The Oatmeal's Exploding Kittens Card Game Becomes Third Largest Funded Kickstarter Project [VIDEO]

By Donyae , Updated Feb 24, 2015 05:11 PM EST

As the Kickstarter for Exploding Kittens drew to a close it became clear that this Kickstarter was one for the ages. A card game that has exploding kittens in it has managed to become the third largest Kickstarter campaign, raking up $8.8 million in funds.

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Exploding Kittens is the brainchild of former Xbox executives Elan Lee and Shane Small along with Matthew Inman, best known for drawing The Oatmeal.

This project trails behind the Coolest and Pebble for most funded. However, it takes the award for most popular project as it has had more backers than any other. Previously, this award was held by the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter but Exploding Kittens more than doubled the amount of backers Lavar brought in.

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When the campaign finally ended, Exploding Kittens had 219,382 backers and $8.8 million in funding for the card game.

"On the very first day of this campaign, we hit our funding goal. That was a big deal. But after that, the campaign stopped being about money, and started being about a community," an update on the Kickstarter read.

And they did do that. They incorporated achievements and upgrades into the funding period making this one of the most unique crowdfunding experiences to ever be launched.

The game itself is a sort of Russian Roulette where players try to avoid drawing an exploding kitten. They do this by forcing other players to draw more cards, playing special cards that allow them to peek and reshuffle the deck.

If you missed the Kickstarter campaign you'll have to join the mailing list to find out when the game becomes officially available for purchase.

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