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Exploding Kittens Is Like Russian Roulette For Those Who Love Kittens In A Blender And Cat Memes

Anybody up for some Exploding Kittens? This new card game has been exploding on Kickstarter, and apparently appeals to gamers who like other games like Kittens In A Blender due to its mix of dark humor and competitive card game rules.

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Exploding Kittens is all about hyperbole. No, it’s not really about trying to blow up cats. The game originally started as a game called Bomb Squad, but designers Elan Lee and Matthew Inman knew that creating a game about blowing up cats is just not cool. At first, they tried failed concepts such as kitten bombs and suicidal kitties, but then hit upon the jackpot by creating art where the kittens are accidentally causing the end of the world. For example, one game card shows a kitten walking across a keyboard for a computer controlling nuclear weapons.

So what are the Exploding Kittens game rules? The game describes itself as “a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.” Similar to how you should not want your kittens to end up in a blender in that other game, in this card game the exploding kittens card is the one you want to avoid.

The Kickstarter page describes the game rules as 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.”

Obviously, pulling an exploding kittens card is bad, and thus the player is out of the game. There’s also cards that can defuse the kittens card or cat cards that give special powers while also making fun of cat memes like TacoCat. You may even learn something along the way, since TacoCat is a palindrome.

As of this publishing, Exploding Kittens has raised about $3.5 million. The first backers will receive their copies of the game in July of 2015. They are also planning a NSFW edition that will come out later.