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A totally unique, multi-genre and truly cross-platform sandbox MMORPG & virtual world for PC, Mac, Browser and iPad. Play for FREE now!

Let's bring The Missing Ink MMORPG to the iPad and Android tablets.

The Missing Ink is currently in Open Beta.  You can play the game for free right now on your PC or Mac by downloading the client version from our website.  Or you can play directly in your web browser:

We're looking for funding to continue the port of The Missing Ink MMORPG to iPad and to help us self-publish The Missing Ink in 2013.

The Missing Ink is a unique, award-winning cross-platform MMORPG and virtual world that tries not to take itself too seriously.  It likes to wear its sense of humour on its sleeve and as well as being a rich, varied set of entertaining worlds to explore, TMI features a player-generated content system that has to be seen to be believed.

Every player gets their very own sandbox virtual world called a “Blurb” where they can build pretty much anything they like and they can easily share their Blurb with anyone via a simple web link we call a Linkling.

What's the story behind The Missing Ink?

In the world of The Missing Ink, the great stories, legends, fairy tales and adventures have all been brought to life – but something is drastically wrong. Each of the stories are strangely corrupted. The knight in shining armour has gone missing and the damsel in distress is really quite happy with her lot. The star-crossed lovers aren't interested, the big bad wolf has eaten some very dodgy magic beans and nobody can find the Emperor's new clothes anywhere.

So it seems a mysterious evil force is taking all of our most beloved stories and ideas and, for some despicable and inconceivable reason, messing them up a treat. Into this world step the players, reporting for duty at The Ministry of Defending Stories for their first day on the job! Good luck out there...

What are the rewards on offer?

*Please note USD $ and EUR € values are approximate and exchange rates will fluctuate during the campaign.

What can I use credits for?


You can use credits in The Missing Ink online shop.
You can buy exclusive avatars, extra inventory space & teleport tokens.

You can also buy avatar packs from Arsenal FC, Liverpool FC and AC Milan, get your football avatar from the shop right now! -
www.missing-ink.com/shop

How do I get my Custom Avatar / in-game Painting / in-game Statue?

If you're the kind of awesome person who'll plump for one of our pledges that include any of the custom art assets, we will contact you shortly after the campaign ends.

You will be able to describe the sort of thing you'd like and even send us a sketch or two. We will then make the assets and let you know when they're in-game. We will do these as quickly as we can but of course it will depend on uptake so we can't currently accurately predict delivery dates.

Obviously we won't be able to make anything rude, offensive or based on someone else's copyrighted material and we'll be quick to let you know if your idea is flying a bit close to the sun.  As you'll understand (bearing in mind how long these things take to make), our decisions must be final and once the assets are made they cannot be changed.

Where is The Missing Ink right now?

We're in Open Beta and we're getting ready to launch in 2013. We have two MMORPG game zones to explore, battle and loot.  A Medieval story world called "The Princess and the Troll" and a Norse Viking story world called "The Beer of the Gods".  Each player can already make full use of the constructification feature, creating, editing and sharing their own virtual world also known as a Blurb.  The new website, tutorial videos and game shop are now live and we've just announced a very cool building competition – feel free to enter! 

Click to find out more about the Evil Genius Competition
Click to find out more about the Evil Genius Competition

What are we currently working on?

  • Finishing the iPad version
  • Adding the main story arcs and their associated quests
  • Expanding quest systems with more interesting mechanics and plotlines
  • Giving NPCs more diverse combat behaviour
  • The 3rd story world - Retro Sci-Fi
  • Player achievements and titles
  • Continuing improvements to the Blurb editor
  • Adding tools to make editing your Blurb more powerful and intuitive
  • Adding circuit functionality to Blurbs to allow players to create sophisticated and fully interactive content
  • Content, content, content
  • Continued performance improvements
  • TMI on linux

The Missing Ink is "Award-Winning"?

Yes! We were invited to the Develop Conference Indie Showcase in July 2012 and we walked off with "The Indie Showcase - People's Choice Award 2012".

