'Exploding Kittens' Card Game on Kickstarter Completes Funding in 20 Minutes, Hits $1.4 Million Mark


You might wonder what is up with exploding cats but an upcoming game on Kickstarter lets us know what the fuss is all about. It just so happens to be all about a card game that will make you go: BOOM!

From the creative minds of Elan Lee (Xbox, ARGs), Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), and Shane Small (Xbox, Marvel) comes the card game, Exploding Kittens. This brainchild was hatched while trying to come up with a game that would keep people interested and challenged at the same time, while having a great time playing with friends and family.

The trio asked fans and would-be fans for assistance in raising funds to make their game a reality and the feedback, they said, was overwhelming.

"So if you're into card games or laser beams or weaponized enchiladas, please help us make this game a reality. We think you'll love it as much as we do," Elan Lee said.

In a matter of 20 minutes, the team reached their goal of $10,000. The pledges and outpouring of support kept coming in until they reached the $1.4 million mark  -- 1000 percent of their goal in less than an hour.

The game is a card version of Russian roulette and played by drawing cards until one of the players gets an exploding kitten card. The person who drew the card is out of the game, unless he or she happens to have one of the special cards that can be used to defuse the kitten -- either by a laser pointer, a catnip sandwich, or kitten therapy session.

As the game continues and more cards are drawn from the deck, the higher a player's chances of getting an exploding kitten card and going kaboom!

Funny to silly to absurd kinds of cards can be found in the deck. Characters like a Taco Cat, Overweight Bikini Cat, and a Hairy Potato Cat. Action cards include peek-at cards by rubbing the belly of a pig-a-corn, skip a turn by wearing a portable cheetah butt, or seek out the wisdom of a goat wizard that can also help in defusing the exploding cat.

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