About this project
Exploding Kittens is a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game. 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.
The game gets more and more intense with each card you draw because fewer cards left in the deck means a greater chance of drawing the kitten and exploding in a fiery ball of feline hyperbole.
The game was created by Elan Lee (Xbox, ARGs), Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), and Shane Small (Xbox, Marvel). We think this game combines all the things we're best at creating, and and put together this Kickstarter campaign because we can't build this without you.
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.
Hugs and enchilada kisses,
-Elan, Matt, and Shane.
The Origin Story
Exploding Kittens started when Shane Small proposed a game to Elan Lee where a joker was inserted into a deck of cards and they took turns picking cards until the joker came up. It was called “Bomb Squad” and it wasn’t any fun at all.
Over the next few weeks, two important things happened: First, after neglecting work, family, and a social life, Shane and Elan developed a rule-set that started working and brought the game to life. Second, Matt Inman saw the game, thought it was super fun, and asked to join the team. (btw, if Matthew Inman ever asks you if he can join your team, the answer is “HELL YES”.)
We changed the name to "Exploding Kittens" and our little team was born.
BUT YOU'RE BLOWING UP KITTENS! NOT COOL, BUDDY.
We struggled with this a lot. We love the name Exploding Kittens, but we don't want to hurt kittens. We also don't want the kittens to be hurt by anyone else. Eventually we decided to explore the concept of the kittens blowing themselves up.
First, Matt tried drawing the kittens as the actual bombs:
But that felt too Angry Birds’ish.
Next, we tried making the kittens suicidal, but that felt terrible.
In the end, we realized that everyone understands feline shenanigans, and that could be our solution. Our kitties would not blow up out of malicious intent or negligence, but by doing the things that kittens do, like running across keyboards or chewing on things they shouldn't be chewing on.
From there, the rest of the cards fell into place, and the cards used to defuse the exploding kittens were items you'd use to defuse regular kittens.
HELP US BUILD THIS GAME
We wanted to put this project on Kickstarter because it's the fastest way for us to get the game into your hands and make improvements as a community. We think this game is great, but we need your help making it even better.
So, 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.
With love and pork missiles,
-The Exploding Kittens Team (Matt, Elan, and Shane)
Risks and challenges
Production of the game is simple: it's just a card game, so other than building the box it's a relatively straightforward product to make. The biggest challenge for us would actually be if you blow us out of the water. We're already working with our pals at Cards Against Humanity to make sure that no matter how many people pledge, everyone gets their Exploding Kittens quickly after the campaign ends. None of us want this to be a campaign where you spend the next two years getting fifty emails about production updates and delays. If you back this project, we want to be sure you can start blowing up your friends as soon as possible. This is why (for now) we're not offering t-shirts or other complicated reward tiers that would make the distribution process take a lot longer. We're keeping it as simple as possible: support our project and in return we'll send you the playable game.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Right now, 2-4. If you want to play with more you'll need to buy a second deck, which can accommodate up to 8 players.
7 and up, and despite being illustrated by The Oatmeal, the cards are safe-for-work and kid-friendly. (Unless you buy the NSFW deck, obviously!)
Learning only takes a minute or two. When you play, each round lasts between 10 and 20 minutes. It's an easy game to jump into and play for a few minutes without a steep learning curve or time investment. It's a great party game.
A 56 card deck of Exploding Kitten cards, box, instructions, cheat sheet, and a yet-to-be-revealed-thing-of-incredible-delight.
No. For the time being, there is only an English language version of the game available. We know that everyone wants to explode kittens, but we can't promise any other languages for now.
Yes. You can find the prices for shipping anywhere in the world by selecting your reward level and choosing your location in the drop-down menu.
No. During the Kickstarter campaign, we're only accepting payments through Kickstarter. (So if they only accept credit cards, we must follow those rules) Once the campaign is over, we'll certainly explore other ways of getting you the game and post an update on explodingkittens.com
56 CARDS, IT'S A WHOLE NEW DECK!
You did it. It's incredible. Over 100,000 people wanted to blow up their friends enough to take our 20 card expansion and turn it into a full sized deck of its own.
No. The NSFW deck has grown up from a little baby 20 card expansion into a 56 card deck, but it is true to its roots and only available through the $35+ reward tiers.
Yes! Although the backs of the cards are identical, the faces of the cards will have an indicator for re-separating the decks.
Yes. You should know that the NSFW reward level includes a regular Exploding Kittens Deck, but if you'd like to order extra regular decks, just add $20 to your NSFW pledge for every additional regular deck you'd like. For extra NSFW decks, just add $35 for each additional NSFW deck you want. (extra shipping charges may apply)
We’re still negotiating on the shipping. We’ll try to get the lowest shipping possible, but for now we don’t want to make any promises we can’t pinky swear on.
For the time being, just use the price for a SINGLE deck given to you by the shipping calculator, and we’ll confirm everything before putting your Exploding Kittens in the mail.
No. We're working on getting shipping costs as low as possible for everyone all over the world, but we can't promise anyone special exceptions (even though we love you, yes you, the most). We will keep everyone updated on any reductions in shipping we're able to get you.
The guys at Cards Against Humanity are helping us out with shipping in the EU, so it'll come out of an EU shipping facility and should not have any additional customs charges.
We're working with the amazing folks at http://www.admagic.com/ to print our cards.
Yes. Your address should be linked to your kickstarter account, but don't despair! At the end of the campaign, we'll send out a survey asking for a final mailing address plus a detailed description of exactly what you ordered so we can be sure to send you the package you ordered before we put your Exploding Kittens in the mail.
Our cards are standard size playing cards (2.5"x3.5") and should fit in your sleeves. (But not up your sleeves, please, people!)
Your SHINY NEW STRETCH BOX is designed with a satisfying magnetic clasp, elegant hinge, room for up to two decks, and [CENSORED]!
For every SFW deck you order, you will receive one shiny new box. In the box will be your SFW deck and things of untold wonder. If you order a NSFW expansion, it will come in a separate package, but the two decks can happily snuggle up together in the new box.
The truth is: herding all of these combustible felines into their boxes and convincing the postal service to take possibly explosive packages is where a lot of our funding is going, but we're working hard to come up with more ways to reward our kickbutt backers for their incredible support.
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