPYeYVpGqu5tqGTt5 Lev (talk) 08:02, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

I got it. I wrote the steps on reddit and included some screenshots. Feel free to use it to edit this page https://old.reddit.com/r/xkcd/comments/fu1dt0/xkcd_2288_collectors_edition/fmaqp1w/ Ufolicker (talk) 09:27, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Am I too late to participate in this or am I doing something wrong? Where is this hint supposed to appear? I only see an empty backpack and the canvas on which references to different comics are placed. No comic I've visited, either inspired by references on the canvas, nor by random selection has any chest or other interactive components to it. Bischoff (talk) 09:53, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

No, you're doing it right. Hints show up in the backpack area. Obviously no one is sure of anything, but even users who have seen hints have reported not seeing hints on a different browser/device. I suspect something similar to Umwelt, where different hints are shown to different people. And I think once a chest is picked up, it stops appearing to everyone that could see it, but that's a guess.Matthias1 (talk) 10:03, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
Ok, I was unsure because on my windows 10 laptop I have yet to see a hint. I've tried chrome, firefox and internet explorer. Bischoff (talk) 11:09, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
Finally got it to work in Safari in iOS Bischoff (talk) 11:13, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
That's really great, Bischoff, we were worried about you. Care to share how you did it, for the benefit of others? Jimmbo (talk) 14:19, 4 April 2020 (UTC)
I took part in the scavenger hunt and about 2 hours ago it stopped showing hints. So I assume it shut down and there is nothing to do anymore.¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Curse (talk) 15:15, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
I think everybody gets a limited number of hints, and once you've found them all it won't show any more to you, but other people can still get hints. Pelosujamo (talk) 20:09, 4 April 2020 (UTC)
Nope, it's not that. I visited this comic for the first time today, and no hints for me at all. Dansiman (talk) 14:16, 5 April 2020 (UTC)

When I view the comic, I don't see the closed box - the screen is absolutely full of stickers. I've not done any scavenger hunting (I'd upload an image, but I don't have permissions to do so) Kvetch (talk) 11:10, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Hints I've seen so far: "The first one was funnier" (chest appeared in comic 1, contained I'm a turtle); "418 I'm a teapot" "26th September, 1983" (comic 2052, Stanislav Petrov Day, white dove); 11:20, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Perhaps a table for found chests with no attached hints? I've stumbled across a few but don't know if they're hinted at or not :). Deranged (talk) 11:54, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Maybe add a line to the table with a blank first box, the link in the second box, empty third box? Someone will match it up. 12:21, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

"Churchill's gonna have to rehydrate" is Nothing to Offer. Can't remember what number, I think 1148?

In other news, the bad ads are back (previous discussion) - who's in charge of dealing with them anyway? Arcorann (talk) 12:25, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Could someone post an image showing what it looks like to find a chest on a comic? I've browsed to some of the comics referenced as having chests but couldn't see one so far. Thanks! 12:54, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

I've uploaded a few images on https://imgur.com/gallery/4q1QIW5. Can't upload them here yet, new account madsmtm (talk) 13:24, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

"The other side of the wardrobe", someone's put in the solution 2218: Wardrobe; but I also found the chest on 665: Prudence. Can there be multiple solutions to the same hint? Angel (talk) 13:00, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Is anyone else having issues with things just not working? I clicked around a bit, it gave me the award in being very smart, and now won't give me any hints or chests. Crazymachinefan (talk) 13:57, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

I am also not getting any hints anymore after getting one chest.Eesley (talk) 14:01, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
Nope, nothing to get anymore. Curse (talk) 15:15, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

The "Was it a rat I saw" hint is probably 1632: Palindrome. I haven't gotten the hint yet, so I can't confirm. Nvaiko24 (talk) 14:12, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Interestingly, the 1110: Click and Drag disables the backpack overlay. Also, anyone have any news on how to get the Go Big to Go Small hint?

I got the "First annual award for excellence in being very smart" on page 7, rather than 179 as stated above. Can't remember what the hint was. 14:26, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Found that award on comic 7, too. And "Researchers are reporting record number of sharks (loot 159) on comic 1368, but I'll be damned if I know the hint. Those give me nothing 14:44, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Found another one! It's a bug on a box, loot_007. From comic #442, no idea what hint goes with it. 15:18, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

For the ooOOOooo hint, I've now gone through every comic, and none of them give a chest. Lawruble13 (talk) 19:41, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Well that's just ducky! I'm stuck on that hint. Any way to get the hint to change without losing my collectibles? Anonymous 02:19, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

If you scroll almost directly upward, the Y-coordinate keeps resetting to 5000 (same with downward and -5000. However, if you scroll up and to the side with a slope of less than 1, you eventually get to this URL: https://xkcd.com/#-Infinity,-Infinity which just has the word "[LOADING_]" hand-drawn. -- brad

I think that's just Javascript floatingpoint math for ya. The loading image just appears while it is trying to load in new tiles --Jhollowe (talk) 19:11, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

I wrote a script that gives a list of all the loot images that are on the page if we want to make a complete list of loot images, and a list of images that haven't been found yet. --Jhollowe (talk) 19:11, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Has anyone else gotten a "miniloot"? I just got "/2288/collectors/static/loot/miniloot-words-laser.png" from 293: RTFM with the hint listed in the above table. Lawruble13 (talk) 19:41, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

In a private window on Firefox, I had previously seen the hint, but it's now disappeared. I got loot_109.png (which is the sheeple eye from 1013: Wake Up Sheeple), and I can place it, but it stays in the inventory. Possible bug? Lawruble13 (talk) 19:43, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Viewable at https://xkcd.com/2288/#453,1003, both eyes posted using the same item. Lawruble13 (talk) 19:50, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

The "tea time" hint seems a bit weird; I found it at 579: The Race: Part 3, and others have apparently found it at 581, 578, 479 and maybe elsewhere. Not sure what connection any of those comics have to tea, except that 579 and 479 both have 79 in them and the image is from what-if 79. Pelosujamo (talk) 01:17, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

I don't know if there's an element of "the clue you get depends on the clues you answered"..? Yesterday, when I first visited, it seemed to be giving different hints as I scrolled through/jumped around the comics looking for the answers to earlier hints. Now (after finding three, confirmed as listed in the table) it's just flipping between two of the early once, the "chnace" and "fetish" ones, still undetailed in the table so I can't even cheat) leading me to believe I'm left with those two in my (personal?) 'pool' of hints, and I won't get any more until I answer one or other. Either that or I need to place my current meagre three discoveries, but I was actually wanting more first so I could be creative in combination... 04:04, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

Are "oOOOoooo" and "oooooooo" different clues? I don't see the second one listed.

Unless I missed something, "Hint: Everyone deserves a second chnace" doesn't refer to a particular comic, but rather something else. I went through comics 500-2288. -- (talk) 08:29, 4 April 2020‎ (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Probably requires a sequence of comics to be visited in specific order, like "A new model released each year" or "Take a ride in a barrel" Jaalenja (talk) 11:29, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

Random question--is there a way to edit or delete items once they have been placed? This world is pretty messy.... -- (talk) 14:12, 4 April 2020‎ (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I had these hints (along with 2 other) hints: oOOOoooo, Keep coming back, Everyone deserves a second chance. I have visited every comic and every series on this list, forwards and backwards, and none of them was awarded. They are either glitched or have very unusual requirements. Maybe something with one of the interactive comics? (I even tried collecting all coins in Hoverboard!) Maybe there is something that Randall considers a series but this wiki doesn't? Something else altogether (visit the same comic a number of times, return after elapsed time...)? I am giving up, if someone gets one of these and is up to the challenge, good luck, hopefully I helped a bit with getting a small list of things not to try. Jaalenja (talk) 14:58, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

Browser agent related issues[edit]

Post what browser (Chrome, Firefox; mobile, desktop) you are using here & what issues (if any) you experience when interacting with this comic.