We also got a rather nifty medal from Intel for Windows 8. The Missing Ink runs on their new touch screen Ultrabook laptops and we have to admit it is kinda cool flitting between a real keyboard and the touch screen.

Develop People's Choice Award 2012
Develop People's Choice Award 2012

What do we need the funding for?

We've set-up this campaign to help us bring The Missing Ink to the iPad, other iOS devices and, potentially, Android tablets too.

There is still quite a bit of work to do on the iPad user interface and we still need to polish it and go through the App Store submission process.  We've already got The Missing Ink running well on iPad as you can see from this video posted by Pocket Gamer in 2012.

The Missing Ink will be one of the first truly cross-platform MMORPG's meaning you'll be able to connect to one game world via multiple devices including iPads and later on we hope for Android tablets too.

We'd also like to use a little bit of the funding to help with marketing the iPad version of The Missing Ink.

Should our campaign be overly successful we would love to start work on the Android tablet version too, and if we're really successful then it's all about content, content, content.  More worlds, more quests, more components, textures and items for the build zones - all that good stuff and ... well, more.

How much funding is required and when will the project be completed?

Well, we're only a small indie studio and we need just £25,000 to free up some resources to finish the port of The Missing Ink to iPad in time for a Q3 2013 launch.  This also covers a small marketing campaign to promote the game app for iPad.

We need around four months to fully port to iOS for iPad.  The most complex part of porting is the user interface and especially for the player owned sandbox virtual worlds (Blurbs). You can do an awful lot of building on your Blurb and we want iPad users to have as good a user interface and performance experience as their PC, Mac & Browser friends.

Why Kickstarter?

As an Indie developer we've had some interesting experiences trying to get our MMORPG to market.

We've had several publishing offers from some of the big guys and boy they're big guys for a reason.  Typically they want to own the IP outright until they recoup gazillions as well as take 70% to 80% of the revenues from the game "in perpetuity".

We've always believed Kickstarter is a great platform to help develop but also to help self-publish Indie games. The Missing Ink is a real Indie MMORPG built by a small team of dedicated gamers.  It has a totally unique storyline and setting and we think it's an ideal project to be crowd funded by other dedicated gamers.  What's more, you're not backing just a concept and some design documents; you're backing a fully formed and fully playable genre-busting MMORPG that's already got an active community and plenty of content.

Why do you think The Missing Ink is worth hard earned cash and how will you keep us updated?

We don't need a lot of funding but what we can do with the funding is a real world first:  a truly cross-platform MMORPG and virtual world playable on tablets and PC's alike.  Help us achieve a world first and be a world beating funder!

We'll keep you updated every week of the campaign, either with a short video or text update.

Once our campaign is finished and successful we'll stay in touch with regular development updates and when we're ready to launch on iPad, you'll be the very first people to know.

What other ways can we help The Missing Ink?

We totally understand that not everyone can contribute financially but for The Missing Ink that's not necessarily the whole picture.

Just registering and playing the game helps us.  Did we mention it's FREE?

You'll get your own sandbox virtual world (Blurb) to build away on and of course, we'd like you to share your creations with as many people as possible in order to help us spread the word.

Facebooking & Twitterizing us is a major help and we appreciate all and every bit of help you lovely people can give us.  You might also like to stop by and subscribe to our YouTube page.  Many thanks!

Join The Ministry of Defending Stories today!

Kicking It Forward

And in true crowd funding spirit we fully support the Kicking It Forward Initiative: http://kickingitforward.org/

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Our Kicktraq Page
Our Kicktraq Page

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

It's probably worth stressing just one more time that The Missing Ink is technologically complete. You can go and play it right now at http://www.missing-ink.com/play. You can either play the web version right there or download and install the higher quality client - it's all the same world regardless.

So unlike many projects, you're not taking on a development risk by supporting The Missing Ink.

By backing The Missing Ink via Kickstarter you're helping us to stay independent, stay true to the community's wishes and to make this game available to as many people as possible as quickly as possible.

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