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Exploding Kittens sounds amazing and you need it

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Exploding Kittens

I am a huge fan of The Oatmeal. His comics are hilarious and brilliant. Whenever people ask me about my job, I like to send them this one and when I was editing words instead of Geoff, I believe I sent this to Sandy almost every day. Now he’s helping to make a game, and I need it in my life.

Exploding Kittens is “a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette”. You take turns drawing cards and if you draw a kitten card, you explode and die and you’re out of the game. However, there a whole bunch of cards to defuse the cats, including laser pointers and catnip sandwiches. Plus, you can play other cards to skip your turn, attack other players or move the kitten cards around. I think Inman explains it best in the pitch video:

The game mechanics were designed and created by Elan Lee and Shane Small with the art and write ups done by The Oatmeal. Obviously, I’m not the only one excited for this game – it hit the goal of $10k in record time. At the time of writing, it has almost hit $1.5 million, and it’s still in the first day of listing. I’m just waiting for payday and then I’ll be picking up the version that includes an NSFW deck because I need to see how they can make this game go from a 7+ age range to a 30+ age indication. I would have gone for the Collector’s Deck, but it’s already sold out.

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I challenge you all to a game of Exploding Kittens… in July when they’re expected to ship.

Last Updated: January 3, 2017

39 Comments

  1. Ghost In The Rift

    January 21, 2015 at 10:07

    Finally, a game i can enjoy with my dog, my world is complete…:-P

    Reply

    • Anon A Mouse

      January 21, 2015 at 10:38

      Why isn’t this the featured comment? Dogs rule.

      Reply

      • Lord Chaos

        January 21, 2015 at 10:42

        My feline overlords disagree.

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        • Admiral Chief

          January 21, 2015 at 10:48

          That just proves you are not human enough

          Reply

          • Lord Chaos

            January 21, 2015 at 10:49

            After them saving me this morning from a monster spider I’m fine with that.

  2. ToshZA

    January 21, 2015 at 10:11

    I was watching this happen on twitter. It just exploded… In popularity. 😉

    Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 21, 2015 at 10:13

      Oh you.

      Reply

    • HairyEwok

      January 21, 2015 at 10:45

      At least it didn’t explode prematurely.

      Reply

  3. Admiral Chief

    January 21, 2015 at 10:11

    Had me at Oatmeal

    Reply

  4. ReaperOfSquirrels

    January 21, 2015 at 10:12

    It’s UNO Roulette with Exploding Kittens…

    Reply

  5. Blood Emperor Trevor

    January 21, 2015 at 10:13

    DOG ARE BESTEST! DEADTH TO TEH FLUFY KILLINGS MEHCINES! CATS ARE THE CAKE!

    Reply

    • ToshZA

      January 21, 2015 at 10:29

      Hairball?

      Reply

  6. ReaperOfSquirrels

    January 21, 2015 at 10:15

    Over 10x the amount of NSFW decks have been sold than the standard decks.

    Reply

  7. Admiral Chief

    January 21, 2015 at 10:17

    Oatmeal should make a comic about the following topics:
    – Where have all the 0’s gone?
    – Paint and Photoshop, how to use and how to not use
    – How to cabbage
    – The enigma of the Brenda

    Reply

    • Lord Chaos

      January 21, 2015 at 10:24

      You forgot: The terrifying 7

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      • Admiral Chief

        January 21, 2015 at 10:31

        Indeed, however, he is not staff

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        • Lord Chaos

          January 21, 2015 at 10:32

          Still part of the extended family. Or are second cousins fair game?

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          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 10:36

            More like seventh cousin…

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 21, 2015 at 10:43

            FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

          • Lord Chaos

            January 21, 2015 at 10:43

            7 F’s?

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 10:48

            HAHAHA NO WAI!

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 10:50

            LOOOOOOOL!

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 21, 2015 at 11:03

            Ag nee rerig. I swear I am not doing this on purpose

      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 21, 2015 at 10:43

        FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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  8. Hammersteyn

    January 21, 2015 at 10:21

    Extremist kittens?

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 21, 2015 at 10:23

      Yoh yoh yoh

      Reply

    • Jaded_Reprobate

      January 21, 2015 at 10:24

      Refresh

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        January 21, 2015 at 10:28

        XD

        Reply

      • Quo Vadis?

        January 21, 2015 at 10:34

        Derka derka derka!

        Reply

      • Shas 'O Norm

        January 21, 2015 at 11:12

        *Wipes his lunch off his PC screen*

        Reply

  9. ReaperOfSquirrels

    January 21, 2015 at 10:39

    $40 for a card game (including shipping)? NOPE

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    • ToshZA

      January 21, 2015 at 10:50

      It’s exploding kittens. I want it.

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      • ReaperOfSquirrels

        January 21, 2015 at 13:32

        True, but there’s no way I’m spending almost R500 for a card game… doesn’t matter if the kittens are exploding or shredding Beyonce’s face

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  10. Shas 'O Norm

    January 21, 2015 at 11:19

    WANT!

    Reply

  11. ToshZA

    January 21, 2015 at 11:54

    7 lines of text in that header.

    Reply

  12. Generic ZA

    January 21, 2015 at 12:05

    It’ll make a change from exploding gerbils in the microwave.

    Reply

  13. CrasH

    January 21, 2015 at 12:33

    must have…

    Reply

  14. Happy Meal

    January 21, 2015 at 14:09

    I needs this

    Reply

  15. Craig "Crios" Boonzaier

    January 22, 2015 at 08:16

    I hope he increases the funding options now that so many people have joined.

    Reply

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