On Chrome version 80.0.3987.162 in mobile view, only "Collector's Edition" appears for me. The comic is not scrollable or interactive, & the backpack does not appear. In desktop view, the collectively added content appears, as does the backpack. (I have not tested whether I can add things, yet.) ProphetZarquon (talk) 13:52, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

On Chrome version 80.0.3987.163 on desktop, the hint doesn't seem to appear. Lawruble13 (talk) 19:41, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Firefox 74.0 on desktop - looks like I don't get any hints. Everything else seems to be fine. 19:59, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Apologies if this has been covered, but if you right-click-->inspect the backpack area, can you see the hint in the Java script? I can't find it with Chrome running in Windows 10, but it is entirely possible I don't know how/where to look.Godzilla (talk) 21:38, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

On Opera, hint doesn't appear.

In Firefox I have an item in my loot box, I can scroll around the world and the text is "find an empty area". I find an empty area (Damn long way out :P ) and the text changes to "place it" or "Cancel" I can cancel OK, but place it doesn't work at all. Is this a bug or have I hit the limit of my abilities? 01:05, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

oh...wait...there is a 5 second or more delay from clicking to it appearing. May be caused by the size of the world and number of elements. 01:08, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

Firefox 52.9 Windows XP Doesn't get past "loading" and cannot drag around. However, the backpack does appear and can be closed and opened. 04:20, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

I tried Samsung browser (mobile, tablet), Chrome (mobile, desktop) and Edge (desktop). At first, only the Samsung browser on only one of the devices worked. Then it glitched, I got infinite Polish sausages and no more hints. It unglitched after deleting browser data. Then glitched after deleting browser data gain (I was stuck and wanted fresh batch of hints, karma is a bitch, I guess). Then it started working again after clearing browser data few more time. Then, on one occasion, I got a set of hints on desktop Chrome in incognito mode. Something weird is going on related to cookies, it seems. Jaalenja (talk) 07:35, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

FireFox/Ubuntu, nothing is working. No bag, no hint, whatever.

Firefox/Chromium on Ububntu, I seem to see evertything, it looks like this for example: https://ibb.co/BL1gDvX or https://ibb.co/PCByw8f (all add-ons disabled, chrome in standard settings)


Since this appears to be a time-limited event, I decided it would be good idea to save some screenshots for posterity. I have uploaded several screenshots: https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/File:2288_hint_1.png https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/File:2288_hint_2.png https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/File:2288_chest.png https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/File:2288_chest_open.png https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/File:2288_place_item.png https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/File:2288_place_item_cant.png https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/File:2288_place_item_kitty.png

Add them to the article as you see fit. Jaalenja (talk) 09:29, 4 April 2020 (UTC)


I've moved this from 2288: Collectors Edition to 2288: Collector's Edition, which is both the correct spelling and the one used on xkcd; but was it misspelled on xkcd earlier, or did the typo originate here? Pelosujamo (talk) 20:09, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

New Comic:

I don't know if anyone has noticed since it's Saturday and xkcd doesn't usually update. But there's been a new comic 22889: Scenario 4. Can someone who knows how and actually has an account add the next page for it.


-- 22:08, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

Interactivity finished[edit]

Now that the next comic (2289) has been published it looks like the ability to interact and find chests has ended. This is going to make it quite difficult to complete the table unless someone manages to reverse-engineer the code. Also noting that whilst there are >250 possible images there are only 80 hints listed in the table. It's not clear if all images were used - perhaps comparing the images in the table to those placed in the comic could help identify any that we don't have known hints for?

