Mollie Hawkins
Updated Feb 23, 2015 @ 10:48 am

Look out, Cards Against Humanity, there’s a new card game in town—thanks to approximately 219,382 backers on Kickstarter—and it’s called Exploding Kittens. Don’t worry, no real kittens are involved in this project.

Described as a “highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette” by the creators, the Exploding Kittens concept is pretty funny: everyone draws a card until someone draws an “exploding cat” card. If you draw one of these cards featuring a red-hot cartoon cat you lose—unless you have a card with a laser pointer or a catnip sandwich on it. Those cards can overpower any cat—obviously.

There’s also weaponized enchiladas and pig-unicorn hybrids in the game. We don’t need to read anymore rules, just sign us up!

The creators behind the project are none other than Xbox’s Elan Lee and Shane Small, and Matthew Inman from the site, The Oatmeal. In its short thirty day run, their crowd-sourced project raised over $8 million, making it the most backed project in Kickstarter’s history. NBD. The price points were $20 for a regular deck, and $35 for a “NSFW” version, which one might guess, involves more gruesome animated cat explosions than the kid-friendly version. Here are some of the ridiculous cards below (Kid-friendly or not? You decide!)

Lee, Small, and Inman are pretty psyched about the success of Exploding Kittens, and offered thanks on their Kickstarter page:

“We’ve never seen anything like you guys, and neither has the planet. You have proven beyond any doubt that you are unstoppable. There’s nothing we can put in front of you that you can’t do. There is nothing too great, nothing too hard, nothing too outrageous that you incredible group of incredible people can’t accomplish as a community.”


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