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Exploding Kittens is a card game created by Matthew Inman (from The Oatmeal), Elan Lee, and Shane Small. Originating as a Kickstarter project and exceeding its goal in eight minutes, it went on to become the most backed project in Kickstarter history.
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When beginning the game, players start with at an identical number of cards, including one Defuse card for each. All Exploding Kittens and remaining cards are then shuffled into a face-down deck. Players then take turns drawing cards from the deck until somebody draws an Exploding Kitten. Should this happen, they "explode" and lose the game (unless they can use a Defuse card). This continues until only one player remains, and is declared the winner.

There are numerous different cards that lessen players' chances of exploding. On a player's turn, they can play as many of the cards they have in their hand as they want (or none at all!), and they then draw a card from the draw pile to end their turn. There are a variety of cards in the core deck, as well as multiple expansion packs and additional full decks.

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Exploding Kittens provides examples of (under construction):

    Gameplay Tropes 
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Cards with an identical basic function have a matching icon with its own distinct color.
  • Counterspell: Nope cards can cancel the effects of any card besides a Defuse card or any Kitten.
  • Expansion Pack: Three exist for the game: Imploding Kittens, Streaking Kittens, and Barking Kittens.
  • Extra Turn: Can be exploited as a harmful (if well-timed) Attack. An attacked player can stack their remaining turns onto those of another player with this. (A player can also use a Personal Attack card on themself to play this trope straight.) Also inverted with the ability to Skip a turn, ending it without drawing a card.
  • Extrinsic Go-First Rule: Humorously, players can determine who goes first with whatever they want.
  • House Rules: The RFD deck not only comes with ten different recipes for the game, but allows players to write ones of their own.
  • Kingmaker Scenario: Even if a player's chances of victory are diminished, they could still be capable of turning the tides of play for the others.
  • Single-Use Shield: The Defuse card can prevent an Exploding Kitten from exploding, but is discarded once it does so. A defused Exploding Kitten is then placed anywhere in the deck in secret.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: It is possible for players to use their cards and/or proper defused Kitten placement to immensely screw over another player of their choice. How strategically viable this is varies.

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