I was also wondering if it's worth including a thumbnail of each image in the table, and possibly a separate list of images for which the hint is not known? AlChemist (talk) 10:15, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

I did some quick ctrl+F in the client codes for comic numbers, item names etc. and it doesn't appear to contain the relevant information, must be server-side. Maybe one of the devs listed at the top of the page would leak something if asked nicely? Jaalenja (talk) 14:35, 6 April 2020 (UTC)
I managed to extract a list of all the images used in the comic along with how many times they appear. It looks like most are used, but there are a few that aren't. AlChemist (talk) 13:27, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
Image Number of appearances
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loot/element-fr 4
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loot/element-hr 7
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loot/element-mk 9
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loot/element-ox 5
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loot/element-pp 6
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loot/element-sy 7
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loot/element-th 7
loot/element-tr 6
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loot/element-vy 4
loot/element-wt 7
loot/element-wx 11
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loot/loot_003 7
loot/loot_004 287
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loot/loot_010 543
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loot/loot_012 28
loot/loot_013 5
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loot/loot_016 28
loot/loot_017 7
loot/loot_018 6
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loot/loot_020 4
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loot/loot_024 22
loot/loot_025 6
loot/loot_026 394
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loot/loot_029 11
loot/loot_030 2576
loot/loot_031 286
loot/loot_032 13
loot/loot_033 34
loot/loot_034 9
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loot/loot_037 320
loot/loot_038 306
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loot/loot_048 1
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loot/loot_050 15
loot/loot_051 57
loot/loot_052 9
loot/loot_053 16
loot/loot_054 10
loot/loot_055 514
loot/loot_056 525
loot/loot_057 11
loot/loot_058 341
loot/loot_059 5
loot/loot_060 8
loot/loot_061 7
loot/loot_062 9
loot/loot_063 7
loot/loot_064 23
loot/loot_065 15
loot/loot_066 21
loot/loot_067 10
loot/loot_068 12
loot/loot_069 409
loot/loot_070 8
loot/loot_071 818
loot/loot_072 6
loot/loot_073 4
loot/loot_074 44
loot/loot_075 5
loot/loot_076 4
loot/loot_077 11
loot/loot_078 17
loot/loot_079 654
loot/loot_080 13
loot/loot_081 7
loot/loot_082 7
loot/loot_083 38
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loot/loot_085 8
loot/loot_086 68
loot/loot_087 18
loot/loot_088 9
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loot/loot_091 5
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loot/loot_093 12
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loot/loot_097 3
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loot/loot_099 16
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loot/loot_101 5
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loot/loot_103 13
loot/loot_104 12
loot/loot_105 337
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loot/loot_107 4
loot/loot_108 2
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loot/loot_112 11
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loot/loot_117 5
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loot/loot_123 1
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loot/loot_125 14
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loot/loot_129 175
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loot/loot_140 6
loot/loot_141 7
loot/loot_142 5
loot/loot_143 10
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loot/loot_145 23
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loot/loot-words-swarm 1
loot/loot-words-sword 4
loot/loot-words-teleporter 4
loot/loot-words-turtle 5
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loot/miniloot-words-eruption 6
loot/miniloot-words-farm 6
loot/miniloot-words-flock 4
loot/miniloot-words-flying 12
loot/miniloot-words-free 5
loot/miniloot-words-gamma 12
loot/miniloot-words-ghost 14
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loot/miniloot-words-harry-potter-and-the 11
loot/miniloot-words-horse 25
loot/miniloot-words-house 12
loot/miniloot-words-imminent 14
loot/miniloot-words-inspector 10
loot/miniloot-words-ionized 17
loot/miniloot-words-jet 13
loot/miniloot-words-laser 8
loot/miniloot-words-launcher 11
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loot/miniloot-words-plasma 10
loot/miniloot-words-sale 7
loot/miniloot-words-sudden 10
loot/miniloot-words-surprise 9
loot/miniloot-words-swarm 9
loot/miniloot-words-sword 19
loot/miniloot-words-teleporter 12
loot/miniloot-words-turtle 36
loot/miniloot-words-unlicensed 7
loot/miniloot-words-vortex 12
loot/transparent 30

orphaned page[edit]

2288: Collector's Edition/Stickers is an orphaned page, and should probably either be linked to on this page, or deleted. what do you guys think? 13:07, 22 November 2021 (UTC)BUmpf

Connection to Polandball[edit]

The setup of the comic looks a lot like the original "Polandball".-- 18:14, 1 April 2024 (UTC)