Jess: Matthew Inman, more commonly known as The Oatmeal, is a powerhouse of online shenanigans. His comics are hugely popular with their obese characters, oddly significant and factual information, and twisted sense of humor.
Well, today Matthew announced his Kickstarter campaign for Exploding Kittens…
The game is the terrifying offspring of Elan Lee (Xbox, ARGs), Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), and Shane Small (Xbox, Marvel). Exploding Kittens plays like a disturbed feline laden round of Russian Roulette. Everyone takes turns drawing cards until someone picks up the titular exploding kitten. There are ways to peek at the deck or defuse the fiery felines, but every card you draw mean there are less in the deck and you are more likely to draw the kitten of doom.
The really crazy part of this whole project is the fact that in less than 20 minutes the Kickstarter was fully funded and in less than an hour it had reached $100k; 10x the goal amount! Currently the project is over $413,000 and has 30 days to go.
Jess: At a certain point I think Matt is going to fill his living room with cash and build a fort out of it complete with a mini bar and hot tub. He’ll probably then do a comic about that process and turn it into a best-selling book or something.
While we don’t condone shoving semtex up a kitten’s butt, Exploding Kittens does sound like an awesome game. You can join the funding frenzy on Kickstarter. The basic deck plays 2-4 people and is for ages 7 and up, but if you don’t have to share your games with kids then you can kick in a bit more cash for the NSFW deck which adds some delightfully awful cards as well as more players.