Do you love kittens? What about explosions? Laser beams? Then have I got the game for you. It's called Exploding Kittens, and you will want to get yourself a set.
Exploding Kittens is a new card game brought to you by game designers Elan Lee and Shane Small and illustrated by The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman. Of the three, you may be most familiar with Inman's work. His wildly popular Web comics have hilariously covered topics ranging from "My dog: the paradox" to "How to suck at your religion." As a runner, I know that Inman won legions of runner fans with his comic, "The terrible and wonderful reasons why I run long distances."
And I am not alone in my adoration of Inman's comics. With more than 3 million fans on Facebook and almost half a million Twitter fans, Inman wins at the Internet. That's not to discount the huge following in the gamer world garnered by Lee and Small. And that kind of loyal fan base became immediately apparent when Inman, Lee and Small launched Exploding Kittens on Kickstarter last week. The project received 100 percent of its $10,000 startup request within the first hour. It was 1,000 percent funded within the first hour. Within days, it became the most-backed project in Kickstarter history. To date, it has more than 124,000 backers and has raised almost $5 million. And the project still has 20 Kickstarter days to go.
I think it's safe to say that the Exploding Kittens card game will be exploding into homes very soon.
So what's the game all about? According to the Exploding Kittens Kickstarter page, the game is like a game of Russian roulette with cards. Your objective is to draw cards without drawing the "Exploding Kitten" card. If you do, you die and you're out of the game. So to avoid that fate, you'll use cards such as the "Thousand Year Back Hair" card that lets you attack your opponents, or the "Portable Cheetah Butt," card that lets you skip a turn. Should you draw the "Exploding Kitten" card you can also avoid death by deploying a "Defuse" card which lets you defuse your kitten with things like laser pointers and catnip sandwiches.
Confused? Maybe the project trailer will help:
As the Kickstarter page says, "If a world full of weaponized pork missiles is a world you want to live in, please back this project and help us build this game."