Exploding Kittens Destroys $10,000 Target, Breaks Kickstarter Record for Backers

Exploding Kittens Destroys $10,000 Target, Breaks Kickstarter Record for Backers

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Oh, those poor, poor Exploding Kittens.  Then again, it’s not what you think – that’s actually the name of a new card game that had recently broken the record for most Kickstarter backers, while going far beyond its target crowdfunding goal.

Exploding Kittens, according to its creators, is “a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats,” so that’s saying right there that no kittens were harmed in the making of the game.  It has, however, gotten 125,411 backers and earned $4,938,657 in pledges.  And that’s not all, as there are 19 days to go before the campaign officially ends at 9 p.m. ET on February 19.

Yes, that’s right – close to five million dollars raised in just eleven days.  It took only 20 minutes for Exploding Kittens to reach 100 percent funding ($10,000), and less than one hour for the game to reach 1,000 percent funding, or $100,000.  No, it hasn’t set a record for most money raised – for example, the Ouya earned more through Kickstarter than Exploding Kittens has – but it definitely looks headed to that path.

How does the game work?  According to its Kickstarter description, it’s a “highly strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette” where players draw cards in turn, “until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game.”  Sounds simple enough, but there is, once again, a hint of strategy here, as the deck “is made up of cards that let you avoid exploding by peeking at cards before you draw, forcing your opponent to draw multiple cards, or shuffling the deck.”

Exploding Kittens was designed by former Xbox employees Elan Lee and Shane Small, with illustrations from The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman.